The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Ladies Branch President’s News Update

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:53am

February here already and only three months to go! Since my last news in October there has been much to enjoy in our world of curling.

European Playdowns in Perth saw the Teams of Kyle Smith and Eve Muirhead qualify to represent Scotland in Esbjerg and of course at that point I was looking forward to cheering them on in the European Championships. Next was the much awaited Indoor Grand Match. Being on the organising committee I was hoping that all our work would result in a good day for all the curlers taking part. I was meant to be curling with my own club, Strathkinness in the three o’clock game at Murrayfield but a very sore back saw me get a substitute on the Friday evening. However feeling better by Saturday lunchtime I joined the off-ice fun at my own centre, Kirkcaldy, and had a great time.

On the 6th February our Canadian Tour flew out from Edinburgh airport. They looked splendid in their pink (just the right shade) tops and Tour Tartan. They will tell their own story of a very successful tour in all ways. Great photos and descriptions posted on their Blog. A wee personal note – my Mother’s cousin Sheila, now over eighty and a retired keen curler was able to meet the tour at Richmond Hill. Only time everyone on a tour would know who I am!

Joint meeting on 10th November and sadly another defeat for the LSC in the Priestfield trophy. We blamed the absence of our Tour players.

I presented trophies to young curlers at the Skill Awards Bonspiel at Perth on the 15th and after an Grand Match (most unlikely but planning has to be kept in place) meeting Billy Howat drove us up to Aberdeen and the Denmark trip began.

I had a most enjoyable 11 days – a roller coaster of a ride as regards team performance but proud of both teams as the men recovered and came 5th overall and of course Scotland’s women won silver. I was thrilled to bits to step forward and present their medals. My grandchildren saw the ceremony live on YouTube, amazing! After the hard job of supporting the teams and for other meetings to plan our own European championships at Braehead this year, we did socialise a bit. Two highlights for me were speaking to Paul Trulsen on the shuttle bus and having my photo taken with Thomas Ulsrud. We hosted a Scottish lunchtime reception for about forty in our lovely little hotel.

Back again flying with the teams on Sunday 29th November – a beautiful sunny afternoon in Aberdeen but snow further south. Our December LSC meeting was at 5pm followed by dinner and a sleepover at the Murrayfield hotel. PP Fiona Hardie joined us.

On the 28th and 29th I attended the Under 17slam at Forfar. Added value as Grandson Sean was playing.

Next excitement was the Four Nations at Greenacres, staying in the Bowfield hotel. A most enjoyable weekend – actually curling myself. We were pleased to retain the Connie Miller trophy.

Glynhill was on at Braehead that weekend and PP MaryAnne and Alastair represented Ladies Branch at the Saturday evening Dinner.

Next on the circuit was the Scottish Curling Junior Championships at Curl Aberdeen. The two successful teams of Mouat and Jackson had members who were in Tallin last year so some experience there. I am sorry I won’t be with them in Copenhagen . They are great youngsters with a staunchly supportive family backing.

I had the second Board meeting since last news, on the Saturday in Curl Aberdeen. Interesting reports from CEO and Competitions convenor very ably chaired and lots of input by Board members. As with all the committees and LSC and ASC meetings the board minutes are published on RCCC website . Worth a look

Our own February meeting on Tuesday 2nd. Good to have Hon President Kate Caithness there I really appreciate all the interest and participation by representatives. Almost full house despite the gales overnight.

Last weekend I was at Greenacres for the RCCC National Masters. Very exciting finals resulting in wins for Maggie Scott and Graeme Adam. Lovely prizes donated by Greenacres to go with the medals. Horrible weather for journey there but bit better for road home.

Ongoing meetings included the Areas Review now finished and accepted by the Board. Our own Incoming American Tour next November. Jan Howard has done a lot of work on planning and Itinerary almost complete.

Fiona Hardie and committee have organised the new one day Ladies Bonspiel at Kinross on 10th April. See info on line at Competitions or from your local ice rink.

Next on the agenda – the Go Coco Scottish Curling Championships. I will then know for sure who I will be cheering for in Swift Current, Canada in March but before that Henderson Bishop and Morton finals.