Scotland’s Curlers Prepare for North v South Encounter
Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:54am
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s (RCCC) Indoor Grand Match, sponsored by award winning independent financial advisers, Alan Steel Asset Management (ASAM), is set to take place this Saturday 24th October 2015 at venues across Scotland.
Billed as the battle of North of Scotland versus South of Scotland this year’s event features 2,376 curlers from 388 clubs competing in 594 teams at 17 ice rinks across Scotland making it one of the biggest mass participation events in sport.
The Indoor Grand Match is a spin off event based on the traditional Grand Matches which are held on a frozen loch when temperatures and ice conditions permit. The indoor version was initiated in the year 2000 to celebrate the millennium and due to its success has continued every five years since.
An imaginary line is drawn between the River Forth and River Clyde to decide the two sides and games held simultaneously over three sessions throughout the day. Scores will be compiled at the conclusion of all the games with the winner being the side with the most points.
This is the fourth Indoor Grand Match and the South of Scotland has prevailed on all three previous occasions.
Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh, is the headquarters of the Alan Steel Asset Management 2015 Indoor Grand Match, and at precisely 10am on Saturday 24th October, the local artillery unit at Redford will signal the start of event by firing a gun, similar to the one used for the one o’clock at Edinburgh Castle, from the ice rink’s car park.
The remaining sessions will get underway at 12:45pm and 3:30pm with the final trophy presentations made at Murrayfield Curling around 6pm with representatives of the two sides including RCCC President and sponsors ASAM.
Alan Steel (ASAM) said “Being based in Linlithgow and given the town’s long association with the historic curling events held on Linlithgow Loch, we felt it appropriate to celebrate our 40th year in business by supporting the 2015 Indoor Grand Match. We would like to wish the best of luck to all of this year’s competitors”.
Billy Howat, President of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club added, “This is the event where North meets the South in competition, yet most importantly the fellowship of the rinks is key, friendship and old traditions are maintained and new friends made. The RCCC would like to thank the various organising committees for their hard work to make this day possible, as well as all the ice rinks and their staff involved”.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club will be providing live updates and scores throughout the day on this website at 2015 ASAM Indoor Grand Match