The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Weekend round-up 22/09/17-24/09/17

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:10pm

Murrayfield Ladies Coaching Day, Edinburgh

2014 Olympic Silver Medallist Michael Goodfellow brings strong sweeping skills to his team and took time out of his busy schedule on Friday to share some top tips with 32 women at this RCCC supported seminar.

Barbara McFarlane, RCCC Performance Development Coach who is heading to the World Mixed Championship next week in a playing capacity provided a presentation on delivery techniques.

Michael and Barbara were joined by RCCC Level 2 Coach Ena Stevenson and World University Games Champion Bruce Mouat to take groups on-ice to break down the delivery with time for practice, feedback and self-reflection.

Local lad Bruce finished off the day with a presentation on ‘Competing overseas’ and highlights of his recent trip to Canada.

To arrange a seminar for your ice rink / development group, contact our Development Manager Ailidh Hood.

RCCC Coaching & Development Conference, Lanarkshire

There was 100% turnout on Sunday for the fully booked Coaching & Development Conference.

RCCC Director Hugh Templeton opened the day’s proceedings by highlighting the ‘golden ticket’ opportunity that the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games bring and the importance of working together.

Development staff Judith McCleary, Ailidh Hood, Fiona Harfield and Helen Kallow presented sessions on Try Curling, Inclusion Awareness and the upcoming ‘Ready, Steady, Curl’ course which will be piloted in November for people who want to get involved through helping at coaching sessions.

‘What if no-one turns up?’ was the topic delivered by Kinross-shire Cricket Club’s Anthony Drew and John Ross who told their true and very humorous tales of the past 15 years. Since 2002, Kinross-shire Cricket Club has gone from almost folding to a membership of over 100 with lots of active coaches, players and volunteers. It hasn’t all been plain sailing and it was with great understanding that those in attendance could relate to the problems faced and appreciate the determination and hours of work that were given by a few key people to resolve a variety of situations.

Bruce Mouat and Judith McCleary who have represented Scotland for the last six years in separate teams at the World Mixed Doubles Championship gave a joint presentation on ‘An insight to Mixed Doubles’. The group faced some questions about how this format could be developed in Scotland providing food for thought.

Afternoon sessions were organised by Scottish and British Curling Head Coach Tony Zummack and RCCC Disability Officer Helen Kallow. Participants spent approximately an hour looking at fault analysis and correction and an hour at disability modules split between Vision Impaired Curling and Wheelchair Curling. Participants got the chance to try wearing glasses that simulate different vision impairments and the challenges.

RCCC CEO Bruce Crawford rounded up the day, reflecting on the key learnings from the day and wished everyone collectively a successful season ahead.

Goldline Scottish Curling Tour -Braehead Open

The first Tour event of the season kicked off at intu Braehead over the weekend with women’s teams, men’s teams and mixed teams all in contention.

The semi-finals saw Team Bryce overcome Team Woolston (England) and Team Hare bypass Team Marshall.

The final made for great viewing and was a very aggressive style of game. Scores of ones and twos in the first few ends led the game to be tied 3-3 after five ends. Team Hare took a 2 in the 6th, but Team Bryce piled on the pressure by taking 3 in the seventh. Lots of stones in play made for an exciting final end, and Hare was left with a challenging double takeout for the win, but the angles didn’t go in their favour, and Team Bryce took the 2017 Braehead Open title.

To view all the results, visit www.scottishcurlingtour.com