Next Events/Fixtures

  • EL Province Bonspiel - Fri 19-1-18 @ 12.05
  • Pairs Competition - Sun - 21-1-18 from 3.45pm
  • Rennie - Thu 25-1-18 @ 5.30pm & SUPPER
  • Wingate RESCHEDULED - Mon 29-1-18 @ 5.30 James L v Willie
  • Wingate RESCHEDULED - Fri 2-2-18 @ 5.30 Dave v Sandy
  • Site Updated 19-1-18

Friday, 12 January 2018

President v Vice 2018

With President James Logan still on skiing duties, Joe Barry stepped in (OK he came into the rink for another game that wasn't scheduled and was press-ganged into making up the numbers) to lead one of the President's teams, the other being led by Dave Munro, (making it an all C&B led President's team).  The Vice president, Willie Kerr led a shorthanded team and was assisted by Morgan.
Courtesy of some big scores Morgan was leading the Munro squad 7 - 1 after three ends (Overall 8 - 3 to the VP).  Dave then regained his form and brought his game back level after  five, meanwhile Joe was easing ahead of Willie giving the overall lead back to the (absent) President by 11 - 9.  Morgan managed a 3 in the sixth to reduce the Vice President's deficit to 1.
The final end saw Morgan restrict Dave to a single taking their game 10 - 8 leaving Willie needing a 3 to win.  Willie, with the hammer saw Joe's last shot come up short leaving him sitting with the necessary 3.  As he returned up the ice to play his last stone numerous voiced were heard to shout "DON'T DO IT WILLIE").  Foreheads were slapped and eyes were shut as he was given 'extremely' wide ice.  Fortunately sense prevailed and Willie played wide, light and with the wrong handle.
So with a chorus of clucking and wing flapping coming from the President's men (and women), Willie 'Two Tone' Kerr was acclaimed as the winner of the President's Cup.

Wingate - Final Update

With 1 round to go Dave, this years winner (already) decided that his rink was safe in the hands of his Deputy Graeme and sub Becky to take on the absent James Logan.  Team Logan was being led by Lindsey.  Graeme's team of Colin and Richard were keen to point out that they did not want to lose their undefeated record.  All round it was a tough game with neither skips setting the world alight (having both failed to make either of their stones in the first end) Eventually, due in no small part to one big end, Team Munro survived with their record still intact.
Meanwhile Sandy and Willie slugged it out for control of the middle order with Willie coming out the victor.  This result gives them the same championship points but Team Kerr leapfrog Team Nicoll Jnr by dint of having taken 2 more ends over the season.
The top of the table is now consolidated by Team Munro who will seek to maintain their record against Team Nicoll while James Logan's band of warriors, who have secured relegation will be up against Team Kerr to try and regain some respectability.  The battle for the middle order will spice these games up with only 2 ends separating Willie and Sandy.

Strathcona Cup 2018 - An Invitation

Strathcona Cup Canadian Tour to Scotland 2018


The Canadians are HERE!


In January the Canadian Strathcona Cup Team arrive in Scotland to play for the Strathcona Cup, the oldest trophy in International Curling.
It is the grandest and likely the most valuable trophy in curling. It rarely leaves the vaults. It was specially commissioned by Lord Strathcona for the first Canadian tour to Scotland in 1909. (for more info and photos go to :- strathconacup100.ca ).
As a young man of 18, Donald Smith, (later to become Lord Strathcona) set out from Forres to work for the Hudson Bay Company eventually rising to the top. He made his fortune in trading, banking and investment and was a major investor in the Canadian Pacific Railway. He is famous for hammering in the last golden spike on completion of the transcontinental railway in 1855 at Craigellachie, B.C. He became an MP in the Canadian Government and was instrumental in forming the ‘Mounties’. Latterly he was appointed as the High Commissioner for Canada to Great Britain and entered the House of Lords as Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal.
His handsome trophy is all about bringing together the Scots who developed the game and the Canadians who have made curling one of their National sports.
It is unique in that it is a tour played Nationwide over a number of weeks where curlers of both countries have the opportunity to represent their country in the spirit and camaraderie that is the essence of the game.
It all started in 1902 when the RCCC decided to accept a long standing invitation to send a team of Scottish Curlers to Canada to further the special relationship of the international curling fraternity. A team of 22 worthy Scottish Curlers were duly chosen from the four Curling Areas of Scotland. Taking their own stones with them, they set out to play in January 1903 on a 2 month tour, including ocean and rail travel, from Halifax to Winnipeg, ending in a mini tour to the USA from Minneapolis to New York.
Such was the effusive praise from the Canadians of the success of this Tour, the RCCC invited the Canadians to send a team to Scotland and that such a Tour should coincide with the year that Lord Strathcona, with his unique honourable status in both countries, was the RCCC President in 1909. The Canadians sent curlers from every Province in the country, even one from Dawson City in the Yukon who started his journey to Scotland on a sled!


The enthusiasm for this event has carried on over the years and is now played for every 5 years alternating between Scotland and Canada. Every point in every game counts and is recorded, so competition is fierce right to the last stone played by every rink. Pride is very much at stake. Scotland won on the last Tour to Canada in 2013 by 2876 shots to 2621, to even it up at 11 matches all since 1903!
The Canadians arrive at Murrayfield on 30th January to play their final games over 4 days against teams selected to represent their Provinces so these matches may be crucial to the overall result.
Even If you are not one of the 80 Edinburgh Area curlers selected to challenge for the Cup this time, please come along to welcome the Canadians and give your support on any of the days from 30th January to 2nd February.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

CHANGE OF FIXTURES (WINGATE)

Due to a clash of our final Wingate Fixture on 31st January with the incoming Strathcona Cup Dinner, the games have been rescheduled as follows :-

Wed 31st January - CANCELLED

Mon 29th January @ 5.30pm  Rinks 1 v 4 - James Logan v Willie Kerr
Fri 2nd Feb @ 5.30 Rinks 2 v 3 - Dave Munro v Sandy Nicoll

 Please update your cards/calendar accordingly.

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Have a great curling break and a Fab New Year

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Early Christmas for Dave Munro

Following last weeks dip in form (only a peel) Dave was looking to wrap up his second championship in a week.  (Last week he won the Currie and Balerno Kettle League).  However he was up against a resurgent Willie Kerr who was not about to make it easy for him.  True to form, Team Munro was only able to win two ends while the Kerr Squad scored in five ends.  Unfortunately for team Kerr, they were only allowed a single each time while Team Munro Snr took a four and a two to secure the match AND the Wingate crown by 6 - 5.
This represents a hat trick for Dave, having won it for the last two seasons.  We will have to create a Hall of Fame to induct him into as he is the first member to take a hat trick since my records begin (1891).  It could also be noted that Dave has also won our Presidents Cup, three times in a row, again the only person to do so. Before he is overly consumed with his own greatness, he still has a bit of catching up to do as Lindsey has won the ladies points for seven straight years.
Dave has occasionally been assisted (and hindered by his team of Graeme Maguire, Colin Baird and Richard Taylor.
In the other game Sandy powered to a 13 - 8 win over the absent James Logan and moves himself into second place and now only needs to secure another 1 point to guarantee himself safe in the Wingate for a second year.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Rennie @ 50%

The new and enlarged Rennie reached the end of the first round with a couple of interesting results.  Both games went to the seemingly underdogs and both teams that won the most ends, ended up losing.
The undefeated Team Aberdein was in a top of the table clash with Team Morgan.  Willie Kerr, at the helm of Andy's team always seemed to hold a small advantage, whenever Morgan built up a good end, Willie would manage to get one stone into the middle of the pack that was impossible to dislodge.  With the score at 5 - 3 in Willies favour he left Morgan a draw, with backing, for a 2 and a peeled game.  Despite Graeme's advice, Morgan instead elected to play a heavy weight strike, with only a thin edge visible (and the necessity to catch the stone even finer).  When the debris had cleared, the measure was brought out and Morgan had made the necessary three and took the game
6 - 5 despite having lost four ends to three.  Andy had suffered his first defeat of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Rowena was also absent from her team, which was led by Lorna.  Lorna managed to engineer a 5 and a 4 shot ends in the second and fourth ends to take a commanding 9 - 2 lead.  Team Baird fought back with a win and a steal in the next two ends.  At this point Lorna, with brother Sandy subbing in third, seemed to relax and Colin, Hugh and both Donalds almost pulled off an unlikely come back.  Unfortunately they only managed a steal of 3 in the final end and narrowly lost out 9 - 8, despite having won five of the seven ends !
So at the half way point, Teams Aberdein and Nicoll Snr. are top with only one defeat each and the A Team topping the table by virtue of having won two more ends.  Teams Kerr Jun. and Baird are next, respectively one and two wins behind the leaders.  Meanwhile Teams Pate and Munro Jnr. are at the other end of the table with one win each.  Team Pate however has a relatively comfortable six end advantage over the junior squad.  If the table was to be determined on ends ONLY, the James Pate quartet would be in third place.