Janet recently played in a team of Stirling Area Ladies in the Morton Cup against Waterside at the Peak. She was really lucky to be part of the team that scored an Eight. Apart from being awarded a badge and certificate, there is a brass plaque at the ice rink which lists the team members and their mother clubs – a little extra publicity for Drymen Curling Club.
Ladies: Janet Simpson, Jo Cunningham, Anne Ewing, Anne Lochhead
Gents: Andy Kinninmonth, Alan Brunger, Derek Young, Bill Cunningham
On the day before the match, Jimmy Bilsland had to call off due to business commitments. Thankfully we managed to get “beginner” Derek Young to play and this was passed on the understanding he didn’t skip or play Third.
The match started with the Ladies racing into a well deserved 4-1 lead after the 3rd end with some excellent curling and looking good. However, the pressure began to tell and the Gents clawed the game back slowly before winning 9-5. The score did not reflect how tight the match was, but as ever an excellent and enjoyable game for everyone.
A great afternoon’s curling was held at Greenacres for this annual competition within the Club. Four Teams took part and the winning team was skipped by James Bilsand with team members Les Goodfellow, Lorna Young, Kate Robb. As usual lunch was very welcome and the 2 winning teams from the first session played each other after lunch in the final.
Many thanks to Derek Young for providing us with a very interesting and insightful coaching evening. This was “off-ice” and included really useful information on preparation to play, techniques on-ice, ettiquette and strategy. The time flew past and before we knew it the 2 hours had gone!
You may have heard by now that the Peak have technical problems and have had to cancel bookings which has unfortunately impacted on our planned Opening Bonspiel- due to be held on 11th September. We will look to having a social event, perhaps in October, after one of our early evening games. Since we only have enough players to run 3 teams for the League competitions it means that not everyone is there for every game, but we will work something out!
It might still be summer (though we now have some rain) but it’s not long until our Opening Bonspiel which is on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 1815, and which will be followed by a meal. We’ll be publishing the Curling Calendar soon and will let all members know by email when it is ready to download. The Committee held a draw meeting/meal in the Clachan during July and the results of the draw will be published in the Team Listings area of the website within the next couple of weeks.
Please note that the upstairs Bar/Restaurant at the Peak has changed hands and will NOT be open in the evenings. So, bad news for those early curling sessions when we want to eat after playing!!
Last Season’s trophies were presented during the meal following the Christmas Bonspiel (Dec 2017). This year saw the presentation of a brand new Clachan Cup by the proprietors of the Clachan Inn, Gordon and Elaine Strang. Many thanks to them for their generosity. The first name on the new cup is Anne Ewing who’s team members were John Steel, Alan Brunger & Helen Watson. The evening was held in the SpringKerse View in Stirling, the meal was very good and the staff very helpful. Trophies were presented by Club President Lorna Young.