Four teams competed in some intense games of pairs but it was John Steel and Chris Bilsland who were the overall winners of our annual Pairs Competition. Janet Simpson and Anne Ewing were runners-up. As we couldn’t leave the Presidents to award themselves, Janet stood in and presented our new trophy to the worthy winners. Our huge thanks to Andy Kinninmonth who spent his “lockdown” crafting this beautiful trophy.
Congratulations to Andy Kinninmonth and his team comprising Janet Simpson, Alan Brunger and Anne Lochhead for winning the 2021 League Cup. There were slightly fewer numbers curling this year so the League has finished earlier than usual. The 2nd place went to Chris Bilsland and her team of Elsbeth Goodfellow, Sheila Steel and Bill Cunningham. Last, but not least, was John Steel’s team of Helen Watson, Anne Ewing and Jim Bilsland. Our next club games include the Pairs Competition, Christmas Challenge, the Jimmy Bilsland at Greenacres, with the Clachan Cup commencing in the New Year.
It may be hot and sunny outside, but our curling season starts next month. Yes, in August curling in Stirling starts with a “Bounceback” week, which also incorporates the annual Doune Rosebowl competition. Drymen CC has one team entered into the afternoon session of the Doune Rosebowl. The rest of this week is designed to encourage curlers back onto the ice, with a variety of sessions including funspiels and coach assisted practice sessions. If you are interested in joining any of the Stirling Curling Group organised events, click on the link below.
It is with great sadness that the Club wishes to inform members of the passing of George Gibb. George was a loyal member of Drymen Curling Club for many years. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife Margaret.
We are making plans for Curling to re-start in September. To help with our planning we need to know how many of our members would like to play. Please note – you must complete this form once for each member wishing to join for the current year. You have the option to let us know which position you wish to play in for both the League and Clachan Cup competitions. If you just wish to be in the Pool then please type that in to the preferred playing position field.
In these unprecedented and uncertain times, I wish you all well in the coming months. The vaccine is the only bright light in the not too distant future, hopefully with everyone getting the chance next year!! At the moment any curling seems very unlikely this season.
On behalf of the committee I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Instead of curling, our Secretary has been busy sorting through the old Club files and come across a few interesting bits that have been added to the History section. See tab above to read some amusing and interesting facts.
Well the spike in Covid19 cases has brought all curling plans this autumn to a halt. Plans are progressing to start curling in January, but only if the Central Belt moves down to at least level 2. The Stirling Curling Group are planning to run leagues again from January to March and if you wish to play in these, either in a team with Drymen or as an individual, please email our Secretary, Janet
As Summer is coming to an end, you may be thinking of dusting off those curling shoes.
It is still very uncertain as to the exact timing of the opening of The Peak for curling. The NCA has opened for the elite curlers and some restricted club curling may take place in September. Air conditioning in the Peak is being modified to meet new requirements and a tentative date for ice opening in the main arena has been suggested as mid October but many people view this as optimistic and subject to Government rules and community outbreaks of Covid not increasing.
When it does open for curling, session times are likely to be altered to allow for cleaning of stones etc so there is likely to less ice available to serve all the clubs who use the Peak. Clubs will soon be asked to submit revised ice requirements, so over the coming weeks we will be looking at what competitions we would like to keep, depending on ice availability and willingness of players
Scottish Curling’s guidelines to resume curling include the following conditions:
arriving well in advance already in curling gear apart from shoes
no socialising on or off the ice
wearing a mask
one sweeper only
opposing skip unable to sweep a stone through the head
all players standing at socially-distanced marked spots on either side of the rink
travel to and from separately
Updates will be posted when available. In the meantime stay safe.