Bearsden Curling Club
Bearsden Curling Club

Reports Season 2017-18

News and What’sOn (updated 12 Dec. 2017)

  • Club Competitions.  For this season we booked 141 sheets of ice for Club competitions and inter club games.  For club competitions there is a roughly equal split of early and late games - 52% of games are early (6.00pm or earlier).We are now half way through the Speirs, our main league competition, and it is very tight at the top.  However, a gap is beginning to open up between top and bottom - refer to 'Club Competition and Results'.  Still a long way to go though. 

  • Try Curling and practice sessions.  Intu Braehead provide practice ice between 4.30 and 5.30 on weekdays.  Details of 'Try Curling sessions, 'Sweep' sessions and Cur, Coffee and Cake sessions can be found at curlbraehead.co.uk or contact Ross Barr.

  • MacKenzie Trophy, 9th November, Thursday 5.30pm.  Challenge against Crossmyloof CC.  Bearsden retained the trophy!!

  • David Duncan, After loosing the two opening games we had a turn of form winning the subsequent two games and now need to win our last game against Partick to have a chance of qualifying.    

  • Allan Cup,  We were second in the Group stage winning five games and losing one (to Alma the defending champions). Lost in semi-final to Kelvinside.

  • Pitlochry Weekend, 18-21 January 2018.  Our Convenor promises another exciting programme for the weekend  - full report for the 2017 weekend under the 'Curling Weekends' tab.  Anyone who has not registered interest but wishes to do so should contact Ross asap.  

  • Bearsden Challenge, series of 9 matches with Bearsden Ski Club starting on 24th Jan and finishing 21st March. Details from Iain MacVoy.

  • Points Competition, 4th February 2018.  

  • Ladies v Gents,  24th February 2018, Greenacres.  Gents retain the Centenary Medal - photo below.

  • Kinross Weekend, 2nd - 4th March,2018. Five rinks entered for this bonspiel last year.  Simon Blyth's rink were runners up. Names to Ian Strathdee. 

  • Brechin & Allcomers Trophies,  4th March, 2018. 

  • 2011 Centenary Bonspiel, 11 March.  Annual Bonspeil for Curling Clubs that celebrated their centenary in 2011.  Won in 2017 for the second year running by Wegnen.

  • AGM. Friday 20th April 2018 - 6.30 for 7.00pm start.  Douglas Park Golf Club.

Bearsden Skating and Curling Pond

This photo was snapped by Neil Cameron while waiting for winter tyres to be fitted.

 

Eight Ender!!!! - Anne Strathdee

What a tremendous feat.  Well done Anne.

 

Pairs Winners - Ian Strathdee and Alice Graham. Well Done! This was a joint competition with the bearsden Ski Club

Pairs, November - .  Ian and Alice won on 5th end after peels on 4th end. Two skips stones played and measured on 5th end. Ian and Alice won by 4 inches) Runner up: Peter Hardern and David Graham jnr ( man of match).

World Mixed Curling Championships, Switzerland, October - Jacqui Davidson and Ross Barr (both centre) represented Ireland in this 37 nation competition.  Winning 4 of 7 round robin games were ranked 4th in thier group of 8 (three qualified to the knock out stage) and 23rd overall.

The New Season.  Our 2017-18 curling season opened on 21 September with two games in the Province Cuthbert Cup.  The BCC rinks played Cadder with a win and a loss. All at the club wish Valerie Browning a speedy return to full fitness and look forward to seeing her on the ice again soon.

2017 AGM - Douglas Park GC

 President Simon - a serious moment??

Celebration time at the AGM

Speirs and Centenary Trophies

Kinross Bonspiel 5 March.  Five Bearsden rinks competed this season. The Rink skipped by Simon Blyth, ably supported by Valerie Browning and Campbell Denholm,  went all the way to the final and narrowly lost out to the lacal 'Barton' rink. Check out the Photos page!

Happy people & Trophy winners

Bowl/Rink/Frame/Pairs/Pitlochry Grouse

Braehead Allcomers Trophy 5 March.

Margarita Sweeney Baird, Alison and Ross Barr were in the winning rink, skipped by Bill Gray (second from left).  Bill is a World Senior Curling Champion, playing for Ireland in 2012.

Ladies v Gents 25th Feb 2017.  President Simon with the two team captains.  The four ladies rinks were captained by Valerie Browning and the Gents were captained by John Macfarlane. For the second year in succession the Gents came out on top, retaining the Centenary Medal.  Use the 'photos' tab to see the Medal presentation.

The Broadway Trophy Winners 2017.  The Bearsden Ladies team of Anne Reid, Joan MacVoy, Valerie Browning (skip) and Valerie Veitch won a tense final against the ladies of 69CC1.  Skips shook hands during the final end with BCC 6 - 3 up and lying 2.

Points Competition 5th Feb 2017.  Once again this was a competition run jointly with the Ski Club. The joint Bearsden CC winners were Norma Steven and Peter Harden.  Peter Harden also won the Ski Club trophy. President Simon and Convenor Elaine are shown here presenting the David Murray Trophy to Peter and Norma.

Four Nations Weekend, Greenacres 29th Jan.    Five Bearsden CC members played for their respective national curling associations. Brian and Valerie Veitch (Scotland), Alison Barr (England), Jacqui Davidson and Ross Barr (Ireland). Ireland won the Grand Slam, for the fourth time and the second year running!  The full M&B Herald report under 'Newsletters' tab.

Pitlochry Weekend, 20-22 Jan 2017. The Famous Grouse Trophy was competed by eight teams.  The winning rink was Iain Sim (skip), Norman Smith, Janice McIntyre and Magda Scott.  Pictured are Norman and Janice being presented with the trophy by Hugh McLean, the 2016 winning skip.  The weekend also featured a putting competitio, quizzes, a woodland walk and a ceilidh.  Check out the 'Photos' page!

Glynhill Ladies International, 19-22 Jan 2017. The Norwegian Skaslien Rink, sponsored by Bearsden CC. President Simon presented the ladies,Kristin Skaslien, Anneline Skaarsmoen, Julie Kjaer Molnar and Kristine Davanger each with an exclusive Ailsa Craig Granite coaster and a BCC badge. The competition was won by Team Muirhead, Scotland, who defeated the Swiss Team, Paetz, 8-3 in the Final.

Christmas Bonspiel

Greenacres

Sat 10th December.  

 

Pairs Competition Dec 2016. Report published in the Milngave & Bearsden Herald, Thursday 19 January 2017.

Pairs, December.  This was a joint BCC/Ski Club competition with 11 teams playing in 2 round robin sections.  Simon Blyth and Alison Barr came through top of Section A while Bill Masterton and Iain Reekie won Section B.  In a close final Bill and Ian maintained their form to lift the trophy.  Pictured are Bill and Ian, front and right respectively, with our President and VP arm in arm back left.

World Mixed Curling Championships, October.

Three members of Bearsden Curling Club represented Ireland in the world championships in Kazan, Russia.  Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr and Margarita Sweeney Baird (with skip Bill Gray) had an unforgetable experience and finished in a creditable 23rd place in the competition with 37 nations.  M&B Herald report under 'Newsletters' tab.

Opening Bonspiel, 9th September.  Once again BCC entered two Rinks.  Bearsden A - Ian Strathdee, Jack Steven, Ann Livingston and Campbell Denholm.  Rink B, (pictured) - Ross Barr, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Alison Barr and Jacqui Barr.  Curling was good fun.  However the raffle provided more tangible results.

David Duncan Cup.  Sept 7th. Bearsden, skipped by Simon Blyth, made a winning start against Drystanes. 

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