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2017/2018 News Items
The Pairs Final takes place this evening, David Hall & Bill Stevenson will play Jim Stirling & Heather Wyper. The scores from the round robin matches have been updated on the Results page.
Aikman Cup Final 2018
In the battle of the Hall brothers for the Aikman Cup, it was David that started with a single, thanks largely to a well played raise by third Richard Fergusson after Alan looked as if he might be set to get off to a fast start. In the second, a well played takeout by Heather Wyper turned the end in Alan’s favour and he duly played a hit with his last to claim 3 shots. David had a chance of taking the three back at the third but his double takeout got too thick a contact and he had to settle for a single. In the fourth there were plenty of stones in play behind the tee line. David played a nice tap back with his last stone but Alan played a good shot of his own to squeeze David’s shot out for a two and a lead of 5-2. It was all square in the fifth as David produced a great takeout, albeit with the help of a slight touch off another stone, to take a three. The momentum had shifted very quickly and David soon opened up a lead with the game’s first steal, of three shots, in the sixth. There was more drama in the seventh as Alan had a chance of a three himself only for his last stone takeout to stay wide and roll out leaving David with a steal of one to head into the last end leading by four. But there was to be no further drama as Alan ran out of stones in the final end, leaving David’s team of Richard Fergusson, Ross Orr and Maryanne Hall as Aikman Cup winners for 2017/18
Congratulations go to Jim Waddell and his team of Richard Fergusson, Lynn Kenyon and Richard Kenyon, who won the Cameron Quaich last night, defeating Arthur Devine 9-7 in a hard fought encounter. A steal of 3 at the second end gave Jim an early 5-0 lead only for Arthur to strike back with a 4 then a steal of 3 too making it 7-5 after just 4 ends. The game then turned again as Jim picked up a single followed by steals of 2 and another single to take the trophy.
Meanwhile this season's Pairs Competition is well underway and the latest scores can be found here.
David Hall's side are through to the Aikman Cup final after they defeated Laura Ritchie's team 5-4 in the semi final on Thursday evening. There they will play Alan Hall's side at 7.55 this coming Thursday. There was only one point between the teams after the round robin but Alan has had two comfortable wins against David in the round robin and the first playoff match.
Jim Waddell's side will play Arthur Devine's team in this year's Cameron Quaich final. Jim defeated Arthur 6-5 in the final round robin match last night to finish top of the standings. The two finalists are, however, almost inseparable - while Jim finished a point ahead, they both won the same number of ends and had the same points differential in their four games with Jim's side scoring just a single shot more. Hopefully we'll see a close final on Monday.
I'm sure nobody needs reminding but I'll do so anyway.....the curling is about to start in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics! And of course our own Kyle Waddell lines up at second in Kyle Smith's Team GB. It's a tough start for the young Brits with games against Switzerland and perennial favourites Canada but we all wish them the best of luck. What an experience it'll be for all of them.
Alan Hall's side are the first to secure a place in this season's Aikman Cup final after a comfortable win over David Hall last night. In the 3v4 match, John Harcourt's side were beaten by Laura Ritchie and elminated, leaving Laura to play David in next week's semi final.
Arthur Devine secured his place in this season's Cameron Quaich final with an 8-4 win over David Hall last night. Jim Waddell lies second but plays Arthur in his final match and could be caught by Alan Hall if Alan can beat David Hall in his last game.
The last two matches of the round robin in this season's Aikman Cup provided a dramatic finale as the last 2 playoff places were decided right at the death. Going into these matches Laura Ritchie held third place, a point ahead of Kevin Keenan and John Harcourt, the last two separated just by one end. With Laura playing Kevin in their final game, all three had a chance to qualify. In the end Laura defeated Kevin 8-1 to clinch third place. Meanwhile, John was losing 3-8 to Iain Hathorn, however in doing so he managed to win two ends, thus tying Kevin on ends won and finishing with a shots difference of -10 compared to Kevin's -16. So it's John that qualifies to face Laura in the first round of playoff games this coming Thursday while David Hall plays brother Alan in the 1v2 game. The final standings can be found here.
Victories for David and Alan Hall in last week's Aikman Cup matches saw them secure first and second place in the standings. That leaves two places up for grabs and three teams vying for them - Laura Ritchie sits a point ahead of Kevin Keenan and John Harcourt and the last matches this week see Laura and Kevin facing each other while John Harcourt plays Iain Hathorn.
More scores have been added for the Cameron Quaich with Jim Waddell and Arthur Devine both unbeaten so far. All the scores and tables can be found here.
The Aikman Cup picture became a little clearer after last week's results. Defeats for Iain Hathorn and Isabelle Tait meant they cannot now reach the playoffs. That leaves 5 teams vying for 4 places with everyone having one game remaining apart from John Harcourt who has two left to play.
This season's Cameron Quaich is now underway with Arthur Devine and Jim Waddell winning the first matches. These and all future results can be found on the Results and Standings page.
No peeled games last week in the Aikman Cup but a couple of defeats for the top two sides - John Harcourt defeated leader David Hall by 7-1, while Laura Ritchie breezed past Alan Hall by 8-2. All of which leaves the table even closer with games running out before the playoffs. Full details can be found here.
Happy New Year to all! After the festive break we're back down to business in the Aikman Cup where David and Alan Hall continue to lead the way, David maintaining a one point lead with each having two games left in the round robin. David's latest result was an 8-8 peel with Iain Hathorn, the latest of many in this season's competition. In my experience peels are relatively uncommon in the Aikman Cup, so I've had a look back at recent seasons. Over the last 5 seasons there have been a total of 10 peeled games. This season there have been no fewer than 8 so far. Every side has had at least one and Kevin Keenan has had 5! Perhaps a sign of how close and competitive this season's competition is?
Congratulations to Robert Kirkland and his team who defeated David Hall's side 8-4 in last night's Gold Medal final. David started in fine form taking 4 in the opening end before Robert replied with two at the second. However consecutive single point steals over ends three to six turned the game on its head before a further steal of two at the seventh sealed the win for Robert and his team of Richard Fergusson, sub Marion Fergusson and Ross Orr.
In the Aikman Cup, everyone has now played each other once. WIth six games each under their belts, David Hall and Alan Hall lead the way with John Harcourt still in third spot. Iain Hathorn finally got his first win in the competition, moved off the bottom of the table and ensured that with 4 games each remaining, all seven sides are still in with a chance of making the playoffs.
The Gold Medal round robin matches are now complete and the final standings can be found on the Results page. The final is this coming Monday evening 11th December at 5.45pm and features the top two sides from the round robin as first placed Robert Kirkland takes on second placed David Hall. The two had a very close match earlier in the competition and the final could well be the same.
The Aikman Cup is now past the halfway stage with David Hall still leading the way after a narrow win over Iain Hathorn last week. For all of the scores and the latest league table, click here.
Although there are two games remaining in the Gold Medal, David Hall's win over Jim Waddell earlier this week means he has booked his place in the final against Robert Kirkland. After a very close game between the two in the round robin, the rematch should be another good game.
Meanwhile, in the Aikman Cup, David Hall retook the lead from brother Alan with a win over Isabelle Tait last night. For all the scores and tables, click here.
With all teams in the Aikman Cup now having played 4 games, we have a three way tie at the top. Alan Hall, David Hall and John Harcourt all have 6 points with Alan just ahead on ends won. Check out the latest results and standings here.
Elsewhere, don't forget that our very own Kyle Waddell is in St Gallen, Switzerland this week, as second in Kyle Smith's Scotland team competing in the European Championships. You can follow their progress on the RCCC and WCF sites.
In this week's Gold Medal games it was the clash of the two unbeaten teams and it was Robert Kirkland who came out victorious, his 5-4 over David Hall guaranteeing his side a place in next month's final. The second spot is still up for grabs with three teams in pursuit of David Hall. Next week's game between David Hall and Jim Waddell could prove decisive. The latest standings are here..
More results for you from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup. In the former, Robert Kirkland and David Hall are unbeaten while Arthur Devine and Isobel Waddell are looking for their first points. In the latter, three sides are tied on four points from three games and a close competition beckons for the rest of the season.
This week's results from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup have been added. It's very early stages for both competitions of course but Robert Kirkland has started the Gold Medal with 2 wins from 2, while Alan Hall has done likewise in the Aikman Cup. David Hall leads the Aikman on ends won, however, having played a game more.
The competitive season is now well underway with results in from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup. These have been added to the Results page. Check back for further regular updates as the season progresses.
As promised, all of this season's fixtures have now been uploaded to the site and are available to view here
The new season will soon be here and the website will be updated over the next week or so to show all of the new fixtures. The opening day competition is for the Knowetop Salver this year and is on Thursday 21st September at 5.45, followed by High Tea at around 8.30. The match secretary for this is new President Archie Kirkland. Please check your fixture list and advise Archie if you are unable to play.
In the meantime all of last season's news items have been moved to the Archives page
2016/2017 News Items
And yet more congratulations, to Stephen Hall, Margaret Galbraith, Maryanne Hall and Karen Morgan on winning this season's Blairmains Trophy, edging out Eddie Ireland's side by a single point after the double round robin.
More congratulations, this time to Iain Hathorn and Archie Kirkland who won the Pairs final last Tuesday. In an entertaining match against Iain and Tom Waddell, the sides exchanged singles in the first three ends, giving Iain and Archie a 2-1 lead. The Waddells edged ahead at the fourth with a 2 before Iain and Archie took a three at the fifth to lead 5-3. A blank end followed by two singles for the Waddells tied the match at 5-5 and sent the match to an extra end where Iain and Archie finally prevailed with a count of 2 for a hard fought 7-5 victory.
Congratulations to Robert Kirkland and his side who defeated David Hall 8-2 to lift the Aikman Cup on Thursday. Robert, along with Margaret Harcourt, Malcolm Paris and Katharine McCornick, started well, stealing a single at the first end before stealing three more in the second and a further single in the third. David and his side threatened several times to get back into the game but some good shots at crucial times kept them largely at bay and restricted them to a couple of singles. Leading 8-2 after seven ends, Robert quickly ran David out of stones in the final end to clinch the victory.
Congratulations go to Jim Waddell and his team of Margaret Harcourt, Ishbel Gow and Richard Kenyon who defeated David Hall 7-6 on Monday to win this season's Cameron Quaich.
The final section matches took place in the Pairs last night. Iain and Tom Waddell won comfortably to book their place in the final. There they'll meet Iain Hathorn and Archie Kirkland whose 4-4 peel with Robert Kirkland and Margaret Harcourt was enough to keep their noses in front by 6 ends to 5. The final is on Tuesday 28th at 7.55pm
Following our successful “Come & Try Evenings” over the past two years we are holding another one at the end of this season on Monday 27th March 2017 at 7.55pm. If you know of anyone who may be interested please bring them along. There will be experienced curlers on hand to get them started and give advice.
Some dramatic games to report on this week: in last night's Aikman Cup semi final, Iain Hathorn and David Hall finished peeled at 7-7 after 7 ends with David going on to draw his shot closer to the button and book his spot in next week's final against Robert Kirkland. Meanwhile in the Cameron Quaich on Monday, David Hall booked another final appearance with a win over brother Alan, while Jim Waddell's 6-5 win over Arthur Devine meant he also leapfrogged Alan to join David in Monday's final.
This week's Pairs scores have been added to the results page.
While I don't have the scores from this week's Cameron Quaich matches yet, I have been advised that the final will be between David Hall and Jim Waddell. More details as and when I get them.
Robert Kirkland's side booked the first place in this season's Aikman Cup final on Thursday, 3 penalty shots for a non appearance in Iain Hathorn's side eventually proving to be the difference between the teams. In the other playoff match, David Hall's early advantage over John Harcourt ebbed away but he was able to hold off the challenge and won 7-6. Iain and David now meet in the Page semi final this coming Thursday.
Meanwhile the Pairs Competition is now underway with further matches in the groups due on coming Tuesdays.
This season's Cameron Quaich has almost reached a conclusion with the standings as tight as any other competition this season. Alan Hall leads the way with five points from three matches, one ahead of his brother David and Arthur Devine. Jim Waddell is one further point back but can still reach the final. The final two matches are next Monday at 5.45 and see Alan play David and Arthur play Jim.
The final two round robin matches in the Aikman Cup took place on Thursday. Iain Hathorn's win over Kevin Keenan saw him leapfrog Robert Kirkland to finish a point ahead at the top of the table. Meanwhile David Hall's narrow win over Alan Hall means he stays in third and allows John Harcourt to remain fourth and take the final playoff spot. The first round of playoff matches are scheduled for this coming Thursday. You can check all f the scores and final standings here.
This season's Aikman Cup placings will go down to the final games this coming week, not too much of a surprise given how close the competition has been all season. In last week's matches, Iain Hathorn defeated Robert Kirkland to move into second and will top the round robin if he beats Kevin Keenan on Thursday. John Harcourt's win over Isabelle Tait keeps his side in with a chance of the playoffs and eliminates Isabelle from contention. However, Alan Hall, currently in 7th spot, could still leapfrog Isabelle and John and finish fourth if he can defeat his brother David and score enough ends and shots in this week's other match. David also has plenty to play for as a win for him in that game and a defeat for Ian would see David finish second and give him a better chance of succeeding in the Page playoff format. All to play for on Thursday then!
The Aikman Cup playoff picture became slightly clearer on Thursday night as David Hall's point against Kevin Keenan guaranteed his team's spot in the top four. He remains two points behind Robert Kirkland and both have one game remaining. Iain Hathorn has two games left to play and is one point further back. There are now three teams tied on 8 points - John Harcourt, Alan Hall and Isabelle Tait - who are also tied on ends won! John and Isabelle play against each other this week while Ian faces Robert.
This season's Cameron Quaich is now underway with a couple of close games starting things off last night. Full details here.
The Aikman Cup is getting closer to the end of the round robin but the playoff spots are still not much clearer. Robert Kirkland still leads by three points despite Thursday's loss to Alan Hall and is guaranteed a playoff spot. Iain Hathorn's victory over John Harcourt moves him to second with a game in hand. David Hall and John Harcourt are alongside Ian on ten points but Alan Hall is now just two points further back and Isabelle Tait could also qualify if she wins her final two gamnes. All to play for over the next three weeks!
Happy New Year everyone!
A few changes have been made to the teams for this season's Cameron Quaich - Rink 1 will now be skipped by Kevin Keenen. He is replacing Drew Cameron who is recovering from his knee operation. Rink 2 Graeme Hall is replacing Kevin Keenan as second. Rink 4 Steven Hall will replace Isobel Waddell as third. The first games are on Monday 16th at 5.45.
The last match results for 2016 are in - in the Aikman Cup, Robert Kirkland still leads the way, with David Hall, Iain Hathorn and John Harcourt in hot pursuit. All of the results to date plus the full standings can be accessed here.
Congratulations to David Hall and his team of Kevin Keenan, Ishbel Gow and Stephen Aitken on winning this season's Gold Medal. In Monday's final they edged out Craig Waddell's side, skipped on the night by Jim Waddell, 7-5. After starting with a three followed by a steal of one, David gave up a couple of singles beofre taking two of his own. Jim pulled it back to 6-5 with a three at the seventh end before a final single sealed the win.
It's Gold Medal Final night tonight! Defending champ David Hall takes on Craig Waddell's side at 5.45 and the winning skip will be presented with the Gold Medal immediately afterwards. Do please pop along to support the finalists if you can.
Meanwhile the Aikman Cup continues to be a close competition. With all teams having now played each other once, Robert Kirkland leads the way by a point from Iain Hathorn then a further four teams tied two points further back.
Another set of Aikman Cup games and it's all change in the standings again - by not playing, Isabelle Tait has found herself dropping from top spot down to fifth. There are plenty of games remaining so it's anyone's guess for now who the playoff teams will be. Robert Kirkland now leads by one point from no less than 5 other sides separated only by ends and shots difference.
The Craig/Kerr Waddell side joined David Hall in this season's Gold Medal final after a resounding 12-3 victory over Jim Waddell last night. The final takes place on Monday 12th December at 5.45.
Meanwhile the Aikman Cup remains a closely fought competition with just a single point currently separating the top five teams. All of the results and standings can be found here as always.
Defending champion skip David Hall booked his place in this season's Gold Medal final last night with an 8-4 win over Arthur Devine. The other place is still up for grabs, however, with just two matches remaining in the round robin: Craig/Kerr Waddell plays Jim Waddell and Arthur Devine takes on Alan Hall on Monday 28th November with all four teams theoretically in with a chance of making the final.
More results to bring you from the Aikman Cup where Isabelle Tait leads the way with three wins from her three games. The results and standings can be found here as always.
On Friday night, Hamilton & Thornyhill retained the Raeburn Salver with victory over Avondale Heather by the narrowest of margins. With one win for each club and the third game finishing level the match was decided by overall shots, Hamilton & Thornyhill prevailing thanks to the winning efforts of Arthur Devine, John Harcourt, Margaret Harcourt and Graeme Hall.
More results for you, this time in both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup. All available here.
The Gold Medal is now also underway, with wins for Arthur Devine and David Hall in last week's opening matches. This and future results along with the latest standings will as always be available here.
Club President David Hall began the season in the same way he ended last season by taking the Crookedstone Quaich, this season's opening bonspiel, ably assisted by Stephen Hall and Christine Hall.
This season's Aikman Cup is underway, Alan Hall defeating Iain Hathorn 6-4 in one of the opening games, the other finishing 8-8 between John Harcourt and Robert Kirkland.
As promised, all of the forthcoming season's fixtures have now been added to the website and can be accessed now and throughout the season via the link on the left side of the page.
The new season will soon be here and the website will be updated over the next week or so to show all of the new fixtures. The opening day competition is for the Crookedstone Quaich this year and is on Thursday 22nd September at 5.45, followed by High Tea at around 8.30
In the meantime all of last season's news items have been moved to the Archives page
2015/2016 News Items
Congratulations to Eddie Ireland and his team of Stephen Hall, Wilbert Hall and William Monaghan who defeated Kevin Keenan's side 9-5 on Tuesday to win this season's Blairmains Trophy. The full results and final standings can be found here.
Aikman Cup Final report - David Hall vs Iain Hathorn
After David won the toss, Iain's front end managed to develop a useful first end before David produced a perfect last stone draw to the four foot for a single. Hits were exchanged in the second end with both teams having chances to establish control but after a miss by David with his last, Iain was left to draw the eight foot for a three which he duly did, albeit with the aid of some serious sweeping! In the third, again both teams exchanged good shots early on before Iain missed a takeout allowing David to lie three. Iain's last shot was much better, playing a hit and roll that forced David to play a takeout. He played it well but the shooter rolled out leaving him with two and the game tied at 3-3 after 3. Some good early play followed by good hits by David's side in the next piled the pressure on Iain. Eventually he was left with a draw to the full four foot against three and came up just short. In the fifth, David had a stone on the button early on which proved impossible to shift, well placed guards making things impossible for Iain, before his last stone raised a second for David and a lead of 8-3. Onto the sixth with plenty of guards in play this time. Iain produced an excellent hit and roll through a port but was unable to take more than a single as his difficult angled raise for two just failed. Roles were reversed in the seventh with Iain's side having the better of the end and lying two but David was able to draw to a back stone and give up just a single. With Iain needing a steal of three at the last for a peel and an extra end, guards would normally be required. However with no guards at all early on, all of the play developed in the head, especially the four foot. While Iain had 3 stones in the four foot, David had the all important shot jammed between two of Iain's and despite Iain's best efforts there was no way to move it. Congrats to David (who completes the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup double) and his team of George Ballantyne, Eddie Ireland and Liza Hall.
Iain Hathorn and side booked their place in this week's Aikman Cup final with a hard fought win over George Grandison's side, John Harcourt subbing for George this week. Iain built an early lead of 4-0 before John produced a vital hit and lie to keep his side in the game. Two further singles for Iain against a two for John left the latter needing a three at the last for a peel - just the situation Iain had found himself in the previous week. Having engineered a decent end John had a difficult hit and lie for the peel with his last stone but missed his target by milimetres and was only able to get two. Hopefully this Thursday's final will be as exciting as the three playoff matches so far.
In the Blairmains Trophy, Eddie Ireland's side lead the way with two wins from two matches. Results are here.
There were two very exciting finishes to last week's Aikman Cup playoff matches at the end of two entertaining games. In the 1v2 match, Iain Hathorn had the upper hand throughout but David Hall's side (with Arthur Devine subbing) managed to engineer a three at the last end for a tie, Arthur pulling off a delicate takeout with his last stone. Arthur then went on to cover the pin with his draw shot and although Iain had the same line with his, he came out around three feet short of the tee and will now contest the semi final match. There he faces George Grandison's side who (with John Tait subbing) went one better. Trailing Robert Kirkland by three shots going into the last end, John played a perfect double takeout with his last stone to take a four and win 7-6. The semi final is this coming Thursday at 7.55.
Iain Hathorn and Margaret Harcourt were last night's winners of the Pairs Competition for the Torrance Trophy, defeating Robert Kirkland and Iain Waddell by 6 shots to 4 after trailing 0-4 after four ends.
Iain's success comes hot on the heels of his leading the club's Sunday League side to a crucial win over John Tait on Sunday evening, retaining the title for a second consecutive season. Well done to all who have played in the side this season.
This season's pairs competition has reached the end of the round robin matches with the pairs of Iain Hathorn & Margaret Harcourt and Robert Kirkland & Iain Waddell topping their respective sections with maximum points. They meet in the final next Tuesday, 1st March at 7.55
Congrats go to Jim Waddell and his team of Lynn Kenyon, Marian Fergusson and Archie Kirkland who defeated Alan Hall's side 9-7 in the final of the Cameron Quaich last night.
The penultimate round of matches in the Aikman Cup took place last week and all of the scores and standings are now on the Results page Meanwhile, Jim Waddell ended the Cameron Quaich round robin unbeaten with four straight wins and was due to play Alan Hall earlier this evening in the final.
With four matches still to be played in this season's Aikman Cup, the playoff qualifiers have now been decided although the final positions have still to be sorted out. David Hall's narrow win over Donald Burns last night takes him to the top of the standings while Donald cannot now catch George Grandison's fourth place side.
The latest scores from the Aikman Cup have been added and the standings can be found here. Unfortunately I have not yet been given any details for the Cameron Quaich but will post results as and when I get them.
Belated congratulations to David Hall and his side who defeated Donald Burns 10-4 in this season's Gold Medal final before Christmas.
Commiserations go to Iain Hathorn and his side who went down 8-7 to Coulter in the final of the ice rink's TB Dick competition on Friday evening. The match was tight throughout and only decided on the last stone of the tenth end.
Last week's Aikman Cup results have now been added with everyone now having played six matches. Robert Kirkland leads Iain Hathorn on ends with David Hall a point further back.
Cover has now been arranged for skipping Team 6 in the Aikman Cup until the end of the round robin as follows:
17th December - Arthur Devine
14th January - Donald Burns
4th February - Arthur Devine
11th February - David Hall
The final round robin matches in the Gold Medal have been played and the full results and final standings can now be found here. The final is between David Hall and Donald Burns and takes place this coming Monday, 14th December at 5.45.
Tom's funeral took place earlier today. Unfortunately I was unable to attend and pay my own respects to a man I'd known and curled with for some 35 years, due to a back injury leaving me with little mobility for the time being.
My first contact with Tom was through Cadzow CC as well as Hamilton & Thornyhill as I joined both when starting out in my mid teens. He was very supportive and encouraging to juniors and indeed curlers of all ages and abilities and had a friendly and very approachable personality. He was always someone you could rely on and would help out with substitute appearances whenever he could. He loved curling. He was good at the sport too. Many members might not be aware of his successes in his younger years but he was always someone I looked up to as a young curler and novice skip. He was fiercely competitive but played with a smile on his face, an example for me of how the game should be played. He had many wins in the Midnight League as part of a hugely successful team skipped by Donald Burns and with the late Jack Gow and Larry Cuffe, this at a time in the 70s and 80s when there were up to five divisions in that competition making it one of the biggest at LIR. I was delighted when he agreed to join as my third in the same competition a few years ago and we had several very enjoyable seasons including a title winning one which I'm sure he enjoyed as much as I did, coming so long after his previous successes. He was a director of the ice rink and had been since the 80s and was as much involved with the business side of things as the social side.
Naturally he made friends wherever he went including Canada and the US through curling trips and his library of stories for curling dinners was legendary. In fact I can't recall offhand a time when Tom was ever stuck for words! Outside curling, when he retired, he and Eileen took up the unusual pursuit of ostrich farming, keeping the animals on their property near Carluke and selling the meat, in many different forms, at farmers markets. Both Tom and Eileen could be seen regularly at Hamilton Farmers Market near the top cross, selling their products and cooking up ostrich burgers and sausages and managing to charm passers by into trying them. Of course for a number of years the raffle prizes at the H&T AGM/Dinner would invariably include "a pun o mince" (of the ostrich variety) donated by the Gibsons. Winners would find their prize not always restricted to the mince but the occasional ostrich pie or sausage roll might appear as well! He and Eileen have been great friends to me for many years and I shall miss him badly. But one thing is for sure, whether you'd known him for decades, a couple of years or just met him a few times, we'll all have our own memories of Tom and I guarantee they're all good. Rest In Peace Tom.
1st December - Tom Gibson
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this piece to advise of the sudden and untimely death of Tom Gibson while curling at Lanarkshire Ice Rink yesterday afternoon. Tom took ill during a West of Scotland League match and sadly could not be revived. Our thoughts are very much with Eileen as well as daughters Jill and Kim at this sad time.
Updated: One of the club sides in this year's TB Dick Trophy has made it to the final! Last season's Aikman Cup winning side, skipped by Iain Hathorn for this competition, has defeated Bathgate, Wishaw, Cambusnethan and New Bothwell and will now play Coulter in the final. That match was scheduled for Friday 20th November but with Coulter unavailable on that night it has now been rearranged for Friday 8th January at 7.55
The latest results from both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup have been added with the standings updated here. In the Gold Medal, David Hall leads with maximum points from his three matches and is guaranteed a place in the final. However, with two matches remaining, Arthur Devine, Donald Burns or Jim Waddell could join him. A point for Arthur would take him above Donald and into the final but he plays David in his final match. If Arthur loses, a win by Jim Waddell over Alan Hall and scoring at least five ends in doing so would see him leapfrog both Donald (who has played his four games) and Arthur. Should be an interesting session on Monday 30th. Meanwhile Iain Hathorn leads the Aikman Cup with all teams having now played four games. David Hall lies second, a point behind.
Playing a bit of catch up with this season's Gold Medal results but we're getting there!
The latest Aikman Cup results are now available online with David Hall's side the only ones with a 100% record. Details here.
Two weeks ago the club had two sides taking part in the RCCC Indoor Grand Match. While the team playing at home lost their match, the team that travelled to Forfar (David Hall, Alan Hall, George Grandison and Archie Kirkland) had a comfortable win over Fordoun CC, contributing to the South's large winning margin over the North. Our team is pictured with the Fordoun rink at Forfar:
There are more Aikman Cup results now in and added to the Results page along with the current league table.
Tomorrow sees another Indoor Grand Match take place throughout Scotland. The indoor version started in 2000 and is held every five years, pitting North vs South in Ice Rinks the length and breadth of the country. Almost 600 teams are taking part and Hamilton & Thornyhill has entered two rinks, one will play at Hamilton and the other is travelling to Forfar to take on local club Fordoun. More information, including the full draw can be found through the RCCC website here
The club's competition season is now off and running and the early results from the Aikman Cup have now been added here
As promised, all of the new season's fixtures have now been uploaded to the site and can be accessed here or by clicking the link on the left. Last season's fixtures and results have been moved and can be accessed from the Archives page
The new season will soon be upon us and the website will be updated over the next week or so to show all of the new fixtures. The opening day competition is for the Crookedstone Cup this year and is on Thursday 17th September at 5.45.
In the meantime all of last season's news items have been moved to the Archives page
2014/2015 News Items
Time for a final roundup of the club's competitive action - Bill Campbell and his team of Kevin Keenan, Lynn Kenyon and Joanne Hall won this season's Blairmains Trophy, edging out Bill Stevenson's side on ends won.
President Alan Hall and his side won the Closing Bonspiel with a score of +8, with Tom Gibson second and George Grandison third.
The club's dinner and prizegiving takes place this coming Thursday, 16th April, with the AGM on Tuesday 21st.
Congratulations to Robert Tait and his team of George Ballamtyne, Stephen Hall (subbing for Tom Gibson) and Calum Hall who defeated Iain Hathorn's side in last night's Aikman Cup final. A healthy turnout of club members saw Robert's side get off to a great start, stealing four at the first end. They went on to capitalise on the start by stealing three more ends for an 8-0 lead as Iain's team struggled to get settled into the match. Iain did get on the board with a fifth end single and managed to steal two more singles which could have been more. However Robert kept the steals to the minimum and ran Iain out of stones in the final end.
The Blairmains Trophy has been running for the last few weeks with Bill Campbell and Bill Stevenson's sides leading the way so far. The latest results are here.
Robert Tait defeated his brother John in last night's Aikman Cup semi final match. With the score tied at 6-6 after 8 ends it all came down to drawing the shot which Robert managed, albeit with the help of the six foot measure. He will now face Iain Hathorn in Thursday's final.
George Grandison and Margaret Harcourt won the Torrance Trophy last night, defeating Robert Kirkland and Lynn Kenyon 6-3 in a tightly contested pairs final. Robert and Lynn started well, stealing a single before forcing George to take one at the second. Robert tried a draw against two in the third and was just a touch heavy, giving up the only two of the match. In the fifth, now leading 3-2, George had a hit and lie for two but was wide and gave Robert a steal to tie the game. After a hit and lie for one in the sixth, George forced Robert to draw against three in the seventh and again Robert was just too heavy, cutting out two counters but giving up a steal of one. Needing a two to take the game to an extra end, Robert was left with a difficult double raise takeout with his final stone. It wasn't far away but split his own stones out of the house leaving George and Margaret as victors.
Iain Hathorn is through to the final of this year's Aikman Cup after defeating John Tait in last night's 1v2 playoff match. In the other playoff game, Robert Tait eliminated David Hall and will now play John in next week's semi final.
The round robin games for this year’s Pairs Competition are now complete with George Grandison and Margaret Harcourt topping section A on ends won, while Robert Kirkland and Lynn Kenyon won all their matches in section B. The two section winners will meet in the final on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.55. Full results and standings will follow.
Last night's final two Aikman Cup matches went down to the wire as the final playoff spot and final rankings were decided at the last end of each game. George Grandison needed to beat John Tait and hope David Hall's side, with Jim Waddell subbing at skip, lost to Robert Tait to pip David to the final place. Those results would also have seen Robert leapfrog John into the 1-2 playoff game. In the end Jim brought David's side back from 5-1 down to get a peel with a steal of one at the last end. Meanwhile George was looking for a steal at the last end and lay 3 shots only for John to play a hit and roll for a single and a 5-4 win. Iain Hathorn now plays John Tait in the 1-2 match while Robert Tait again faces David Hall in the 3-4 game. Both matches are on Thursday 26th at 7.55.
Congratulations go to Arthur Devine and his team of Margaret Harcourt, Moray Deane and Richard Kenyon who defeated Donald Burns's team 13-4 to win the inaugural Cameron Quaich on Monday evening. The match was much closer than the scoreline suggests with Donald taking a two at the opening end. The next five ends however had Arthur taking three threes and Donald only able to reply with two singles. At 9-4 Donald had a difficult chance for a four but gave up a single and there was to be no way back thereafter.
Iain Hathorn confirmed his spot in the Aikman Cup1v2 playoff game with victory over Donald Burns last night. George Grandison's win over Robert Kirkland means he still has a chance of finishing fourth but will require a win against John Tait combined with defeat for David Hall in next week's final matches.
Plenty of news to catch up with today, starting with the latest Aikman Cup results and standings.
Wins last week for Robert Tait and David Hall have left the playoff qualifiers almost decided, although not the final order. There are two more matches tomorrow and the final two next week before the Page playoffs get underway.
On Friday evening, Hamilton & Thornyhill completed a clean sweep of interclub competitions this season by defeating Cambusnethan to win the Simpson trophy. A one shot defeat for George Grandison was overturned thanks to Alan Hall’s victory over Douglas Burt in the other game.
There was a dramatic finale to the inaugural Cameron Quaich round robin matches on Monday. With Jim Waddell lying second in the standings but having completed his games, Alan Hall’s side, skipped by brother David, met Donald Burns with both sides knowing victory would mean they qualified for the final. A peel would leave Jim in second. With David leading by four playing the final end there looked to be no way back for Donald but, with plenty of stones from both sides in play, he was left to play a hit and lie for five. The shot was inch perfect and Donald’s side will now play Arthur Devine in Monday’s final.
Arthur Devine now leads the way in the Cameron Quaich with two games remaining in the round robin. His side are now guaranteed a place in the final with Jim Waddell's side the nearest challengers but having completed their matches. This Monday's game between Donald Burns and Alan Hall will determine who meets Arthur in the final.
The Aikman Cup is getting close to the end of the round robin stage with most sides having just two games left to play. John Tait's defeat to David Hall last week means Iain Hathorn retains top spot and David moves into fourth. All of the scores and standings are here.
The Cameron Quaich is progressing with Jim Waddell leading the way with 2 wins from 3 games. Arthur Devine lies second, having woin both of his two matches so far. Catch up on the all of the scores and the full standings here.
The club's new addition to the competition line-up, the Cameron Quaich, is now underway with opening wins for Jim Waddell and Donald Burns. Meanwhile the Aikman Cup continues and the latest results have been added to the Results page here
Well, we're back with curling in 2015 and the Aikman Cup has now restarted - check all the latest scores and standings here
The season's first full competition was decided last night when David Hall defeated Arthur Devine 7-2 to win the Gold Medal. The match was closer than the score might suggest but congratulations go to David Hall, Drew Cameron, Kevin Keenan and Bill Stevenson.
Elsewhere, there were two more Aikman Cup matches on Thursday including Iain Hathorn's win over Robert Tait which moves him into second place.
Robert Tait's 11-4 victory over Robert Kirkland on Thursday saw him take over top spot in the Aikman Cup standings. There were also wins for George Grandison and Iain Hathorn which see them maintain third and fourth places respectively.
Arthur Devine defeated Alan Hall 7-3 in Monday's Gold Medal semi final. He now faces round robin winner David Hall in the final on Monday 15th December at 5.45.
Three more results from the Aikman Cup have been added to the results page. John Tait leads the way by a point from his brother Robert as we approach the halfway stage of the round robin.
In last night's final Gold Medal round-robin match, Arthur Devine defeated Jim Waddell 8-6 to clinch second place in the standings. Artthur now plays Alan Hall in the playoff match on Monday 1st December. David Hall awaits the winner in the final.
Just time for a quick catchup from the Gold Medal - going into tonight's crucial final round-robin game between Arthur Devine and Jim Waddell, David Hall leads the way from his brother Alan, although only on ends. James Tait is third but will be overtaken if tonight's game produces a winner. A peeled game tonight would almost certainly leave Arthur in third place.
Meanwhile, in the Aikman Cup, John Tait now leads the table by one point from his brother Robert but only four points separate all seven sides.
As mentioned just a couple of weeks ago, this year's Gold Medal is a closely fought affair. Two wins for James Tait has seen him go from last to first, althouigh he only has one match remaining. All six teams still have a chance of either going straight to the final or making the playoff match. All you need to know is here.
The latest scores and the updated standings for the Aikman Cup have now been added to the results page
This season's Gold Medal promises to be a close-fought affair if early results are anything to go by - with all teams having played just two matches each, nobody has managed two wins. Donald Burns leads the way on one win and one peel - the full details are here.
There was drama at Lanarkshire Ice Rink earlier this evening when the building, along with other businesses and houses in the vicinity, was plunged into darkness by a power cut. The lights went out just after 8.30 and, with power not expected to be restored until around 10.45, games had to be abandoned and will be rescheduled by the Ice Rink office.
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There were two matches in the Aikman Cup last night with Iain Hathorn defeating Robert Kirkland 6-4 and John Tait starting his season with a 10-5 win over George Grandison
Results from the first four matches from this season's Gold Medal competition have been added to the Results page
The new club season gets underway tomorrow with the opening bonspiel, this year for the Knowetop Salver. Five Hamilton & Thornyhill sides will take on visiting rinks from Avondale Heather, Coulter, Dippool, Lanark and Cambusnethan at 5.45
All of the new season's fixtures, including the new competition for the Cameron Quaich, have been added to the site and can be found here
The club website is currently being prepared for the new season and all of the fixtures for the year ahead should be uploaded within the next few days. In the meantime, all of last season's news items, fixtures and results have been moved to the Archives
2013/2014 News Items
The Blairmains Trophy drew to a close last night with Eddie Ireland defeating Bill Campbell in the final match. Eddie Ireland added afterwards "It was a very good game played in a good spirit. The skips were the brothers Hall in the shape of Calum and Graham. Both played very well and showed the rest of us how it should be done. Young Calum in particular was playing last stone against a 5 and took a 1 and in the last end played last stone against a 3 and sneaked another 1." The final standings for all competitions can be found here.
That just leaves us with the Points Competition for the Moffat Cup, tomorrow night, before next week's Closing Bonspiel brings the curtain down on the club's playing season.
Bill Stevenson and his team of Kevin Keenan, Stephen Hall and Ross Orr have won this season's Blairmains Trophy, having won all four of their matches. One game reamins in the competition with Eddie Ireland meeting Bill Campbell to determine the final standings.
Congratulations go to Robert Kirkland and his team of Drew Moffat, Richard Fergusson and Bill Stevenson who won the Aikman Cup final on Thursday night, defeating George Grandison, Isabelle Tait, Laura Ritchie (substituting for her father Jim) and George Ballantyne. With the score tied at 2-2 after 3 ends, Robert chose to blank the fourth end but had to settle for a single in the fifth and a narrow lead. The sixth end proved decisive with George just failing with a difficult double raise attempt and giving up a steal of one. Chasing a two in the final end to take the game further, George's last stone freeze attempt overcurled leaving Robert a straightforward hit for the game and he made no mistake.
Robert Kirkland's side are through to the final of this season's Aikman Cup after a 6-4 win over Robert Tait. In a tight contest, the scores were level playing the last end where Robert Kirkland's steal of 2 against the head took his team into Thursday's final against George Grandison.
Congratulations to Craig Waddell whose team of Isobel Waddell, Moray Deane and Kerr Waddell won the Gold Medal final last night, defeating Alan Hall, Eileen Gibson, Kevin Keenan and Bill Stevenson 5-3.
George Grandison's side are the first ones through to this season's Aikman Cup final after edging past Robert Tait 6-5, despite only winning two ends, in Thursday's 1v2 Page Playoff match. Andrew Ballantyne's team were eliminated after losing 1-7 to Robert Kirkland in the 3v4 match and the two Roberts will meet to decide the second final spot this Thursday at 7.55.
Gold Medal - In Monday evening's Gold Medal playoff match, Alan Hall's side recovered from a 0-5 deficit to defeat Jim Waddell 7-6 with a steal of one at the last end. Alan now plays Craig Waddell in Monday's final.
Pairs - In Tuesday's Pairs final, Robert and Isabelle Tait defeated George Grandison and Kevin Keenan 6-3 in a closely fought contest. Turning around an early 0-2 deficit, Robert and Isabelle led 4-3 entering the last end with last stone and when George's final stone failed to draw enough, Robert was left with an open takeout to seal the win and made no mistake for a deserved victory.
Blairmains Trophy - The Blairmains Trophy is now underway and the latest results have been added to the website here.
Gold Medal - Jim Waddell's narrow win over Arthur Devine last week was enough to move him into 3rd place in the final standings and a playoff spot against Alan Hall.The winner of that match will meet Craig Waddell in the final.
Aikman Cup - Robert Tait and George Grandison both won their final round robin matches on Thursday, moving them ahead of Robert Kirkland and Andrew Ballantyne in the final standings. They will now play each other in the Page Playoff 1v2 match while Robert and Andrew will meet in the 3v4 game. Both take place on Thuirsday 6th March at 7.55
This season's Pairs Final will see Robert and Isabelle Tait play George Grandison and Kevin Keenan next Tuesday, 4th March at 7.55. Robert and Isabelle's win last week was enough to top their section while George and Kevin fought out a 4-4 peel against Iain Hathorn and Ian Waddell earlier this evening to secure their place in the final.
Both of Thursday's crucial Aikman Cup matches proved to be close affairs. Robert Kirkland secured his place in the playoffs and eliminated Iain Hathorn with a 7-6 win while Andrew Ballantyne's side edged out George Grandison, also by a single shot. While the four playoff teams have now been confirmed, the matchups won't be determined until later this week when the final two matches take place.
Victory over Donald
Burns last night means that Alan Hall's side have clinched second place
in the Gold Medal. The final playoff place is still up for grabs, however
- Drew Cameron lies third at present but plays Alan Hall in next week's
final games. Defeat for Drew would allow the winner of the Jim Waddell
vs Arthur Devine match to clinch a playoff place.
Aikman Cup leader Robert Tait suffered a defeat at the hands of David Hall on Thursday but remains ahead of George Grandison on ends won. Iain Hathorn's win over Donald Burns moved him into fourth place but there are currently three sides all level on 10 points. All sides have just one game left except George Grandison who has two remaining. The playoff picture should become clearer this week when George Grandison plays Andrew Ballantyne (now skipped by John Tait) and Iain Hathorn plays Robert Kirkland.
Craig Waddell extended his lead at the top of the Gold Medal standings with a narrow 8-7 victory over Arthur Devine last week. In the other match, Jim Waddell and Donald Burns peeled 9-9, a result that does neither side any favours as they chase Alan Hall and Drew Cameron for a place in the playoff match. Full details are here.
There were vital wins for George Grandison and Robert Kirkland in last Thursday's Aikman Cup games. George's narrow win over Donald Burns guaranteed his side a playoff spot while Robert's win over Andrew Ballantyne drew him level with Andrew in the points standings. Both have one game remaining while Iain Hathorn is two points further back but with a game in hand.
In last week's Aikman Cup matrches, Robert Tait stretched his lead at the top of the standings with a 9-6 win over Iain Hathorn, despite winning only 3 of the 8 ends played. Andrew Ballantyne moved into second spot, courtesy of a 2 shot win over David Hall.
Alan Hall's 8-4 win over Arthur Devine last night saw his side consolidate their second place spot in the Gold Medal standings. With all teams now having two games remaining, Craig Waddell remains 4 points clear with Drew Cameron now in third place, 2 points ahead of the three other teams.
While Craig Waddell all but confirmed top spot in the Gold Medal on Monday with a 7-7 peel against Alan Hall, it's still all to play for for the playoff spots with Alan Hall now in second place by a single point from the remaining four sides who are separated only on ends won. The details are here.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches, George Grandison's narrow victory over Iain Hathorn moved his side into second place, level on points with Robert Tait, while Robert Kirkland's win over Donald Burns moved him into third place, level on points with Andrew Ballantyne and Iain Hathorn.
Craig Waddell's victory in Monday's Gold Medal match sees him go six points clear at the top of the table, while four of the five remaining sides are deadlocked on six points each.
The club programme returned to action after the festive break last night with three matches in the Aikman Cup. The results leave Robert Tait top, 2 points clear of Andrew Ballantyne, George Grandison and Iain Hathorn with the latter two sides having played a game less.
More Gold Medal news for you – Sunday’s results saw Craig Waddell extend his lead at the top to four points by defeating Donald Burns 10-3, while Alan Hall lost 11-3 to Drew Cameron. The latest standings can be checked here.
In last week's Aikman Cup matches, Robert Tait's 7-5 win over David Hall sent him 2 points clear at the top of the table while George Grandison's victory over Andrew Ballantyne moved him into second spot.
In the Gold Medal, Craig Waddell continues to lead the way, 2 points ahead of Alan Hall. All of the results to dat together with the standings can be found here.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches, Iain Hathorn maintained his 100% record with a 6-4 win over George Grandison in a very entertaining and hard fought encounter. In the evening's other match, Donald Burns got his first win of the campaign, coming from behind to defeat Robert Kirkland 8-6.
In last night's Gold Medal games there was a first defeat for Craig Waddell, at the hands of Drew Cameron, allowing Arrtgur Devine and Alan Hall to move 2 points behind with a game in hand.
Several more match results have been added and the current standings updated here.
More results for you in both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup - details here.
The competitive season is now well underway with the opening two matches in both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup complete. Results can be found here.
The new fixture list is in the process of being sent to all members along with the President's letter and the Treasurer's request for payment of fees. All of the new season's teams and fixtures have been uploaded to the site and can be found here.
For anyone checking in on the site for the next few days, don't worry if not every page appears as usual. The site has been transferred to a new server and will be back to normal shortly.
All of last season's news items, fixtures and results can be accessed via the Archives page.
2012/2013 News Items
Congratulations to Robert Tait and Laura Weir who earlier this evening defeated David Hall and Isabelle Tait 7-3 in the Pairs final. The game was close throughout with some excellent play on both sides and was tied 3-3 after 6 ends, all singles going with the hammer. An attempted guard by David in end 7 ran a little too far and gave Robert the first two of the game and with centre guards in play at the final end, David had little chance of taking the match to an extra end, eventually losing a further two shots.
There were comfortable wins for Alan Hall and Robert Tait in Thursday's first round of Aikman Cup playoffs. Alan's team progresses to the final while George Grandison will play Robert Tait for the other final place.
The decisive matches in this season's Pairs competition took place earlier this evening and wins for Robert Tait/Laura Weir and David Hall/Isabelle Tait took those pairs through to next week's final.
The round robin matches in this season's Gold Medal concluded tonight with wins for Derek Whitehouse and Donald Burns. The final table can be found here.
In Thursday's final Aikman Cup round robin matches, wins for Robert Tait and George Grandison secured their playoff places. In the first round of Page Playoffs, Alan Hall will face George Grandison while Robert Tait takes on Andrew Ballantyne.
This season's Blairmains Trophy is now underway with an opening win for Bill Campbell's side over Bill Stevenson.
The penultimate set of Gold Medal matches took place on Monday and Jim Waddell's narrow victory over Arthur Devine was enough to clinch top spot and a berth in this year's final. Arthur's side will play Isobel Waddell in the semi final.
Last night's Pairs results have also been added to the results page.
The latest results from the Aikman Cup are now online. Click here to see the standings.
On Friday evening the club lost their annual match against Cambusnethan Curling Club for the Simpson Trophy. The result was rarely in doubt after the opening few ends with only George Grandison's last stone draw for a single shot win adding some respectability.
All of the most recent Gold Medal and Aikman Cup results have now been added to the Results page. In the Gold Medal, Jim Waddell leads the way with Arthur Devine and Isobel Waddell both two points behind. Donald Burns can overtake Isobel and/or Arthur by winning his two remaining matches. In the Aikman Cup, Alan Hall has gone back to the top of the standings although only two points separate the top four teams.
The Gold Medal restarted after the festive break last night with Isobel Waddell's victory over Arthur Devine taking her to the top, a point ahead of both Arthur and Jim Waddell. All of the results and standings can be found here.
Last Thursday's three Aikman Cup matches brought us to the end of the initial round robin, each team having played each other once. Andrew Ballantyne now leads the way on ends from George Grandison with Robert Tait and Alan Hall just a point behind and Iain Hathorn a further point back. Each team has three matches remaining before the playoff positions are decided.
The final results from both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup for 2012 have now been added here. In the Gold Medal, Arthur Devine and Jim Waddell lead the way with Isobel Waddell just a point behind while in the Aikman Cup, George Grandison is a point ahead of Alan Hall, despite a thumping defeat at the hands of Iain Hathorn's side on Thursday night. Andrew Ballantyne is a point further back but with a game in hand. The Aikman Cup barely pauses for the festive season with three matches scheduled for the 3rd of January, while the Gold Medal returns on the 14th.
George Grandison opened up a three point lead at the top of the Aikman Cup standings on Thursday night, courtesy of a hard fought win over Alan Hall's side. Robert Tait moved into second spot by defeating Robert Kirkland and Iain Hathorn's team moved up a place with victory over David Hall.
In last week's Gold Medal games, Arthur Devine's win over Drew Cameron took him to the top of the table, ahead of Jim Waddell on ends although Jim has a game in hand. Donald Burns' victory over Derek Whitehouse moved him into third place, a point behind the leaders but also with a game in hand on Arthur.
Meanwhile, the top of the Aikman Cup table remains congested after Thursday's matches. George Grandison returned to the top with a 6-5 win over Robert Tait while Robert Kirkland was handing Alan Hall's team their first defeat. Andrew Ballantyne's narrow win over Donald Burns keeps him fourth but just two points off the lead.
In Thursday's Aikman Cup games there was a first defeat for George Grandison and a first win for Iain Hathorn, while Alan Hall defeated his brother David. All of that leaves the table fairly congested with no-one having a 100% record and no-one without a win. All of the details are here.
All of the latest results from both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup have now been added here and the standings updated.
There were three games in the Aikman Cup late on Thursday night. These resulted in wins for Robert Tait, Alan Hall and David Hall. All of the results as well as the current league table can be found here.
In Monday's Gold Medal matches there were wins for Jim Waddell over Drew Cameron and Donald Burns over Arthur Devine. Click here for the latest standings.
Later on Monday, Hamilton & Thornyhill's Province Knockout team defeated East Kilbride & Haremyres '2' to reach the quarter finals.
Last week's Aikman Cup matches and Monday's Gold Medal games have now been added to the Results page.
Monday's opening two games in the Gold Medal saw wins for Isobel Waddell over Donald Burns and for Drew Cameron over Derek Whitehouse.
The club's competitive season got underway on Thursday with the opening two Aikman Cup matches producing wins for Donald Burns over Robert Tait and Alan Hall over Iain Hathorn. The Gold Medal gets underway tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile, last week's opening competition for the Crookedstone Cup was won by the visiting rink from Coulter Curling Club.
The forthcoming season's fixtures have now been added to the website and can be accessed by clicking here or using the link to the left of the page. All of last season's news items, fixtures and results can be accessed via the Archives page.
2011/2012 News Items
A reminder for all members that this year's Dinner and Prizegiving takes place on Thursday 19th April at the Ice Rink, starting at 7pm. The AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm.
The final competitive match of the club season took place last night as Craig Waddell defeated Derek Whitehosue 8-2 to lift the Gold Medal. Craig's team of Arthur Kenny, Eddie Ireland and Bill Stevenson took control early on with a first end four and the game was really decided as a contest in the fourth end when Derek's attempted takeout for a five jammed on his own and left Craig with a steal of one.
Alan Hall was the victor in last night's Points Competition, scoring 49 points, with Robert Tait finishing second.
Derek Whitehouse reached the final of the Gold Medal on Monday, defeating Jim Waddell 5-3. Derek now meets Craig Waddell in Monday evening's final.
Congratualtions to Bill Campbell and his team of Robert Dalglish, John Forsyth and Moray Deane on winning this season's Blairmains Trophy. Their 6-3 win over Eddie Ireland on Wednesday was enough to clinch the title, leaving Eddie and Bill Stevenson to play for runner up spot this coming week.
Congratulations go to Andrew Ballantyne following his win over Robert Tait in last night's Aikman Cup final. After exchanging singles, Andrew seized the initiative with a steal of 2 at the 3rd end when Robert's attempted runback failed. Robert was in trouble early in the 4th end too and needed a delicate angled raise to the button to avoid going further behind. In the next, 2 good stones by Margaret Harcourt helped set up another good head for Andrew who added a third shot with a last stone draw around the outside to lead 6-2. Robert could only take another single in the 6th to trail by three and with time against him was unable to build anything up and the game ended with Robert jamming a clearance on one of his own. Andrew was well served by his team of John Tait, Margaret Harcourt and Richard Fergusson who all played consistently throughout the game.
Firstly a reminder for all members that club returns for next season should be returned to Margaret Harcourt as soon as possible and preferably no later than Monday 26th March, to enable her to plan for next season's competitions and ice allocation
Also, don't forget that the Points Competition, open to all members, is on Tuesday 27th at 7.55pm and the Closing Bonspiel takes place on Tuesday 3rd April, also at 7.55pm.
Craig Waddell booked his place in this season's Gold Medal final with a straightforward 8-1 win over his grandfather Jim. In the 3v4 playoff, Derek Whitehouse eliminated Arthur Devine, 11-6 the final score. Derek now plays Jim in next week's semi final.
A win for Bill Campbell's side in last week's Blairmains match means they can clinch the title with a victory this week over Eddie Ireland.
The final two round robin matches of this season’s Gold Medal took place last night. Jim Waddell secured second place in the standings with a resounding 10-1 win over Drew Cameron, leaving Derek Whitehouse in third place after his narrow win over Arthur Devine. Derek and Arthur meet again in Monday’s 3v4 Page Playoff while Jim will take on grandson Craig in the 1v2 matchup. The final league table is here.
The Blairmains Trophy has reached its halfway point and it couldn't be much closer with each team having won one and lost one.
Congratulations to Kyle Waddell who has picked up a bronze medal playing second for Kyle Smith's side in the World Junior Men's Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.
Last night's Aikman Cup semi final proved to be very much one way traffic as Robert Tait took control early against David Hall and went on to record a comfortable 10-1 victory to join Andrew Ballantyne in the final on 22nd March.
In Monday's Gold Medal games, Craig Waddell sealed top spot in the standings with a 10-4 victory over Jim Waddell's side while Arthur Devine defeated the James Tait side 6-5. The order of places 2, 3 and 4 will be decided by Monday's final two matches.
Tuesday night proved to be a good one for George Grandison as he combined with teammates to win two different finals. First up was the club pairs final where he teamed up with Bill Stevenson to defeat David Hall and John Ballantyne. 7-3 was the final score although the game was closer than the score might suggest.
After a short break George then skipped the club's Province Knockout team of Iain Hathorn, Derek Whitehouse and Robert Hay to a comfortable and well-deserved 9-1 win over Dippool Curling Club. Dippool had to settle for a single at the first end after George made a tricky double takeout but thereafter H&T took control with everyone playing well and generally outcurling their opponents. A two at the second was followed by a steal of two before Dippool blanked the 4th end. More attacking shots resulted in another steal of two and when Dippool came up short against three more in the 6th, handshakes were offered. Remarkably this is the fourth consecutive victory for the side in this competition, their last defeat coming in the semi final of 2008.
The final of the club’s Pairs Competition takes place on Tuesday 6th March at 7.55pm. George Grandison and Bill Stevenson will play David Hall and John Ballantyne after the latter pair clinched their spot with a 4-4 peel last week against Alan Hall and Ishbel Gow.
In the first round of Aikman Cup playoffs, Andrew Ballantyne was the first to claim a place in the final with a 9-4 win over Robert Tait. Robert now plays David Hall's side who eliminated Robert Kirkland 6-5 in the other match.
In the Gold Medal, Craig Waddell, Jim Waddell, Derek Whitehouse and Arthur Devine will be the playoff teams but the final positions are still to be determined.
In the final Aikman Cup round robin matches, Iain Hathorn missed out on a chance to grab the final playoff spot, going down 7-8 to George Grandison's rink. Robert Kirkland lost to Arthur Devine but Iain's defeat means he retains fourth spot and plays David Hall in the 3v4 game. Andrew Ballantyne topped the standings and will play Robert Tait in the 1v2 matchup.
More Pairs news from this week - George Grandison and Bill Stevenson had a narrow 2-1 win over Robert Tait and Tom Gibson to reach the final. In the other section, Iain Hathorn and Margaret Harcourt dfeeated Alan Hall and Ishbel Gow.
In the Gold Medal, Derek Whitehouse defeated Craig Waddell to join Craig and Jim Waddell on 12 points.
This season's pairs competition got underway last week and the first two results are now online. The sectional matches will be played tomorrow and on Tuesday 28th to decide the finalists.
On Friday, Hamilton & Thornyhill lost the Simpson Trophy to Cambusnethan by a single shot. With Iain Hathorn well ahead in his match but David Hall trailing in his and George Grandison neck and neck in the third game, every match result was possible playing the last stone in each game. In the end Iain failed to draw a second shot, David missed an attempted tap back and George missed a simple take out, handing Cambusnethan the overall victory. Lockhart Steele was highest up skip for the winners for the second year in a row.
David Hall's 8-7 win over Andrew Ballantyne last Thursday secured his team an Aikman Cup playoff spot in the 3v4 match. Despite the defeat Andrew will play Robert Tait in the 1v2 playoff match. Robert Kirkland currently sits in fourth position and a draw against Arthur Devine in his final match will ensure a third or fourth place finish. Iain Hathorn needs a win against George Grandison and Robert to lose that match to grab the final playoff spot. The final round robin games will be played on Thursday 23rd February.
There was something of an upset in the Gold Medal on Monday when the previously winless James Tait rink defeated leader Jim Waddell 10-6. Jim retains his lead but Craig Waddell is level on points and has played a game less. In Monday's other game, Arthur Devine squeezed past Donald Burns, 5-4 the final score.
Thursday's Aikman Cup matches resulted in wins for Andrew Ballantyne, David Hall and Alan Hall. Andrew leads the standings at present although Robert Tait has a game in hand.
In last nights Gold Medal matches Donald Burns defeated Derek Whitehouse while Arthur Devine moved into fourth place with a win over James Tait.
Congratulations go to club member Kyle Waddell who played second for Kyle Smith's team who won the Scottish Junior Curling Championship at Perth at the weekend. The team now goes forward to represent Scotland at the World Juniors event in Oestersund in Sweden in early March. Belated congratulations also to Rachel Hannen who was selected to represent Great Britain in the curling at the recent World Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Asutria.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches, Andrew Ballantyne's victory over Iain Hathorn's side coupled with Robert Tait's narrow defeat by Robert Kirkland mean that Andrew takes over from Robert at the top by virtue of having scored one end more. The two teams are now four points ahead of third placed Iain and look destined for the first two places in the playoffs. George Grandison's victory over David Hall means that places 3-6 are now separated by a single point.
Meanwhile, in Monday's Gold Medal matches, Craig Waddell's 13-7 victory over his grandfather, Jim, means he joins him on 10 points from 6 games. Derek Whitehouse's win over Donald Burns keeps him just two points further back. all of the results and the latest tables can be found here.
In last week's Aikman Cup matches, Robert Tait lost his 100% record, going down 4-10 to Andrew Ballantyne, who now lies just two points behind Robert. Iain Hathorn moved into third place with a 7-4 win over Robert Kirkland while George Grandison's 12-4 victory over Alan Hall lifted him off the foot of the table. Everyone has now played seven games and has three matches remaining to decide the playoff positions.
Two more Gold Medal results to report as the competition reached its midpoint - Jim Waddell kept up his 100% record with a 13-5 win over Derek Whitehouse while the James Tait team managed their first point with a 6-6 peel with Drew Cameron.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches, there were wins for Robert Tait, David Hall and George Grandison. Robert's win was his sixth in a row, David's moves him up the table into fourth spot and George's first win lifts him off the foot of the table.
In yesterday's Gold Medal games there were wins for Craig Waddell and Drew Cameron. Catch up with the latest standings here.
After a day of stormy weather last Thursday, the evening's Aikman Cup matches saw a large number of substitutes playing and a couple of teams fielding just three players. Robert Tait maintained his 100% start with a win over David Hall's side while Andrew Ballantyne's team stayed two points behind, defeating Alan Hall. The James Tait/Arthur Devine team also managed their first win of the season which takes them off the bottom of the table.
In last night's Gold Medal matches, Jim Waddell maintained his 100% record with a 14-10 win over James Tait's side while Derek Whitehouse moved into second spot on shots difference, defeating Arthur Devine 12-5. The full standings can be found here.
The latest news for you from both main competitions: in the Gold Medal, Jim Waddell has moved to the top of the table following a thumping 18-4 win over Drew Cameron; in the Aikman Cup, Robert Tait's win over George Grandison maintains his 100% record and he is now two points clear of Andrew Ballantyne and Iain Hathorn.
The latest Aikman Cup results have been added here. With all teams having now played at least 3 games, Robert Tait's side are the only unbeaten team. In the Gold Medal, only Jim Waddell with two wins from two games, remains undefeated.
More Aikman cup scores for you from last week's matches - click here for the scores and standings
All of the latest scores from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup have now been added to the Results page.
Over the weekend there was success for three of the club's younger members - Kyle Waddell was part of the team that won the European Junior Curling Tour event in Oslo while, closer to home, Robert and John Tait were skip and third of the winning team at Murrayfield Ice Rink's Gogar Salver.
All of the new season's fixtures have been added to the site. The season opens with the Knowetop Salver on thursday 22nd at 5.45pm with the opening Aikman Cup games a week later at 7.55pm
A new curling season will soon be upon us. The website will be updated with all of the club's new fixtures over the next few days. In the meantime, all of last season's news items, fixtures and results have been moved to the Archive page.
2010/2011 News Items
The club season came to an end on Tuesday night with the Closing Bonspiel, Arthur Devine's team running out comfortable winners.
In last week's Points competition there was a close finish with Alan Hall the winner with 47 points, one ahead of James Tait with David Hall a further point back. Isabelle Tait won the ladies' prize with a score of 39.
Also last week was the final game in the Blairmains Trophy. Congratulations go to Jim Ritchie and teammates Robert Hay, Robert Dalglish and Richard Fergusson as their win over Marion Fergusson was enough to win them the trophy. They finished level on points with Bill Stevenson's side but had a total of 17 ends won against Bill's 14.
There was another success to report last night as club members George Grandison and Tom Gibson were successful in winning Lanarkshire Ice Rink's Midnight League final, 5-4 over Tom McGregor.
Robert Kirkland and his team won the Gold Medal on Monday evening after a one sided victory over Arthur Devine. With Robert's team in control throughout the opening stages, it was the fifth end before Arthur got on the board with a two. A last stone split by Robert at the next end brought him a seven and it was handshakes all round. Robert and his team of Andrew Ballantyne, Eddie Ireland and Christine Millar lost only two matches all season, both to Arthur in the round robin and the 1-2 playoff match.
Robert Tait successfully defended his Aikman Cup crown earlier this evening with an extra end win over Arthur Devine. With each side having defeated the other once in round robin play and Arthur winning the 1-2 playoff game by a single shot, this always looked like being a close game and so it proved. There were no steals in the match and each time Arthur took a single or a two, Robert matched that at the next end. Trailing 5-6 but with last stone, Robert had a chance to win the game at the last end but his attempted takeout wrecked on a guard, leaving him a single and taking the game to an extra end. Robert had a counter just short of the top of the four foot circle early in the extra end and there it stayed. With many guards in play, Arthur tried a difficult draw to the four foot for the victory but came up short. Congartulations to Robert and his team of John Harcourt, Drew Moffat and Ian McPherson.
Robert Kirkland eased past Robert Tait last night to book his place in next Monday's Gold Medal final against Arthur Devine. Despite an early three for the Tait side, Robert Kirkland's team had the upper hand for most of the match and, when Robert Tait's draw for two at the seventh end came up short, a concession was inevitable.
Some further outside competition success to report as George Grandison, Iain Hathorn and Derek Whitehouse, along with Cadzow CC member Kenny Lees, won the Lanarkshire Ice Rink Super League yesterday. After edging past fellow club members James Tait, Alan Hall, Robert Tait and Isabelle Tait with a last stone draw to the button in the semi final, George and his team defeated former World Seniors Champion Lockhart Steele and his team 6-5 at an extra end after a tense and exciting final where, as in the semi final, there was never more than one shot between the teams.
The club rink of George Grandison, Iain Hathorn, Derek Whitehouse and Drew Moffat (subbing for Robert Hay) won the Lanarkshire Province Knockout competition last night, defeating Dippool CC in a closely contested final. Leading 2-1 after 6 ends, H&T stole a single at the 7th when Dippool's last stone draw came up short. Although Dippool had chances in the final end, some well played takeouts saw H&T run the opposition out of stones for a 5-1 victory. This is the third consecutive win for the club side in this competition.
Arthur Devine booked his place in this season's Gold Medal final with a 6-3 win over Robert Kirkland last night. Robert now plays Robert Tait in next week's semi final, the latter having disposed of his father James' side 5-4 in the 3v4 Page Playoff match.
Robert Tait is through to the Aikman Cup final after an exciting and entertaining semi final victory over Andrew Ballantyne tonight in a game which highlighted one of the club's unusual rules, one which this webmaster strongly believes should be changed. Singles at ends one and three for Andrew against a two for Robert saw the game start very evenly. The fourth end proved pivotal as Andrew came up just short on an attempted freeze, leaving Robert a draw for three which he made. Andrew replied with another single and Robert led 5-3 after five. One of the club rules is presently that a drawn playoff game should be decided on ends, rather than drawing a shot, something I believe is completely wrong, and this rule actually changed the way the game developed from here. After an exchange of hits at the sixth, Robert could have blanked the end and retained the hammer, something any skip in any "normal" competition the world over would normally do. Doing this however would have made it easier for Andrew to peel the game and win on ends and therefore Robert had to draw, take his shot and the end but giving up the hammer. Andrew did take a single at the seventh, coming up short on a draw for two and still needed a steal of two for the peel and the match. With his last stone at the eighth he played a delicate tap back around cover to lie two but Robert matched that with a takeout close to the guard, forcing one of the shots out to claim the victory. Here's hoping the committee and those at this year's AGM can change this rule going forward.
The first final of the season was decided earlier this evening with Robert Tait and Drew Moffat winning the Pairs final. They defeated Iain Hathorn and Bill Stevenson, 6-4 the final score. The teams swapped singles in the opening two ends before Robert took a five in the third end. Iain was able to reply only with a single at the fourth and Robert was able to blank the next two ends to lead 6-2. A last stone pick up for Robert gifted Iain a two at the 7th end when the game could have been finished but he was unable to force a further steal at the last and Robert didn't need to play his final stone.
The teams are all set for the Gold Medal playoffs after the concluding matches of the round robin on Sunday and Monday. With the first two places secured by Robert Kirkland and Arthur Devine, it was down to a battle for the remaining two spots. Jim Waddell and Drew Cameron lost their Sunday games, knocking them out of the race and leaving John Torrance as the only team that could overtake James Tait who lay in fourth position. To do so, he needed to defeat Robert Tait in his final match but in the end failed to do so, leaving Robert and James Tait in third and fourth places respectively. The playoffs begin on Monday 14th March and the final results and standings can be found here.
Arthur Devine's team are through to the final of the Aikman Cup after a narrow 7-6 victory over Robert Tait's rink in last night's 1v2 Page Playoff. Robert now plays Andrew Ballantyne, who edged past James Tait 7-5, with the winner to play Arthur in the final.
Monday's Gold Medal results have been added here as James Tait's loss to Drew Cameron now leaves him in a precarious fourth spot in the standings. With James having completed his matches, several sides have the chance to leapfrog him into the playoff spots. Likewise, Robert Tait is not quite guaranteed his playoff place either. The final round robin matches are this coming Sunday and Monday.
The final round robin matches in this season's Aikman Cup were played on Thursday evening. Robert Tait's win over Andrew Ballantyne and Arthur Devine's defeat of Derek Whitehouse saw them both leapfrog James Tait to finish first and second in the standings. They now meet in the 1v2 Page Playoff match while James will play Andrew Ballantyne in the 3v4 match.
Elsewhere, this season's Pairs final will see Robert Tait and Drew Moffat take on Iain Hathorn and Bill Stevenson. The semi finals saw Robert and Drew defeat Alan Hall and Ishbel Gow 5-3 while Iain and Bill edged past James Tait and John Harcourt 3-2.
There was a top of the table clash in Monday night's Gold Medal matches and it was second placed Arthur Devine who handed Robert Kirkland his first defeat of the season, 9-7 the final score. The two are now tied for first place with Robert holding first place on ends won. The two will meet again at least once, in the 1vs2 Page Playoff match, although they both have one round robin game remaining.
Hamilton & Thornyhill lost last night's interclub match against Cambusnethan for the Simpson Trophy. While last year's winner, George Grandison, defeated David Bell 7-4, losses for Iain Hathorn and James Tait meant the trophy went to Cambusnethan by a total of 6 shots. Highest up skip was Lockhart Steele.
Although the four playoff spots have been confirmed, the final positions of the top four are far from settled after last night's Aikman Cup matches. James Tait retained top spot with a win over George Grandison while Robert Tait stays level on points with his father but still has one match remaining. That game is against Andrew Ballantyne who took a three against the head in the last end to edge past Arthur Devine who in turn slips to third spot. It's all to play for in three weeks' time.
Meanwhile, the three Gold Medal matches that were postponed before Christmas due to adverse weather have been rescheduled for Sunday 6th March at 5.45.
Arthur Devine moved level on points with Robert Kirkland at the top of the Gold Medal standings on Monday with a narrow win over Jim Waddell. Robert remains top on ends won and has played a game less.
Robert Kirkland maintained his 100% record in the Gold Medal with a narrow win over Donald Burns on Monday. James Tait's win over Kyle Waddell moved him up to third place in the standings.
In the latest round of Gold Medal matches, Robert Kirkland maintained his 100% record with a win over Alex F Torrance but is tied at the top with Arthur Devine, albeit that Arthur has played a game more. Arthur's win over Robert Tait put some daylight between the top two and the chasing pack. Meanwhile, in the Aikman Cup, three of the four playoff spots have been secured by James Tait, Arthur Devine and Robert Tait. Andrew Ballantyne needs one more point from his two remaining games to tie up the final place. All the latest scores and standings can be found here.
Time to catch up on the latest Gold Medal news. All the latest results and standings are here. Robert Kirkland leads the way with four wins from his four games played but it's still all to play for in the race for playoff spots, especially with a round of matches still outstanding that had to be postponed due to bad weather last month.
This week's Aikman Cup results have now been added. James Tait consolidated his own position with a win over Iain Hathorn which makes it difficult for Iain to make the playoffs. George Grandison's team stayed in the hunt thanks to a last-stone draw for two and a win over Alan Hall while Andrew Ballantyne suffered a surprise defeat to Derek Whitehouse's side who gained their first points of the season.
Last night's three Aikman Cup matches brought an end to the first part of this season's competiton, rather neatly at the end of the year. Every team has played each other once and Arthur Devine leads the way, two points ahead of Andrew Ballantyne and Robert Tait. The teams play a further three matches before the final standings decide the playoff spots. The results and full table can be found here.
Finally this year, there was some success for club members in Lanarkshire Ice Rink's Farmers Competition, held just before Christmas. The rink skipped by Arthur Devine, with Donald Burns, Tom Gibson and Eddie Ireland, reached the final of the High Road before losing to Hugh Neilson's rink which had club member Robert Kirkland at second. The Low Road was won by Kyle and Craig Waddell's team.
In Sunday's Gold Medal matches there were wins for Kyle Waddell and Robert Tait while James Tait and Jim Waddell finished 5-5. The results leave something of a logjam in the league table, particularly with the postponement of last Monday's matches which has left some teams having played only three games. The details can be found here.
Thursday evening's Aikman Cup games went ahead despite the recent heavy snow and there were wins for Arthur Devine and Andrew Ballantyne which keep them neck and neck at the top of the standings. In the third game, Robert Tait edged past his father James by 10 shots to 8.
Apologies for the lack of score updates due to the webmaster being away for a well deserved break. The latest Gold Medal and Aikman Cup scores have been added, with the Aikman Cup already looking like a close contest this year. No fewer than six of the eight teams have four points, although two of those have played an extra game. Three more matches are scheduled for this coming Thursday.
In this evening's Gold Medal matches there were wins for Robert Kirkland, Arthur Devine and Jim Waddell. The results, along with the latest table, are here.
All of the latest Gold Medal results have now been added to the Results and Standings page
All teams are now off and running in the Gold Medal after Monday's games which produced opening wins for James Tait, Arthur Devine and John Torrance.
More results from the Aikman Cup are now on the results page with wins for James Tait, Andrew Ballantyne and Arthur Devine.
The first results are in for this season's Gold Medal with wins for Robert Kirkland and Robert Tait.
The new season's competitions are now under way with the opening matches in the Aikman Cup having been played on Thursday evening. There were wins for Iain Hathorn and George Grandison. The Gold Medal starts on Monday 4th with more Aikman Cup matches on Thursday 7th.
The new season beckons!
Fixture lists and fee notes have now been issued to members and the new fixtures have been uploaded to the site. You can see them by clicking here.
Last season's fixture list, results and news items have been moved to the archives page, available by clicking here.
2009/2010 News Items
The club competitons concluded last night with the final games in the Blairmains Trophy, with Lynne Kenyon and her team defeating Bill Stevenson 9-5.
A reminder - if you haven't already done so, please complete and return your competition entry forms for next season to James Tait as soon as possible!
Last night's Points competiton was very poorly attended but congratulations go to Alan Hall who was a comfortable winner with 40 points.
More congratulations - this time to James Tait and his team of Andrew Ballantyne, Christine Hall and Drew Moffat, who defeated Kyle Waddell's team of Arthur Kenny, Rachel Hannen and Heather Waddell 6-4 last night to win the Gold Medal. Although I don't have any details, I understand it was a very even contest and was well supported by club members.
Congratulations go to Robert Tait and his team of Andrew Ballantyne, Fiona Moffat and Karolyn McPherson who defeated James Tait 7-5 in last night's Aikman Cup final. The game was close throughout on tricky ice, with Robert opening with a two before James was fortunate to get a single back at the second. Successive steals for James gave him a 3-2 lead before Robert tied things up again. James was playing some good shots under pressure and a two at the sixth gave him a 5-3 lead. However at the seventh James's last rolled too far giving Robert a tap back for three and a one shot lead going into the last. With Robert lying two, James had a nose hit to take the match to an extra end but his attempt held wide and failed to remove the shot stone, leaving Robert and his team as winners.
James Tait defeated Jim Waddell by a single shot (9-8) in Monday's Gold Medal semi final match and now plays Kyle Waddell in the final on 29th March.
Kyle Waddell is through to the final of this year's Gold Medal after defeating his grandfather Jim comfortably earlier this evening. In the 3v4 match there was an equally comfortable win for James Tait's side (George Grandison subbing as skip) over Alex F Torrance (John Torrance subbing as skip). Jim and James now meet in the semi final next Monday.
James Tait defeated Derek Whitehouse 7-3 in Thursday night's Aikman Cup semi final and now goes on to meet his son Robert in the final. After a tight opening three ends which saw the scores tied at 2-2, a three for James at the fourth proved decisive in opening up the game and after steals at the next two ends there was to be no way back for Derek and his team. The final is on Thursday 25th March.
Congratulations to Andrew Ballantyne and Craig Waddell who won the Pairs final on Tuesday evening, beating Kyle Waddell and Drew Moffat with the last stone of an entertaining match.
In Monday's Gold Medal matches, Kyle Waddell's loss to Drew Cameron, his first of the season, gave James Tait a chance to finish in second spot. However James peeled with Arthur Devine, leaving Kyle to face his grandfather Jim in the 1v2 playoff game while James will face Alex F Torrance in the 3v4 game. Those matches are scheduled for Monday 15th. All of the scores, including last night's Blairmains results, are in the usual place here.
The first two results from the Blairmains Trophy have now been added to the results page.
In Monday's Gold Medal games, John Torrance's win over Donald Burns combined with Robert Kirkland's loss to Isobel Waddell means that John finishes in fifth spot while Robert ends the season in sixth. The last two games to decide the final playoff positions take place on Monday night.
In last night's Aikman Cup playoff matches, Robert Tait easily defeated James Tait's team in only six ends and goes through to the final. James now faces Derek Whitehouse in the semi final following Derek's 7-4 victory over Iain Hathorn in the 3v4 matchup. The semi final is on Thursday 11th March.
Round Robin play in this year's Aikman Cup ended last night with a change in positions in the top four. James Tait's win over Donald Burns combined with defeat for Derek Whitehouse and a peel for Iain Hathorn means that James finishes top of the standings and will play Robert Tait in the 1v2 match. Derek and Iain now face each other in the 3v4 elimination match. Both playoff games are scheduled for next Tuesday the 2nd of March at 7.55.
In Tuesday's Pairs semi final matches there were wins for Andrew Ballantyne and Craig Waddell over George Grandison and John Harcourt and Kyle Waddell and Drew Moffat over Arthur Devine (playing for James Tait) and Margaret Harcourt. The winning pairs meet in the final on Tuesday 9th March.
The Gold Medal play-off picture is much clearer now, following yesterday's matches. Jim Waddell's win over Alex F Torrance means he leapfrogs grandson Kyle into top spot while Alex remains in third spot. A win for James Tait combined with a defeat fior Kyle in their remaining matches would see James finish in second spot while any other combination of results for those two teams would see Jim and Kyle in the 1 vs 2 game and Alex and James in the 3 vs 4 match. Robert Kirkland's chances of making the play-offs all but disappeared with a heavy defeat to Arthur Devine. Full details are on the results page.
The four play-off spots in the Aikman Cup have now been settled, but not the order in which the teams will finish. Robert Tait's win last night over George Grandison took him to the top of the standings but Derek Whitehouse, James Tait and Iain Hathorn all have one game remaining. Wins for all three would see them all overtake Robert! The final matches take place next Thursday 25th March.
Hamilton & Thornyhill retained the Simpson Trophy on Friday evening after a hard fought match against Cambusnethan Curling Club. While Iain Hathorn and Derek Whitehouse lost their matches, each by two shots, George Grandison defeated David Bell 12-1 in the final match to leave Hamilton & Thornyhill winners by a margin of seven shots. George and his team of Drew Cameron, Richard Kenyon and Ross Orr therefore win the Simpson Trophy as highest up in the winning club but disappointingly the trophy itself failed to make an appearance on the night.
The first round of Pairs Competition matches took place last night and the results can be found here.
The club's team in the Province Knockout competition successfully defended their title with a 5-4 victory over Avondale Heather in last night's final. In the end the victory over Archie Kerr's team was slightly more convincing than the score might suggest. The winning team of George Grandison, Iain Hathorn, Arthur Devine and Robert Hay started with three successive steals beofre Archie blanked the fourth end. A further steal of two opened up a 5-0 lead after five ends. Archie finally got on the board with singles at ends six and seven and, although the final end threatened to get difficult, George removed the shot stone with his first and Archie failed to draw a third shot leaving George to concede two without playing his final stone.
In last nights Gold Medal games, Kyle Waddell's side returned to the top of the standings with a 7-5 win over James Tait. Kyle remains unbeaten with four wins and four draws from his eight games. Jim Waddell is also unbeaten, albeit with just three wins from his eight games. His latest drawn game was against John Torrance, a result that rules John out of the playoff race and leaves Jim in second spot, just ahead of Alex F Torrance on ends won. Fifth placed Robert Kirkland remains in the hunt for a playoff spot and, with only one defeat so far, could qualify if he wins his two remaining games.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches the top four teams played each other and it was Robert and James Tait who emerged victorious. Derek Whitehouse hangs on to the lead with Robert Tait now just a point behind with both having one game left. James Tait moves up to third, 2 ends ahead of Iain Hathorn and they both have two matches remaining. Arthur Devine's win over George Grandison means that he still has a chance of making the playoffs. However, to do so he must beat Derek Whitehouse in his final game while winning plenty of ends and hope that either Iain or James loses both of their games.
With the top three teams in the Gold Medal idle on Monday evening, Alex F Torrance took advantage by edging past Isobel Waddell and moving from fourth to the top of the standings.
The club's team in this year's Province Knockout competition has reached the final for the second year running. The team of George Grandison, Iain Hathorn, Arthur Devine (replacing the unavailable Derek Whitehouse) and Robert Hay defeated East Kilbride & Haremyres 6-3 on Monday and will meet Avondale Heather in the final. That takes place on Monday 8th February at 7.55 and any members wishing to come along and give support would be very welcome.
The results keep coming thick and fast as we move towards the latter stages of both main competitions. In the latest Gold Medal matches, things became even closer at the top of the standings following a 7-7 tie between Jim Waddell and grandson Kyle. They both join James Tait on ten points, a point ahead of Alex F Torrance. Robert Kirkland's win over John Torrance saw him move to within a point of the top four with two round robin games to be played by most of the teams.
In Thursday's Aikman Cup matches, Derek Whitehouse came back from a 1-7 deficit to grab a point from George Grandison. This, combined with Robert Tait's loss to Arthur Devine, helped extend Derek's lead to three points at the top of the table, although Iain Hathorn has played one game less. Donald Burns's win over Alan Hall was enough to take him off the bottom of the standings.
James Tait's impressive 11-2 win over Alex F Torrance in the Gold Medal earlier this evening lifted him above both Alex and Kyle Waddell to lead the standings by one point. Jim Waddell moved up to third place while Arthur Devine's win over John Torrance took him off bottom spot. The results and league table can be found here.
Last night's Aikman Cup games saw wins for Derek Whitehouse (skipped in Derek's absence by Iain Hathorn), James Tait and George Grandison. Derek's win sees him go back on top of the table, two points ahead of Iain Hathorn and Robert Tait, with all teams having played seven matches. Three matches remain in round robin play.
A Happy New Year to all members and website visitors!
We start the new year early with the first set of Gold Medal results now added here. Alex F Torrance's win combined with Kyle Waddell's peel against Robert Kirkland means Alex retakes top spot. James Tait's win moves him into third place. The Aikman Cup restarts after an equally short festive break on Thursday.
The last round of Aikman Cup matches for the year took place last night. Wins for Iain Hathorn and Robert Tait saw them join Derek Whitehouse at the top of the table while Alan Hall's second consecutive win lifted him to fifth spot.
Meanwhile, in Monday's Gold Medal matches, Kyle Waddell's point against Donald Burns was enough to give him top spot ahead of Alex F Torrance while Jim Waddell's win over Arthur Devine moved him into third place.
The latest Aikman Cup results and standings can now be found by clicking here.
Two more sets of results from the Gold Medal have now been added to the results page. Alex F Torrance's loss to Robert Kirkland means he's now tied at the top with Kyle Waddell, Kyle having played one game less. At the other end of the table, Arthur Devione got off the mark with a win over Donald Burns.
More Aikman Cup results have been added to the results page after last night's games which saw Iain Hathorn join Derek Whitehouse at the top of the standings.
In last night's Aikman Cup matches, George Grandison's team came back from 0-6 down to defeat the previously unbeaten Iain Hathorn team 9-6. Elsewhere Robert Tait defeated Alan Hall and Arthur Devine picked up a 4 at the last end to edge past the Donald Burns rink which had Derek Whitehouse filling in at skip.
More results for you, this time from last night's Gold Medal matches, where there were wins for Drew Cameron, John Torrance and Kyle Waddell.
In the latest round of Aikman Cup matches, Derek Whitehouse and Iain Hathorn both maintained their 100% records with wins over George Grandison and Alan Hall while James Tait defeated Donald Burns despite losing a 7 at one end.
In the Gold Medal, Alex F Torrance leads the way with three wins from three matches. Both Robert Kirkland and Jim Waddell have managed to peel all three of their games so far and sit with identical records in joint 4th spot. All of the results and standings are now up to date and can be found here.
The latest scores from the Gold Medal have been added to the results page
Two more results ahve been added for the Aikman Cup from last Thursday as Derek Whitehouse defeated Robert Tait and Iain Hathorn edged past Donald Burns.
With the seaon now well and truly underway, the first results for both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup are now available on the results page.
2008/2009 News Items
A reminder for you that this year the club is spreading its end of season events over two nights. The dinner and prizegiving will take place this Wednesday evening at the Ice Rink starting at 7.00pm prompt while the AGM will take place the following evening, Thursday 23rd, with the start at 7.30pm (not 7.00 as suggested by the Agenda previously circulated to members).
And for those of you who, like myself, didn't manage to win any finals or won't make it along on Wednesday night (and with apologies to Bullseye's Jim Bowen) here's what you could have won......
The club's playing season came to a close last night with the closing bonspiel, an enjoyable evening for all involved, with the winners being Iain Hathorn, Ishbel Gow, Richard Kenyon, and Alan Clark.
Some news of outside competitions for you - Tom Gibson informs me that a rink including his good self, Eileen Gibson and Ishbel Gow recently won the Crookedstone Salver while, down at Stranraer, Alan Hall, Isabelle Tait and Christine Hall finished a highly creditable third in the Dalrymple Cup.
The last of this season's regular competitions came to an end last night as Laura Ritchie and her team of John Forsyth, Donna Hamilton and Richard Kenyon won the Blairmains Trophy in dramatic fashion. Going into the final game, Laura led Margaret Harcourt's team by two points, two ends and eight shots, leaving Margaret needing a win by 6 ends to 2 (or 5 ends to three with a large shots swing) to overhaul Laura. In the final end, Margaret led by 5 ends to 2 and by 8-5 on shots, therefore needing a steal to win the competition. Not realising that they only needed to take that last end, Robert Tait (subbing for Richard Kenyon) and Laura elected to play a double takeout which would have given them a peel. Fortunately for them, they missed the double but lay shot and clinched the competition by a shots difference of +7 to +3. Well done to the winners and commiserations to the runners up - Margaret Harcourt, Christine Beveridge, Robert Hay and Brian Horne.
On Tuesday night, this year's points competition for the Moffat Cup was won by Alan Hall witha score of 43.
The last on-ice action for the club will be on Tuesday coming at 7.55 with the closing bonspiel.
In another entertaining
and hard-fought contest, John Torrance edged out Arthur Devine 6-5 in
this evening's Gold Medal final. After a blank first end Arthur drew for
a single in the second with last stone. Facing four in the third, Arthur's
attempted freeze lay second shot. John tried to follow this but his stone
overcurled slightly although he still took two to take the lead. In the
fourth end, Arthur played an excellent raised takeout with his first stone,
forcing John to draw to the 4'. Although his attempt was heavy, so too
was Arthur's last stone and a single tied the score. John drew the 4'
with his first stone at the next and Arthur's attempted takeout missed,
allowing John a draw for two and a 4-2 lead. Arthur was forced to draw
for a single at the sixth to reduce the deficit again before John chose
to draw and take his single rather than blank the seventh end.
With Arthur having a counter at the top of the 12' in the eighth, an exchange of hits was enough to give Arthur a two and tie things up going into the ninth and last end. Here, John asked Craig Waddell to draw behind cover rather than clear the guards and although his weight was good the stone lay open. However Derek Whitehouse's attempted takeout missed allowing Isabelle Tait to tap the shot stone behind the cover. Derek's attempted hit and roll lay second shot and after Isabelle missed, Arthur was able to play a tap on his own to lie shot on the button. In so doing, he left John a possible double takeout which he played well, moving both stones and leaving his own guarded on the tee. Arthur had a choice of playing a hit and roll off the second shot or a draw and chose the latter, coming up agonisingly short and leaving John no need to play his final stone. Congrats to John's winning team of Isabelle Tait at third, Craig Waddell at second and Lynne Kenyon at lead. Commiserations to Arthur and his team of Derek Whitehouse at third, Hamish Wilson at second and John Ballantyne at lead.
In an exciting finish
to a high quality match, Alan Hall's team (skipped in his absence by Iain
Hathorn) defeated James Tait 9-6 after an extra end of last night's Aikman
Cup final. Iain got off to a great start, drawing for three at the first
end but James replied with a double at the second, drawing the 8' after
Iain misssed an attempted double takeout. Iain was forced to hit and stay
for a single at the third before James levelled things with a two at the
fourth. Iain's attempt at a double just missed and James drew a second
shot guarded inside the 4'. Iain's attempt to follow wrecked on a guard
but James's draw for three came up inches short.
In the fifth, James's first takeout drifted wide and Iain drew to lie three but in doing so gave James another chance. This time he was inch-perfect removing all three opposition stones and lying two himself. Iain was left with a delicate hit and roll but he played that perfectly to take a one shot lead. At the next James was facing four and managed to remove one while rolling to lie third. Iain's guard then left a very difficult double which James just missed, giving up the game's first steal. James produced a good double takeout in the 7th before Iain jammed his own attempted double on a back stone. James had a chance to hit and lie for a two but rolled out and took a single to reduce the deficit to one. In the 8th, John Harcourt produced a perfect draw to the 4', inching past a guard and leaving Iain with a problem. Choosing not to peel guards, Iain was left with a very tricky draw through a port which ran just two feet too far before James added another guard. Iain was left with a difficult outwick for the game which failed and we headed for an extra end.
Iain had a shot on the 4' early on in the extra end with guards in place. When John Harcourt's freeze wrecked, Robert Tait produced a good hit and roll to lie two. James's first was a draw to the 4' which finished half-hidden. Iain then removed that with what looked like an excellent shot, squeezing it through a gap at the back of the house, although he revealed afterwards he'd actually tried to catch it much thinner and wick it sideways. James tried another draw which again lay shot but was slightly more open and Iain was right on the spot again with his takeout to clinch the match. The winning team had Robert Tait at third, Richard Kenyon at second and Laura Ritchie subbing at lead for Heather Wyper. The gallant runners-up had John Harcourt at third, Ian McPherson at second and Lynne Kenyon subbing at lead for the injured Karolyn McPherson.
Upcoming games -
The Aikman Cup final is on Thursday 26th at 7.55 between James Tait and Alan Hall;
The Gold Medal final is on Monday 30th at 5.45 between John Torrance and Arthur Devine;
The Points Competition is on Tuesday 31st at 7.55 - even if you haven't already entered for this you''re welcome to come along on the night;
The final matches in the Blairmains Trophy are on Wednesday 1st at 7.55;
The Closing Bonspiel is on Tuesday 7th at 7.55.
Arthur Devine defeated Drew Cameron 12-4 earlier this evening to qualify for this season's Gold Medal final. After swapping singles in the opening ends, Arthur moved ahead with a three at the third before Drew played a delicate draw for a single to stay in touch at the fourth. Arthur had a clear draw to the eight foot in the fifth and made no mistake before stealing a further two at the sixth when Drew was left with a difficult draw to the button and was slightly heavy. That effectively sealed the game at 8-2, although Drew missed a draw for three at the next end which would have given him some hope. Instead he had to settle for two and never looked likely to steal at the last end, Arthur eventually putting four counters in the four foot. Arthur now faces John Torrance in the final on Monday 30th at 5.45.
The latest results from the Blairmains Trophy have been added here. The latest results mean that the final matches will be a repeat of this week's games - Laura Ritchie will play Margaret Harcourt with the trophy at stake while Eddie Ireland will play Jimmy Maxwell.
John Torrance defeated Drew Cameron 7-4 earlier this evening to book his place in this year's Gold Medal final. John got off to the best possible start, scoring three in the first, two in the second and a single in the third. After a blank end Drew opened his account with a single before John replied with a single of his own to lead 7-1. Drew did get a two at the seventh end before running out of stones in the eighth. In the 3v4 match Arthur Devine had a comfortable win over James Tait, although it could have been close near the end. With Arthur leading 8-3 in the seventh, James had a chance of a raised takeout for four. However it overcurled, split his own shot out and gifted Arthur a steal of one. James continued but lost a further two at the eighth. Arthur now goes on to play Drew in the semi final match next Monday evening.
Congratulations are due to club member Isobel Hannen, coach of the Scottish Junior Champion rink skipped by Eve Muirhead. At the weekend, Eve and her team retained their Women's World Junior title in Vancouver. Isobel and Eve now move on to Korea where they'll meet up with Eve's other team competing in the forthcoming Women's World Championships.
Congratulations are also due to four junior members - Kyle Waddell, Craig Waddell, Rachel Hannen and John Ballantyne - who (representing Hamilton Grammar) went through their section unbeaten at the Scottish Schools Championships before losing out to eventual winners Lockerbie Academy in the quarter finals.
Alan Hall booked himself a place in the Aikman Cup final and a rematch with James Tait after defeating Iain Hathorn 8-4 in tonight's semi-final. Iain took an early 3-1 lead before Alan replied with two shots at the third end to tie things up. It looked for a while as if the fouth end might be good for Iain with several counters and a solitary stone in the four foot for Alan but after an exchange of hits and a couple of missed raise attempts Alan stole a two. Further single steals gave Alan a 7-3 lead after six before Iain just about stayed in touch with a single of his own. Needing a steal of four at the last, Iain's team came close to putting some pressure on before finally running out of stones and conceding the game. The final takes place on Thursday 26th March.
The latest results from the Blairmains Trophy have been added to the results page.
Congratulations go to Kyle and Craig Waddell who clinched victory in this evening's Pairs final, defeating Robert Tait and John Ballantyne 5-2 in an enjoyable match with some high quality shot-making on display. With Kyle's usual partner John Harcourt on holiday, younger brother Craig substituted and the brothers got off to a good start, leading 2-0 after four ends. Robert Tait played a difficult angled raised takeout for a single in the fifth before some good build-up play and accurate takeouts by Kyle gave him a two in the sixth that was to prove decisive. Robert was forced to draw for a single in the seventh end to reduce the deficit to two and tried hard to force a steal at the last, before more good strikes from Kyle gave him a single and the 5-2 win.
Meanwhile, there was a dramatic finish in last night's crucial Gold Medal matchup between James Tait and Jim Waddell. With both sides needing a victory to guarantee a playoff spot, James Tait drew for a four with his last stone to come from behind and win 7-6. If his last stone had failed to count the game would have been peeled allowing both teams to progress at Arthur Devine's expense. In Monday's playoff matches Drew Cameon will play John Torrance in the 1v2 match while James Tait now faces Arthur Devine in the 3v4 game. The final Gold Medal table is here.
Gold Medal update - the two rearranged fixtures were played on Sunday afternoon with Jim Waddell defeating Arthur Devine 8-4 and James Tait beating Robert Kirkland 9-3. Those results mean that Robert is eliminated from playoff contention while Jim and James move up to fourth and fifth spots. Those two teams face each other in one of the two remaining round robin matches tonight at 5.45. The winner will finish in 3rd and face Arthur Devine in a playoff. However, if the match is peeled both teams will finish above Arthur and face each other again in a playoff game. All to play for tonight then!
James Tait defeated Alan Hall 9-5 earlier this evening to book his place in this year's Aikman Cup final. With an early 3-0 lead, James made it 5-0 when Alan's last draw against two was heavy in the third end. Alan replied with 2 at the next before James settled for a single in the 5th after another congested head, a feature of the game to that point. A missed takeout by James gifted Alan a 3 at the next to reduce the deficit to just a single shot before James produced an excellent draw to the 4' to lead by two once again. With two more lying in the 4' at the 8th, Alan was unable to find a clear path and James ran out a deserved winner. In the 3v4 match, Iain Hathorn eliminated John Tait with a narrow 5-4 victory. In a game of several missed chances on both sides there was never more than one shot between the sides. After exchanging singles early on, a pickup for Iain could have proved costly but John missed the chance to draw for two. Iain made no mistake at the 4th to lead 3-2 before John replied with a two of his own, coming up inches short on a draw for three. In the sixth end, Iain was unable to raise a front stone of his own and had to settle for a single to tie the game at 4-4. With Iain lying shot and covered by a short guard, John ran out of time to force another end and his long raised takeout missed to give Iain the win. He now goes on to face Alan Hall next week for the second final spot.
Elsewhere, the first games in the Blairmains Trophy took place last night and the results are available here.
Last night's two Gold Medal matches helped to clarify the playoff positions but only slightly. Robert Kirkland's 9-5 victory over the winless Tom Gibson kept his hopes alive and moved him into fifth spot, while John Torrance clinched a playoff place with an 8-3 win over Isobel Waddell. Isobel's defeat leaves her in fourth spot but effectively out of the playoff picture as either Robert Kirkland or James Tait will overtake her when they meet in Sunday's replayed fixture. In the other replayed match, Arthur Devine needs at least a point from his match with Jim Waddell to guarantee his place in the final four. He might still qualify with a defeat but would require other results to go his way. Should be an interesting afternoon!
Quite a few updates for you today, starting with Gold Medal news. As previously reported, last Monday's Gold Medal matches could not be finished due to an Ice Rink power failure approximately 25 minutes before the end of the session. The committee has discussed the matter at length and two of the three matches will now be replayed. I understand that Tom Gibson has conceded his match to Drew Cameron and the result has now been added to the results page. The other matches - Arthur Devine v Jim Waddell and James Tait v Robert Kirkland - will now be replayed from scratch on Sunday 8th March at 3pm. There are two further matches scheduled for Monday 2nd, both of them crucial in determining playoff spots.
The round robin stage of this season's Aikman Cup was concluded last night, with wins for Alan Hall, Tom Gibson and George Grandison. In next Thursday's playoff matches, Alan Hall will play James Tait for a place in the final while Iain Hathorn faces John Tait in the elimination game.
The pairs competition final scheduled for Tuesday 10th March will feature Robert Tait and John Ballantyne against Kyle Waddell and John Harcourt.
Finally, a reminder that the Blairmains Trophy gets underway this coming Wednesday 4th March at 7.55.
Apologies for the
site being offline for the last 36 hours or so.
Monday's Gold Medal games turned out to be interesting! With around 25 minutes of the session remaining, the Ice Rink suffered a power cut resulting in the lights going out! At this stage it remains to be seen what the outcome will be for those playing what would be their last or second last end. As soon as the committee have made a decision, I'll post the details here.
Thursday evening's Aikman Cup matches proved decisive in settling the playoff positions for all concerned. James Tait's win over Bob Parry guaranteed him second place while Iain Hathorn and John Tait secured third and fourth spots with wins over George Grandison and Arthur Devine. All of the results and standings can be found by clicking here.
Some news from the final interclub match of the season, against Cambusnethan. This one turned out to be a somewhat overwhelming victory for Hamilton & Thornyhill, after a number of close matches in recent years. We won all three matches with a combined score of 38-6. Iain Hathorn's team were the winners of the Simpson Trophy, winning their match 15-1.
Two more Gold Medal results have been added here. Isobel Waddell's win keeps her in with a chance of a playoff spot while James Tait's loss to Bob Parry has done him no favours. There are no games today but next Monday's matches should help to clarify the playoff picture. At present there are seven teams vying for the four playoff positions.
Belated congrats are due to John Tait who, as part of the Colin Howden team, qualified for the finals of the Scottish Junior Championships at Perth the other week. The team performed creditably, finishing with a record of 3-4, good enough for fifth spot of the eight finalists.
Some Ice Rink success to report on this time as the club's rink last night won the Lanarkshire Province Knockout competition, defeating East Kilbride & Haremyres 11-6 in the final. With skip George Grandison still recovering from a leg muscle problem, the side continued with the same format that had proved successful in earlier rounds - George skipping but playing lead stones using the curling stick, Arthur Kenny playing second, Derek Whitehouse at third and Iain Hathorn playing last stones. The team got off to a great start, taking four in the first end then following up with a steal of three at the second. EK&H skip George Strang played a hit and lie against three at the next before stealing one to leave H&T leading 7-2 after four. Iain Hathorn produced a perfect draw for a single before stealing again in the 6th. The only real slip up for H&T came at the 7th end when EK&H produced a couple of good draws resulting in a four. However H&T played a solid last end, leaving very little for the opposistion to build on and eventually ran EK&H out of stones for the win. Congrats to all for playing so well throughout the competition.
More results for you, this time from the Aikman Cup where Alan Hall's win over Tom Gibson guaranteed him top spot at the end of the round robin matches. Elsewhere, Iain Hathorn retains third spot despite a loss to Derek Whitehouse and John Tait's win over George Grandison moved him up into fourth spot in the standings.
The race for the Gold Medal playoff spots continued last night with the top three teams in action. Third placed Arthur Devine edged past John Torrance 9-7 to draw level on points with John, while James Tait defeated leader Drew Cameron 10-4 to move into fifth spot and, with games in hand, is still in with a good chance of finishing in the top four.
Time once again to catch up with the latest results in both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup. In the Gold Medal, two big wins for Isobel Waddell have brought her back into contention for a playoff spot. Drew Cameron and John Torrance are still out in front but seven teams still have a realistic chance of making the top four. In the Aikman Cup, Alan Hall's win over Bob Parry takes him back to top spot.
Well, we're back to curling now that the festive season is over. The latest three games from the Gold Medal have been added to the results page and there are two Aikman Cup games this evening at 7.55.
Happy New Year to one and all!
The Rules of the Game : One thing I meant to add to the site earlier this season but forgot about was a link to the rules of the game. Whether you're fairly new to the game and have never seen a copy of the rules or have been playing for years and think you're an expert, a few minutes reading might be well worth your while and a good way to kick off the New Year. To access the latest RCCC rules click here to open up a new pdf file. Although it's 62 pages long, most of the information you need to know is within the first 15 pages.
The first part of the season is now complete and all of the results and standings have been updated.
In the Gold Medal, Drew Cameron leads the way just a point ahead of John Torrance. Arthur Devine lies third, a further point behind but having played a game less. In the Aikman cup, things are really tight with the top six teams separated by just three points. Alan Hall leads the way from James Tait and Iain Hathorn.
The next scheduled games are on Monday 5th January for the Gold Medal and Thursday 8th for the Aikman Cup. Until then, I hope everyone enjoys the festive season and, given the club's track record so far, stays fit and healthy in 2009!
Some outside competition news for you - in last week's Farmers Competition at Lanarkshire Ice Rink James Tait and his team of Arthur Devine, Tom Gibson and Eddie Ireland won the Low Road competition. They qualified for the Low Road having won two of their three section matches before going on to defeat Bill Marshall's team in the quarter final. After narrowly defeating Greg Allan's junior side in the semi final they faced Archie Kerr in the final. The final was a tight affair before James gained what should have been a decisive steal of three in the ninth end to lead by three. However as the last end developed, James was in danger of losing a three and going to an extra end or even losing a four and the match. With his last stone, James elected to play a hit and roll which would at least guarantee an extra end. The shot was well played giving Archie little chance. In the end Archie's final stone couldn't force the three for the tie and James and his team repeated their victory of last season. Congrats to all concerned.
More Aikman Cup scores, plus the latest standings, have been added here.
The results from this week's Gold Medal matches have been added here.
Congratulations go to James Tait and his rink of Alan Hall, Andrew Ballantyne and John Ballantyne who recently defeated Coulter to win the T B Dick Trophy, I believe the first time the club has won this. The match lasted 12 ends and well over three hours before James stole a single at the second extra end to lift the trophy. Coulter, skipped by Bryce Smith, opened with a single before H&T replied with two at the second. A three for Coulter was followed by singles for H&T to leave the game tied at 4-4 at the halfway stage. Coulter went ahead again with a single before James and his team took a two. However a big three for Coulter left them two ahead with two ends left. A single for H&T left them needing a steal in the last and they actually lay three and game before Bryce cut them to a single with the last stone. Bryce could have won the match for Coulter at the first extra end but his last stone was swept just out by James. In end twelve, Coulter looked fairly well set before James pulled off a hit and roll from a winger to the four foot leaving Bryce in an impossible position and Hamilton & Thornyhill with the trophy.
Of course, what I hadn't realised yesterday was that there were more results to come! These are definitely up to date now.
Apologies for the lack of recent updates. Now that your webmaster has returned from the Florida sunshine to Scotland's freezing fog the most recent Gold Medal and Aikman Cup results have now been added. Click here for details.
An update with the latest from the Gold Medal is now on the Results page.
Congrats are in order for one of the club's two teams in this season's RCCC Rink Championship. The team skipped by Jim Waddell, with John Torrance, Tom Gibson and Drew Cameron providing able support, defeated the Bathgate rink in the Lanarkshire final. The team now goes forwrad to represent Lanarkshire in the National Finals at Kilmarnock's Galleon Centre in March next year. Well done to all involved (including Kyle and Craig Waddell who substituted in the first round victory against East Kilbride & Haremyres). Thanks are also due to John Torrance for helping to substantially reduce the average age of the rink! It just proves there's no substitute for experience.
More results for you, this time for the Gold Medal. Club President Arthur Devine has made a great start, winning all three of his matches (well his team and his substitutes have!). Drew Cameron and John Torrance have won both of their opening matches and are in hot pursuit.
The latest results from the Aikman Cup have now been added. Judging by the early results, it could be a close competition this season - with most sides having played two games, only one team (Alan Hall) has maximum points and every team has at least one point.
The Links page has now been updated, with links added to the websites for many of this season's major championships.
The first set of results from this season's Gold Medal have now been added to the Results page.
Club competitions are well underway now and the first batch of results from the Aikman Cup have been added to the Results page.
The club season began last night when six Hamilton & Thornyhill teams played against teams from six invited clubs for the Crookedstone Quaich. Played as a progressive bonspiel, the worthy winners were the Cambusnethan team skipped by Billy Gibson. The runners up were the H&T team skipped by George Grandison, with Drew Cameron, Eileen Gibson and Eddie Ireland.
As our damp summer draws to a close, there is some news of the club's golf outing and matchplay competition. New convener Alan Hall organised an outing to Buchanan Castle Golf Club near Drymen in July which proved very successful. The club's junior members managed to outplay their more senior colleagues on the day with Craig Waddell the eventual winner, pipping his older brother Kyle to the trophy with John Ballantyne in third place. The Waddell Trophy knockout competition was won by Drew Cameron, beating John Ballantyne in the final which was held at Hamilton Golf Club where both finalists are members. Congratulations to Drew and commiserations to John..
The new season beckons!
Fixture lists for the new season, along with the President's letter and the Treasurer's annual demand for money are now being sent to all members. If you have not received yours by the end of this week, please contact James Tait. Ice money and subscriptions are due immediately and should be sent to John Harcourt as quickly as possible and certainly no later than the end of September.
All of this season's fixtures have been added to the site and are available by clicking the link on the left of the page.
Last season's fixture list, results and news items have been moved to the archives page, available by clicking here.
2007/2008 News Items
The final trophy of the season was decided on Friday evening when John Harcourt and his team of Brian Horne, Jimmy Maxwell and John Forsyth won the Blairmains Trophy, beating Richard Kenyon's rink in the deciding round robin match. Congrats to John and his team who won all four of their games.
I understand that a number of returns for next year’s competitions are still outstanding. If you haven’t filled yours out, please do it NOW and return it to James Tait.
More video action! Derek Whitehouse recorded some of the action at the recent Gold Medal final and it's available to view here, complete with commentary. Thanks to Derek for his sterling efforts.
President Arthur Devine was the winner of last nights Points competition for the Moffat Cup. Arthur scored 43, although just 8 of the 9 scheduled disciplines were possible. Iain Hathorn was the runner-up, 2 points further back.
James Tait avoided an unwanted hattrick earlier tonight, defeating Derek Whitehouse 10-5 in the final of the Aikman Cup. Having reached all three finals this season, James had still to win one going into this match. After a slow start, Derek taking a 3 in the first end, James and his team of Alan Hall, Andrew Ballantyne and Drew Moffat played well and deserved their victory. After replying with a 2, James stole a further 2 at the third end to lead 4-3. The crucial end was the fourth - after some excellent draws by James's front end, Derek found himself protecting a lone shot in the four foot. James played a raised takeout from one of his own guards and left Derek with a draw to the eight foot just to cut the shots down. His first draw of the match came up short and a steal of four gave James an 8-3 lead. In trouble again at the next, Derek played a delicate tap back through a staggered port with his last stone to take a single but there was to be no way back and the teams traded singles thereafter. Congratulations to the winning team.
Time for some reminders for you – firstly, the final of the Aikman Cup is this Thursday 27th at 7.55. Please come along to support the teams if you can.
The points competition for the Moffat Cup is next Tuesday 1st April (honestly, I’m not joking!) at 7.55 and the closing bonspiel is on Tuesday 8th , again at 7.55.
The Annual Dinner & AGM is on Wednesday 23rd from 7pm onwards.
Finally, don’t forget that your return for next season’s competitions should be back to James Tait as soon as possible, certainly no later than Friday 4th as he needs to advise the Ice Rink of our ice requirements for next season.
Derek Whitehouse recorded a short video clip of the last two shots of the Pairs final. You can see it by clicking here. The file size and therefore the quality has been reduced but it's something that could be added to the site in future.
Congratulations go to Tom Gibson and his team of Kyle Waddell, Hamish Wilson and Drew Moffat who this evening defeated James Tait and his team of Fiona Moffat, Robert Tait and Laura Ritchie to win this season's Gold Medal. After an even start which saw the sides level at 3-3 after 4 ends, Tom took a single at the fifth end to go ahead once more. The sixth end was the turning point where a precise hit and roll behind cover from Tom forced James to draw against three. Needing the four foot to be shot, his draw came up slightly short and the steal of three gave Tom a clear lead. Although James seemed to have a good position early in the next end, the momentum of the end changed with a couple of good shots by Kyle Waddell and James was left facing a delicate hit and lie for a single. The stone drew just too much, raising one of Tom's for a steal of three and a 10-3 lead which was enough for James to concede.
The latest results from the Blairmains Trophy have been added to the results page.
Derek Whitehouse defeated Bob Parry in the Aikman cup semi final on Thursday night. In a match that only managed to fit in seven ends, Derek had established a 9-1 lead after five ends before Bob struck back with a 3 and a steal of 2. Derek now meets James Tait in the final on 27th March.
Don't forget that this year's Gold Medal final, between Tom Gibson and James Tait, takes place this Monday the 17th at 5.45. Do come along to watch and support the teams if you can.
George Grandison and John Ballantyne clinched the Pairs title last night, edging out James Tait and Eddie Ireland in a nailbiting final. George and John stole 2 in the 3rd end to take a 4-2 lead but James and Eddie battled back and George had to draw for a single at the last to take the game into an extra end. At the extra end George just managed to draw for shot with his last stone but left James a hit for the win. James's stone ran just a fraction wide, nicking a guard and missing the shot by inches, leaving George and John as winners. This is the third season in a row that George has won the Pairs title.
The first results from the Blairmains Trophy have now been added to the results page.
The second finalist is now known for the Gold Medal - James Tait will meet Tom Gibson in the final after edging out Robert Kirkland 6-5 earlier this evening.
We now have the finalists for this season’s Pairs Competition for the Torrance Trophy. In last night’s first semi final, an opening end 3 gave George Grandison and John Ballantyne an early lead which they maintained to defeat Isobelle and Robert Tait. In the second matchup, James Tait and Eddie Ireland had a very close match with John Tait (Jim Waddell subbing) and John Forsyth before James and Eddie finally won through with a steal at the last end. The final is on Tuesday 11th March at 7.55.
Congratulations go to Robert Kirkland and his team who won Lanarkshire Ice Rink’s Bob Mackintosh Trophy at the weekend. Robert’s team of Arthur Devine, Richard Kenyon and John Forsyth played well throughout the competition and defeated Donald Macrae’s Lanark rink in the final, a measure being required in the last end to decide the outcome.
Playoff season continued tonight with the first Page Playoff matches in the Aikman Cup. In the 1v2 match, James Tait got the better of Bob Parry by 7-4. In a tight contest Bob squared the game in the 7th with a single after a measure but was unable to force a steal at the last end.The 3v4 match was equally close, tied at 3-3 until Derek Whitehouse stole a 3 at the 6th end when John Tait's draw was a little heavy. A further steal of a single at the 7th gave Derek a four shot lead going into the last which in the end was enough for victory. Derek and Bob now meet in a fortnight to decide the remaining place in the final.
A fine start to the playoff part of the season in last night's Gold Medal matches. In the elimination match Robert Kirkland edged out John Torrance 9-8 to keep his hopes alive while there was a controversial finish to the 1v2 game. James Tait and Tom Gibson (Bob Parry substituting) finished tied at 6-6 after 8 ends but it appears that neither skip had read the rules carefully enough. These clearly state that in the event of a tie in the playoffs ends will count and only if these are level should the skips draw a shot. Bob won by 5 ends to 3 but the skips went ahead and drew a shot which James won. However, as stated, the game was already finished by that time, the draw shot was unnecessary and Tom's team progresses to the final. James and his team have another chance of course and now face Robert for the second final spot on Wednesday 5th March.
One news item that I omitted recently was our inter-club match against Cambusnethan for the Simpson Trophy. This took place on Friday 15th and I’m pleased to say that we managed to win back the trophy this year. Iain Hathorn won his match convincingly while Arthur Devine lost to David Bell, leaving the match between George Grandison and Billy Gibson to decide the overall outcome. George led throughout and looked on course for a comfortable victory but a poor final end gave the Cambusnethan skip a difficult double takeout for a five which would have won the match for his club. One stone went but the other jammed on another stone leaving George (and his watching teammates) relieved to win the game. Iain Hathorn took the trophy as highest up skip. Well done to John Harcourt for coming up with six substitutes after some late calloffs and to the junior members who filled in ably.
The last round of Aikman Cup matches on Friday night saw decisive wins for Bob Parry and John Tait which clinched second and fourth places respectively for the Page Playoffs. In the first round of playoffs, next Thursday 28th at 7.55, James Tait will play Bob for a place in the final while Derek Whitehouse plays John in the elimination match. Full results and final standings are available here.
Pairs update - last night's Pairs quarter final matches saw wins for George Grandison & John Ballantyne, Isobelle & Robert Tait, James Tait & Eddie Ireland and John Tait & John Forsyth. The semi final matches are on Tuesday 4th March.
The results page has been updated with the first round of the Pairs Competition and the final Gold Medal round robin matches. In the decisive Gold Medal game John Torrance defeated Arthur Devine to join James Tait, Tom Gibson and Robert Kirkland in the playoffs, the first of which are scheduled for Monday 25th February at 5.45.
Last night's Aikman Cup matches helped to clarify the positions regarding possible playoff spots for a number of teams. Bob Parry's win over the previously unbeaten James Tait guaranteed his side a playoff place and a win over Tom Gibson in the final match would see Bob finish in second place. Iain Hathorn's win over Arthur Devine gave him a chance but he can still be overtaken by both John Tait and Tom Gibson. Derek Whitehouse's win over Drew Cameron confirms him in either second or third spot. The final three matches are on Friday 22nd February at 7.55.
The penultimate round of matches in this season's Gold Medal took place on Monday. Tom Gibson's win over Donald Burns secured second spot in the standings, leaving Robert Kirkland, Arthur Devine and John Torrance battling for the two remaining spots. Robert is all but certain of his place and can only be denied by an unlikely high scoring peel between Arthur and John, leaving the latter two fighting for the last place in the playoffs. The crucial match is on Monday 11th at 5.45.
The interclub match against Cambusnethan on Friday 15th February will now start at 8.55 rather than 7.55. The Ice Rink is hosting the Scottish Senior Finals during that weekend and some session times have had to be altered to accommodate the seniors.
The latest results from the Gold Medal are now on the Results page. Robert Kirkland could have clinched a playoff spot but lost to Alex F Torrance by a single shot. Meanwhile Arthur Devine failed to take full advantage, losing heavily to Isobel Waddell. Drew Cameron lost to John Torrance. John now has a chance to qualify but needs to beat Arthur in their last game to clinch a playoff place. A win for Arthur could let him finish as high as second and would also let Robert Kirkland into the playoffs. Only a peel between John and Arthur could deny Robert a spot so there's still plenty to play for! The remaining matches are on the 4th and 11th of February.
The results page has been updated with the latest from both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup. In the Gold Medal, James Tait leads the way from Tom Gibson with Robert Kirkland, Arthur Devine and Drew Cameron also battling for playoff spots. James also leads the Aikman Cup standings while Derek Whitehouse's win on Thursday means he joins James in the playoffs. Bob Parry lies third but no less than four other teams are tied on six points , leaving some crucial matches still to come.
Competitions update: There are three more matches tonight (Wednesday) in the Gold Medal which pit the top three teams against the bottom three in the standings and may well go some way to deciding this season’s playoff contenders. Meanwhile, James Tait has a clear lead in the Aikman Cup, having dropped just one point so far, but the rest of the top four slots remain wide open with most sides having two matches remaining.
Elsewhere commiserations go to three of the club’s junior members. After performing well in all four of the Scottish u-17 slam events this season, Kyle Waddell, Andrew Ballantyne and Craig Waddell finished tied for top spot in the overall standings after the final weekend at Lockerbie. Their team, skipped by Alan Inch, then faced a playoff match to decide the overall winners which they took to an extra end before finally losing out, thus missing out on a trip to the WCF’s Summer Camp in Fussen, Germany.
The latest results from the Gold Medal have been added here. Robert Kirkland's win over Isobel Waddell combined with James Tait's loss to Tom Gibson has let Robert leapfrog James to top the standings. Both are on nine points, as is Arthur Devine, although James and Arthur have a game in hand.
In the Aikman Cup, James Tait has a clear lead over Bob Parry and Derek Whitehouse with further matches due this Thursday at 7.55.
The latest results from the Aikman Cup have now been added, bringing us up to date for the end of the year. Best wishes to all curlers for the festive season!
And......we're back! Apologies for the lack of recent updates - a problem with the host server meant I've been unable to upload anything to the site for the last few days. However I hope we're back to normal service now. Quite a number of results have been added, particularly in the Gold Medal, where Arthur Devine leads the way from James Tait with a number of other sides battling for a play-off spot. You can check the standings here.
A club rink recently won Blantyre CC's Tom Dickson Rosebowl competition. The rink was skipped by James Tait, ably assisted by Tom Gibson, Fiona Moffat and Isabel Tait.
Latest results from the Aikman Cup have been added here.
Members may also be interested to know that the RCCC has organised a Curling Masterclass at the Ice Rink on Sunday 27th January from 11.30 to 4.30:
Lanarkshire Ice Rink will be hosting a RCCC Curlers Master Class, open to curlers of all abilities. The RCCC Curlers Master Class is designed to enhance curlers’ skills using techniques used by Scotland’s elite curlers. Participants have the opportunity to have their delivery analysed, and hopefully improved by elite coaches such as Claire Milne, Tom Pendreigh and Nancy Murdoch. On-ice sessions will be split timing, video analysis and angles. Off-ice there will be a Questions & Answers session with Lockhart Steele, as well as a Tactics session. The RCCC Curlers Master Class provides a rare opportunity for you to receive coaching using the latest techniques. Each class is strictly limited to 32 curlers and costs £30 including lunch. There is a sign-up sheet at the Ice Rink or contact as follows: Jim Morrison: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07725 162 960
Congratulations go to three of the club’s junior curlers who were members of the winning rink in the Under 17 Slam event at Greenacres at the weekend – Kyle Waddell, Andrew Ballantyne and Craig Waddell, along with skip Alan Inch, defeated Gavin Reid's side in the final. Twenty four teams took part in the competition and the team now tops the Slam standings after two events. Well done to all of them and keep up the good work!
The club’s rink in the Province Knockout competition progressed to the semi finals last night with a resounding 9-1 win over Wishaw in only six ends. They now face Lanark in the semi finals which are not due until 4th February.
The latest results in the Aikman Cup have been added and another three games are scheduled for this Thursday at 7.55. Please note that the layout of the fixture book has led some to think that the matches are at 10.05 but this is NOT the case, it’s definitely 7.55.
The games are coming thick and fast just now so there are more results from the Gold Medal available here.
Last night's results from the Gold Medal have now been added. There is a further round of matches in the Aikman Cup this Thursday at 7.55.
The latest results from both the Aikman Cup and Gold Medal have now been added to the Results page. Apologies for the delay with these, due to your webmaster being away for a break in sunnier climes!
The first results are in for the Aikman Cup competition and are available by clicking here
The club's entry for the Province Knockout competition managed to squeeze into the next round after a hard fought match agauinst Dippool last week. The match was close throughout with Dippool having the edge for most of the game. With the scores level and two ends remaining H&T managed to steal a shot in the 7th before doing the same in a dramatic final end. With Dippool lying game in the four foot, George Grandison managed to draw for shot before the Dippool skip played his final stone slighty tight and caught a guard in trying a difficult hit for the game. The next opponenets are Wishaw with the match due at the end of November.
Golf update - Bill Campbell won the Waddell Trophy final earlier today, defeating Jim Waddell by one hole in an exciting final at Carluke. Jim started in the best possible way, reeling off three straight pars to go three up but missed a couple of short putts to turn just one up. Jim was quickly three ahead once more before Bill found some form to square the match after 15. Jim's drive at 17 went just out of bounds leaving Bill ahead for the first time on the 18th tee. Jim holed a great putt on the last green, forcing Bill to hole a short putt for the win which he duly did. Congratulations to Bill and commiserations to Jim.
Golf update - the final of this season's Waddell Trophy knockout competition will take place this coming Sunday when Bill Campbell takes on Jim Waddell. Jim edged past George Mackenzie in the second semi final last weekend. The final is at Carluke Golf Club at 10.45 and anyone wishing to spectate is very welcome to come along.
The club's season got underway last Thursday evening with the Knowetop Salver which pitted six club rinks against teams from six other invited clubs. The winning rink this year, finishing on +10 shots, was skipped by George Grandison, third John Tait, second Ishbel gow and lead Laura Ritchie. They edged out James Tait's team in the last end to take the trophy.
Golf update - Bill Campbell has reached this year's final at the first time of asking, having beaten past winner Bob Parry in one of the semi final matches. In the other semi, George Mackenzie will play Jim Waddell next week for the other final place
Fixture lists for the new season, along with the President's letter and the Treasurer's annual demand for money have all now been issued. If you have not received yours yet, please contact James Tait immediately. Ice money and subscriptions are due immediately and should be sent to John Harcourt as quickly as possible and certainly no later than the end of September.
All of this season's fixtures have been added to the site and are available by clicking the link on the left of the page.
Last season's fixture list, results and news items have been moved to a new page, available by clicking here.
Golf update - slowly but surely some progress is being made in the Waddell Trophy. In the top half of the draw, Bill Campbell is due to play Bob Parry in the semi final while in the bottom half George Mackenzie awaits either Jock Hathorn or Jim Waddell in the other semi. More news to follow as and when everyone gets around to playing their ties.
A number of links to other sites have been added to the site which you may find useful from time to time. There are links to curling associations and most of the upcoming international events. If anyone has suggestions for other links that could be added please email the webmaster here.
Apologies for the lack of recent updates to the site, although naturally there hasn’t been a huge amount of information to share at this time of year. The Dinner and AGM took place in April with prizes duly presented. I hope to have photos of the various prizewinners available in due course. Arthur Devine was duly confirmed as the club’s president for the coming two seasons and Ishbel Gow is the new vice president.
The matchplay golf competition for the Waddell Trophy is now underway and results will be posted here when available. However, the club’s proposed outing to Tulliallan Golf Club, due this Sunday 17th June, has had to be cancelled. There were simply not enough members committed to making the event a success and the future of the event is now very much in question.
2006/2007 News Items
The season's finale Closing Bonspiel took place last night with a full complement of 8 teams. Winners were the rink skipped by Iain Hathorn, assisted by John Harcourt, Iain Macpherson and Craig Waddell. A bit of a loaded rink if you ask me, but there we go! Runners up were James Tait's rink followed in third by George Grandison. An enjoyable evening was had by all.
Christine Hall has clinched the Blairmains Trophy thanks to a win over Iain Macpherson and Margaret Harcourt's defeat to Isabelle Tait. Christine's team of Eddie Ireland, Alan Clark and Murdo Maclean won three of thier four games to finish two points ahead of runner up Isabelle Tait.
John Harcourt was the winner of last nights club Points competition for the Moffat Cup. Thirteen members took part in the competition which John won for the first time, edging out James Tait and George Grandison.
Last week’s Blairmains Trophy results have now been added with the final two games due this evening. The results and final standings will be posted as soon as possible.
Please note that all returns for this year’s AGM and Dinner plus next season’s competitions should be with Club Secretary James Tait by Friday 6th at the very latest.
Derek Whitehouse won the Aikman Cup for the first time as a skip last night, defeating George Grandison 8-6 in the final. Derek and his team of Karen Torrance (3rd) and subs Robert Tait (2nd) and Bob Morton (lead) played well throughout and deserved their victory after establishing an early 5-1 lead. Although George's team of Arthur Kenny (3rd), Margaret Harcourt (2nd) and Brian Dunleavy (lead) fought back in the second half of the game, the result was never really in doubt.
John Torrance clinched this season's Gold Medal competition with a comfortable victory over James Tait in this evening's final. It was one victory apiece going into the final with James having won the round-robin encounter while John had clinched his final place with a win in the Page playoff match two weeks ago. In tonight's final John got off to a good start, opening up an early 5-2 lead after three ends. With a steal of one then a crucial steal of three more when James came up short on a last-stone draw, the lead soon became 9-2 and even a three for James was soon cancelled out with three more for John and the teams shook hands after eight ends. John's team of Ishbel Gow, Ross Orr and Laura Ritchie played well throughout and the team thoroughly deserved their win.
In the final Aikman Cup playoff match on Thursday evening, Derek Whitehouse defeated Iain Hathorn 7-4 to clinch a place in the final against George Grandison. The final takes place on Thursday 29th March at 7.55. Elsewhere the Blairmains Trophy is underway with the latest results and standings available here.
George Grandison retained the Torrance Trophy earlier tonight with victory in the Pairs competition final. With Margaret Harcourt providing excellent support the pair easily defeated John Torrance (substituting for Alex Torrance) and Laura Ritchie. On tricky ice, which had several straight patches, George and Margaret stole 3 in the opening end and another 4 in the second. John produced a good draw for a single in the third but the result was never really in doubt from then on and 13-2 was the final score.
On Monday evening James Tait defeated Arthur Devine to move into the Gold Medal final where he will face John Torrance. The final is on Monday 19th at 5.45 and should be a good game after a close run playoff game between the two teams last week
The first results from this season's Blairmains Trophy have now been added to the site.
There are some important matches in the week ahead - on Monday 12th James Tait plays Arthur Devine for a place in the Gold Medal final, on Tuesday 13th George Grandison and Margaret Harcourt take on Alex Torrance and Laura Ritchie in the Pairs Final while on Thursday 15th Derek Whitehouse and Iain Hathorn battle it out for a place in the Aikman Cup final.
More playoff news from this evening's matches - in the Gold Medal games, John Torrance was victorious over James Tait and goes through to the final. James will play Arthur Devine who overcame Drew Cameron in the 3v4 match.
It's playoff time!! The playoffs have started with the first round in the Aikman Cup being completed last night. In the 1v2 match George Grandison got off to the best possible start against Derek Whitehouse, picking up a 6 in the first end and adding 4 more in the 2nd to ensure a comfortable victory and go through to the final. In the 3v4 match, Iain Hathorn edged out Arthur Devine after a very close contest and will now face Derek for a place in the final.
In last night's Pairs semi-finals, Alex Torrance and Laura Ritchie edged past James Tait and Jimmy Maxwell, while George Grandison and Margaret Harcourt were victorious over Eileen Gibson and Arthur Kenny. The final takes place on Tuesday 13th March at 7.55pm.
The final games in this season's Aikman Cup took place on Friday night and, in the only game that mattered as far as playoffs were concerned, Iain Hathorn got the victory he needed to secure his top four spot at the expense of James Tait. Iain now plays Arthur Devine in the 3v4 match while George Grandison takes on first placed Derek Whitehouse. Both matches are scheduled for 1st March. Final standings are available here.
This evening's quarter final results from the Pairs competition have now been added to the Results page. The semi finals are due on Monday 26th February.
Friday evening's inter-club match against Cambusnethan didn't exactly go to plan for us. Looking to regain the trophy that was lost last year, we only managed to peel one match (skipped by John Torrance) while there were defeats for the teams led by George Grandison and Arthur Devine. Overall Cambusnethan finished 10 shots better off.
The results from the last two Gold Medal matches saw Arthur Devine beat leader John Torrance by 10-6 to clinch the last available place in the four team playoffs. Isobel Waddell's 5-11 loss to Donald Burns saw her finish one point short of a playoff spot. In the 1v2 match John Torrance will now play James Tait for the first place in the final, while Drew Cameron and Arthur Devine will contest the other match with the loser eliminated. Those games are on Monday 5th March at 5.45pm.
With just two matches remaining in the round robin part of this season's Gold Medal, two of the playoff spots remain up for grabs. John Torrance has clinched top spot and James Tait has secured a place in the playoffs but both Isobel Waddell and Arthur Devine could overhaul Drew Cameron if they win their final matches. Isobel plays Donald Burns while Arthur faces John Torrance.
In the Aikman Cup, George Grandison has all but clinched second spot by beating Drew Cameron while Arthur Devine reached the playoffs with a tightly contested win over James Tait. James now awaits the outcomes of the final round of matches to see if either Iain Hathorn or Tom Gibson (who play each other) can overtake him.
Things are finally starting to look a little clearer as we move into the final stages of the Gold Medal. Robert Kirkland's loss to Donald Burns knocked him out of contention as did Alex F Torrance's loss to Isobel Waddell. Drew Cameron's win pushed him into second spot, although he has finished his round robin matches. One of Drew, Isobel, James Tait or Arthur Devine will miss out on a playoff spot. James has a chance to clinch his playoff berth if he can beat Tom Gibson in tomorrow's match.
It's getting close to playoff time in both main competitions - check out the latest scores and standings on the Results page.
Results from the latest two rounds of matches in the Gold Medal have now been added. With most teams having two matches still to play, John Torrance is the clear leader while everyone else apart from Donald Burns still has a chance to make the playoffs. Another series of matches is due this Monday 22nd.
There was disappointment for two of the club's sides over the New Year period. Firstly Iain Hathorn's Aikman Cup-winning team from last season lost the final of the TB Dick Trophy to Avondale Heather then the George Grandison-skipped team lost their Province Knockout quarter final to Lanark.
In a bid to finish the year with everything as up to date as possible, the latest results from both the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup have been added and the standings updated. My thanks to Richard Kenyon and Iain Hathorn for the timely sending of these.
The latest Aikman Cup results have been added with good wins for Derek Whitehouse and Arthur Devine helping them to join George Grandison at the top of the table on 8 points each.
In the Raeburn Salver match against Avonbdale Heather, an extremely close-fought contest saw Hamilton & Thornyhill run out winners by just one shot across the four matches.
The final of the TB Dick competition, pitting Iain Hathorn's team against Avondale's Don Frame rink, will take place at the Ice Rink on Thursday 28th December at 7.55pm. Good luck to Iain and his team!
The latest results from both the Aikman Cup and Gold Medal have now been added.
Up to date Gold Medal results have now been added to the Results and Standings section.
The club's rink in the TB Dick competition, skipped by Iain Hathorn, have reached the final of this year's competition and will play Avondale Heather in the final on a date to be decided.
The latest results for the Gold Medal and Aikman Cup have been added to the results section. The Aikman Cup already looks like being a close-run affair this season. A table for the Gold Medal will be added shortly.
The club's summer golf knockout competition will have a new name on the trophy this year as George Grandison defeated past winner Donald Burns by one hole at a foggy Hamilton Golf Club on Sunday morning. The damp conditions didn't detract from the standard of play and some good golf was played by both finalists. After an even start, Donald turned two up but the tables were quickly turned as George reeled off four holes in a row. Donald pulled one back at the 14th but George held on to lift the Waddell Trophy after a tense finish. Many thanks are due to Drew Cameron for organising the tie at Hamilton and giving both players some directions in the poor visibility!
Hamilton & Thornyhill regained the Ross Tankard on Friday evening by defeating East Kilbride & Haremyres by a total of six shots across the four matches. There wins for Donald Burns by four shots, Alex Torrance by five shots and Iain Hathorn by six shots. The only losing H&T rink was Tom Gibson who went down by nine shots. Iain Hathorn took home the trophy by virtue of being the highest up skip in the winning club. Well done to all! The next interclub match is against Avondale Heather on 24th November.
The latest results in both the Aikman Cup and Gold medal competitions are now available on the Results and Standings page. Click on the link to the left or here to access the page.
The final of the Waddell Trophy golf competition will take place this Sunday at Hamilton Golf Club when outsider George Grandison will take on past winner Donald Burns at 9.30.
There are a couple of changes to this season's syllabus for members to take note of - new member Sydney Willox's phone number was omitted and the number shown for Iain Hathorn is his work number rather than his home number. All members should have been passed these numbers but if you need them place email the webmaster at email@example.com
The Crookedstone Cup took place last week as the club's season got underway. The following night saw this season's Aikman Cup underway with three matches and two further games are scheduled for 21st September.
George Grandison defeated Murdo Maclean in the remaining semi final of the club's knockout golf competition for the Waddell Trophy. In a close match played at East Kilbride GC, George managed to defeat Murdo by one hole and will play Donald Burns in the final.
The new season is almost upon us! The first event is the Crookedstone Cup competition on Wednesday 13th September at 5.45pm. The teams are listed on the fixtures page in the "Other" section. Teams from the following clubs have been invited to take part - Cadzow, Dippool, Bellshill, Avondale Heather, Blantyre, Hamilton Ladies. There will be a high tea and presentation of prizes at approximately 8.30pm.
The club's summer golf competition for the Waddell Trophy is nearing it's conclusion with Donald Burns through to the final to face the winner of the match between Murdo Maclean and George Grandison.
The bulk of the club fixtures are now available online by clicking the link on the left to the fixtures page. The remainder will be added shortly.
The club fixture lists for the new season have now been posted to all members along with the president's letter and the invoice of annual fees. Please try to ensure that fees are with Treasurer John Harcourt as soon as possible and certainly no later than 30th September.