Monthly Archives: June 2013

Loose Ends – 18 June

I’m probably not the only one who is excited about the European Mixed Curling Championships coming to Edinburgh in September this year – it’s great to see my home rink hosting a major tournament.

Well, it’s time to start planning because the official list of competing teams and the playing schedule have been released.

25 nations will be taking part – that’s around two-thirds of all the federations in Europe.

They have been split into three groups:

Group A (Red): Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Scotland

Group B (Blue): England, Estonia, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales

Group C (Yellow): Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

As you can see, all four ‘home’ nations will be taking part and we are guaranteed some local rivalry with England and Wales in the same group.

Here’s the list on the event website where a full rundown of team players will appear nearer the time.

The playing schedule can be found here. Ireland and Scotland feature in the first session against Austria and Germany respectively on 14 September while England and Wales play Russia and Norway the next day. The Wales v. England clash is on the last day of group play.

14-21 September 2013 at Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh. Get it in your diaries!

If you want to get involved at the event as a volunteer, contact Margaret Nicol.

Some RCCC news now.

The Royal Highland Show gets underway on Thursday and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club will be opening the doors to its head office for visitors to come and have a look. Full details are here.

I went along to the RCCC’s AGM in Perth on Saturday where Alan Durno was confirmed as President for the coming season. There was an interesting display of curling artefacts on show as well as a free commemorative pin badge for all attendees to celebrate 175 years of the RCCC.

One of the most interesting pieces of news is that Scotland has formally made a bid to host a World Curling Championship. If memory serves, this is for the men’s competition in 2016. Edinburgh and Glasgow were the two places in contention and the decision has been taken to put Edinburgh forward to host the event.

It was great to see Scotland’s international champions being honoured at the meeting and it reminded me that I must do my 2012-13 season review before the new season comes around. All in good time…

I came across this next piece of news in the Arbroath Herald. It seems that a local curler has made good down under and become Australian national champion. Read all about it here.

It appears that the Canadians are taking a scientific approach when it comes to their pursuit of gold medals in Sochi next year at the Winter Olympics. See what they have been up to here.

And finally, our sport is set to receive some TV coverage over the summer. Today (Tuesday), Sally Magnusson and the Songs of Praise team were at The Peak in Stirling to film a feature for an episode due to be broadcast in August. Find out more here.

Loose Ends – 5 June

Some midweek curling matters that should help you prepare for next season…

Are you a male curler over the age of 55 in the Stirling area? If so, then you might like to consider joining Old Fellows Curling Club.

Club Secretary Eric Begbie got in touch to let me know what the club is all about:

Old Fellows Curling Club is the largest and fastest-growing curling club at The Peak, Stirling. It provides specifically for men over the age of 55 who wish to play curling in a social atmosphere during the day. At present we curl on Thursdays at 12:30 but, for next season, hope to extend this to provide optional additional curling on Mondays at the same time. Most of our members meet for soup and sandwiches before games.

Our main competitions are an autumn league and a spring league with, currently, 10 teams in each. We also have several bonspiels, a pairs league, a points competition and a number of friendly games with a variety of ladies’ clubs.

Our annual subscription is £15 plus an RCCC fee of £19 for those members who do not already have a Mother Club. As a Chartered Club, we currently pay ice fees of only £6.50 per game.

If you would be interested in curling with us next season, all I need from you at this stage are name, postal address, e-mail address, home phone number and a note of your RCCC Mother Club (if you have one). I would then add you to our circulation list so that you received all communications in preparation for the coming season. Contact me through our club website – www.oldfellows.org.uk

Do take a look at their website – it features some nice pictures and all the club information.

In the latest edition of Your Curler, I read with interest that there are plans to introduce a new Under 21 Slam for the 2013-14 season. This is designed to improve the current pathway structure for junior curlers with the already established U14 and U17 Slams proving popular RCCC events.

£1,000 prize money will be on offer for winning male and female teams – further details are expected soon.

Finally, competition entry forms for next season’s RCCC events are now available through the RCCC Members’ Database – the closing date for most events is Sunday 30 June so you don’t have long to get teams together if you fancy a crack at the big events in Scotland. Find out more here.

That’s all for now. I hope you have been enjoying the fine weather of late even if it means that curling is a long way off…