so near yet so far, swanswater trophy remains with torbrex
As ever it was a very competitive match with Torbrex for the Swanswater Trophy but also a friendly one with plenty of banter between the teams. Unfortunately, the meal after the even was not possible due to Covid19 restrictions still in place, another week later and it would have been okay. On the night, Thurday evening at 5:30pm, the event was set up with Torbrex on yellow stones and ourselves on red and over the two rinks each club got last stone once for a fair game. Play started sharply and one sheet managed 8 ends, which was just as well as it turned out. Team 1 skipped by Jim Marshall kept up with Torbrex till the fifth end where they made a 3 then stole a 1 to lead 7 v 3. In the final end we were lying 2 but Jim just could't get the angle to push any more stones into the empty 8 foot and finished with a 2 to lose 7 v 5. On the other rink, skipped by Alan Watt, after starting with a single score, Torbrex piled in the stones and made a 4, folloed by tow steals of 1 to lead 6 v 1. We managed to scramble a single, then a steal of 2 and Alan kept it going with his final stones in the next two ends being fabulous draws that Torbrex couldn't match to peel at 6 v 6. Unbelievable, given the start. However, on aggregate, Torbrex won by that 2 shot win. A similar story last time, one peel and one lost. Very enjoble games and maybe next time we'll get them right. Team details here
pairs semi-finals produces a competitive final
In the first game between Iain Gwynne and Sally-Ann Christmas versus John Brisbane and Alex Frew our President produced two consecutive shots to score a two against all the odds as his opponents were lying 3 stones and guarded. The first shot hit an outlier red to hit it into the centre to lie one. The second stone drew into the button to join it for a two. Despite Iain and Sally-Ann's best efforts they could only reply with a single and so John and Alex progress to the final. In the other game, Joe Kincaid and Luisella Mosley got off to a flier scoring 3 with some frantic sweeping. Alan Watt and Alan Hadden just kept pegging away and managed two steals in a row leaving the final end with Joe and Luisella needing 2 shots to win. Alas the takeout didn't materialise and so the two Alans progress to the final. . See the Pairs page for all the details. The final will be a real test of drawing. between these two teams
pairs competition starts 2022 despite tighter covid19 restrictions
Graeme Anderson, Ian Mackie and Sally-Ann Christmas win bonspiel
iain gwynne's team win the mitchell/wilson trophy unbeaten
Despite two peeled matches and one win Team Gwynne won the Mitchell / Wilson Trophy with an outstanding win of 15 v 2 against Rory's team (and Iain wasn't even playing). John Brisbane and two substitutes put in a fantastic performance, almost scoring an eight in the final end. All the other teams finished on 3 points to Iain's 4. Well done to skip Iain Gwynne, John Brisbane, Alastair Christmas and Alex Frew.
Mitchell / Wilson Details here.
cairns/elder trophy remains with us in good win over crossmyloof
Unfortunately Crossmyloof could only raise a single team to play in this annual competition and so it was played on Wednesday 17th November at 5:30pm on a single sheet of ice. To think that this started as a competition involving 6 teams a side. It was a comfortable vistory for the team of left to right, Ian Mackie, John Brisbane, President with the trophy, Notman Ainslie and Sally-Ann Christmas. Traditionally there is a meal afterwards at the ice rink, but given the sorry state it is in, a table was booked along at the Beefeater for everyone to retire to. The trophy was awarded there. Well done team.
Dunn trophy goes to kilsyth top teams
For the first time Balfron played in the Dunn Trophy in place of the now defuncy Fintry CC. So there was the possibility of a new name on the trophy. However, Kilsyth turned up with the A-Team this time as there were no takers from the original players unfornuately due to Covid19 concerns. Sadly several of the players who had played in previous years have stayed away. So it was always going to be a tough night for both us and Balfron. Graeme Anderson's team beat Balfron 10 v 6 but Joe Kincaid's team was no match for Kilsyth, losing 3 v 9. So Kilsyth won the trophy with 26 shots scored, we had 13 and Balfron had 8 overall.
Sally-ann makes her point
The Points competition took place on Wednesday the 3rd November, this time as a club only event. 9 people turned up to play, a Covid19 ping stopped Iain Gwynne from attending. We played on sheets 1 and 2 in the main arena and the ice was fairly consistent across both We managed to play 8 disciplines which meant to favourite Chip the Winner finished off the night and gave everyone a chance to boost their scores. Sally-Ann played a sure and steady game picking up points along the way. Paul came storming back at the end but didn't quite do enough to keep the trophy. Well done to Sally-Ann, who took away all the trophies on the night, being the only lady playing. The scoring and analysis is here.
a club first, support for daytime curling
Stirling Curling Group have arranged a new daytime league competition and four members have signed up to take part. This will be a small league this year, with three teams playing each other twice. Games will be on a Monday at 2.30pm and the dates have been pencilled in and due to start in November. The intention is to grow this into a full competition on a par with the Peak Leagues. :I hope other members will support the team if they need substitutes. A new webpage has been set up to support this here.
team anderson win the mcwattie
On the 11th October the deciding match between Team Anderson and Team Gwynne took place and a game was had. Team Gwynne took a 5 shot start over the first two ends with a 3 and a 2. Team Anderson replied with a score of 2 and 2 over the nexr two ends. After a single in reply by Team Gwynne, Team Anderson sealed the victory with a 3 and a 2 to win 9 v 6. The competition was marred by bad ice on two occasions making play difficult. It wasn't the case in the final game. Well played to Sally-Ann Christmas, Alan Hadden, Alan Watt and Graeme Anderson.
wheels come off against strathendrick
The Quarter Finals of the Forth Valley Area had us playing against Strathendrick who are a canny bunch and very tidy. Unfortunately we couldn't match them at drawing and were always struggling to score at all in most ends. A run of losing three ends in a row meant they were out of sight at 2 shots to 8, until a 3 at the last meant it looked better for us than it actually was.
First Round of Area Knockout completed
The game against Buchan was an unusual one in that they relied on wicks and propmotes for most of their play by the third and skip. It was increadibly difficult to play against and they kept themselves in the match after losing a 3 at the first end. This was their first game of the season and weight was an issue for their two lead players. Several times we had multiple stones counting and the skip would wick in and win the end. Enjoyable game though with us winning 7 v 4. On to the next round..
Mcwattie trophy starts with win for team 2
For the first time, the club played in the NCA on Wednesday the 8th September in the last shift of the night, between 9:00pm and 11:00pm. We were the only people playing so it was a bit spooky there, with no one else in sight and silence quite often while playing. The ice is very different from the main arena with big draws happening because of the way we normally play. It started with two shots changing hands over the first three ends, then singles before the seventh end, Team 2 stole a two with a pile of stones on the centre line and promotions the only way in and that didn’t work out for Team 1. A battle of the draws ensued in the final end and another single for Team 2 to win the game 5 v 7. Well played to Sally-Ann Christmas, Alan Hadden, Alan Watt and Graeme Anderson.
Scca league kicks off with a win
We played Torbrex on the Tuesday 7th September in the newly arranged league run by Stirling Curling Group for Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm. The team of skip Norman Ainslie, Graeme Anderson, Joe Kincaid and Alan Hadden raced into the lead by winning the first four ends to lead 6 v 0, including a 3 in the third end. However, we couldn’t prevent Torbrex skip Colin Smith from scoring a single despite lying several scoring stones in the 5th end. Torbrex then went on to win the next 2 ends but couldn’t score enough in the time available to catch us up so it finished 6 v 4. That is 3 points on the board and our best start since we won it. See the SCCA results here.
Opening Bonspiel reduced to single match
Due to call-offs and holidays the opening was reduced to a single game initially three a side till a late arrival boosted one side to full strength. The other rink was reduced to playing a pairs match which achieved 9 ends and at least had a bit of competition in it with both sides managing to score an end of 4 shots. Each player had 3 stones to play as in a normal pairs match. Jim Marshall and Alan Hadden won it 14 v 5.
As for the actual bonspiel, Iain Gwynne, Luisella Mosley and Derrick Douglas managed a win of 7 v 3 winning 5 of the 7 ends played. No rotation of positions was possible because the match only started with 3 players each so people couldn't swap stones when playing skip. Had there been two full teams this would have been possible.
Well done to the winners of the first trophy of the season.
Sauchie & Bannockburn Curling Club is an open membership club based at the Peak Ice Rink in Stirling where most of the curling takes place. It has a mixed membership of local people of all ages around Bannockburn and Stirling and is run by volunteers. We enable local people to try curling as a sport and offer coaching and competition as a way of participating in the sport of curling. We will undertake other activities incidental or conducive to the furtherance of these objectives.
We play at The Peak, Stirling Sports Centre, Forthside Way
Stirling, FK8 1QZ.