ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING
Held at the Newton Hotel, Nairn On Sunday 1st of February 2015
N Durno (Vice President), M Pickthall, M Clark, A Cameron, G Scott, C Maciver,
A Munro, I Dawson, S MacIver, M McInnes, A Maltman.
C Macgregor, H Downey, A Campbell, J Farquhar, H Clark, M Pottie, M McKenzie, G Fraser.
A letter was received from Drew Baillie, Chairman of the Board of Directors at MLC in response to a letter sent by the Secretary asking the Board to convey the thanks and appreciation of the Moray Province curlers to Matthew Lackie and his team of ice technicians for the consistent quality of the ice. It has come to the notice of the Committee through the MPCDG minutes that these sentiments had not been conveyed to Mathew and his team; it was agreed that the Secretary should write to Mr Baillie expressing the Committee’s disappointment.
- MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 16th NOVEMBER 2014
The Minutes were proposed by M McInnes and seconded by S McIver.
- MATTERS ARISING
The Executive, having discussed the issue of Bill Nicol’s status as a Committee member, concluded that he was not but that reports on the website should be made either when requested by the Executive or when deemed appropriate by the Webmaster. Sandra McIver asked whether the Website Report should be included as an agenda item. It was agreed that it should. The appointment of a deputy webmaster is to be raised at the AGM.
The Secretary explained the rationale behind the current arrangement for selecting venues to hold AGMs and Committee Meetings alternating between Elgin and Nairn. Having been discussed by the Executive and on the basis of cost and suitability, it was their recommendation that the present arrangement should continue; the Committee agreed.
The Committee felt that the arrangements for the Swiss Tour should have been promulgated earlier by Area 10 with clear directions as to what was required. It was then the responsibility of the Area 10 Rep to ensure that these arrangements were communicated in good time to the Province Committee for actioned which did not happen. Sandra McIver suggested that the Province should have made a contribution toward the cost. It was suggested that the cost per head and the shortage of notice contributed to the difficulties of finding curlers willing to take part.
The Secretary asked whether there might be any merit in separating the Province and Development Group’s financial accounts. Gordon explained that there were benefits to be had from maintaining the present arrangements.
- FINANCIAL UPDATE
The Treasurer stated that the Province’s finances were satisfactory; a financial statement is shown at Appendix 1.
- MATCH SECRETARIES’ UPDATE ON COMPETITIONS
The Match Secretaries’ delivered their reports; Appendices 2 and 3.
- AREA 10 REPORT
- MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPORT
MPCDG have been given targets by the RCCC, one of which is to form an RCCC approved “virtual curling club”, with the purpose of giving new curlers the opportunity to play in bonspiels and then eventually feed into local clubs. A new curler can only be a member of a virtual club for a maximum of two years. Sandra McIver asked whether the “virtual club” should be formally adopted at the AGM. Mike McInnes pointed out that these clubs were part of the RCCC and not the Province and if they were to be adopted by the Province they would have to be proposed and seconded at the AGM. The feeling of the Committee was that this would prove to be too difficult. Mike agreed to check on their status with the RCCC and report back.
Sandra was asked to clarify what she knew about the availability of RCCC funding for unfunded rinks playing in international competitions. She stated that according to the Area 10 Rep, unfunded rinks playing in and winning national competitions would receive RCCC funding if they were representing Scotland.
- PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
The Secretary outlined the proposed amendments to the Constitution and the rationale behind them; the Committee agreed that they should be proposed for adoption at the AGM.
- TROPHY DESCRIPTION AND VALUATION
Andy Cameron undertook to make up a spread sheet describing each of the trophies accompanied by a photograph.
It was suggested that the Grant Cup which has been unaccounted for for some time should be the subject of an insurance claim and replaced. It was pointed out that no one could recall what the cup looked like or had any knowledge of its worth, therefore making it almost impossible to claim for. It was agreed that further enquiries would be made as to who actually owned the trophy and what was known about it. If in the event the Province was responsible for the Grant Cup then the suggestion was that a suitable replacement should be purchased by the Province. Andy Cameron agreed to email Iain Hay to see if he might be able to throw any light on its origins. Alastair Maltman pointed out that a decision had been taken in the past to dispense with valuations because of the cost.
Andy Cameron expressed his appreciation and thanks to Nairn Curling Club for stepping in at the last minute, as they had done in the past, to field a rink to play in the Tomnavoulin against the RCCC in Perth. He suggested that the competition, which is organised by area 10 to be played in January, should be announced at the AGM and Clubs be required to state whether or not they wish to take part. The same procedure should be adopted for the Grant Cup. Neil Durno suggested that a pool of players wishing to be considered for these competitions should be obtained from the clubs.
Ian Dawson, Darnaway, asked on behalf of Bill Nicol that a proposal should be adopted at the AGM to amend the Constitution to require the Province’s sub committees be included as agenda items for the submission of reports at AGMs and Committee Meetings. The Secretary pointed out that it had been agreed at the previous Committee meeting that this would be the case for the MPCDG but as the MLC Review Group Sub Committee only convened when required, there would not always be a report. He suggested that an amendment, therefore, was unnecessary; the Committee agreed.
Neil Durno, the Province representative on ICE4ALL, gave a short report on the current developments at the ice rink in Elgin. He stated that the Leisure Centre was hoping to replace the plant in August during the scheduled maintenance closure of the ice rink and that the work was estimated to be completed within a fortnight. A gas that was compliant with current EU regulations had been sourced but no funding was available to purchase it; should there be a breakdown of the plant in the intervening period then the ice rink would have to close. He reported that ICE4ALL were still endeavouring to meet with the Leisure Centre management without success.
Alastair Maltman requested clarification on the Executive’s decision regarding his league game on the 7th of January. This prompted some discussion but the outcome was confirmation that the match was to be rescheduled.
- DATE AND VENUE FOR NEXT MEETING
The next Committee meeting will be on the 15th of November 2015 at 7.00pm in the Laichmoray Hotel, Elgin.
There being no further business Neil thanked everyone for attending and the meeting closed at 10.10pm
M A Pickthall
MORAY PROVINCE FINANCIAL REPORT JANUARY 2015
With only three rounds of league fixtures remaining last years Division 1 champions, Neil MacArthur’s rink from Ardclach, have yet to drop any points and are therefore strong favourites to regain their title. The relegation battle will be hard fought amongst the remaining teams. In Division 2 the teams who were relegated last year, Ali Asher and Larry Kerr’s rinks from Nairn, are looking well placed to return to the top Division. Whilst Murray Johnstone’s Dalcross rink and Jamie Cattell’s Nairn team will have to work hard to avoid returning back to Division 3. The standings in the lower division are very close and there is still all to play for.
The Grant cup was played in Inverness on Friday and the 3 teams from Moray Province, made up of a combination of players from various East and West clubs, won all their games convincingly and therefore were winners, although they didn’t actually get their hands on the trophy which I believe is still missing!
Our junior curlers have been enjoying success lately. Ellie Fraser from Dalcross, playing for Katie Murray, won in Lockerbie which resulted in them winning the overall Under 21 slam event. Ellie, Ross Fraser also from Dalcross and Callum Greenwood from Ardclach all qualified for the Scottish Junior championships. They all gave very creditable performances and Ellie had the additional honour of winning the Sportsmanship Award which is voted for by fellow curlers. I would also like to extend congratulations to Amy MacDonald for being runner up in the final, a great achievement.
Finally I would like to wish all of our curlers who are competing in the upcoming Rinks and Scottish Men’s Championships the very best of luck.
Province Match Secretary West
Moray Province East’s season is coming to wards a close with 3 or 4 games to play in each league with the ice at the Moray Lesiure Centre continuing to be excellent both before and after the holiday period. The work that the ice Techs are putting in this season is very impressive and I hope this will continue into next season. Division One is shaping up to be a two horse race between ALan Campbell (Buckie) and Gordon Kennedy (Ballinballoch) with both teams on 10 points. Division Two is very close with Bill Jaffery (Fochabers) and Kenny Oswald (Elgin) on 8 points and Neil Durno and Mike MacDonald on 6 points.
Division Three is very close with Andy Cameron (Aberlour) and Eddie Milne (Darnaway) on 10 points and Lynn Scott (Ballinballoch) with 9 points and Donald Ross (Sunninghill) with 8 points. There are only three games left in this league with the top four still to play each other.
In Division Four there are two points separating Robert Stewart (Elgin) 12 points and Amy MacDonald (Moray Junior Curling Club) 10 points at the top with Ronald Christie (Focabers) just a further 2 points behind Amy on 8 points.
Division Five is topped by Callum Jackin (Moray Junior Curling Club) with 9 points with Brian Cantley (Rotray Club) in second with 8 points but has a game in hand.
All Moray junior teams have been playing well this season with Amy challenging for the title in Division 4 and Callum in Division 5 the other teams in Divison 5 have been holding their own which is great to see for the Moray Junior a Curling Club and and all the hard work done by Campbell Ross and the other coaches.
The Moray Province mixed KO was won by Gordon Kennedy (Ballainballoch) by beating Mike McInnes Nairn in the final played at Elgin.
The Moray Province Open KO semi-finals saw last years finalists Andy Cameron (Aberlour) and Wilson Burnett (Fochabers) play against Gordon Kennedy (Ballinballoch) and Ali Asher (Nairn) respectively. Andy and his team were run out of stones in the last end and Wilson and team had a closer game that came down to a draw shot challenge with this being how they got to the final last year. But this year was not to be with Ali and Gordon going through to the final.
The final was played at Elgin this year which was won by Ali and his team from Nairn.
Amy MacDonald and Eilidh Yeats of Moray Juniors both played in the Juniors Woman’s Curling Championships two weeks ago.
Eilidhs team headed by Vicky Wright just missed on some of the results going their way to make a tiebreak.
Amy’s team had a great week with getting into a tiebreak with Karina Aitken which they won and got them in to the semi-final against Rebecca Morrison who had lost the page 1-2. Amy and team play a great game to beat Rebecca and get to the Final to play raining champion Gina Aitken.
The final was very tight and went down to the last stone in the last end with Gina and team winning to go to the worlds for a second year.
With Amy and team coming home with the Silver medal. I’d just like to say a big well done to Amy and team.
In the Scottish Schools competition Moray Province East have 3 teams heading down to play in the finals at Murrayfield.
The teams are Forres Academy, Elgin High Scool and Elgin Academy.
There is still 6 spaces available to fill the Moray Province Mixed pairs on Wednesday 11th March starting at 1800 at Elgin.
Draw is the same as sent out bar one team. Please make sure all club members know of this.
The Moray Province Points is on the 10th March at Elgin. Andy Cameron (winner last year) and Alex Scott (runner up) will both be back with out having to win their club points.
The Grant Cup was played for at Inverness on Friday 30th. Where Moray Province played against Grampian Province where Moray Province won all three games. Players were made up from Nairn in the West and Focherbers, Sandra McIvor (Forres) and Kenny Oswald (Elgin) in the East to make up the numbers in last couple of days.
I’m very happy with the way score cards have been filled in in the East of the province this year with one or two mistakes that the start of the season. I would like to remind everyone to make sure the rules of the province are adhered.
Especially when using a sub from a higher divison to play in a lower division.
I hope everything is in order and if you have anything you want to know please ask.
Province Match Secretary East
MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Convenor’s Report To Province Feb. 2015
The MPCDG is again having a very busy season as it continues to promote the sport of curling amongst Primary School Pupils, Juniors and Adults across Moray.
Sandra MacIver and her team of coaches are kept busy with Curling’s Cool. Pupils from Bothriphnie, Milnes and Bishopmill Primaries are attending the Leisure Centre and will return for their own Bonspiel in March. Andy Cameron has approached Speyside High School with a view of a group having a taster session. In addition Andersons, Applegrove and Burghead Primaries have booked for Kurling Sessions within their own premises.
Campbell Ross and his team continue to work wonders with the Juniors. There are around 45 attending the weekly sessions with training starting for the Skills Awards.
The Juniors have been involved in various competitions which all help in their overall development. The most notable success being Amy MacDonald and Marran Nicol who played in the Slam Competitions and reached the finals in two. Both played extremely well in the Inverness International and again reached the finals. Amy was also narrowly beaten 7:6 in the final of the Scottish under 21 Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen. A truly major success story for Amy , Campbell and the MPCDG.
In addition, Campbell has provided coaching and tactic training to experienced curlers. He is willing to offer further sessions for any curler / club.
Les Morgan and his helpers are also having a successful season with some 14 Adults having attended on a regular basis. Of those 10 have registered with the RCCC to form a Moray Virtual Curling Club. The others have not joined at present as they are to be away a lot between now and March. 8 have expressed an interest in participating in the RCCC Virtual Bonspiel at Braehead on Saturday 28 March. Those new curlers will be seeking to join Moray Clubs for next season.
The Christmas Bonspiel was a great success with 20 teams participating. The new curlers, both young and more mature, certainly enjoyed the experience. We are grateful to the Moray Leisure Centre for their support and sponsorship.
I again remind you that both Campbell and Les wish to step back from their roles as lead coaches. Others need to step forward to continue with their good work.