League Table

SkipPlayedWonLostDrawnShots ForShots AgainstEnds WonDiffPoints
Watt jnr, Charlie131210153113663524
Kennedy, Gordie13841972945-117
Downey, Helen138509730571616
Clarke, Georgia1375182449315
McIver, Sandra1357176-2043-111
Rankin,Janice1358092-251610
Hardie, Linda1348171-2443-99
Virtual Club13112028-13019-492

Draw & Results

TimeRinkShotsEnds
Wed 18 Sep
19:00Sandra McIver vs Janice Rankin 2 – 122 – 5
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Helen Downey 9 – 44 – 4
19:00Georgia Clarke vs Virtual Club P Wright 9 – 24 – 2
19:00Linda Hardie vs Gordie KennedyLynn Scott 6 – 25 – 2
Wed 25 Sep
19:00Gordie Kennedy vs Janice Rankin 6 – 34 – 3
19:00Helen Downey Callum Buchan vs Virtual Club D Cameron 12 – 07 – 0
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Georgia Clarke 13 – 36 – 3
19:00Linda Hardie vs Sandra McIver 10 – 104 – 3
Wed 02 Oct
19:00Linda Hardie vs Janice Rankin 4 – 112 – 6
19:00Sandra McIver S McKessack-Leitch vs Gordie Kennedy 1 – 151 – 6
Wed 09 Oct
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Virtual Club L Roberts 24 – 17 – 1
19:00Helen Downey vs Georgia Clarke 10 – 44 – 3
Wed 30 Oct
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Janice Rankin 12 – 74 – 4
19:00Georgia Clarke vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 4 – 72 – 5
19:00Sandra McIver vs Helen Downey 9 – 25 – 2
Wed 06 Nov
19:00Gordie Kennedy vs Virtual Club P Wright 16 – 16 – 1
Wed 13 Nov
19:00Linda Hardie Carol Bennett vs Charlie Watt jnr 4 – 143 – 5
19:00Sandra McIver vs Georgia Clarke 3 – 92 – 5
19:00Helen Downey vs Gordie Kennedy 6 – 54 – 4
19:00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Janice Rankin 5 – 152 – 5
Wed 20 Nov
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Gordie Kennedy 8 – 16 – 1
19:00Helen Downey vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 9 – 36 – 2
Wed 27 Nov
19:00Georgia Clarke Georgia Clarke vs Janice RankinAndrew Macintyre 7 – 55 – 3
19:00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Sandra McIverSandra McIver 0 – 110 – 7
Wed 11 Dec
19:00Virtual Club vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 3 – 102 – 5
19:00Gordie Kennedy vs Georgia Clarke 6 – 64 – 4
19:00Charlie Watt jnr vs Sandra McIverJean Richardson 7 – 34 – 3
19:00Helen Downey vs Janice Rankin 4 – 83 – 5
Wed 08 Jan
19.00Helen Downey vs Charlie Watt jnr 7 – 64 – 4
19.00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Georgia Clarke 1 – 91 – 5
19.00Sandra McIver vs Janice RankinAndrew Macintyre 5 – 92 – 5
19.00Gordie Kennedy vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 9 – 63 – 3
Wed 15 Jan
19.00Gordie Kennedy vs Janice RankinAndrew Macintyre 12 – 44 – 3
19.00Georgia Clarke vs Charlie Watt jnr 4 – 102 – 5
19.00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Helen Downey 1 – 111 – 6
19.00Linda Hardie Carol Bennett vs Sandra McIverJean Richardson 5 – 73 – 4
Wed 22 Jan
19.00Janice Rankin Andrew Macintyre vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 5 – 93 – 4
19.00Sandra McIver Jean Richardson vs Gordie Kennedy 6 – 94 – 3
Wed 29 Jan
19.00Georgia Clarke vs Helen Downey 8 – 55 – 3
19.00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Charlie Watt jnr 1 – 211 – 6
Wed 05 Feb
19.00Georgia Clarke vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 9 – 26 – 2
19.00Charlie Watt jnr G Kelly vs Janice Rankin 12 – 25 – 2
21.20Helen Downey vs Sandra McIverJean Richardson 15 – 25 – 1
Wed 12 Feb
19.00Virtual Club B Cormack vs Gordie KennedyLynn Scott 4 – 63 – 3
Wed 19 Feb
19.00Virtual Club L Roberts vs Janice RankinFraser Rankin 7 – 34 – 3
19.00Helen Downey vs Gordie Kennedy 7 – 94 – 4
19.00Georgia Clarke O Watson vs Sandra McIver 1 – 61 – 5
21.20Linda Hardie Carol Bennett vs Charlie Watt jnr 2 – 72 – 5
Wed 26 Feb
19.00Helen Downey vs Linda HardieCarol Bennett 5 – 35 – 3
19.00Charlie Watt jnr vs Gordie Kennedy 10 – 15 – 1
Wed 04 Mar
19.00Georgia Clarke vs Janice RankinAndrew Macintyre 9 – 84 – 4
19.00Virtual Club Lynn Roberts vs Sandra McIver 2 – 111 – 4
Wed 18 Mar
19.00Virtual Club vs Linda Hardie
19.00Gordie Kennedy vs Georgia Clarke
19.00Charlie Watt jnr vs Sandra McIver
19.00Charlie Watt jnr vs Janice Rankin
Wed 25 Mar
19:00Sandra McIver vs Janice Rankin

Updates From the Rink

  • Big Scores and Last End Drama

    In the second round of games in the Moray Province League Division 3 there were big wins for Owen Watson’s Juniors and Bob Stewart’s Elgin and a dramatic draw between Elgin’s Helen Downey and Ballindalloch’s Gordie Kennedy. Meanwhile,Charlie Watt jnr and his Forres team are still unbeaten on the ice since season 2018/19.

    Owen Watson’s 14-1 defeat of Lynn Robert’s rink was down to a mixture of skill on the part of the Juniors and the fact that Lynne’s team were having their first competitive outing of the season. After a single shot against them at the first end,the Juniors were simply unstoppable, racking up multiple shot scores to run out convincing winners.
    Bob Stewart went one better than the Juniors in a 15-2 rout of Linda Hardie’s Forres team. The Elgin front end were relentless in setting up Rob Stenton at third and Stewart himself,as the Elgin rink ran up counts of 3 in 5 different ends.

    The night’s real excitement came as Gordie Kennedy, trailing by 2 going into the final end needed all his experience and guile to conjure up his deuce for a thrilling 7-7 peel with Helen Downey.
    Forres’s Charlie Watt jnr did just what Charlie always does and won 9-2 against Georgia Clarke’s Moray Juniors team. 7-0 up after 4 ends allowed the Forresians to ease into a solid 9-2 win.

    O. Watson( Moray Juniors)14 (5)L. Roberts( Wheels)1(1)
    R. Stewart(Elgin)15 (5)L.Hardie ( Forres)2(2)
    H. Downey (Elgin)7(5) G. Kennedy ( Ballindalloch)7(3)
    C. Watt jnr ( Forres) 9(6)G. Clarke ( Moray Juniors)2(2)

  • Curling’s Covid Return

    After the loss of an entire season, Province curling finally kicked off at both Inverness Ice Centre and Moray Leisure Centre this week.
    It was difficult to remember who last won what, but in West Division 1, Ally Fraser just pipped Ali Asher in a tight match. 4-4 after 5 ends, the Ardclach lads blanked the sixth and picked up their single shot for the win in the seventh.
    Newly promoted Mike McInnes was always in control against Larry Kerr,an opening end three and a single steal giving McInnes a clear lead and a further three and a single steal in ends 4 and 5 saw him run out a 9-3 winner.
    Mark Fraser’s Dalcross rink chalked up a good win over defending champions the Greenwood rink. The Ardclach quartet outscored Fraser in ends won,but a pair of 3’s was enough for a close 6-5  Fraser victory .
    In Division 2 Jamie Cattell was a 9-3 winner over Ian Thomson, a 3 at the opening and closing ends decisive in a slightly one sided contest.
    Angus Forbes came out on top in his match with Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies, a couple of 3 shot steals giving him a 10-2 lead before Fiona picked up a 3 of her own at the last to at least give a Ladies some consolation.
    In the East, Division 3 opened with  a good win for Gordie Kennedy in what was largely  a battle of the youngsters. Sons Charlie, Ian and Aunty Lynn skipped by a rusty old Dad running out 10-5 winners against Owen Watson’s Moray Juniors.
    Georgia Clarke’s Juniors rink had a real ding dong with Helen Downey’s veterans. Fighting back from a 3-0 deficit, Georgia’s team picked up the shot they needed in the last for a 4-4 peel.
    Charlie Watt jnr’s perfect form continued with an 8-6 win over Elgin’s Bob Stewart. The Forres team had a 100% record in the last League campaign and proved they are still a very tough nut to beat.
    Next week sees the start of  the East Division 1 and 2 campaign and we fervently hope that we will have a full,uninterrupted curling season.
    Bill Jaffrey

  • Moray Province – League News

    2021-22 Season Draws

    After a dramatically shortened 2020-21 season, the Moray Province is excited to announce that the 2021-22 curling season will start, as expected, in September 2021. See the table below to links for the draws and other relevant league information.

    East

    Division 1 Division 2 Division 3

    West

    Division 1 Division 2

    Knockouts

    Ladies Knockout Mixed Knockout Open Knockout

    Other Leagues

    Superleague Combined League We look forward to seeing all our brother and sister curlers back on the ice. Find out more about what to expect on your return to curling here.

    Get your joints moving again with this very low-impact workout put together by Scottish Curling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nHh5i7VLvY

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    2021-22 Combined League News

    First Match: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 Forres initiated the Combined Curling League a few years ago when there wasn’t enough member interest to continue to…

    Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

    What’s New s with the ECC? There have been a number of changes within Elgin Curling Club over the last year. As we learn how…

    START 2019 / 2020

    August 3, 2019 THANKS BILL FOR GETTING THIS SEASON UNDERWAY. I UNDERSTAND FROM YOURSELF AND WEST MATCH SECRETARY THE COMPETITION DRAWS WILL BE OUT SHORTLY…

    Nicol Quaich & Points 2018/2019

    March 28, 2019 Oswald Retains Quaich. Moray Province East winner v Moray Province West winner for Nicol Quaich K. Oswald ( Elgin)  7 A. Fraser ( Ardclach)   6…

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  • COVID-19, Curling, and you

    Return to Curling

    After an extended hiatus, we are all returning to curling a little stiffer than usual. Although we are all excited to get back on the ice and see old friends, some of us will, justifiably, be apprehensive and have concerns. Below are relevant links and information to reassure you that all steps and precautions are in place to make sure your health and safety is at the forefront.

    What to Expect

    Curlers registered with the RCCC will have received the Scottish Curling return to curling guidance in the 13 August e-newsletter. Included are links to the Curling Beyond Level Zero and the full Scottish Curling COVID Guidance pdfs.

    Moray Leisure Centre Ice Rink Guidance

    As we all dig out our curling shoes and dust off our brushes, we need to be aware of the facilities expectations of us as an Ice Rink user. At the time of writing, both entry and exit are done via the main doors – there is no one way traffic system. Face masks must be worn when inside the facility. However, masks are not required on the ice when participating in the sport of curling. It is worth noting that all coaches must wear a face covering whilst they are on the ice during their session. Payment of Ice Fees remains the same as previous years: at the main reception before the start of a session. All curling five sheets are in use. Curling will resume as normal. There are no restictions on the number of sweepers or where curlers need to position themselves when not actively curling. However, we ask that all curlers social distance as much as possible and respect other curlers’ personal space. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy. If you present with any symptoms of COVID-19, follow the Scottish Government guidelines: stay at home, self-isolate and book a PCR test.

    Register your Club’s COVID Officer Today

    Your club’s COVID Officer is a nominated person with whom Scottish Curling can liaise with promptly for any COVID related issues.

    Role and responsibilities as well as the e-learning training modules are available via SportScotland.
    Contact information submitted via the above is emailed directly to S. Rankin, Moray Province President; B. Jaffrey, Moray Province Match Secretary; B. Macintyre and A. Gibb, Scottish Curling Area Standing Committee Representatives. No information is stored on site.

    Get your joints moving again with this very low-impact workout put together by Scottish Curling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nHh5i7VLvY

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    Moray Province – League News

    2021-22 Season Draws After a dramatically shortened 2020-21 season, the Moray Province is excited to announce that the 2021-22 curling season will start, as expected,…

    2021-22 Combined League News

    First Match: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 Forres initiated the Combined Curling League a few years ago when there wasn’t enough member interest to continue to…

    Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

    What’s New s with the ECC? There have been a number of changes within Elgin Curling Club over the last year. As we learn how…

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  • Moray Province Curling Development Group Update

    What’s News with MPCDG?

    Junior Curling Club

    Open to humans between the ages of 10-21 years old. Junior Curling helps the younger generation find their feet on the ice and develops them through to league play. The 2021-22 Season starts on the 13th September 2021. Junior Club meets on Mondays between 5:30-6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 5:15- 6:30 pm.

    Enroll a Junior in Curling

    email today

    Moray GrassRoots – your Gateway club

    Open to humans interested in gaining more curling experience. Moray GrassRoots Club is a Scottish Curling Gateway club. These clubs help adults of all ages find their feet on the ice and develop them through to league play. Gateway clubs help new curlers build their confidence in both techniques and strategy. The Moray GrassRoots Club is available to new curlers. Membership is a maximum of two seasons (because the 2020-21 season was cancelled, Moray GrassRoots curlers have an additional season in the club). As a club, these curlers can register their interest with the Combined League and enroll a team into the Moray Superleague. Every year there’s a Gateway Club Championship; a bonspiel where novice curlers play each other. Moray will be hosting the Championship this season on or about the 26th March 2022. After their time in the club, Moray GrassRoots curlers interested in pursuing curling can join one of the many clubs in the province. The 2021-22 Season starts on the 14th September 2021. The Moray GrassRoots Curling Club meets on Tuesdays between 5:30-6:30 pm.

    Bring-a-Friend Club Nights

    Curlers are the best advocates. We are the best recruiters. Our love and joy for the sport is infectious. And now, you can host all the friends and colleagues who have ever said “I’d like to try that” to do exactly that… Try Curling! All for a fiver! Coaches are on hand at these taster sessions to explain and assist with the basic skills and techniques. It’s okay to get a bit competitive. Before the session is out, guests will join in a fun, short game. Hopefully, our friends and families will find as much joy and fulfillment from curling as we do and they will sign up for more TryCurling sessions – and eventually join our clubs.

    Dates

    Monday, 13 September 2021 Tuesday, 14 September 2021 Monday, 20 September 2021 Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Start

    19:00 18:30 19:00 18:30

    Finish

       21:00    20:30    21:00    20:30

    Book you and your friend(s) in today!

    • Call the Moray Leisure Centre: 01343 550033
    • Select Option 0 (main reception)
    • Book the date and time for you and your friend(s)
    • Make the payment for your booking then and there – £10 for two of you and £5 additional pounds for each additional person
    • Direct your friend(s) to our TryCurling page. It’s full of useful information like: what to wear, what to expect, the rules, and etiquette.

    Corporate Curling

    The MPCDG has drafted letters to raise awareness of our Corporate Curling events. Corporate Curling is an ongoing initiative to engage with local businesses and encourage these to consider curling for their team building activities. Unlike some other sports, curling is accessible to all, no matter age or ability. Qualified coaches are always on hand to get you guests started with the basic skills and techniques. The sessions are all about having fun. And what’s more fun than a game of curling? Before the session is out, guests compete in a wee game… it can get competitive but it’s always friendly. Corporate Curling sessions run in tandem with the regular curling season; ice sheets are only available Monday-Wednesday. Presently, the dedicated corporate sessions are hosted on the first Tuesday of the month. Cost per person for these sessions is £5.

    Dates

    Tuesday, 5 October 2021 Tuesday, 2 November 2021 Tuesday, 7 December 2021

    Start

    18:30 18:30 18:30

    Finish

       20:30    20:30    20:30

    Inspire Teach Have Fun Be a Curling Coach

    The only way the Moray Province can host the diversity of Development Curling it presently does is through the generosity of others – because the brother and sister curlers who voluntarily give their time to coach, encourage, and develop new curlers. In order for us to maintain this variety of offerings, we need to continue to develop our coaching staff. Commitments can be flexible. The rewards are immeasurable. Find out more or express your interest today. Fill out the form towards the bottom of this page.

    Curling’s Cool

    The Curling’s Cool programme has been designed for children aged 10 to 11 years but has been successfully adapted to older children. To date, two secondary schools have also used the programme for pupils doing core PE. There are two plans available to schools. Both plans cover the same skills and always end with a short game. Plan 1: One-hour sessions at the same time and day for four weeks. Plan 2: One session, lasting in the region of 3.5 to 4 hours, preferably on a Wednesday morning. At the end of the season, the MPCDG host a competition with primary schools who have participated throughout the season.

    Funding Updates

    Throughout lockdowns and uncertainties, Sandra McIver has been applying for funding on behalf of the Development Group. Baillie Gifford Foundation The MPCDG are pleased to announce the application for funding from the Baillie Gifford Foundation was successful. The monies received bought four floor curling kits which are being used:
    • for Curling’s Cool sessions in primary schools (currently Anderson’s and Pilmuir Primaries in Forres and Dallas Primary).
    • by Moray Active Schools in the east end of the county, mainly Speyside area.
    • by Bill Jaffrey and Sandra in Forres Community Centre during the Summer Holiday Sports Hub.
    Foundation Scotland Clubs in Crisis Fund The application for funding from Foundation Scotland Clubs in Crisis Fund was also successful. The £2021 is being used to subsidise Curling’s Cool ice fees.  This funding benefits both our schools and the Moray Leisure Centre ice rink.

    Find out more about GrassRoots Curling… Coaching… TryCurling… Learn to Curl Evenings… Corporate Events… Curling’s Cool…

    Moray Province – League News

    2021-22 Season Draws After a dramatically shortened 2020-21 season, the Moray Province is excited to announce that the 2021-22 curling…

    2021-22 Combined League News

    First Match: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 Forres initiated the Combined Curling League a few years ago when there wasn’t enough…

    START 2019 / 2020

    August 3, 2019 THANKS BILL FOR GETTING THIS SEASON UNDERWAY. I UNDERSTAND FROM YOURSELF AND WEST MATCH SECRETARY THE COMPETITION…

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  • 2021-22 Combined League News

    First Match: Tuesday, 5 October 2021

    Forres initiated the Combined Curling League a few years ago when there wasn’t enough member interest to continue to justify Forres Club League play. Together with members from both Darnaway and Bank of Scotland, the combined club league was born.

    Members were mixed with curlers from other clubs to form merged teams. These teams compete against each other throughout the year. It’s a great way to be social. You meet and get to know other curlers and get reacquainted with those you may not see regularly.

    The Combined League worked and members from Fochabers joined the mix. This 2021-22 Season, members from Elgin Curling Club will also participate.

    In total, there will be six teams comprised of six players plus a number of reserves. Throughout the season, each team will play each of the other five teams three times. In total, each curler should play ten games.

    All Combined League games will be played on Tuesdays; most matches will start at the new time of 6.30 pm.

    The Combined League complements the Province League and Superleague in that it is friendly/competitive. Naturally, as soon as you step on the ice you want to win, and it would be ideal if every game is closely contested. With that in mind, each team has a mix of new and experienced curlers. Each player rotates through the positions, from Lead to Skip. If a player feels uncomfortable skipping a game, it’s okay to ask another player to Skip.

    With continued interest, it is hoped the Combined League will grow from six to eight teams for the 2022-23 season.

    Recruitment for the 2021-22 season is now complete. However, if you are interested in joining the waiting list to be a reserve, or express your interest in the 2022-23 season, please get in touch.

    Days Hours Minutes Seconds

    For more information on the Combined League… on how to get involved…

    Contact Les Morgan

    via Email

    2021-22 Combined League News

    First Match: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 Forres initiated the Combined Curling League a few years ago when there wasn’t enough member interest to continue to…

    Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

    What’s New s with the ECC? There have been a number of changes within Elgin Curling Club over the last year. As we learn how…

    START 2019 / 2020

    August 3, 2019 THANKS BILL FOR GETTING THIS SEASON UNDERWAY. I UNDERSTAND FROM YOURSELF AND WEST MATCH SECRETARY THE COMPETITION DRAWS WILL BE OUT SHORTLY…

    Nicol Quaich & Points 2018/2019

    March 28, 2019 Oswald Retains Quaich. Moray Province East winner v Moray Province West winner for Nicol Quaich K. Oswald ( Elgin)  7 A. Fraser ( Ardclach)   6…

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  • Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

    What’s
    New
    s with the ECC?

    There have been a number of changes within Elgin Curling Club over the last year. As we learn how to move forward with the ’new normal’, we hope to build up the club and wish current members a great year of curling ahead. ECC would like to welcome its new committee members, Callum Buchan and Helen Downey, and wishes Amy Baker good luck in the appointment of Club President.

    Thank You Mike

    The club would also like to thank Mike Pickthall for his many years of hard work as club secretary and has awarded him Honorary Membership for his dedication to the post. We hope he enjoys his much deserved retirement from over a decade in the position.

    Combined League
    and
    Club Nights

    The ECC is very happy to be joining the Combined League alongside Forres, Fochabers, Darnaway, MWC, Moray GrassRoots, and Bank of Scotland and looks forward to the season ahead. The club will still be running its own competitions throughout the season so all members will have the chance to play in club members only events. We are excited to see everyone back on the ice!

    Contact Elgin Curling Club

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    Moray Province – League News

    2021-22 Season Draws After a dramatically shortened 2020-21 season, the Moray Province is excited to announce that the 2021-22 curling season will start, as expected,…

    COVID-19, Curling, and you

    Return to Curling After an extended hiatus, we are all returning to curling a little stiffer than usual. Although we are all excited to get…

    2021-22 Combined League News

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  • Update on Moray Leisure Centre Ice Pad

    Yesterday Province President Steve Rankin and I met with the management of MLC for an update on the situation regarding Ice Sports.
    Providing there is no tightening of regulation on social distancing, the Ice Pad will be available for curling bookings as from September 6th.

    It is hoped that a “come and try” event will take place towards the end of September and all Moray Province competitions ice requests have been submitted to MLC.

    We will be meeting with MLC management again and will provide further updates subsequently.

    Bill Jaffrey ( Match Sec Moray Province)

  • RCCC AGM – 26 JUNE 2021

    Agenda Item 4b: President of Ladies’ Branch should by right be a member of the RCCC Board

    The Ladies Standing Committee held a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 8 June to discuss the papers for the forthcoming RCCC AGM.

    Corrie Lawrence, host of the aforementioned Zoom call, has written an Aide Mémoire (below) to try and simplify the process of voting on the AGM matters and highlight particular items that might be complicated or of concern for the LSC.

    The information below is useful for all rccc members, not only the lsc.

    Dear ladies,
    Following the arrival of the AGM papers on Friday, and our LSC meeting on Tuesday, 8 June, there have been many questions about the voting procedures and the numerous items to be voted on. It is made all the more difficult because we cannot meet in-person to discuss the issues of concern.
    As you communicate with your members on matters to do with the AGM at this challenging time, we felt that the information below might be of assistance to you, particularly as the voting is being done online again this year.


    PROCESS

    Friday, 4 June: AGM Board papers arrived in RCCC member inboxes. (If you have not received yours, email Elaine at elaine@scottishcurling.org). NB: If you are a paused member, you are ineligible to vote at the AGM and will not have received the papers.

    If you wish to attend the AGM, you must book your place: Pre-register now. Once registration is complete, you will be emailed a link that will allow you to access the AGM. You should also receive a reminder email.

    All curlers are encouraged to participate. Please cast your votes for the AGM.

    • Members for whom Scottish Curling does not hold an email address will be sent a paper voting slip; to count, this slip must be completed and returned by 2 pm Thursday, 24 June 2021.
    • Members can cast their votes online between 4 June 2021 and 2 pm Thursday, 24 June 2021.
      • Members can vote online or by post without attending the 26 June Zoom AGM.
      • Members can ‘reset’ and cast their votes again if they make a mistake or change their minds.
      • Members who are not comfortable with online voting can ask a friend or relative to help them cast their votes.
    • OPTION 1 – Appoint the Chair as your proxy. You are allowing the Chairman of the Board to choose for you.
    • OPTION 2 – You are telling the Chairman of the Board how you wish your votes to be cast.
      • Please consider completing your own ballot. Granting proxy to the Chairman of the Board will effectively be a vote against Ladies Branch.

    VOTING

    The main item for the LSC is our standalone Special Resolution 4b, the purpose of which is to ensure that the President of the Ladies Branch is a Director of the Board as a right accorded to that position.

    We (The LSC) do not agree with the Board’s reasons for not supporting our Resolution and consider that our case remains strong, having discussed it fully at our LSC meeting on Tuesday, 8 June.
    *Please encourage all members to vote in favour of this Resolution.

    The Board is proposing many changes to the RCCC Memorandum and Articles. They have grouped these into six Resolutions. (3a-3f)

    The LSC discussed these in detail at our meeting on 8Th June and, whilst there are some changes which are not contentious and can be supported, there are some which caused concern to a significant number of your representatives.
    Due to the way the changes have been grouped, where one or more changes are of concern and you do not wish to approve them, it will be necessary to vote against the whole Resolution.

    Please consider the following points in relation to each Resolution:

    3a The reason for amending the wording in relation to CEO remuneration is unclear.

    3b There is concern about the Chairman of the Board holding the proxy votes, as opposed to the President of RCCC or a nominated member.

    3c These resolutions do not give cause for concern.

    3d Whilst there is support in principle for the proposed introduction of a Junior Vice President, following the Ladies Branch structure, there were mixed feelings about the forced imposition of a gender balance and how this sat with “the best person for the role” requirement.

    3e There is widespread concern with this proposal which would require at least 50% of ALL Club Members to support a Motion – not just 50% of those members who actually voted on the matter. This is a higher bar than is required for changes to either the Articles or Bye-laws of RCCC which only require 75% or 50% respectively of those members actually voting. This seems likely to make it significantly more difficult for members to introduce Resolutions.
    It is also unclear what the seconding requirement by another Local Club would entail – is it the same 50% hurdle or something else?

    3f Whilst the renaming of “Virtual Clubs” to “Gateway Clubs” was welcomed, the removal of the detailing of the responsibilities of the Board to a separate document out with the Bye-Laws is of serious concern.

    If you would like to discuss any of these matters before casting your vote, please contact your LSC representative in the first instance or any member of your LSC Executive.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Corrie Lawrence


    INFORMATION SHARED BY MORAY FIRTH LADIES
  • Jimmy Asher

    Jimmy Asher the key to the success of Asher’s bakery has died at his home in Nairn
    Jimmy was a successful businessman a great curler and a gentleman, one of these guys that everybody in the curling fraternity knew and he knew them.
    Jimmy curled regularly outside prior to 1967 when the first indoor rink in the north opened in Aviemore. Jimmy was a staunch member of the Nairn Curling Club and supported Moray Province in many ways. He was a member of the Eric Brown rink which dominated north curling for many years the highlight probable winning the Scottish Rinks Championship in 1974.
    Our condolences and that of all Province curlers who knew Jimmy go to the Asher Dynasty in Nairn where he is survived by his wife Marilyn and their four children – Aileen, George, Alister and Sally – plus nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
    Jimmy retired from curling some years ago and was sadly missed then however he was remembered many times in the curling bar in Inverness when stories were being relayed of years gone by. Jimmy received his 50 year medal from The R.C.C.C. so as you can imagine there were plenty stories over that period of time. R.I.P. Jimmy Asher.

  • Moray Province Virtual Annual General Meeting 2021

    The Moray Province Committee invites all members to join a Virtual Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday the 12th of May 2021 at 7.30pm.
    To join, please click on the link below:
    https://gordonandmacphail.zoom.us/j/93335438644?pwd=Mk5ibHl1dHVCSysrZUF3Rm1hb3Y4UT09&from=addon
    Because the AGM is virtual everyone can easily participate from the comfort of their own home.
    Stephen Rankin completes his two year term of office as President and therefore, has to stand down at the AGM. I am standing down as Secretary, having carried out the role for a considerable number of years. Nominations are required to fill the vacant posts of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Match Secretary West. Stephen and Mike McInnes have both agreed to be nominated to fill the two additional club member Committee vacancies. Would you please urge all your members to consider stepping up to the plate by putting their names forward to fill one the vacant posts. If these roles are not filled, the Committee will struggle to carry out the day-to-day business and there is a very real threat to the future of Moray Province.

    I have attached the Agenda, previous Minutes, Virtual AGM 2021 Proforma and the various reports for information.
    The Committee very much looks forward to welcoming all your members to the meeting on Wednesday the 12th of May at 7.30pm and are hoping for a large turnout.

    With kind regards,
    Mike Pickthall

  • Province Virtual AGM 2021 Proforma.doc
  • Province Virtual AGM 2021 Proforma.doc
  • Province Reports 2021.docx
  • Province Reports 2021.docx
  • Province Virtual AGM 2021 Agenda.doc
  • Province Virtual AGM 2021 Agenda.doc
  • Virtual AGM Minutes 19 Aug 20.docx
  • Virtual AGM Minutes 19 Aug 20.docx
  • Moray Province Curling Development Group (MPCDG) – AGM 12th April 2021

    Fellow Curlers

    Well what a year it has been! The world has seen a pandemic resulting in a terrible loss of life and devastation for many. It has without a doubt changed society as we  know it, but only time will tell.

    On a more positive note, things are beginning to open up, albeit in a data led speed.

    Curling like all other sports has been hit one way or another by restrictions in what we can and cannot do.  We at the MPCDG have continued to hold regular meetings via zoom, to try and take stock of where we are and where we want to be in the future with a view to promote and develop the sport of curling.

     I think all curlers have seen or realised that the number of club members and participants in the sport has fallen significantly over the past few years. The role of  the MPCDG is to try and reverse that trend, but we realise that it will not be an easy task with many other sports and activities trying to do the same.

    We have the backing of Scottish Curling both financially and practically. There is a dedicated team within the MPCDG who give up a lot of their own time to promote curling to new members ie school children, adults and corporate groups.

    The MPCDG run “come and try sessions”, including Wheel chair curling, and people with various disabilities ensuring inclusiveness for all. The MPCDG also encourage those who are interested in coaching to take the various levels of coaching awards run by Scottish Curling.

    However, like everyone else we need the support of not only the members of the curling community, but of those in the public domain and I would encourage you to attend the above webinar using the link supplied, not only to hear what the MPCDG are proposing, but to get your valued input on the best way forward.

    Regards

    Eddie Milne

    Convenor

    Link to Meeting

    https://gordonandmacphail.zoom.us/j/96671160951?pwd=aGUrUzNzOEdMTHlyeWlWU1NONUF5dz09&from=addon

    Associated Documents

  • MPCDG – Agenda AGM 12-4-21.docx
  • MPCDG – Agenda AGM 12-4-21.docx
  • MPCDG – AGM Minutes 2.11.20.docx
  • MPCDG – AGM Minutes 2.11.20.docx
  • Curl Up – Measure Up

    Scottish Curling have been running a series of webinars over the past three months  to help us all get through a winter of no/little curling. The next one is on Tuesday 30th March (7.00-8.30pm) and entitled “Measure Up!” It features Alan Stansfield from Nairn Curling Club, plus another international umpire. The intention is to share a behind the scenes look at a championship from an umpiring perspective, plus there are some unique video situations to share, as well as stories to tell of his experiences. It is aimed at ALL curlers from Club to elite, and is definitely not just for umpires.

    For anyone who might be interested, who has not seen the information on the Scottish Curling website, the link to register is set out below; it is free to all RCCC members, all that is required is your membership number. 

    https://www.scottishcurling.org/clubs-members/curl-up/
  • Inverness Ice Center Recieves £189,000

    A little more information on government funding allocated to ice rinks with Inverness receiving £189,000 which will help mitigate the impact of the pandemic and ensure they are able to reopen safely when the time is right.

    For more information see – The Press Release

    Inverness Ice Center – Chairman’s statement March 2021

    In June last year, the Board took the unanimous decision to reopen the Ice Centre, thereby providing continuity for members and users of all three ice sports. As a result of strict adherence to new COVID compliant procedures and protocols, we incurred significant additional operating costs. In addition to the increased costs, we experienced a sharp drop in income due to COVID restricted capacity and a reduction in those willing to participate in the new environment. The combination of significant rises in expenditure and reduced income, allied with a second lockdown in December, has had a significant impact on the Ice Centre finances

    Therefore, the £189,000 awarded by the Scottish Government to Inverness Ice Centre is timely and most welcome. The grant comes from their £1.75million funding package to help support independent and privately owned or operated ice rinks during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I would take this opportunity to thank Bruce Crawford (Scottish Curling) , Mike Ferguson (SIRA) and Kate Forbes and her team at Sport Scotland for their hard work and diligence in helping us secure the funding. I would also thank Ice Centre CEO Gordon Barron for his thorough and professional application, which enabled us to secure the funding.

    Looking ahead, the Board will be reviewing a range of options and proposals, many already in our long term plans, designed to assist in the creation of a more sustainable business model. During this process, we will continue with our policy of open and transparent engagement with all our stakeholders. Therefore, as we move forward, I am delighted to announce that two new directors are joining the Board. In Neil Gillies and Keith Hudson, we have two individuals with remarkable CV’s and proven track records. These are indeed challenging times. However I am confident that we have the team in place to ensure a bright future for Inverness Ice Centre .

    Michael G Green

    Chairman

  • Province Club Members’ Forum 25 Feb 21 – notes.doc
  • Province Club Members’ Forum Notes – 25/02/2021
  • Province Club Members Forum – 25/02/2021

    The second Virtual Province Club Members’ Forum will take place on Thursday the 25th of February 2021 at 7.30pm.
    The Province Committee will update club members on what is happening within the Province and give those attending the opportunity to ask questions and make any suggestions that they think appropriate; this is an ideal opportunity for curlers to participate in the Forum from the comfort of their own sitting room.

    To join the Forum, go to: https://gordonandmacphail.zoom.us/j/91934373290?pwd=UUE5QlViRldzYXJtRU0wTDdsVk9iQT09&from=addon

    Mike Pickthall
    Province Secretary

  • Province Curling 2020/21

    Sister and Brother curlers,

    it will come as no surprise to you that as of today the executive has taken the decision that no Province Competitions can be held this season.

    Following further and regular discussion with MLC management ,it is clear that any potential ice availability before the traditional end of the curling season would not allow a realistic Province Curling Season.

    We understand that should ice become available before Easter, the Province would be supportive of any social curling such as a weekend bonspiel .

    The cancellation of Province competitions does not of course preclude individual clubs or organisations from using any curling ice that may be made available.

    Curling at Inverness Ice Centre has already been cancelled and , as no more than 4 League games were possible, it has been decided to declare the Moray Province West League null and void.

    The Province intend to hold another Zoom Province Forum on 25th February and you will receive an invitation to this in due course.

    Best regards,

    Bill Jaffrey ( Match Sec)

    22/01/21

  • MORAY PROVINCE SECRETARY REPLACEMENT.
    Snowdoun, 11 Rose Avenue, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 1NX pickthallm37@gmail.com 01343545841 4th January 2021 Dear Province Club Member, PROVINCE SECRETARY REPLACEMENT Mike Pickthall has been Province Secretary since May 2013 and has decided to stand down at the 2021 AGM, so a replacement will be required. During his time as Secretary, Mike has compiled paper records and a comprehensive data base of information, all of which has been transferred onto a memory stick for reference and as a permanent historical record; this will be available to whoever takes over. To make the work of the Committee as straightforward as possible, an “Office Bearers’ Calendar” is available to each Committee member, setting out the tasks which need to be completed during the year. Mike has said that he will make himself available to assist his replacement and has suggested that whoever takes over might like to consider being co-opted onto the Committee prior to the AGM, as one of the two additional club members. Mike is giving the Province early notice of his departure to allow plenty of time for a replacement to be nominated before the 2021 AGM. With kind regards, Stephen Rankin President
  • MORAY LEISURE CENTRE ICE RINK CLOSURE
    MORAY LEISURE CENTRE ICE RINK CLOSURE Dear Club Member, Because of the Scottish Government’s latest Covid regulations, the Moray Leisure Centre ice rink will not now open for curling on the 4th of January as originally planned. The latest information received by the Province Committee would indicate that the ice rink will remain closed until the end of January at the earliest. As I’m sure you are all aware, with this pandemic, the situation is fluid and frequently changes and therefore, plans have to be changed. As information is made available to the Committee, it will be circulated to the club secretaries so that you are kept informed. I appreciate how frustrating this is but rest assured, as soon as the Committee is made aware of what is being planned by MLC, we will update you about any future plans for the 2021 season. May I, on behalf of the Province Committee, wish you and your family a safe and joyful Christmas and a happy New Year. Yours Faithfully, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary 
  • Members Forum 2nd December

    MORAY PROVINCE NOTES ON VIRTUAL PROVINCE CLUB MEMBERS’ FORUM Held on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 

    The Province President welcomed everyone to the Forum and explained that its purpose was to inform club members about what was happening in the Province and to give club them the opportunity to ask questions, raise any issues they wished to have discussed and make any suggestions that they thought appropriate. MLC Return to Curling Update Cameron Clark updated the meeting. Curling is planned to start on the 4th of January It is planned to lay the ice down before Christmas It is anticipated that 4 sheets will be used and that sheet “C” will be left vacant Session start times with staggered starts still to be decided. Possibly 6.30 t0 8.45pm and 9.00pm to 11.15pm Benches would be available for shoe changing Controlled entry/exit via the sheet “B” fire door Curlers required to phone the Leisure Centre in advance giving name and contact number and paying by card for their own ice All equipment will be sanitised prior to each session and sanitiser and wipes will be available at both ends of each sheet Curlers to use the same stones throughout the game No spectators allowed and only those who have pre-booked will be permitted access to the ice rink All Club Covid Officers will be invited to take part in an informal walk through the facility with the Rink Covid Officer Face masks will be required when not on the ice and when moving about the building PROVINCE PROGRAMME PLANNING DETAILS Bill Jaffrey updated the meeting on his programme planning for the start of curling. Four leagues consisting of six teams playing each other once Safety protocols will be sent out to all the skips The League KO to be played The Points will not be played A decision on whether to run the Pairs Competition still to be taken A decision about promotions/demotions at the end of the season still to be finalised One team from the East and two from the West have dropped out of the League for the forthcoming season. One team from last season’s East Division 1 did not enter, so from Division 2, two teams were promoted and one relegated; this was because Division 3 had one withdrawal at beginning of season (the 3rd finishing team), therefore, there were two promotions from Division 3 and one relegation from Division 2. One Division 3 team withdrew due to Covid, so an extra team was moved up from Division 4 to Division 3. SUPERLEAGUE Graeme Govan anticipates 14 teams playing in Superleague with 8 in Division One and 6 in Division Two. He invited anyone who wished to play in Superleague to get in touch with him (govangraeme@hotmail.com). MEMBERS VIEWS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND QUESTIONS Matthew Smith was thanked by the President for his work upgrading the Province website. The content from the old website is in the process of being transferred onto the new one. Bill Nicol was thanked for the considerable amount work he has carried out scanning archive material which will eventually be available for members to view on the new website. Archive material has also been transferred onto a memory stick which will allow many of the paper records, which are bulky and take up space, to be disposed of. The MLC Christmas Bonspiel will not be held this year. Should it go ahead, the National Virtual Club Bonspiel is due to be hosted by MLC in March. The Scottish Curling Covid Guidelines will be sent to all the Province clubs for distribution to their members. Should non attendees have any queries raised by the minutes E:g Session Times, controlled entry, Ice Payment, Club covid Officers, then contact Mike P direct.🥌
  • Moray Province Forum ???
    Dear Club Secretary, Please could you forward this email to all your members. It is important that as many of your club members join the Zoom “Province Club Members’ Forum” to be updated on what is being planned with regard to the start of curling on the 4th of January in the East and what is already happening in the West. The Forum will also allow individual members to ask questions by using the  “hands up” procedure which will be explained to those not familiar with Zoom at the start of the Forum. Also for those not familiar with the wonders of Zoom, just click on the “join zoom meeting” in Stephen’s email and follow the links. The Province Committee looks forward to meeting as many of you as possible on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 7.30pm. With kind regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary
  • GREENWOOD TAKES NICOL QUAICH WEST.

    Calum Greenwood’s Ardclach rink became Moray Province Champions last night in the Covid rearranged Nicol Quaich.  The Nairnshire crew were clear 8-2 winners over the East Winners, Buckie Curling Club skipped by whiskey supremo Steve Rankin.

    At Inverness Ice Centre, a score of 4 at the first end caught the understandably undercooked Buckie boys cold, and in the hands of a team as strong as the Greenwoods, that lead would prove a bridge too far for Rankin and co. Single shots were exchanged in ends two and three, and a canny shot from the experienced Neil Campbell at third set up the Ardclach lads for a single steal and a 6-1 lead after four ends. A Buckie single and a closing Ardclach deuce completed the scoring and a worthy win for the West winners.

    The winning rink comprised Callum Greenwood, Neil Campbell, Ruaridh Greenwood and James Greenwood and the Buckie team was Steve Rankin, Alan Campbell, Scott Seton and Tim Rutzler.

    BJ

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