ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING
Held at Newton Hotel
On Sunday 23rd February 2014
C Macgregor(President), N Durno, M Pickthall, G Scott, A Cameron, M Clark,
H Clark, M McInnes, A Maltman, S MacIver, C MacIver, K Cameron, G Nicol,
- 1. APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from D Ross, A Campbell, M Pottie, W Duncan,
G Archibald, G Fraser, W Nicol, G Kennedy.
- 2. CORRESPONDENCE
E Mail correspondence was received from David Mcpherson regarding the Province rules. Andy Cameron agreed to speak to Alan Stanfield regarding any rule changes.
- 3. MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 16th OCTOBER 2013
The Minutes were approved; proposed by H Clark and seconded by M McInnes.
- 4. MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising.
- 5. UPDATE ON PROVINCE FINANCES
The Treasurer updated the Meeting on the current state of the Province’s finances which are now in a healthier position than a year ago. The Financial statement also showed the healthy state of affairs for the Development Group which is expects to incur some expenditure in the near future. A stock of prize winners’ medals has been purchased which should be sufficient for the next three years and the Prize Winners’ Boards in Inverness have now been completed and paid for . It was pointed out that in future the cost of the medals would be less because there would be no requirement to pay for the die. Also once the boards in Elgin were completed the task of annual budgeting should be fairly straight forward in the future. Appendix 1: Moray Province Financial Statement.
- 6. MATCH SECRETARIES’ COMPETITION REPORTS
Andy Cameron delivered the Match Secretary’s report for the East: Appendix 2
Moira Clark delivered the Match Secretary’s report for the West: Appendix 3.
Sandra MacIver reported that Amy MacDonald from Moray Juniors played in the under 21’s Scottish Championships in Aberdeen, reaching the finals and that Forres and Nairn Academies represented Moray Province and Area 10 in the RCCC schools championships at Murrayfield.
- 7. WEBSITE REPORT
Gavin Nicol delivered the Webmaster’s report in the absence of Bill Nicol: Appendix 4.
- 8. MPCDG UPDATE
The Secretary delivered the MPCDG Report in the absence of Bill Duncan: Appendix 5.
- 9. MORAY PROVINCE MLC REVIEW GROUP SUB COMMITTEE PROGRESS REPORT
The Secretary reported that the Review Group Sub Committee met on the 19th of January in the Tolbooth in Forres. The meeting was well attended and the response by Moray Province to the Council’s Review of Sport, Leisure and Community Facilities in Moray was discussed. The content of the submission was agreed and the Secretary was tasked with submitting it on behalf of the Province. Neil Durno and Campbell Ross were nominated to join ICE4ALL to represent the interests of the curlers and that a further meeting would be held at some time in the near future to discuss and decide on the best way forward to try to ensure the long term future of the ice rink.
10. REPORT ON PRIZE WINNERS’ BOARDS AND MEDALS
Colin Macgregor informed the meeting that he had purchased sufficient prize winners’ medals for the next three years and gave those present the opportunity to inspect an example. The purchase met with unanimous approval. He reported that the winners’ boards in Inverness had now been updated and Andy Cameron undertook to arrange for the boards in Elgin to be updated before the AGM.
11. 2014 AGM
It was agreed to hold the next A G M on Sunday 7th May at the Newton Hotel in Nairn.
It was pointed out that not all clubs were updating the RCCC data base. The Secretary undertook to email all club secretaries notifying them of the requirement to keep their data bases up to date and explain that if a member was not registered then they were not a member of the RCCC.
Andy Cameron stated that he wanted to change the format of the Open KO. It was agreed that he would draft a proposal to put to the AGM for adoption.
13. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next Committee Meeting will be held on 26th October 2014
There being no further business, Colin thanked those present for attending and the meeting closed at 201
M A Pickthall
East Match Secretary
Moray Province East’s season is starting to come to a close with some divisions having 1 game left and others 2 games with the odd one or two teams with 3 games to play.
Some of these games have had to be rearranged due to problems with the ice at Elgin.
Division One is still all to play for with 2 games left between A Campbell, G Kennedy and G Nicol. Division Two has A Duncan, D McPherson out in front but D McPherson can still be caught by B Jaffray for the second promotion place.
Division Three has M MacDonald, A Maltman will a lead with two games to play with L Scott
Still able to catch A Maltman.
Division Four has been won by A Cameron with 3 teams still able to gain the second place up to Division Three.
Division Five has tested me to the fullest this season with a team withdrawing after the start of the season then another withdrawing after the last meeting. This meant Division Five team would only play 6 games over the season. After consulting all skips in Division Five I arranged a further 21 games so all teams played each other twice throughout the season. I would like to thank all the teams for their help and willingness to do this especially with there being 3 junior teams in the league to give them more game time. Division Five has been won by R Tyson with 5 other teams with the chance to go up depending on results.
The mixed KO was played on the 11th of February between A Cameron and G Kennedy with the game going down to the last end and the last two stones. G Kennedy was the winner in a great game played on the best ice Elgin has seen in a long time or ever.
The ladies final was played on 18 February between L Marshall and F Steel with L Marshall winning a close game 7-6 with the last stone of the game.
The Moray Province Mixed pairs are to be played on Tuesday 25th February 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 are to be played at Elgin on Tuesday 11th March. I’m hoping to start the points at 2000 instead of 2100 and I will confirm this asap.
I hope everything I have done is in order as I’m still trying to find my feet regarding this position
And have found it very challenging at times over the last few weeks with emails and text messages I have received.
Amy MacDonald and Eilidh Yeats from the Moray Junior curling club played in the Scottish Junior Qualifiers. Eilidh just missed out on Qualifying for the Finals. Amy made it through to the finals on her first attempt.
Thank you and good curling to the end of the season.
Match Secretary East
West Match Secretary
With the season drawing to a close only one round of games remain in the Moray Province West leagues. Congratulations to Neil MacArthur’s rink on regaining their Division 1 title and also to Murray Johnstone for winning the Division 3 title. In Division 2 only shot difference separates the top two teams of Mike McInnes and James Greenwood so there is still all to play for. The Highland Junior rink skipped by Eric Peters have confirmed that they will not be playing next season so unless anything changes we will have one team less after the summer.
The Open Knockout final was played in Inverness in January and was won by the Wilson Burnett rink so well done to them. The Tamnavoulin Trophy was also played in Inverness. As this is on during the day it is becoming harder to find people that can manage to play. Thanks are due to a team from Nairn for representing Moray Province in this, our Area 10 teams ended up victorious against the RCCC. Players from Elgin, Nairn, Nairn Ladies and Dalcross competed in the Grant Cup last month. Two of the three games went down to the final stone but both of these went Grampian Province’s way so they won the Grant Cup.
Four of our young curlers, Ross Fraser, Callum Greenwood, Ellie Fraser and Dionne Clark, qualified for the Scottish finals in Aberdeen where they all gave very creditable performances. The boys did particularly well with Ross being a runner up and Callum came third. The Nairn Academy team of Sandy Scott, Faye McInnes, Katie Miller and Christopher Green have qualified for the Scottish schools championships in Murrayfield next Month, as have Forres Academy, so good luck to them both.
Neil MacArthur, Ally Fraser, Rhuaridh Greenwood and Blair Fraser did really well getting through a very tough qualifying process to reach the Scottish Men’s finals, while Tom Pendreigh reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Senior men’s competition. Tom is also the coach of Ewan MacDonald’s rink who recently won the Scottish Championship and will soon be heading out to China to the World finals.
Two Nairn curlers where at the recent winter Olympics in an official role. Alan Stanfield was the chief umpire in Sochi and Harold Forrester was the chief time-keeper. There can surely be no greater accolade than to be chosen to officiate at what must be the worlds greatest and most prestigious sporting event, we are very proud of them both.
I think that about covers what has been happening through in the west lately.
Match Secretary West
The Web site report for:- Moray Province Committee Meeting 23/02/14
The Web site has been updated on a regular basis without any software anomalies throughout the season which is ironic as I had taken the option given to me by the Province Exec to change suppliers if I thought it necessary which I did at the start of the year when word came out that THE RCCC was changing its supplier yet again.
Changing is a lot of work and as Alan Stanfield had done it a couple of times and this would be my second time I thought it better that we become independent to the RCCC site which I have done and you can now log onto the new site still through the old address for a period of time to be confirmed.
Although we are now independent to the RCCC anyone can still link to us on the RCCC site and that will continue until they change their policy.
The new site still has the content Alan Stanfield’s had mainly because he had done a lot of historical research which is of value to the Province however I have laid other items out in a different way for easier access i.e. when you go into the leagues you can also look at the rules for that league and the past winners board for that league.
You will find other changes but I would ask you to take time to go through it from beginning to end at least once and then you will have a good idea where everything is located and make use of other facilities that have been incorporated.
Finally can I just confirm to access the new site: – log into the old site and there is a link on the home page for you to click on which takes you to the new site when you can then shortcut it to your desk top. The Address of the new site is http://moraycurling.co.uk/
Can I just say at this point attending committee meetings as web master with the standing it has at present is dubious to say the least as you are not there as a representative of a club or an office bearer and therefore should you be participating in discussion?, as you can imagine that is not easy for me hence my absence in particular at this time when there are questions I personally would want to put through the Chairman regarding the West Of Moray Province Clubs.
MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP CONVENER’S REPORT
1- Coaching of Juniors, adults and school children continue as planned. Due to the interest in the Winter Olympics , an additional 3 x 24 groups of primary school children attended for a single taster session.
2- Campbell Ross has delivered a coaching session to Elgin Rotary Club , which was well received.
3- The Come and Try Sessions held on Saturday 15 February attracted some 26 persons including 8 juniors. Those juniors and 9 adults then attended the coaching session held on Monday 17 Feb.
4- Further Come and Try sessions are planned for week commencing the 24 February, with another 50 having registered an interest.
5- We need to ensure that as many as possible enjoy the experience and continue with the coaching sessions.
6- There are 4 adults from the October taster session who have continued with the coaching and are certainly at the stage of joining a club. 2 are Forres based and 2 Elgin based and application forms need to be made available to them.