ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NEWTON HOTEL NAIRN
WEDNESDAY 7th MAY 2014
PRESENT Forty one members attended.
Apologies were received from G Kennedy, D Ross, W Jaffrey, H Robertson, R Craigie, W Duncan, D Duncan, A Asher, A Durno, H Bunter, D Kerr, G Miller, K Greenwood, A Fraser, G Nicol.
The following bereavements were recorded; Sam Macarthur, Bill Fraser, Robin Stuart.
- MINUTES OF AGM HELD ON 14th MAY 2013
There was no secretary in post at the time of the 2013 AGM so minutes were not recorded. The President undertook to produce a record of the meeting from notes which he took at the time.
- MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising.
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Colin Macgregor gave his report; Appendix 1.
- TREASURER’S REPORT
Gordon Scott gave his report; Appendix 2. The accounts were approved by Hamish Clark and seconded by Alastair Maltman.
- MATCH SECRETARYS’ REPORTS
Moira Clark gave her report for the West; Appendix 3. Andy Cameron gave his report for the East; Appendix 4. The reports were proposed by Eddie Milne and seconded by Kirsty Cameron.
- SECRETARY’S REPORT
Mike Pickthall gave his report; Appendix 5. In the absence of Bill Duncan, Convener of the Moray Province Curling Development Group, the Secretary read the report for the MPCDG; Appendix 6.
- AREA 10 REPORT
The President reported that the Area 10 AGM was uneventful and that all seemed to be going well. Three of the Area 10 bonspiels namely the Denis Ice Bowl, the Bookless Quaich and the MacGregor Kettle were played but the Johnston Carmichael was cancelled due to insufficient entries. Colin announced that the RCCC AGM was due to be held on Saturday 14th June 2014.
- MORAY PROVINCE MLC SUB COMMITTEE REVIEW GROUP REPORT
Bill Nicol informed the meeting that Neil Durno and Campbell Ross had been nominated at the last meeting of the Moray Province MLC Sub Committee Review Group as Province representatives on ICE4ALL. He then updated the meeting on the current situation with the ice rink in Elgin. He outlined in some detail what ICE4ALL, who represent all the ice rink users at the Leisure Centre, was doing in its dealings with the MLC management and the Moray Council. He went on to explain what ICE4ALL was hoping to achieve, namely to operate the ice rink, in order to ensure that Moray continued to have an ice facility.
- ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
All the Office bearers agreed to continue to serve for another year. This was agreed unanimously by the meeting. An Auditor was not appointed.
- ELECTION OF CLUB REPRESENTATIVES TO THE COMMITTEE
In view of the fact that not all of the clubs had completed their returns it was decided that it was not practical to elect club representative to serve on the Committee.
- PROPOSED CHANGES TO PROVINCE COMPETITIONS
Andy Cameron proposed that the format for the Mixed Open KO should be changed and that both East and West should run separate competitions in Elgin and Inverness up to the semi- final stage. Once both East and West have 4 teams remaining, a draw would take place to compete in the quarter finals. The quarter finals, semi-finals and the final would be rotated between Elgin and Inverness, as at present, with the venue for the quarter final being rotated each year. Elgin will host the quarter final and final for the 2014/15 season with the semi-final being played in Inverness. After some discussion from the floor there was unanimous agreement to implement the change for the forthcoming season. The proposal was seconded by Colin Macgregor. Andy announced that he wished to trial a doubles league next season to be played in Elgin using the mixed doubles format. He explained that the rationale for his proposal was to provide more curling opportunities for club members. After some lively discussion it was unanimously agreed to trial the competition. The proposal was seconded by Colin Macgregor.
- ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION, FEES AND PAYMENT DATE FOR 2014/15
The Treasurer proposed that the subscriptions for next season should remain the same as last season but that the competition entry fees should be increased to £12.50. The motion was seconded by Mike Pickthall. A counter proposal by James Milton to maintain the status quo failed to find a seconder.
- DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The date of the next AGM was set for the 6th of May 2015 at the Laichmoray Hotel, Elgin.
Bill Nicol suggested that the accounts should be presented in the same way that they were presented in the past. He also suggested that if the formula which was used in the past to calculate the competition entry fees for the season was employed it would make the treasurer’s task of deciding how much to charge much easier. It was decided that his suggestion would be considered by the Executive.
A question was asked about the ownership of the competition winners’ boards, where they were to be located at the MLC as a result of the change of use of the bar and the situation regarding their updating. Andy Cameron confirmed that the boards in Inverness had been updated and that the work was in hand to update the boards in Elgin before the start of the season. It was confirmed that the boards belonged to the Province. With regard to their location, he informed the meeting that all the boards had all been moved into the ice rink and although he was unhappy about the risk of damage he considered it preferable to have them visible. A suggestion was made that the boards should be photographed for the purposes of record keeping. It was agreed that this should be done.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55pm and was followed by the prize giving.
M A Pickthall Province Secretary
APPENDIX 1 President’s Report AGM 2014 I am happy to say, after a year in the chair, that all seems to have gone rather well in my opinion, with a high percentage of the thanks going to the officials. Mike, Gordon and Neil have done sterling work. Andy and Moira have tightened and improved the running of all competitions. I am especially delighted that we have seen so many of our members flying the North flag in not just a playing capacity, which I am sure the Match Secrys will tell us about later. There are Alan and Harold with their contributions on the Olympic stage as Chief Umpire and timekeeper, Alan Durno as RCCC President, Neil Durno, Bill Nicol, Andy Cameron and others all fighting for the future and development of Moray Leisure Centre, Tom Pendreigh and Michael Green doing a similar job for Inverness Ice Centre. Campbell Ross, Mike McInnes, Hamish Clark and others, all bringing on juniors and new players, even a contingent from Nairn being prominent on TV at the World championships supporting Ewan MacDonald.
Thank you to you all for all your hard work and dedication. It would be remiss of me to not mention any of the on ice achievements, as we do not get too many Olympic Medallists. Jim Gault and Gregor Ewan made us all very proud with their bronze medals earlier in the year.
ICE RINKS As far as I know, unless we have any updates later in the meeting, Moray Leisure Centre’s future, whilst supposedly being sorted by the end of April, appears to be still in limbo, but we are still hoping for good news sooner rather than later. Inverness is a bit clearer with renovations, new ice pad and machinery having been assured, despite a drop in the finances this year. All in all the Province is on the up and I am looking forward to another progressive season to come.
APPENDIX 2 Moray Province Treasurers Report 31 March 2014 Province Increased entry Entry fees due increase in charge. £1,162 from £897 Subscription numbers slighly down (7) , but amount received significantly up due to increased charge £1007 from £678 Prize costs controlled through purchase in bulk of Medals for next few years. We are now in a better position than last year with a reasonable surplus in the bank the build on for future requirements (£1838) Development Group The development have spent significant amounts on new equipment, including an ipad for video analysis. They have also spent significant amounts on promoting Curling holding various try curling events. They achieved various RCCC targets and recovered £1216 from them after the year end. Since the year end the development group have purchased an Ice King which will be loaned to the moray Ice rink to hopefully help ensure the improved ice conditions which were seen in the New Year, after the visit of the ice making specialist. Again since the year end the Development group have paid for that visit. The development group continue to work with the funds they have available to promote and provide curling coaching in the Province. Propose leaving subs and entry costs as increase last year, apart from points. The points competition just about covered the ice costs Proposals 1 that all clubs charged for two points entries and up to them to play or not. 2 Increase charge to £12.50 per entry Province Financial Statement 6 May 2014
APPENDIX 3 The season began in Inverness with the League winners competition on 28th September and 4 teams from Moray Province played in this. Two of whom came back with trophies. The Ballindalloch rink, skipped by Gordon Kennedy won the Division 1 section whilst Dean Clark (Nairn) won the division 2 group, with the help of his mum,dad & sister! Our league games got under way on 2nd October and it was a great start to the season for the Dalcross rink of Brian Grant, Alastair Bennie, Ian Thompson and skip Murray Johnston as they scored an 8 against an unlucky neighbouring club. This is the second time Murray has skipped a team to an 8 ender, which must be a very unique achievement. His rink’s good form continued throughout the season and they ended up as winners of Division 3 with Jamie Cattell’s rink from Nairn, in second place. In division 2 the final game of the season was the title decider, when the two promoted teams of Mike McInnes (Nairn) and James Greenwood (Ardclach) met up. Mike won on the night, therefore taking the Division two trophy so James had to settle for 2nd spot.. In the top division Neil Macarthur’s rink (Ardclach), last years champions, retained their title, although unlike last season they did lose a game this time, which maybe gives the rest of us a little bit of hope for the future! Blair Fraser’s Dalcross rink were runners up. Our Highland Junior rink have confirmed that they will not be playing next season so it looks as though we will have one team less after the summer, which is a shame. Neil MacArthur and Alan Campbell played for the Nicol Quaich in Inverness in March. This was the same two teams as last year but there was a different result this time round with Neil’s rink winning so they will represent Moray in the Province Championships. The Open Knockout final was played in Inverness in January and was won by the Wilson Burnett rink. Four of our young curlers from the west, Ross Fraser, Callum Greenwood, Ellie Fraser and Dionne Clark, qualified for the Scottish Junior 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 qualified for the Scottish schools championships along with the team from Forres Academy. Neil MacArthur, Ally Fraser, Rhuaridh Greenwood and Blair Fraser qualified for the Scottish Men’s finals, while Tom Pendreigh reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Senior men’s competition. Tom also coached Ewan MacDonald’s Scottish Championship winning rink and went with them to the World finals in China last month. Finally I would like to mention the two curlers from Nairn, Alan Stanfield and Harold Forrester who were chief umpire and chief time-keeper respectively at the winter Olympics in Sochi this year, which was a tremendous honour.
APPENDIX 4 Moray Province Match Secretary Report for Season 2013-14 My first season is over as Moray Province Match Secretary East with no major problems as far as I am aware although ice problems in the East did cause some programme rescheduling difficulties and the reduction in the ice availability in Elgin did cause some teething problems but in general I thought it went remarkably well. Province East Leagues A total of 33 teams started in the leagues, up 1 on last season. This season saw 2 new Moray Junior teams entering Div 5. 1 team withdrew from Div 5 at the end of October. Teams in the East Section consisted of 4 Divisions of 6 and 1 of 7. East Leagues As usual there were some very closely fought leagues with some Divisions final winners were not decided until the final round of games. Div 1was a three horse race between Alan Campbell (Buckie), Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) and Gavin Nicol (Darnaway) but Alan and Gordon pulled away over the last couple of rounds with Alan Campbell (Buckie) winning by 2 points. Div 2Was a 2 horse race between Abbie Duncan and David McPherson (Elgin Tennis Club) both tied on 14 points but Abbie Duncan (Fochabers) had the better shots and won by 7 shots. Div 3Alistair Maltman (Bank of Scotland) saw off Mike MacDonald (Forres) by 2 points. Div 4Was won by Andy Cameron (Aberlour) by 5 points over Eddie Milne (Darnaway) Div 5 Was very much a 1 horse race with Rob Tyson (Elgin) winning by 9 points over Colin Gauld (Darnaway). Nicol Quaich The top two Div 1 teams in the East and West Leagues were Alan Campbell (Buckie) in the East and Neil Macarthur (Ardclach) in the West with Neil winning the play off in Inverness to win the Nicol Quaich. Ardclach will now go on to represent Moray Province in the Scottish Province Championships and there is every chance that Buckie could also be invited to play. Open Knockout A total 0f 19 teams entered the Open Knockout 9 teams down on last season. Sadly 2 teams withdrew from the first round which was rather disappointing. This year the final was held in Inverness between Wilson Burnett (Fochabers) and Andy Cameron (Aberlour) with Wilson Burnett winning the Dalcross Salver. Ladies Knockout 6 teams entered the competition this season, 1 down on last season. The ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Fiona Steel (Nairn) with Louise winning the Ladies Rosebowl. Mixed Knockout 8 Teams entered this season 1 down on last season with 2 teams withdrawing from the first round. The final was played between Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) and Andy Cameron (Aberlour) with Gordon Kennedy winning the Gammack Bell. Mixed Pairs There was 18 pairs 2 up on last season. A good competition was had by all with Mike McInnes and Faye McInnes (Nairn) winning the competition. Moray Province Points Played at Elgin with 18 players taking part 8 up on last season and the best entry since season 2009-10. A good competition was had by all. (9 shots were played in all) With Andy Cameron (Aberlour) winning the Points by 2 Shots from Alex Scott (Nairn) Other Matters Competition Entries During my report I am sure you will have noted the numbers of times I have indicated a reduced level of participation in competitions in some cases quite considerable. Another concern is the number of withdrawals prior to competitions taking place. I sincerely hope that this situation will improve next season. I would ask all clubs even those who have already completed returns to consider again their entry levels. I can always be contacted if further entries are forthcoming. Rules/Disputes Any rules infringement or dispute in the East will be dealt with as soon as possible by myself as Match Secretary in consultation with at least one other Executive committee member, ideally the President. Anyone aggrieved by any such decision always has the right to have the matter considered by the fully Executive committee. I mention this as some emails and text messages I received over decisions last season were out of order, I’m doing this job voluntary and really don’t need the hassle. Amy MacDonald (Forres) and Eilidh Yeats (Ballindalloch) both played in the Scottish Junior Championship qualifiers in Aberdeen. Amy and Eilidh were playing in different teams and met each other in the playoff for getting to the Scottish finals with Amy’s team coming out on top with Amy heading to play in the Scottish Juniors championships in Perth. Eilidh played in the Finals as a sub for another team. Kirsty Cameron (Aberlour) played in the Scottish Ladies Championships (Perth) for Gail Munro (Stranraer) but the team failed to make the top 4 playoffs. Kenny Oswald (Elgin), Robert Bremner (Ballindalloch) and Andy Cameron (Aberlour) played in the Scottish Men’s Qualifiers but failed to make the Scottish Finals in Perth Next Season Entries I have all the returns for next season but still await some updates on various Knockout so fingers crossed in some cases they will improve on last season. I have some ideas for both Open mixed Knocked and a competition but will explain later. The format for the allocation of ice will as far as possible be similar to last season with the October holiday period left clear. I would stress to all teams playing in Elgin in whatever competition that they check their diaries as if they find they cannot play on a particular date alternative ice could be a problem due to reduced ice availability and early reorganisation of any games is preferable. It is also a 2 week cancellation policy at Elgin so cancellation within 2 weeks prior to the scheduled game may result in you being liable for the ice fees for the game (as well as those for the rescheduled game).
APPENDIX 5 PROVINCE SECRETARY’S REPORT Two Committee meetings were held during 2013/14 on the 16th of October and the 23rd of February. The meeting in October was only attended by six club representatives with eleven apologies. The meeting in February was only marginally better supported with seven club representatives attending and eight apologies being received. It is extremely disappointing that there appears to be a distinct lack of support for the Province from the clubs, particularly at a time when the future of curling in Moray is very uncertain. The poor attendance cannot be blamed on either insufficient notice or the dates of the meetings because both complied with the requirements of the Constitution. Hopefully clubs will give the Province Executive more support next season. The Office Bearers held three minuted and one ad hoc meeting during 2013/14. Letters of apology were sent to Aberlour and Grampian Police curling clubs regarding the previous season’s Division 5 ruling. A letter of condolence was sent to Maureen Fraser. A letter was sent to the MLC manager asking for a review of the cost of practice ice to make the charges more in line with Inverness and Aberdeen ice rinks. His response was that he was unable to change the cost A letter was sent to Mr Craig Macpherson, the managing partner at Johnston Carmichael, asking whether his company might consider sponsoring the Johnson Carmichael Bonspiel. Unfortunately there was no response to the letter.
APPENDIX 6 MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP. Convenor’s Report to Province – April 2014 I am pleased to report on another successful year for the MPCDG. It has been a very busy year with various challenges being put before us. We are all aware that unless Moray Council provide financial support to upgrade the plant, the Ice Rink could close in December 2014. The decision by Moray Council to undertake a review of all Leisure Facilities has further delayed their decision and put the future of the Ice Rink again in question. I’m pleased to say that as a group we attended various meetings to make our feelings known and submitted supporting statements which hopefully will see the Ice Rink retained. The Winter Olympics and Paralympics provided great exposure to the sport of curling and with the 3 teams bringing home medals , this heightened the interest even further. Special mention must be made to our 2 Wheel Chair Curlers , they have certainly put Moray on the map, – very well done. This interest was reflected in the increased numbers coming forward to the various “Try Curling ” sessions offered. In addition, we were called to offer additional taster sessions to the Primary Schools. All of this augers well for the future of the sport in general. Congratulations to Sandra MacIver in gaining her Tech Level 2 Certificate and in leading the programme of “Curling’s Cool” for school children. 53 children from Bishopmill and New Elgin undertook the standard 4 week training courses . The end match between the 2 schools resulted in a win for Bishopmill. A 4 week after school session was run for 12 children that could not attend the day sessions. In addition a further 64 pupils from Applegrove and Seafield Primaries attended for a taster session. Les Morgan continues to lead the adult coaching and “Try Curling” sessions. In total 92 attended the Try Curling sessions, the vast majority coming as a result of the Olympics. At the end of the season there were approx 18 turning up for additional coaching. We intend limiting these sessions to 4 weeks next year before encouraging them to join one of the established Curling Clubs . Campbell Ross continues his magnificent work with the Juniors, they never fail to impress. Indeed a second team have been invited to join the Super League next season. An added load for Campbell saw him offer training sessions to a couple of our Curling Clubs. It should be noted that this offer is open to all clubs. He also provided taster sessions to groups from some of our local firms with the indication that a number of them will be returning for more coaching in September. This year we were set targets by the RCCC to provide training for all levels. Financial incentives were set and we have notified that we are getting £1,316. I feel sure we could have got more, had we been a little smarter in recording our activities. We shall be wiser the next time. Thanks to all the Coaches and Helpers, we could not manage without them, it was certainly a very busy year. I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining this group. Thanks to my committee for their continued support.
Bill Duncan – Convener.