League Table

SkipPlayedWonLostDrawnShots ForShots AgainstEnds WonDiffPoints
Torok, D641138419-29
MacArdle, Seamus63303712466
Bunker, Hamish52213101825
Smart, J514025-514-62

Draw & Results

TimeRinkShotsEnds
Wed 02 Oct
18:50Seamus MacArdle vs Hamish Bunker 10 – 16 – 1
18:50D Torok vs J Smart 9 – 74 – 3
Wed 23 Oct
18:50J Smart R Marwick vs Seamus MacArdle 5 – 62 – 5
Wed 06 Nov
18:50D Torok vs Hamish Bunker 8 – 83 – 4
Wed 20 Nov
18:50D Torok vs Seamus MacArdle 4 – 73 – 4
Wed 04 Dec
18:50J Smart vs Hamish Bunker 1 – 71 – 6
Wed 08 Jan
18:50Seamus MacArdle vs Hamish Bunker 8 – 123 – 4
18:50D Torok A Bulcraig vs J Smart 6 – 53 – 3
Wed 22 Jan
18:50J Smart vs Seamus MacArdle 7 – 25 – 2
Mon 03 Feb
18:50D Torok A Bulcraig vs Hamish Bunker 4 – 33 – 3
Wed 19 Feb
18:50D Torok A Bulcraig vs Seamus MacArdle 7 – 43 – 4

Updates From the Rink

  • 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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  • Province Virtual Annual General Meeting
    Dear Moray Province Club Member, All Moray Province Curlers are invited to a Zoom Annual General Meeting. When: Aug 19, 2020 07:30 PM London Register in advance for this meeting: https://gordonandmacphail.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvfuyvrjMsGdAiQgXnLtphWAoC5QtlljXV After registering, a confirmation email will be received containing information about joining the meeting. Attached is the Agenda for the Meeting, the Minutes of the A G M held on 8th May 2019, the Office Bearers’ and Sub-Committee Conveners’ Reports and a note of bereavements. [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Province-Virtual-AGM-Agenda-2020.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”] [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Province-Virtual-AGM-2020-Reports.doc” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”] [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Province-AGM-Minutes-8-May-19.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”] The Province Executive Committee very much looks forward to as many of your members as possible joining the meeting on the 19th. With kind regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary
  • Notes Reference Postponed Province A.G.M. 2020
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  • Proposals to Royal Caledonian Curling Club A. G. M.

    Proposal by Royal Club Board and Counter proposal from New Abbey Curling Club Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual General Meeting Saturday 27th June on Line 2 pm

    Letter to Scottish Curling members, from Graham Lindsay, Chairman of the Board Dear Member You will have received the notice of the RCCC Annual General Meeting with a link to the online vote. I would like to share some information regarding the motion from New Abbey Curling Club, which you can view here

    Currently, Scotland’s top curlers benefit from a financial investment of £1.7m per year from UK Sport. This funding comes as a direct result of winning medals at previous Winter Olympics and helps many of our top teams achieve success all over the world every year. The players train as professional athletes with world class support and we want this to continue. If we do not allow a selection policy to be put in place, UK Sport may withdraw their funding. The consequences for the future would be:
    • The performance pathway programmes would be lost which could result in Scotland not qualifying for future World Championships.
    • This would result in Scotland not gaining qualifying points to allow GB to be involved in future Olympics
    • We would not be able to financially support the next generation of aspiring Olympians.
    • Other countries with performance funding could overtake our teams in world rankings.
    • The inability to gain a competitive edge against international rivals by playing against them worldwide.
    • Loss of the TV coverage and promotional benefit that participation in the Winter Olympics brings.
    Please note: This selection decision is only for the Olympic cycle to 2022. The World Championships in 2021 will be the only opportunity to gain qualifying points for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. You may not like the change to selection but it will provide the best Scottish curlers with greatest opportunity to compete against the best teams in the world. If you are going to vote, please think of the consequences, look to the future and not at the past. If you would like to read more detailed information from the board it can be seen here. I will be voting against the New Abbey Curling Club motion and encourage members to consider the points I have made before you cast your vote. Graham Lindsay =============================================================== Hi Bill Please could you put the attached letter onto the website to ensure both sides of the argument are aired. Many thanks, Mike Detail of proposal posted against The R.C.C.C Boards Motion [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Letter-from-New-Abbey-Curling-Club-1.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]    
  • Moray Province Proposal Royal Club AGM
    Dear Club Member, You should have received an email from Scottish Curling giving notice of the 182nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club which includes a link to pre- register to attend, along with instructions on how to vote. Moray Province has submitted a proposal to amend Byelaw 5.11 of the RCCC Memorandum and Articles of Association which is attached for information. Please could you consider registering for the RCCC AGM and to take this opportunity to vote via the membership database (rcccmembers.org). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to attend the AGM without having to travel all the way to Stirling! With kind regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary[embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Proposed-changes-to-RCCC-Byelaw-5.11.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]
  • Jamie Rankin

    The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games was the best curling experience I’ve ever had.
    It was an honour to be selected and to have the opportunity to represent Great Britain and curling in Moray.

    My time out in Switzerland was a fantastic chance to make new friends and to learn more about the different aspects of the game, I really enjoyed the curling and the Olympic experience.

    I was also one of 5 curlers chosen to watch the final with Olympic President Thomas Bach. This was a brilliant experience getting to hear about his journey from being an Olympic fencer to becoming the President.


    In February of 2020 I was also chosen as one of two curlers from Scotland to go to Trillium Curling Camp in Canada through the Matt Murdoch Curling Foundation.
    Unfortunately the camp did not go ahead however I have been given the chance to go to next years camp which I am really looking forward to.

  • Start 2019 / 2020
    THANKS BILL FOR GETTING THIS SEASON UNDERWAY. I UNDERSTAND FROM YOURSELF AND WEST MATCH SECRETARY THE COMPETITION DRAWS WILL BE OUT SHORTLY WHICH I WILL PUT ON THE PROVINCE WEB SITE ASAP THEREAFTER. I AM AWARE THE DEVELOPMENT GROUP HAVE BEEN MEETING AND GETTING DATES AND TIMES ORGANISED FOR THE COMING SEASON AND ARE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE FOR VARIOUS DUTIES NOT NECESSARILY COACHING,
    IF YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THIS JUST GET IN TOUCH WITH Sandra 😀🥌 Meantime you are promoting “mixed “ doubles curling” Hi Sister and Brother curlers, despite the warm weather,the curling season is looming. In response to the idea of having a shot at “mixed “ doubles curling expressed at this year’s AGM, Cameron Clark at MLC has given us a date for a “ taster” session on Wednesday 11th September at 19.00. This would give any interested curlers a chance to try an exciting new (to us) game and to get the chance to throw some stones prior to the start of the season proper. Rather than restrict ourselves to “ mixed” doubles, we feel it should be open to any 2 curlers, regardless of gender. We hope to have a couple of Doubles experts along to educate us on the game. Should we have sufficient interest, Cameron has also reserved the following sheets during which we might start a Doubles League. These are as follows. Tuesday 5th November 21.20 5 sheets Tuesday 3rd December 21.20 5 sheets Tuesday 21st January 19.00. 3 sheets Tuesday 11th February 21.20 5 sheets Tuesday 10th March 21.20 5 sheets. I hope this very exciting and tactically very different game will be if interest to you and if so,please let me know if you are keen to attend. best regards, Bill Jaffrey Webmasters choice of curlers from the days of Yor
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  • Nicol Quaich & Points 2018/2019

    Oswald Retains Quaich.

    Moray Province East winner v Moray Province West winner for Nicol Quaich K. Oswald ( Elgin)  7 A. Fraser ( Ardclach)   6 The 2018/2019 Moray Province Curling season closed this week with the traditional East League Winners versus West League Winners for the Nicol Quaich  and then ,on the following night, the Province Points competition for The Heather Little Trophy. The Quaich donor, Bill Nicol was in attendance at Moray Leisure Center to see the East’s champion Kenny Oswald retain the silverware  he won last year, but only by the closest of margins in a titanic tussle with Ardclach’s Ali Fraser.  Interestingly, anagrams of the skips names suggested the match up was between Air Flares And Slow Keny. In any case, the  Elgin skip got off to a great start with a 4 at the second end, but Ali hit back immediately with a 3 at the next end to tie the scores.There were plenty of stones  in play all through the match, as Oswald’s steady lead Susan Mackenzie was metronomic with her weight, setting up virtually every end and  with an on form Barron and  and a consistently strong Marshall at two and three, the Elgin team seemed to outrank if not actually outplay their Nairnshire opponents.  With the ice running rather straight in patches, Ali missed an open takeout  in the  fourth end and Kenny drew for two to open up a two shot lead. Fraser hit back with a single  and then a cannily weighted hit and roll gave the Ardclach rink a good steal at the next to tie the game again. The final end saw a pretty congested head  and with the Elgin team lying shot and holding the hammer, Ardclach third Neil MacArthur played a cracking draw through a narrow port to just outcount the Elgin stone. Oswald’s only way into the button was an in wick off  his own wide stone on the right of the house and following an on hack discussion with brother Grant and cousin Simon, Ali Fraser elected to hit and run to remove that option. Agonisingly, however, his out turn take out drew and poor Ali nipped out his own shot to leave Oswald lying one for his 7-6 victory and no need to play his last stone.  Phew! What a game.

    Moray Province Points 2018-2019

    In the  season’s only  competition  where the players only have themselves to blame, 4 shots at each of 9 different shot set ups allow individual curlers to accumulate points.  Neil MacArthur  partially made up for his previous night’s disappointment with a two point win. His score of 46 beat  runner up Steve Rankin who, in turn was two points ahead of joint third placed Dean Clark of Nairn and Mike Watt of Fochabers .

    Curling concludes on the first weekend of April with Andy Cameron’s Moray International Bonspiel. B J 
  • Province Annual Return 2019
    Dear Club Secretary, It’s that time of year again! If there are any changes to your office bearers or their details for the 2019/20 season, please complete the attached form and return it to me. The Annual Return is a “word document” for ease of completion. Please remember,  if I do not have accurate details of your club officials, email addresses or telephone numbers, I will be unable to keep you informed about Province matters. May I also remind you to update the Scottish Curling data base with any changes to your membership. With kind regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary I look forward to receiving your return. Regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PROVINCE-ANNUAL-RETURN-2019-20.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]
  • Area 13 AGM Date
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  • Mixed Pairs 2019
    Family Affairs at The Province Mixed Pairs. With five of the eight entries that contested the Province Mixed Pairs for the Grant Salvers being either related or sharing Council Tax bills, it was no surprise that the final showdown ,which,incidentally, was not decided until the very last stone came to rest, turned out to involve four players that reside under a single roof.  The MLC rink resounded to a rash of Rankins as Mum Janice and son Jamie took on the might of Dad Steve and daughter Zoe. Not content with those four, a further two Rankins were spotted amongst the crowd. It must have been dad’s responsibility for tea, as they were happily scoffing a delicious looking dish that local gourmets described as “cheesy chips.”
    Back on the rink, mum and son carried a +6 score into the decider against dad and daughter’s +4. In a terrific contest, the latter pair were worthy 4-2 winners and so pushed Mum into third place on the night.  The interloping runners up turned out to be Sandra Maciver and her partner Gordon Fraser( no relation) whose two wins first over Morag Cumming and Mike Pickthall and then the Forres pair of Linda Hardie and Howard Anstruther propelled them into the silver medal position.  Just outside the medals, were Darnaway Duo Heather Henderson and Eddie Milne and then Aberlour’s best dressed couple Jean Richardson and Ade Firth.  In geographical terms it seemed strange that Firth was Fifth and not Forth.  Linda and Howard were sixth just pipping Morag and Mike and bringing up the rear were the couple voted the night’s most popular, Les and Sandy Morgan who,it can be confirmed, still travelled home in the same car. So after all the excitement had died down, it was a second consecutive Pairs victory for Steve Rankin, this time partnered by daughter Zoe and the Grant Salvers will once again grace the ever expanding family trophy cabinet .
  • Reminder Points and Nicol Quaich
    Province Points Wednesday 27th March 18.45 Hello match secretaries and a few carefully chosen others, the Province points will be on the above date. Your club is allowed 2 entries. Can you ensure your representatives arrive sharp at 18.45 in order for a draw to be made. This will be by drawing numbers from my hat. Dean Clark,if available, as holder, will go first and his name will therefore not go into my hat. Regards, Bill Jaffrey ALSO Just to remind you that the Nicol Quaich will be played next Tuesday 26th March at 19.00 at MLC  Regards, Bill
  • Mixed Pairs 2019

    Family Affairs at The Province Mixed Pairs.

    With five of the eight entries that contested the Province Mixed Pairs for the Grant Salvers being either related or sharing Council Tax bills, it was no surprise that the final showdown ,which,incidentally, was not decided until the very last stone came to rest, turned out to involve four players that reside under a single roof. The MLC rink resounded to a rash of Rankins as Mum Janice and son Jamie took on the might of Dad Steve and daughter Zoe. Not content with those four, a further two Rankins were spotted amongst the crowd. It must have been dad’s responsibility for tea, as they were happily scoffing a delicious looking dish that local gourmets described as “cheesy chips.” Back on the rink, mum and son carried a +6 score into the decider against dad and daughter’s +4. In a terrific contest, the latter pair were worthy 4-2 winners and so pushed Mum into third place on the night. The interloping runners up turned out to be Sandra Maciver and her partner Gordon Fraser( no relation) whose two wins first over Moray Cumming and Mike Pickthall and then the Forres pair of Linda Hardie and Howard Anstruther propelled them into the silver medal position. Just outside the medals, were Darnaway Duo Heather Henderson and Eddie Milne and then Aberlour’s best dressed couple Jean Richardson and Ade Firth. In geographical terms it seemed strange that Firth was Fifth and not Forth. Linda and Howard were sixth just pipping Morag and Mike and bringing up the rear were the couple voted the night’s most popular, Les and Sandy  Morgan who,it can be confirmed, still travelled home in the same car. So after all the excitement had died down, it was a second consecutive Pairs victory for Steve Rankin, this time partnered by daughter Zoe and the Grant Salvers will once again grace the ever expanding family trophy cabinet .
  • New Scottish Curling Membership Register

    Through this link https://www.scottishcurling.org/clubs-members/ you can gain access to the new Scottish Curling GoMembership system which replaces the one we have had for many years on their web site. Individual curlers can access their own information on the system and amend as required while Club Secretaries/Administrators can keep track of the club plus individual members. There are one or two reports that can be taken off regarding clubs which will be useful but as usual with any computer program rubbish in rubbish out. There may be teething issues but contact Scottish Curling and they will discuss them with you. While you are on the Scottish Curling website take the opportunity to go through all the headings and then in future you will know where to go for information or clarification of any points you may have.

  • Scottish Curling Time for Change

    Scottish Curling Time for Change

    IN THEORY EVERY CURLER SHOULD HAVE GOT A COPY OF THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM SCOTTISH CURLING, IF NOT IT HAS BEEN ON THEIR WEBSITE FOR SOME TIME. Between the detail on the email/web site and the questionnaire there are some constructive general changes, constructive historical changes and changes that need serious consideration prior to changing. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EACH AND EVERY CURLER TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF 17TH MARCH 2019

    At the end of last year, a Working Group was formed to look at creating a modern dynamic structure that equitably represents the membership of Scottish Curling and the wider society in Scotland, ready to face the challenges of the future. We want to share some of the initial thoughts of the group with you and seek your input.

    Last year we received really valuable input from members on surveys concerning our future strategy and competitions. From that, one of the biggest challenges identified was that ‘the Organisational Structure is not forward thinking’ and ‘share good ideas and best practice’ was one of the best ways that we could help individual clubs.

    Our drivers for change are: • To increase participation in curling in Scotland • To sustain membership of Scottish Curling • To help people realise their ambitions within the sport • To have a modern structure that is fit for the future • To engage more directly with the members • To be inclusive and promote diversity for the sport • To have excellent governance for curling in Scotland

    Some barriers that the group have identified include: • The present structure with separate Areas Standing Committee and Ladies Standing Committee limits equality and diversity • President and Chairperson have always been male • Some groups are under-represented at all levels

    The Working Group has identified that a new “National Members Forum” could provide a platform to share best practice, innovation and ideas with members drawn from across the country. This group would replace the Areas Standing Committee and Ladies Standing Committee. Such a group would meet 3 times a year, have a diverse membership, from across the country and be as gender balanced and inclusive as possible. Meetings would focus on subject areas suggested by members, clubs, ice rinks and staff. To help increase member engagement the meetings could potentially be streamed live and members could interact from the comfort of their own home.

    We want to get your views to help us modernise the structure for curling in Scotland. Whether you are new to the sport or a long-standing member, your opinions as a member are valued. Your responses will help the Working Group focus on the areas for change and improvement. We thank you very much in advance for your valued contribution.

    The Working Group is comprised of 12 members: Graham Lindsay, Margaret Nicol, Jim Cullen, Morag Wellman, Brian McArtney, Corrie Lawrence, Janine Wilson, Lorna Brown, Kat Howes, Maggie Wilson, Kevin Troup, Bruce Crawford, Judith McCleary.

    Please answer the following questions by ticking the appropriate box and adding any comments that you wish. The survey can be seen here and is open until Sunday 17th March 2019.

    Alternatively, you can paste the following link into your browser          https://www.scottishcurling.org/structural-review-time-for-change/
  • Annual Achievement Award 2018-2019
    Please all members take the time to vote, you obviously will be recognising somebody and giving them your thanks for their efforts. Previous winners https://moraycurling.co.uk/achievement-award/ [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Annual-Achievement-Award-2018-19.doc” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]  
     
  • Draws and details Mixed Pairs and Points
    Hello guys, Here is the draw for the Mixed Pairs. Winners will receive the Grant Salvers. Round 1 Les Morgan v Janice Rankin Heather Henderson v Linda Hardie Morag Cumming v Sandra McIver Stephen Rankin v Adrian Firth 2 x 4 end games Second game will be highest winner v next highest winner of game 1 and so on. Overall winner decided on : most shots up, then if necessary, most ends won, then if necessary most shots scored. So losing in 1st game does not automatically rule you out of winning the salvers. It would be nice to start as near 18.50 as possible ( hope that is ok with Cameron!) Regards, Bill Province Points Wednesday 27th March 18.45 Hello match secretaries and a few carefully chosen others, the Province points will be on the above date.  Your club is allowed 2 entries. Can you ensure your representatives arrive sharp at 18.45 in order for a draw to be made. This will be by drawing numbers from my hat. Dean Clark,if available, as holder, will go first and his name will therefore not go into my hat.    
  • Reference committee meeting 17th Feb 2019

    On the 6th of February 2019 the Province Secretary sent a letter to every curler in the Moray Province via club secretaries to encourage members to come along to a Province meeting on 17th February in Nairn. The letter was addressed Dear Club member.

    I also on Facebook and on the Province web site news page offered to send out copies of the letter if you did not receive a personal one from your secretary.

    Unfortunately the meeting was not well attended, it was quite a constructive meeting and various points discussed some straight forward others open to personal interpretation and opinion.

    I would encourage you to read these provisional minutes so that you are aware of what may be discussed and voted on at the Province AGM which of course affects all curlers in the Province. The minutes are on the Province web site which I would encourage you to read and if you have an opinion on any subject please make it known to the Province Secretary.

    Please do it. Thanks very much W.M

  • IN MEMORY OF ANNE MALCOLM 7th February 2019
    For those of us who knew Anne Malcolm this tribute to her says it all, curling was not a labour of love, it was her love of curling that made her such a wonderful person to know. R. I. P. We are saddened to share the news that Anne Malcolm died last night.  Our thoughts are with her husband Peter and family at this time. Anne was passionate about curling and spent a great deal of time helping others to develop and enjoy the sport that gave her so much satisfaction and joy.  Anne will be missed by the curling community in Scotland and more widely across the world where Anne made friends through her involvement in umpiring at every level of the sport right up to the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Anne was an active committee member at the highest level serving six years on the RCCC board of directors, where she was an active member on the member development, competitions and umpiring committees.  After leaving the board, she continued to support the competitions and umpiring committees and volunteered on the ice and behind the scenes.  Anne was also active on the Ladies Branch becoming the Ladies Branch President in 2005-06.  Anne was captain of the RCCC Ladies Tour to Canada in 2005. Always approachable and dedicated to curling, Anne will be missed by us all. The thanksgiving service for Anne will be on Thursday 21st February at 11.30am in Elie Church, KY9 1BZ.
  • Letter to Province clubs

    TO ALL MORAY PROVINCE CURLERS. The Moray Province secretary has distributed a letter via your club secretary to all club members on the 6th February. Should you not receive a copy from your secretary please contact me and i will email one out to you. I agree with the Province executive that all curlers should receive a copy. 🥌😄

  • Committee Meeting 17/02/19
    Dear Club Secretary, Please could you forward the attached agenda, previous minutes, the list of  prize winners and the accompanying letter to all your members. As in previous years, the Executive Committee would be grateful if you could ask members of your club who won trophies last season to arrange to have them delivered to the meeting for engraving. Any trophies which cannot be handed in on Sunday the 17th of February, can be left in the appropriate ice rink office at Moray Leisure Centre and the Inverness Ice Centre. To ensure that the trophies are engraved in good time for this year’s AGM, they must be returned no later than Friday the 5th of April. The Executive Committee looks forward to seeing a representative from your club attending the meeting on the 17th. Regards, Mike Pickthall Province Secretary   [embeddoc url=”https://moraycurling.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Province-Committee-Meeting-Agenda-17-Feb-19_.doc” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]
  • Amy Macdonald


    Season 2017 – 2018 was for Amy MacDonald marked out as the most important one in her curling career to date mainly because it was her last one as she would be aged out as a junior at the end of the season.
    Amy had started back in 2007 with the Moray Province Curling Development Group and she took to the sport like a duck to water, each season she progressed beyond expectation and was soon away south joining up with other rinks in Junior Slams having various successes but definitely gaining experience and improving her game.

    In season 17/18 she teamed up with the Rebecca Morrison Aberdeen rink. It was 3 out of the 4 members last year as a juniors and they were determined to win the Scottish


    Junior Curling Championships to earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championship, on home ice in Aberdeen!

    The season started in September and proved to a very busy competitive season which fitted the plan fine, starting @ the Braehead open and then onto the European Junior Curling Tour followed by the Scottish Junior Classic, where they played 3 of the 4 events, came third at Greenacres and won both the Kinross Junior classic and Inverness Junior International.

    At last the Scottish Juniors. They had up’s and down’s in the qualifying week but managed to qualify to the semi-finals where they played team Jackson the reigning champions, fortunately they played their game of the week to make their way to the final.

    The final was a tense affair but their team had experience on outside, with 3 of them having previously played in a final. Each team’s last stone in the tenth end was very tense! Rebecca drew behind a series of guards to lie shot but slightly open and behind the Teeline. After a timeout from team Bryce their elected shot was fractionally heavy, and rubbed past our shot stone. We were Scottish Junior Champions.

    Their World Championship event began with a game against Norway. The week was long, exciting and emotional. They had achieved their goal of getting to the Worlds but it was was slipping away. That week our inexperience on the world stage showed and they were relegated to the B Division but not before they beat Team Canada, the eventual winners of the event.

    However the experience was invaluable the competitors very sociable and for Amy the pièce de résistance was being the recipient for the Junior Sportsmanship Award as voted by the other female competitors. Amy was the first Scottish female to win this accolade.

  • East League 24/10/18

    Oswald’s Super Six.

    On perhaps the best ice of the season thus far, there were Division 1 wins for Elgin’s Kenny Oswald and Forres’ Mike McDonald.  Kenny’s game with Bill Jaffrey was a cracker with the Fochabers four drawing expertly over the first 4 ends to build a 5-1 lead. The Elgin team showed why they were league winners last season when Oswald, facing a well hidden opposition shot, but with a clutch of his own in front, played a brilliant angled inwicking promotion to extract the shot stone and pick up 6 shots. In the end, a 9-6 win didn’t tell the story of a tremendously contested match.  Mike McDonald’s Forres rink maintained their great form and were always ahead against the Sunninghill gang who had Angus Gunn calling the shots. 9-1 ahead after 5 ends and the contest was all but over .
    In Division 2 Ron Christie’s rink raced to a 5-0 lead after 2 ends. This was to be the height of their aspirations however, as Darnaway’ s Eddie Milne hit his stride to pick up 6 shots over the last 3 ends for a come from behind win. Ian Rae’s Darnaway team meanwhile had another bad night, and despite a 2 at the first and another deuce at the 4 th end, ran into an Andy Cameron juggernaut, as the Aberlour team scored the full house with a 5, a 4, a 3, a 2, and a 1 in their convincing 15-4 victory. Division 4’s full programme resulted in big wins for Elgin’s Helen Downey, 12-2 over Linda Hardie’s Forres girls and Jim Farquhar’s Elgin rink, 10-2 over the Juniors of Georgia Clarke. Andrew Mcintyre’s Junior rink scored 3 at the first end, but then succumbed to the high flying Sandra Mcivor’s Ladies who picked up 5 shots over the last 3 ends in their 9-4 win. Once again, all the curlers were delighted with the keen ,predictable ice prepared by Cameron Clarke and his technical team. B.J.