League Table

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

Draw & Results

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


    Yes, of course the League title is the Blue Riband of Province curling,but surely the romance still lies , like the F.A. Cup,in the  cut and thrust of the Open Knockout . It is hardly a “ Clash of Continents “ and thankfully neither was it a clash of incontinents. Nevertheless,there was excitement aplenty.
    In this week’s quarter finals, the traditional East v West match ups finished with 2 victories to each side of the Province and set up a couple of mouth watering semi final clashes.
    The pick of the games was the 6-6 peel between Aberlour’s Andy Cameron and Dalcross’s Tom Pendreigh . Pendreigh is a man who has curled and coached near the summits, but Cameron himself is no stranger to mountain tops! The Aberlour rink were ahead early before Pendreigh’s men hit back with a 3 and then a single steal to lead 6-4 going into the final end. A cleverly set up deuce brought the teams level at 6 shots each and so it was down to which skip could draw his extra stone nearest the button to decide who would advance. Cameron held his nerve  and delivered a beauty  thus setting up a semi final clash with current trophy holder Ardclach’s Ally Fraser.Fraser’s team totally outplayed Elgin’s Bob Stewart, scoring heavily over the last 4 ends in a 17-2 win.
    In the Battle of the Bakers, shortbread came out on top of scotch pies as Allan Campbell’s team overcame Ali Asher 6-3. Never behind, the Buckie unit’s pair of deuces in the third and fourth ends were enough to secure their passage to the semi final and a meeting with Angus Forbes whose Nairn team came from a 6-4 deficit to pip Alan Durno. A 3 and a steal in the last end allowed the Nairn lads to leapfrog the big Clochan farmer.

    In the  East League Division 1, Kenny OswaId maintained his perfect record with a 6-5 win over Alan Campbell. This was suitable recompense for last week’s knockout game between the teams, when the score was the same, but was a reverse of the outcome.
    Sunninghill’s 11-3 win over Mike MacDonald saw a welcome return to skip by Donald Ross.   A count of 5 to the hoteliers in the fourth end was the decisive blow. In the Aberlour club and family battle, it was father Willie who triumphed over son Andy. Racing to a 7-0 lead after 4 ends, Cameron senior was never behind as skip Jim Gault steered his rink to a 9-7 win.
    In Division 2 Elgin Tennis Club  also maintained their 100 % record with a convincing 10-2 win over Eddie Milne’s Darnaway team. Skip Roy Thomson was in scintillating form and the straight sets victory was in the bag as the Tennis boys racked up an 8-1 lead after 5 ends.
    Abby Duncan won the Fochabers club bragging rights with an 11-8 victory over clubmate Bill Jaffrey. In a contest where the lead changed hands several times, the experienced Fochabers gunslinger  Duncan  pulled away with threes at ends five and six for a handsome win. A count of 3 at the penultimate end was decisive in Alan Durno’s win over Andrew Allardyce.  Shared counts of one  at all the other ends meant that the Elgin rink  had to settle for a 6-4 defeat.
    Owen Watson and Bob Stewart were vying for second place in Division 3 and it was the old fox Stewart who prevailed over Watson’s young guns. In a very tight contest, a 2 at the fourth end and then 2 single steals gave the Elgin rink the closest of 7-5 victories.

  • A Guid New Year to All In Moray Province

    Curling resumed in Moray Province West following the Christmas and New Year recess and in Division 1 it was a successful start to the year for Nairn pieman Ali Asher. He was always in control against title challenger Ally Fraser. An opening end deuce,a steal of 3 in the fourth end and another single steal in the fifth gave the Baker a 7-1 lead. Fraser’s men hit back with a 3 and a steal of their own, but it was too little too late as Asher claimed a 7-5 win. In the Nairn club derby, Mike McInnes was hot at the second end , scoring 4 to lead 4-1. This was to be the high point however, as clubmate Larry Kerr proceeded to add to his score at all the next 5 ends for a comfortable 8-4 victory.

    In Division 2, pacesetter Angus Forbes was involved in a real struggle against  Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies . The game went right down to the wire as the Forbes four just about held their nerve to edge  out the girls 6-5. Fellow table topper Jamie Cattell, meanwhile, had a bit of a nightmare night,  losing 8-2 to Dalcross Dynamo Ian Thomson. Cattell could only mark up 2 single shot ends as Thomson came on strong with a 3 at the fifth end and then a couple of good steals in a comprehensive 8-2 victory. Forbes now leads the table from Cattell on ends scored.

  • Mid Season Update

    At the half way point of the season the Benromach Moray Superleague is finely poised.
    Dave Macpherson leads the field by one point after long time leader Alan Campbell lost to Gavin Nicol in the last draw.
    Graeme Govan and Raymond Boyd are hard on the heels of the top two teams.  
    Gavin Nicol, Andy Cameron and Donald Ross round off the top half of the table and have still a big part to play in final positions as the league moves into the second half of the programme.
    Sandy Howie and Janice Rankin have seen their teams turn in some very good performances and have taken a couple of notable scalps so far this season and sit just out of the top six places.
    They will no doubt want to launch a second half of the season charge up the table so future opponents beware.
    Jodie Best and Georgian Clark have battled with commendable style and grace and will surely chase their first wins in the coming games.
    Next games are on the 10th of Jan and there is a tie to watch as the top two teams lock swords, or should we say brushes and stones!
    Good luck and good curling to all the teams for the remainder of the season.

  • Oswald On Top At Christmas Recess

    Elgin’s Kenny OswaId has a clear Division 1  lead at the mid season Christmas break after his straightforward win over Aberlour’s Andy Cameron.A 2-2  score line after 3 ends proved to be the summit of the Aberlour quartet’s achievement on the night,as Oswald won all the remaining ends for a 10-2 victory. The Sunninghill rink skipped by Angus Gunn was 8-6 down going into the last end against Buckie’s Alan Campbell,but last stone advantage allowed the Hotel team to pick up a 4 for their 10-8 win. The night’s tightest game was a real see saw affair in which the lead changed hands 4 times before Willie Cameron’s Aberlour rink just got the better of Mike McDonald’s Forres  rink skipped by Greg Stephen.In Division 2,Dave McPherson’s Elgin Tennis rink have reached the mid season break with a 100% record, racking up their fifth straight win. Abby Duncan opened proceedings with 3 shots at the first end,but that was it for the Fochabers four as the Tennis Club won the next 5 ends for a 6-3 victory. Darnaway’s Eddie Milne had the night’s biggest win as he scored at each of 6 ends including a 4 and two 3’s as he thrashed Fochaber’s Alan Durno 13-4. Wilson Burnett skipping the absent Bill Jaffrey’s Fochabers team raced to a 6-0 lead before Andrew Allardyce fought back with a 3 in the fourth end. Single counts with the hammer at each of the next 4 ends were sufficient to give Burnett an 8-5 victory.In Division 3, Charlie Watt jnr,almost inevitably it seems,won the Forres club derby with yet another big win against Linda Hardie. Skip Carol Bennett picked up 3 singles but couldn’t stop the Watt onslaught as Charlie rang up  3 counts of 3 in his 12-3 win.In the Province Open Knockout there were wins for Alan Durno and Bob Stewart as they got the better respectively of club colleagues Wilson Burnett and Andrew Allardyce.

  • Match Report – 09/12/2021

    As the Christmas recess approaches, Elgin’s Kenny OswaId consolidated his position atop Moray Province East Division 1 with a big win over Forres’s Mike MacDonald .It sounded like a reprise of the Tom Robinson hit “2-4-6-8 Motorway as Oswald scored 2 shots at each of the first 4 ends before MacDonald got back on the road with a consolation single at the fifth and last end. It was good to see a pair of Ross’s turning out as the Sunninghill mob were very convincing in their 8-3 win over Willie Cameron. It was a pretty one sided affair as the Elgin Hotel rink raced to a 7-1 lead before the Speysiders picked up a deuce in the seventh end.
    Talking of one sided affairs, Bob Stewart’s demolition of Lynn Robert’s Wheels was the biggest victory margin of the season thus far,as the Elgin team , scoring consecutive 5’s in ends 2 and 3 showed no mercy in their 21-0 romp. Give the Wheels team a huge amount of credit,however, as they gave Helen Downey a real run for her money in their rearranged League match. The Wheels scored at 3 ends, including a count of 3 , but just failed to take the points as Helen pulled away for a 9-5 victory.
    In the West, the Division 1 showdown of the clan Fraser resulted in a superb win for Dalcross’s Mark, of that ilk, as he leapfrogged Ardclach’s Ally Fraser to lead the division by a single point. In the Nairn club contest, Ali Asher maintained his title challenge with a good win over Mike Macinnes.
    West Division 2 also has a new leader as Jamie Cattell beat clubmate Ricky Marwick and the tightest game of the week saw Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies rally from a5-0 deficit to overhaul Ian Thomson. Counts of 3 and then 4 against the hammer were just enough to give the Ladies a terrific win.

  • Bob Pottie

    Everyone who knew him will be saddened to learn of Bob Pottie’s passing on December 3rd.

    Bob was always a pleasure to play for, or against, and then to socialise with afterwards. He was the epitome of a true curler. He joined Nairn in 1960, his father having been a member since 1928. Both left to join Dalcross in 1961, before setting up Dalziel Curling Club in 1963. Dalziel had an outdoor rink at the farm, but the Club folded in 1972 and Bob re-joined Nairn in 1973. He was also a member of the Wengen Curling Club.
    Bob served as President of Nairn from C.C. 1986 to 1988, and as Moray Province President from 1989 to 1991. Nairn CC elected him an Honorary Member in 2010. In 2018 he was awarded a medal from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club for 50 years membership. He loyally supported Margaret, his wife, during her term as President of Ladies Branch R.C.C.C.

    Curling was not his only interest. He played golf, and football for Nairn County FC in his younger days. He was an Honorary Member of The Nairnshire Farming Society. He will be missed by the wider community and the Club offer sincere condolences to Margaret, Stuart, Neil, Gillian and their families.

    Bob may have played his last stone and sung his last song, but his memory will remain.

    Thanks to Nairn C,C. for the above tribute to Bob

  • Match Report – 02/12/2021

    In the week following the Scottish Men’s and Women’s fabulous European Championship winning double, more mundane matters resumed in Moray Province.
    In the Ladies knockout however, there was what many might count as a sensational result, as Sandra MacIver’s Moray Firth Ladies put one over  on multiple Rosebowl winner, Elgin’s Louise Marshall.The MFLs got away away to a blistering start, winning all 4 opening ends to lead 7-0. A sharp  and frank team  discussion saw the Elgin ladies pick up 6 shots in the next 2 ends to set up a nail biting final end in which Sandra kept her cool to pick up a single shot in an excellent 8-6 win and a trip to the final.
    In Division 3 League business there were 2 closely fought contests and 2 blow outs.
    Ballindalloch’s Clan Kennedy were ruthless in racing to a 13-0 lead over Lynn Robert’s Wheels team, but two well played final ends gave the scoreboard a better look as the Wheels fought back to 13-4. Meanwhile,on the adjoining sheet, the shot scoring phenomenon otherwise  known as Charlie Watt jnr was completely steamrolling Owen Watson’s unfortunate Moray Juniors .Owen’s single shot at the fifth end was the only interruption to what , by the end,resembled a telephone number on the bottom line of the board.
    Georgia Clarke’s Juniors had a terrific game against the experienced Bob Stewart. The lead had changed hands 3 times and Georgia was a shot behind going into the last end,but  both well thought out and  well played tactics gave the Juniors the 2 shots they needed for a 5-4 victory. Helen Downey and Eilidh Smith ,standing in for Linda Hardie ,had a real ding dong contest, exchanging single shots to be peeling 3-3 after 6 ends. The final end was nip and tuck before the more experienced Downey scored 2 shots for her 5-3 win.
    In Division 3 ,the question is, who can topple Charlie Watt who has now scored 55 shots in 5 games and remains unbeaten since 2019.

  • Fox Sighted at Moray Leisure!

    There were 3 games played this week in the Moray Province East curling League and on the keenest ice of the season so far, they proved to be high class contests.
    In Division 2 it was good to see the return of the Gordon Castle gunslinger Abby Duncan to take charge of a team which up to now had been somewhat faltering. Duncan generally held the upper hand over his Elgin opponent Andrew Allardyce and scored shots at 4 of the mid 5 ends to lead 6-2 going into the last end. Allardyce could only score a single and the game finished with a 6-3 win for the Fochabers’ rink.
    Bill Jaffrey’s Fochabers rink skipped by Wilson Burnett were also in sparkling form, albeit benefiting from the rub of the stones against Darnaway’s Eddie Milne. A particularly strong front end set up great positions for Burnett to nail a deuce in the third and sixth ends and a couple of single steals from well defended heads at ends 4 and 7. Poor Alan Douglas skipping the Darnaway outfit frequently found himself with near impossible last stones.
    Hands were shaken on a 7-4 Fochabers victory.
    The rearranged Division 3 game between Linda Hardie’s Forres rink and Georgia Clarke’s Juniors was an absolute cracker. Skip Carol Bennett plotted the Forres rink to a 4-0 lead before Georgia picked up a solid 3 shots and then a single steal to tie the score at 4 apiece after 5 ends. A 2 for Bennet and a single shot reply by Clarke at ends 6 and 7 respectively, gave the Forres team the closest of wins.
    The talk of the rink this week was the outstanding form of both men’s and women’s Scottish teams at the European Championships in Lillehammer. Bruce Mouat and Eve Muirhead sitting at the top of their round robin standings.
    Bill Jaffrey

  • Match Report – 18th November 2021

    There were matches in all 3 divisions of the Moray Province East League this week.
    Division 1 is proving to be extremely competitive as previous League leader Andy Cameron found out in his game with Mike MacDonald. The Forres rink were never behind, opening the scoring with a 3 at the first end and outplaying their Speyside opponents with shots at 5 of the 8 ends played. Buckie’s Alan Campbell kept his title bid well on course with a convincing 11-1 victory over the Aberlour rink of Willie Cameron. The contest was as good as over early in the evening as the Buckie team raced to a 10-0 lead after 5 ends. Cameron’s team rallied somewhat to score a 2 and then a 4 in ends 6 and 7, but a 6-11 defeat was a pretty fair reflection of the form on the night.
    Division 2 top dogs Durno and McPherson had brought their table top clash forward a week, and the Tennis club lads could do no wrong as they scored at each of the first 4 ends before Durno’s team came back strongly to trail by just a single shot going into the final end. Sitting 3 good shots against as he played the final stone,Tennis Club skip Roy Thomson held his nerve to throw a canny weight hit and roll to sneak a 7-5 win.
    Division 3 juggernaut Charlie Watt jnr did what Charlie Watt jnr does, and gave Gordie Kennedy a lesson as he scored at 4 consecutive ends for a 7-1 lead. The canny Kennedy counted a 3 at the last end to put a touch of polish on a 10-5 loss.
    The Elgin club contest saw Bob Stewart come back from 5-3 behind picking up a 3 and then a 2 at the last 2 ends for a good 8-5 victory.
    Georgia Clarke’s Moray Juniors had an excellent 8-1 win over Lynn Roberts’s Wheels team and fellow Juniors, Owen Watson went a few shots better in their terrific 11-1 win over their Forres opponents. Many congratulations to both Junior teams whose form must be delighting their hard working coaches.

  • Camerons’ Contrasting Fortunes.

    In Division 1 of Moray Province East Curling,all three match ups resulted in convincing wins, and none was more convincing than Aberlour’s Andy Cameron who simply demolished his Sunninghill opponents. Winning 7 of the 8 ends and with counts of 5 and a couple of 3’s, the Speysiders finished 16-1 victors over the hapless hoteliers. Andy will have first dibs at the Sunday roast potatoes at the Cameron table as Dad Willie could only win 1 end,albeit picking up a 4 against Division pacesetter Kenny OswaId. 4-3 down after 3 ends,the Elgin rink scored 7 unanswered shots in their clear win. Alan Campbell and his Buckie rink casually accumulated single shots against their Forres opponents,and a deuce at the fifth end allowed them to pull away for a 7-3 win.
    In Division 2, the evening’s most exciting game resulted in a good win for Andrew Allardyce’s team for whom Skip Mike Kemp skillfully engineered a decisive score of 5 shots in the sixth end . A further 2 at the last end gave the Elgin combo a closely fought 10-7 victory. A count of 5 at the last end gave Dave McPherson’s Tennis Club full points in a game that was tighter than the score might suggest. Their Fochabers opponents had opportunities for bigger counts than their 2 single shot ends and only Fiona Ewen at second could claim to be happy with her form on the night.
    In the other game, Alan Durno came out on top of Fochabers clubmate Abby Duncan. The still absent Duncan had John Wilson at skip and, despite an opening end count of 3, the Durno rink rallied as Mike Watt took over from Skip Durno when the big farmer picked up a mysterious injury in the first end.

  • 3rd November – East Games Cancelled

    Due to issues with plant at Moray Leisure Center, all East Division 3 games tonight (03/11/2021) are cancelled.

    Cameron at MLC will try to find new dates as soon as possible.


  • 28/10 Match Report

    Moray Province curling resumed this week following the October holiday break and in Division 2 East it was a tale of deputy skips as Gordon Fraser and Alan Douglas stood in for  regular bosses Duncan and Milne. The Darnaway rink were 3-1 up after 3 ends before Fraser pulled off a perfect chip and lie for a 4 at the 4th end. This proved the high water mark for the Fochabers four, as Douglas racked up an unanswered 5 shots over the last 4 ends for his 9-5 win.Mike Kemp and Roy Thomson regularly skip Andrew Allardyce’s Elgin and Dave McPherson’s Tennis club teams and the latter outfit just sneaked past their Elgin rivals with 5 single shots in their 5-3 victory, whilst the Fochabers derby resulted in another close win for Alan Durno over Bill Jaffrey. Durno’s vast experience proved decisive but he breathed a sigh of relief as skip Wilson Burnett’s final stone picked up some debris and changed handles as he attempted a double take out which would have edged his team ahead of the Clochan farmer.
    A rearranged match in Division 3 saw a win for Linda Hardie’s Forres rink. Lynn Roberts opened the scoring with a one at the first end, but Hardie skip Carol Bennett took over from there to open up a game  winning 8-1 lead before 2 single shots gave the Roberts rink some cheer in the 8-3 defeat.
    In the West, Division 1 had a couple of inter club games. Honours were even as Ardclach’s Ally Fraser picked up a count of 5 in the fourth end to dent  the hopes of Nairn’s Larry Kerr in a 7-5 victory, but Nairn fortunes were restored as Mike McInnes had a great win over reigning champions Callum Greenwood.  5 shots each as they entered the final end set the scene for an exciting finish, and McInnes used his last stone advantage perfectly to pick up a 2 for his win. The other Division 1 game was,perhaps, the most exciting of the night, finishing in an honours even 8-8 draw. Mark Fraser had raced to a 7-0 lead before Nairn’s favourite baker woke up to take the next 3 ends and sneak ahead by a single shot. Fraser then  managed to regain his composure to take a shot at the last for a share of the points.
    In Division 2 ,Nairn’s Angus Forbes was victorious over clubmate Ricky Marwick and Jamie Cattell pipped Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies rink.
    Bill Jaffrey

  • 7th October Match Report

    There were just 3 Division 3 games played this week in the Moray Province East League and all 3 resulted in convincing wins.
    Pacesetter Charlie Watt jnr’s Forres rink maintained their 100% record over the last 2 curling seasons with a crushing 12-1 win over Elgin’s Helen Downey. It seems like the Forres rink haven’t lost since Charlie Watt snr was in short trousers.
    Ballindalloch’s Gordie Kennedy found himself 3-0 down after the opening 2 ends against an inspired Linda Hardie’s Forres rink. The inspiration, however, was quickly doused,as the Speyside ensemble scored at each of the next 5 ends to run away to an 11-3 victory.
    In the battle of the Moray Juniors teams, it was Georgia Clarke’s rink that came out on top. Owen Watson opened the scoring with a single at the first end, but excellent tactics and shot execution by Georgia gave her a 9-1 lead after 3 ends. Two blanked ends followed before Owen picked up a score of 4 to even up the contest, but Clarke counted 2 at the last end for a solid 11-5 win.
    In the West, games were tighter. In Division 1 the Greenwood family with Uncle Neil Campbell had a real contest against Ali Asher. 4-3 down after 4 ends, the current Nicol Quaich holders came back with consecutive deuces and Asher skip Ross Cope could only pick up a single in the last end for a 7-5 Ardclach win.Mark Fraser finished strongly,picking up 5 unanswered shots in the last 3 ends in his victory over Larry Kerr while namesake Ally Fraser’s Ardclach team triumphed over Mike McInnes. A score of 5 at the second end was the decisive blow as the country loons put one over on their townie rivals in a 7-3 win.
    In Division 2 the game of the week saw Jamie Cattell just sneak past Angus Forbes in a real nail biter. Only single shots were traded over the 7 ends as Cattell edged to a 4-3 win.
    Ricky Marwick was 4-0 up after 2 ends against Ian Thomson who fought back to 4-4 after 5 ends and 6-6 after the penultimate end. Marwick,however, kept his cool and a terrific 3 at the last gave the Nairn skip his 9-6 victory.

    Moray Province East Division 3

    C.Watt jnr ( Forres) 12 (7)H. Downey (Elgin)1(1)
    G. Kennedy (Ballindalloch)11 (5)L. Hardie ( Forres)3(2)
    G. Clarke ( Moray Juniors) 11 (3)O. Watson ( Moray Juniors)5(2)

    West Division 1

    C. Greenwood ( Ardclach)7 (4)A. Asher ( Nairn)5(3)
    M. Fraser ( Dalcross)6(4) L. Kerr ( Nairn)3(2)
    A. Fraser ( Ardclach) 7(3) M. McInnes ( Nairn)3(3)

    West Division 2

    A. Forbes (Nairn)3(3) J. Cattell ( Nairn)4(4)
    I. Thomson ( Dalcross)6(3) R. Marwick ( Nairn)9(4)

  • 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.


    Division 1 Division 2 Division 3


    Division 1 Division 2


    Ladies Knockout Mixed Knockout Open Knockout

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    2021-22 Combined League News

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    Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

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    Nicol Quaich & Points 2018/2019

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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.

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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.

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    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.


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


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


       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.


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


    18:30 18:30 18:30


       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…

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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.

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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…

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  • Elgin Curling Club 2021-22 Update

    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
    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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  • 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.


    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.


    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

  • 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:
    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.


    Eddie Milne


    Link to Meeting


    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. 

  • 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


  • Province Club Members’ Forum 25 Feb 21 – notes.doc