The Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) took place on 18th April, 7:00pm, Wallace Suite, Forthbank Performance Centre.
There was a great attendance, with only two members missing out of the total membership and two newcomers wanting to join the club. There was a great deal of discussion at the meeting held in a very positive atmosphere as everyone expressed their opinions. The club is in good health in terms of finances and actually playing our sport with high satisfaction scores in the member survey undertaken before the meeting.
The attendees were kindly photographed by Ian Mackie who will be joining us next season. Left to right, Jim Kerr, Derrick Douglas (hiding) John Brisbane, Norman Ainslie, Alan Watt, Caroline Anderson, Jim Marshall (back), Joe Kincaid, Graeme Anderson (back), Joan Anderson, Anne Kane, Iain Gwynne and new member Alex Frew,
Despite the main ice rink at the Peak being out of commission due to a plant failure we still had a full turnout at the National Curling Academy for the opening bonspiel. Two teams of five players contested the match with everyone (well nearly everyone) rotating through all the positions over the course of seven ends to decide the winner. There was a bit of rust to be shed as this was the first game this season, because we had no coaching due to a shortage of available ice. The winners overall with 5 ends to 2 were Alan Watt, Alan Hadden, Jim Marshall, Norman Ainslie and Joe Kincaid.
Played against Buchan in the Forth Valley Area Knock Out competition on the 5th of October and came out of a very competitive match the winner by 7 v 3. Buchan got off to a great start by winning the first two ends by single shots. Then the next ends the sides traded single shots before our team of Graeme Anderson, Jim Marshall, Iain Gwynne and Alan Hadden took control and won the next three ends by two shots, one shot and finally three shots. Well played everyone, your opponents in the next round will be Buchlyvie.
The two teams line up at the start of the game, Joan holding the trophy and obviously didn't want to hand it over as we won both matches 10 v 5.
A very different skip from Lauriston and Zetland ensured we couldn't quite clinch a victory in the SCCA league dsepite us varying the play in an attempt to find a weakness. We lost 4 v 7, giving them a 2 in the last end despite having last stone.
Buchlyvie are fast becoming a bogie team in the Forth Valley Area Knockout as they won a tight game against us 5 v 8. A few pickups at critical times didn't help but peeling 5 v 5 into the last end and against the hammer we couldn't produce a steal.
The final match in the McWattie was played on Thursday night 18th October. It was a rearranged match and a couple of people failed to keep track of the arrangement so we ended up playing three a side. It was still a very good game with Jim Marshall's team winning the first two ends, before losing a 5 in the third. Heads didn't go down though and it was all square after the fourth end and then Jim sneeked into the lead by a single shot. Joe managed to get his act together in the final two ends to score 2 shots in each to eventually win 9 v 6.
This trophy was almost officially the club's property as we had won it so many times in a row but now it is in danger of becoming a stranger as Borestone and Stirling have now won it three times in a row. Unfortunately, we had a spate of call offs for the Friday night game and we had a scramble to make two full teams with Jim Marshall bringing along his son Daniel to complete the sides. As for the games themselves, both teams began by losing a three followed by a two so giving Borestone a ten shot start. We didn't really recover ending up losing both games, 2 v 12 and 4 v 9. So the wait till next year to see if we can once again win it back. We will try to avoid a Friday night as that certainly didn't help the availability of players.
For the third time in a row we have won the Dunn Trophy against Fintry and Kilsyth, which is better news of late. The game was played on the 7th of November at 6:15pm. Both teams won their games to ensure victory on the night, with scores of 10 v 5 against Kilsyth and 8 v 5 against Fintry. Well done to Graeme, Jim M, Jim K, Alan H, Joe, Norman, Ian and Rory.
There was a meal up the restaurant afterwards and it was very good. Most of the players went upstairs to eat and the trophy was presented to our President, Graeme Anderson after the meal.
It makes sorry reading this season after our glorious triumph last season, but as of now we are the bottom club in the SCCA League having won only a single game out of the seven played. We have -15 shots on aggregate and only 3 points on the board for our solitary win against Bonnybridge. Still the other half of the season to go, can we make a move up the board?
We played our Points competition with our neighbouring Stirling clubs, Borestone & Stirling and Torbrex on Monday 12th November at 6:15pm. We agreed to try this out as a way of cutting the cost of this event as so few people turn up for it. 13 players took part overall, we supplied the most with 7. Only 6 disciplines were completed on the night and we rotated who went first on each discipline to provide a fairer test for everyone. Jim Marshall had the highest score on the night with 29 with Graeme and Joe equal third on 25. Alan Lee of Borestone was second with 26. So Jim Marshall is the winner of the John Cairns cup and sadly no ladies from our club took part so no ladies winner. Hope you are feeling better Joan, we know you like taking part. Our club scores here and analysis for those interested.
Jim Marshall's rink scored 5 points to clinch the Mitchell/Wilson by a single point over Norman Ainslie's rink, however this was achieved by the application of 2 penalty points because of playing one game against Jim's rink with only three people. Unfortunately, a substitute agreed to play for one person on either side, a mistake easily make. He had first agreed to play in Jim's rink so played for them. So it will take a committee meeting to decide this one.
This year we played two sheets of ice for two matches and sixteen players on the ice together. It was a great sight, with a number of christmas jerseys on display. We continued with the rotations within each of the four teams and it kept the play keen as ends had to be won. There was lots of fine shot making on display despite the fast ice. Jim Marshall, Graeme Anderson, Iain Gwynne and Alex Frew won overall taking six ends, with Rory MacKenzie, John Brisbane, Joan Anderson and Ian Mackie just unable to clinch the final end to force a shot count, winning five just ends.. The meal afterwards was fantastic, great value and well served by the staff in the kitchen.
Almost the whole club turned out for the Hope Pairs first round on Wednesday 9th January in the National Curling Academy, so no excuses about the ice. It was fast and drawing a lot which produced some very aggressive curling matches with lots of stones in play and some ends managing big scores. In Round 1 Alan Watt and Alex Frew managed to score a 5 shot end, but still got beat. Two 3 shot ends were exchanged between the other match before Jim Kerr and Alan Hadden won that one. In Round 2 matches both games had runaway winners as the opponents had difficulty getting on the scoreboard despite lots of stones in play. The results and the draw for the semi-final is available on the Hope Pairs page.
The Hope Pairs competition proved to be very competitive right from the start and it was great to see almost the entire club taking part. The play continued to be aggressive right through the tournament and the final was no exception with Norman and Caroline getting off to a flier with a score of 3 in the first end and then a steal of 1 in the next one. Jim and Alan managed to win the next two ends with a score of 1 each to come back into it but a 2 for Norman and Caroline in the 5th end steadied the ship and they saw out the match as winners by 7 v 3. The full results for all the matches are available on the Hope Pairs page.Well played both teams, Norman Ainslie and Caroline Anderson, Jim Kerr and Alan Haddon.
At the new year committee meeting it was agreed to replay the final game of the Mitchell/Wilson Trophy between Norman Ainslie and Jim Marshall's rinks to decide who wins the trophy. Due to a mistake over substitutes Norman Ainslie's rink was penalised on the night and subsequently lost the match and the trophy. To make it a fair result, the match will be replayed between the original teams as soon as possible.
A kind draw in the Stirlingshire Province Aitken Trophy gave us an ideal opportunity to win this trophy for a long time. The first game was against Falkirk Ladies and the score finished up at 8 v 2 and 6 ends to 1. The second team was drawn against Falkirk Ice Rink and managed to achieve a white wash of 14 v 0 in shots and 7 ends. This gave us an aggregate score of 13 ends won, a shot difference of +20 shots and 22 shots scored overall. The next nearest club was Borestone and Stirling with 11 ends won. A great result and it puts the club's name back on the trophy at last.
A few late fine wins in the Small Curling Clubs Alliance league lifted us off the bottom of the pile and balalnced out our shot score at zero rather than a negative number to make up for the first half of the competition. We had a 9 v 3 win against Bonnybridge, 7 v 1 against Dunblane, a really good result of 7 v 4 against Falkirk and 7 v 3 against Larbert. The full season's results are on the SCCA League page. Grangemouth won the trophy this season for the first time. Well done To Malcolm Duncan and this team after 18 years of SCCA competition after being the runner-up on four occasions and now champions. We won it on our first try.
The annual match with Torbrex for the Swanwater Trophy took place on Friday 1st February at 6:30pm in the NCA, with 2 teams a side. Both teams got off to a flying start, Team 1 scored a 4 in the first end and team 2 won the first three ends with a score of 2 each time. Then both side went through a patch trading the same scores back and forth before team 1 stole an end with a single shot and then Torbrex replied with 3s in both rinks and then it was game on. Team 1 came back with a 3 of their own but team 2 then lost a 4 and finally a 2 in the last. Team 1 scored to go 9 v 4 in front. Torbrex played a couple of great shots but could only score a 2 to level the match at 17 shots each, but because team 1 stole an end we won the trophy on ends, what a game, well played everyone. We had a meal up the restaurant together for a very sociable end to the night.