Nice to see curling being advertised... in any form!
Some pictures from our excellent annual dinner & prizegiving event which took place on Friday 21st April at Whitecraigs Golf Club.
Hosted by President Ron Griffiths, the evening featured a welcome by Martin Booth, Captain of Whitecraigs Golf Club; while our Secretary, Alan Smith, delivered the Grace.
Following the meal, we were entertained by Ronnie Smith who proposed the Toast to Giffnock Curling Club with a reply by our own President Ron. Sandy Halliday, our incoming President, toasted the guests and Steve Malloy presented the Toast to Curling. President Ron's friend (yes, he does only have one), Alan Wilcock, replied for the guests before Stewart Daye proposed a Vote of Thanks to all those who had worked hard to make the evening such a success.
Our 86th Annual Dinner & Prize Giving took place at Whitecraigs Golf Club on Friday 21st April, 2017. Chaired by our President Ron, who donned the distinguished Presidential bunnet, we were delighted to have a number of special guests:
Our secretary, Alan Smith, provided the Grace
Martin Booth, Captain of Whitecraigs Golf Club, welcomed everyone to the event
Ronnie Smith, a Glasgow Toastmaster, proposed the Toast To Giffnock Curling Club
Steve Malloy, well known whisky bottle chancer, proposed the Toast to the Game of Curling
Alan Wilcock "partner" (apparently) of President Ron who replied to the Toast to the Guests which Vice President Sandy Halliday had delivered.
Stewart Daye thanked everyone for their contributions.
(Pictures: Craig Thomson (yes, really) and Steve Malloy).
And not only were they the best guest rink, but also the best overall performers. There is a suggestion that a Cathcart player (called Wendy) assisted with an unintentional promotion of a couple of Mr Smith's stones but luck as well as skill is a key element of the Giffnock game.
No doubt we will be regaled with stories of their prowess at the upcoming Annual Dinner - 21st April, don't forget. And in late shock news, apparently that's a FULL bottle of wine that Alan Smith received!
Following a very closely fought match...
Winners - Alastair Kerr (skip), Graham Steele, Alan Smith, Bruce Clarkson
Runners Up - Alex Marshall (skip), Ron Griffiths, Alan Tait, Ian MacDonald
The long drawn out Pairs Competition is yet to be settled!
The final "pairings" are...
F Corbett/G Forsyth v S Bannerman/C MacLean
And it is... the Swan Medal has been won by Bruce Clarkson's rink with Craig Thomson's rink taking the runners-up spot.
But the battle is ongoing for the Terregles Cup and the Pairs Competition.
See the fixtures page for more information.
Giffnock retained the famous potty last evening in our annual competition with 69 Ladies.
The game looked like being a formality for the Giffnock teams until the ladies pulled back 5 points in one end. Suddenly, it was 'game on'. However, Giffnock successfully closed out the final ends to retain the 'trophy'.
After an enjoyable meal at Prezzos, the potty was formally presented to incoming President Sandy Halliday by 69 Ladies' President Rosemary Claxton.
Credit must go to Bobby Corbett (well Cecilia) for ensuring a "blooming" potty was presented and Sandy Halliday is now tasked with ensuring it's available in a similar colourful state for 2018.
Here's a light-hearted video as one person takes to the ice for the first time!
The Giffnock Inter-Club Bonspiel saw the host club win the overall event by 3 points, a great effort by all of the Giffnock teams.
Individual winners were Kelvinside, skipped by Ronnie McAulay who picked up the truly beautiful Wilson James Stone after posting an impressive +7 for the evening.
Our own Fergus Corbett skipped the winning Giffnock team, also with +7 and collected the Invitation Quaich.
A great turnout for or Annual Points competition saw David Sillito take first prize with Fergus Corbett 2nd and Craig Thomson 3rd. All played in great humour with an excellent meal to follow. The bus to and from Greenacres was a smart move (some thought) and asking for trouble (most thought!).