Morton James Cup

Like a hole in one... but worse?

President George Alston of Lynn & Clarkston is delighted to retain the Morton James Cup.

Let me start by saying it was Lynn & Clarkston's home ice (East Kilbride) and we struggled to get used to it while they were straight into their rhythm. When their lead put 2 on the pot lid at the first end and we couldn’t find the house, the omens were there. It looked like being a difficult night.

Both Giffnock teams went behind - Marshall by 4 to 0 after 3 ends and Malloy by 6 to 0 after only 2 ends. But worse was to follow.

Malloy pulled one back in the 3rd to arrest the slide and with a packed house in the 3rd was relying on a single buried Giffnock stone to keep the score down. Sadly, not buried enough and against the ‘play safe’ advice of his own 3, L&K’s Graham Leiper played a brilliant last stone.

It sailed serenely through a narrow gap to catch the edge of the Giffnock stone and chip it out... and lie. An 8 ender for L&K and disaster for Giffnock! Coming back from 14-1 is a bit tricky.

I’d always looked forward to an 8 ender but not to being on the receiving end of one!

Meanwhile, Marshall’s side were lying 5-1 down going into their final end but, remarkably, took a 5 in the last game to win that one and let us retain a modicum of pride.

I’ll let the rest of our team announce their involvement in this historic match (or maybe not).

There were the odd mutterings that maybe we shouldn’t submit a report at all from some quarters! I mean, who would find out if we just kept quiet. Who indeed?

So, a loss of the cup for the 3rd year in a row I believe.

Apologies all... but there was a silver lining... Mr Leiper and his team very kindly paid for the drinks afterwards. So, it wasn’t ALL bad, just most of it.

Least said about this the better eh? (Good luck with that! - Ed.)


Well done to the Giffnock team who were, once again, the winning outside team at the Cathcart Castle Bonspiel.

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!


Giffnock retained the famous potty last evening in our annual competition with 69 Ladies.

Rinks skipped by Stuart Bannerman and Bobby Corbett outpointed the ladies by 14-11 with teams playing 3 ends against each of the opponents two rinks.

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.

1-Cathcart Castle Bonspiel Overall winners - Giffnock CCOur secretary Alan Smith writes:

"I am pleased to be able to advise that the honour of Giffnock CC was upheld last night in the club's season-ending game when the team of “oldies” Corbett senior, Kerr, Halliday and yours truly won the overall Cathcart Castle CC Invitation Bonspiel with (as it was announced last night) a “runaway” score of +6!!

The prize will go down nicely with a good steak. Maybe there is life with a “stick” after all!"

No more needs to be said!

Terregles Trophy Final
Sadly, this wasn't the showpiece final we all expected. Nicholl's hot-shots took an early lead and were 6-0 ahead after 2 ends.
They never looked like losing as, whenever Kerr's team set up a half decent position, the opposition stormed back to retain the initiative.
History, i.e. your intrepid reporter, doesn't record the final score but suffice to say it was a very good win for Nicholl with some solace for Kerr in that it wasn't a whitewash!
Thanks to the crowd for turning out - Sandy Halliday and Alan E. Smith.
Winning Team: Nicholl, Bannerman, MacDonald and B.Corbett
Runners-Up: Kerr, Potter, Evans and Malloy
Special mention to Ian Potter who drove up from Manchester to take part in the final, then drove back down again!
Semi Finals
It will be Kerr v Nicholl in the final of the Terregles after a stonking win for Nicholl against Marshall but a fair old battle for Kerr v M Barnes which went to the wire ...
Kerr was never in front with teams trading 1 point at each end to leave it 3-3 going into the 7th and final end:
1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3
Barnes, with the hammer, had a difficult final shot to dislodge Kerr's leading stone but didn't manage, giving Kerr a 4-3 win. We could say we were 'swept' into the final, but that would be to denigrate the fantastic team effort!
Final on Wed 16th March @ 6pm  - Nicholl v Kerr.
A large crowd is expected!

A fabulous evening of pairs got off to a slow start due to torrential rain and traffic. So much so that Alastair Kerr had to step in in place of Gordon Nicholl. This turned out to be a master stroke as Alastair and Stewart Daye made it all the way to the final where they faced an on form Clarke Perry and Ross Pollitt.

IMG_1708In the preceding rounds the crowds were able to witness some excellent curling with players pulling off every shot in the book. Due to a late start and the ice men needing to lock up, the final was reduced to 3 ends. Clarke won the toss and elected to choose last stone rather than the sheet to play on. Alastair chose the ice he had previously played on and this made all the difference as he made a steal in the last end to win the title.

Congratulations to all involved and especially to Stewart and Alastair.

President Fergus (report & picture)

The Invitation Bonspiel took place at Greenacres Curling Rink on Tuesday 9th February. Six outside teams competed with six Giffnock teams with each team having 3 matches of 2 ends each. It was especially encouraging to have along a team from the Braehead Virtual Club.

1-1-IMG_4237The six Giffnock teams triumphed in the overall competition with an impressive +17 score, helped in no small part by the +11 of the team skipped by Craig Thomson who won every end they played!

The winners of the Wilson James Stone for best outside club were Pollok.

The winners of the Invitation Quaich for best Giffnock club were the team of Craig Thomson, Steve Hamilton, Steve Malloy and Ross Pollitt.

1-IMG_4240President Fergus presented the trophies to the winning teams and congratulated them on their success.

Craig was magnanimous in victory and praised the efforts of his team mates while also thanking President Fergus for his kind words, Alastair Kerr for organising such a fine event and the staff at Greenacres for putting on an excellent meal.