Competitions

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.

 

Congratulations to two our members - Clarke Perry and David Sillito - who have been chosen to be part of the 20 man tour to the USA next year.

They will be guests of the United States Curling Association for three weeks from 15th January to 5th February 2017.

Well done! I'm sure they will do us proud.

The Giffnock team of David Sillito, Stuart Bannerman, Graham Steele and Steve Malloy came a creditable 3rd in this year's Old Glenalmond Bonspiel.

The event took place at Greenacres Curling Rink on Wednesday 27th January. The winning team was Glasgow XX followed by Partick.

A big thank you to our friends at Old Glenalmond for their kind invitation, an enjoyable evening of curling and the fine meal that followed.

Steve Malloy

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On Tuesday 15 December, we had our Annual Points followed by a Greenacres Christmas Meal.

18 curlers participated in the new format "Points" and with only 2 stones per discipline we managed to meet the challenge of 9 disciplines (most of which were firsts for the curlers).

In the end experience shone through with the winner being Bruce Clarkson closely followed jointly by David Sillito and President Fergus Corbett.

Thanks are due to our 3 Markers, Graham Barnes, Brian Evans and Alistair Brown who "braved" the Greenacres cold.

The President's novel Sweepstake raised £100 for the favoured Heart Charity with a similar amount split among the lucky 3 reverse draw winners.

We all had a very enjoyable Christmas meal liberally washed down partly due to the presence of the Crawfords' bus waiting outside.

Alastair Kerr

 

From our roving news reporter, Craig Thomson:

Friday night saw Giffnock rink skipped by David Sillito supported by Fergus Corbett, a No 2, and Gordon Nicholl play the semi-final of the Rink Championship against a strong Kelvinside team.

The match proved to be very tight with a series of singles being taken before Giffnock ran out 5-2 winners.

Star of the show was undoubtedly our Skip who played what I would say was his best game for the club.

Not only did he play beautifully he also managed to keep the no's 3 and 2 quiet which is not easy at the best of times!

This qualifies us for a weekend away in Forfar win or lose in the final which by itself is a fine achievement.

The final itself will be against Cadder, the current holders of the Rink Championship, where we will delight in our underdog status!

Skip Fergus Corbett urges his team on to one last sweep.
Skip Fergus Corbett urges his team on to one last sweep.

An excellent evening of fellowship and sport saw Club President Fergus Corbett take the top honours and the Willie Watson Trophy. The team of Fergus Corbett (skip), Alex Marshall (three), Stewart Bannerman (two) and Graham Tough (lead) won in decisive fashion.

A fine evening of curling was followed by some excellent food and the presentation of the trophy to a delighted Fergus. Graham Tough was so overcome with emotion, he had to go home early (whaat?).

Alex Marshall, Stewart Bannerman and Fergus Corbett with the Willie Watson Trophy
Alex Marshall, Stewart Bannerman and Fergus Corbett with the Willie Watson Trophy

President Fergus thanked everyone for coming along, Alastair Kerr for his organisational skills in pulling it all together and the staff at Greenacres Curling Club for feeding us all so well.

Special mention must go to the team led by skip Craig Thomson who, despite having only 3 players (step forward messrs Fish and McMorris), attained runners-up spot. Sources do say that a 'spare' bottle of wine was subsequently posted missing!

A great start to the season which hits its stride today (Wed 16th September) with the first of the Swan Trophy games.