New Curlers Take to the Ice This Weekend
This weekend marks the culmination of the development calendar for this season with two competitions featuring curlers that have recently been introduced to sport in the last couple of years.
First is the National Virtual Club Challenge which will be held at Breahead Curling on Saturday 28th March. The competition is open to all RCCC affiliated Virtual Clubs which incorporates members who are in the first two years of curling and so this is a invaluable opportunity for curlers to gain some competitive experience. The Virtual Club initiative has been a remarkable success with retention rates being very high and with great feedback from members. This year has seen a growth in the number of established RCCC Virtual Clubs to 17 this year, most of which will be represented in Saturday’s Challenge.
A total of 28 teams from 14 Virtual Clubs from across Scotland will be taking part in the competition which will be played in two sections of fourteen teams. Each team will play three pre-drawn games followed by positional play-off games.
All prizes for this event have been gifted by Kays of Scotland including the National Virtual Club Challenge Trophy. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club would like thank Kays of Scotland for their generous support.
For a list of competing clubs, draw and to follow the event go to National Virtual Club Challenge
Photo: WCF/Rocky Sung
The following day, Sunday 29th March, Greenacres Curling Rink will host the Newcomers Trophy.
This competition is open to curlers aged 16 or under on 29th March 2015 and targeted at those in their first or second season of curling. Although everyone taking part in the competition enters on an individual basis, participants will be grouped together so that they can meet new people and form new friendships.
Once again there is a very strong showing from Greenacres, who have no less than fourteen team competing at the event this year. In total there will be 18 teams taking part in the competition split over four sections.
Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 4 games of 3 ends. After the completion of preliminary rounds, the top four teams will play for the High Road Finals and the teams finishing in 5th – 8th places will compete in the Low Road Finals.
For more information go to Newcomers Trophy
Photo: Karen Smith