Newcomers Competition Review
The season ended with the annual Royal Club Newcomers Trophy at Greenacres curling rink supported by Curling Supplies of East Kilbride and Cellfield Reading Matters. 72 young curlers travelled from all over Scotland to participate in the competition which as always created a lively atmosphere both on and off the ice. Many coaches were the subject of April Fool tricks and Easter eggs were in abundance.
The trophy was lifted by Waterfront skip, Angus Shearer after a closely fought semi-final decided by a draw shot challenge. His team of Mairi McDonald (Hamilton), Kathryn Tweedle ( Stirling) and Kirstin Bousie ( Kinross ) delighted parents and coaches behind the glass with a close final against Greenacres skip, Matthew McConnell, Lisa Davie (Stirling), Katie Torrance (Hamilton) and Catriona Barbour (East Kilbride).
The low road was won by Martin Wilcox ( Greenacres ), Ann Craig,(East Kilbride), Megan MacDonald (Hamilton), and Logan Middleton (Ayr). Runners-up were Euan Polea, Kerr Waddell, Sophie McDougall and Lauren Bell. Third in the high road was Lewis Leslie’s team of Mark Gatland, Katie Baird, and Rhea Wedderburn, and Alastair Middleton’s low road team of Angus Burnett, Iona Reekie and Rory Hemming took third place.
A new feature of the event this year was the ‘Sports Person of the Day’ award for friendly sportsmanship, which went to 3 participants, Martin Wilcox as overall winner accompanied by James Craik and Jorja Rennie who shared second prize.
All in all a great day for our very youngest curlers whose high standard of play was enjoyed by everyone both on and off the ice.
Report by Jan Howard.
Photos by John McGowan