The I’Anson Competition
The annual I’Anson event organised by the First English Province and Preston Curling Club takes place at the North West Castle in Stranraer between 14 – 16 November. Adrian Meikle returns to defend the trophy. We are very pleased to report that we have a full entry of 16 teams.
First games of the season
Our first matches of the season take place on Thursday 25th September. We have managed to recruit a few new players to the club, and hopefully they will be able to turn out for each of our ten days at Lockerbie. We have an established programme with regular matches against Wales, Dalbeattie and Inverkeithing. We used to have an annual match against Glendale and London. Maybe we can get that up and running again in the future – perhaps in Lancashire.
Curling in Lancashire
Followers of facebook might have seen the interesting developments at the Fylde Ice Arena in Bispham, near Blackpool. Dan Nicholson has made a massive commitment to develop ice skating and ice hockey. There are also plans to launch curling. Members of Preston have been to the rink and hope that some curling can be established. In fact there was an item on BBC North West Politics recently – a journalist had a wacky idea to consider the impact of yes vote on English curlers in Scotland!
Tommy Campbell, our ECA President led a group of members in and out of the make up room and put on a very good show – which featured on the Sunday am programme. We hope that the journalist will follow up his interest in sport and return to do some more filming.
Matt Murdoch memorial bonspiel
Most curlers will have an appreciation of the work and impact of Matt and his family on curling in Scotland and abroad. His sudden death earlier this year was a shock to all. There is a memorial bonspiel on 31st October, at which Preston CC will be represented by Phil Barton.
Duncan Stewart 18th – 19th October
The annual event will be held at Kinross this year. We have (almost) a full squad of 24. This event is always great fun because it starts off with the rinks being drawn at the rink. There will be a group meal at the rink on Saturday night. We can add that the rink has just been ‘rebuilt’ as part of a £1 million refit with new ice floor and plant. The opening bonspiel on 20th September was a great success with all players being thrilled by the quality of the ice.
By Phil Barton