Ryder Cup Curling

We have a few golfers amongst the curlers at Cawder House who will no doubt be looking forward to next week’s Ryder Cup.  This video may appeal to them – and one or two non golfers too!

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And We’re Off……

Well the cobwebs are dusted off and no doubt a few of us are feeling the after effects but the Cawder House League season got underway last night with 6 of the 7 teams in action.

On rink two, teams A and B faced up although there were a few changes to their line ups with both skips missing along with Team B’s lead.  It meant Tony Mitchell and George Elliott stepping up to take on the skip duties, Martin Isbister stepping in from Team G to help out Team A whilst Paul Taylor and Rene Murray came in to Team B.  In a close game, there were a number of good performances with Renee Murray and Margaret Dempster showing they had reaped the benefits of attending the improvers curling course at the weekend.  Tony was unlucky in the final end after a very good attempt at a comeback but Team B, with George Elliott complaining he was cold(!), kept them to just one shot to win the game by 5-4.

The only fully complete team took to the ice on sheet 3 with Drew Jolly’s rink taking on Douglas Locke.  Team Locke were missing John Young and Linda Naismith and had called on the help of two virtual club members, George Barron and Rebecca Sellars.  Both played well and it is hard to believe that they have only been on ice a handful of times since taking advantage of the post Olympic Come Try Sessions at the end of last season. In the opening couple of ends Team Locke were well and truly scuppered by excellent shots from Rodger Burnett who was in excellent form, playing shots that left the opposition very little chance of  scoring.  The third end saw a superb inch perfect last stone draw by Douglas Locke however to finally get Team C on the board but with third Kirstie Meikle then deciding to have a nightmare last 3 ends and Team Jolly playing solid throughout, the final score saw another one shot victory, this time by 4-3, to Team Jolly.

The final game on sheet 4 will go down as the Secret Game as no one seems to be disclosing what happened!  both teams ended up playing with just three players, one sub on each team.  Both skips were missing and Madeleine Sharp from last seasons NVCC Bonspiel-winning team stepping in to help team E skipped by Glenn Nash and Alf Vannet subbing for Team F skipped by another of last year’s NVCC Bonspiel-winning team Margaret Macaulay.  This game had higher scoring ends than the others but the standard of play was high with some impressive precision shots being played one after the other.  Just when one team thought they had played an unbeatable shot, the opposition would step up and match it.  The head was certainly often very full with a lot of good tactical thinking going on.  With all players doing well, it was Glenn’s slightly more experienced team E that came out on top by 7-5.

Another good night was had on ice by all with most taking advantage of the earlier start time to spent time socialising afterwards in the bar.

The scorecards will be posted within the next few days due to computer issues at this end.


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New League Season Starts Tomorrow!

It is all systems go for the first meetings in the Cawder House League for 2014/2015 season and there will be a few new faces on ice tomorrow evening to welcome along.

As well as new members, we have a number of members still in holiday mode and have invited along players from Saturday Sweep and Braehead Virtual Club as subs to give them experience of club league curling.

I know everyone will be very impressed with the high standard of those coming in but as newcomers they may well have questions and need guidance and the one thing I could think of that I was lost with when I joined was the scorecard.

Therefore to try and help those playing for the first time – as well as some of us who have been playing a while – a rough copy of a scorecard is below.  The red writing shows the areas that need completing although only the first two ends are completed:-

scorecard exampleRemember at the end of the match to enter the totals at the bottom and have the skip check and sign the scorecard before putting it in the Cawder House box which is found on the notice board outside the entrance to the ladies changing room.

Let the season proper now begin!

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Free Practice Ice Update

P1020363As posted a couple of weeks back, Braehead are offering FREE practice ice on a Monday morning between 10 and 12.

The take up for the practice ice has been very good and Bruce Harley has sent out the following reminder on the terms of the practice ice just to remind those who use it of the terms and what to expect!

• Practice is strictly limited to Braehead members only and not available to clubs from other ice rinks
• You will almost certainly be sharing a sheet of ice
• Practice is limited to 1 hour either 10 to 11am or 11 to 12pm
• The 11am slot has so far proved to be quieter that 10am
• Do not go on ice before 10am ( the ice team are still working and the rink must be free of all equipment )
• Do please enter your name and club on the clipboard sheet for monitoring purposes

It would be interesting to get our own feedback on whether any of our members have been able to take up this offer.  Anyone taking advantage, please remember to bear in mind Bruce’s bullet points above though!

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Opening Night 2014/15

Some photo’s – courtesy of Robbie Stewart with a little help from Mr Photo Editor – from last nights opening night bonspiel are now on-line and can be viewed from the ‘Gallery’ link on the main menu bar or by clicking here.


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Team Nash Lead the Way

Fun and easing ourselves back into the curling was the order of the day for most of us last night as curling for Cawder House members got underway for the 2014/2015 season but Team Nash gave notice as to how competitive their members were going to be with a resounding victory.

Finishing on +10, the team skipped by Glenn featuring Graham Phillips, Eleanor McDougall and Margaret Dempster made short work of the opposition provided by the rest of us as we all claimed ‘it’s only the start of the season’ as an excuse!

There were plenty of talking points from holidays to Rodger’s carrots and an array of topics in between including some about the curling itself.  There were one or two ‘graceful new types of slide’ (also known as ‘falls’) on display but on the whole everyone seemed to slide back into the way of things quickly (see what I did there?).
curling_curling_curledParticularly impressive was form some of the newer members of the club, Martin and Hugh both playing some lovely shots and I know who I want as sweeper on my team.  Donna’s new bowls hobby seems to have had an effect on the curling and she was exhibiting a lovely slide whilst Renee was in superb form and played the shot of the night turning a 2 against into a 2 for her side.

That’s not to say some of the older  more experienced members were not in good form too with the experienced skips helping out the less experienced skips on the night and Graham and Alf both playing some tricky shots.

All players had a shot on sheet 4 during the evening and thankfully no one fell foul of the new barrier between sheets 4 and 5 – something we will all have to be wary of in the early stages of the season until we get used to it.

He didn’t play on the night but a big thank you has to go out to Robbie Stewart for organising the teams and coming on ice and giving us all a few pointers as the night went on.  He was also the photographer for the night – more of that later as the non x rated shots will be uploaded!

All in all it was a good fun evening and well done again to Glenn, Graham, Eleanor and Margaret on their win and setting the standard for the season ahead.

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Fixture Changes

There have been a couple of tweaks to the fixtures list as per Eleanor’s message copied below – the fixtures list has been updated to incorporate them.

Eleanor writes:-

Hi everyone

Thanks to everyone who spotted my error of having Team G playing twice – and at the same time – on Monday 13 October. The revised fixture list has the following changes:

1. To minimise the disruption, the GvA tie moves to Monday 09 March (next year !!)

2. There is now a free sheet of ice on 13 October @ 6:00pm which is available for practise or a bounce game with our Reserves (info to follow separately).

3. The Gordon Smith Trophy home match has moved by one week to 26 November.

4. The Friendly against the Virtual Club has been confirmed for 28th January 2015.


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