President’s Update 2 – March 2014

 Now that we are at the end of the season a resume of our performance in outside competitions is as follows:

Allan Cup

Jonathan ,Adam , Ronnie and Derek ( supported by Ian and Archie) just narrowly failed to qualify for the finals ,finishing 3rd in their section with 3 wins over Dumbarton, Bearsden Ski Club and Duntocher plus 2 losses to Partick and Cadder. Had we not lost a very good game with Cadder 7-8(ends 4-4) we would have qualified. Won by Cadder.

Allan Medal

A team skipped by Ronnie Morrison lost their first round game to Cardross.

Won by Kelvinside.

David Duncan

This was our first attempt at this competition with 2 teams entered:

Jonathan ,Adam,Ronnie and Derek finished top of SectionA undefeated with 4 wins and 1 peel and were through to the semi-finals on Wednesday 22/01/2014.

Ewen, John,Archie and Robert finished 3rd in SectionB with 1 win, 3 peels and 1 loss . With a little bit of luck in the peeled games they would also have qualified.

A great start to the competition with one team through to the finals.

However Jonathan and his team lost their semi-final to Giffnock by 4 shots to 5 and Glasgow XX beat Bearsden by 7 shots to 2.

In the Final, Glasgow XX won 8-5 over Giffnock.

An excellent competition that we will definitely enter again next year.

MacKenzie Crook

Monday afternoon fun for the over 50’s with 4 teams entered from Helensburgh out of a total of 17. Run in two sections of 8/9 teams:

Sect A: Ronnie Dunachie’s team ended up in 2nd place and  Jim McHale’s team in 5th.

SectB: Adam Clark’s team ended up in 5th and John Laverty was in 6th .

After the final crossover games between the Sections,  Ronnie was 4th, Jim was 9th, Adam was10th and John was 12th overall.

A mixed bag of results except for Ronnie’s team who did very well. A good standard of curling  being enjoyed with some of the more experienced and sociable curlers in the 10th and Glasgow provinces.

RCCC Rink Championship

Our team of Jonathan, Adam,Ronnie and Ian were taken to pieces by a slick outfit of elite curlers led by Alan Hannah of Cadder Curling Club losing 2-9 (ends 2-5). A quick exit from the tournament and work to be done to compete in the future.

District Medal

Against Reform CC at Greenacres, we fielded two teams skipped by Adam Clark and Ronnie Dunachie.Unfotuneatly we lost both games 5-8 and 5-7 respectively having come up against the ‘professionals’ of club curling ,whose superior knowledge of Greenacres ice and weight control made our task impossible. However we gave them a good contest and considering they have never been beaten in an RCCC District Medal our performance was creditable.

Gilmour Memorial Cup

As one of four teams representing the 10th PROVINCE against the 12thPROVINCE(Renfrewshire) we

retained the cup by the narrowest of margins of +1 shot overall.

Fraser Pairs

Our inexperience at playing pairs showed. Lost in Round 1.

We also played in the Denis Kyd Quaich, Cuthbert Cup, Kirkwood Cup, a friendly against Drystanes and the Lennox Cup against Dumbarton/ Duntocher/ Cardross which Duntocher won.

Overall a creditable performance from all of our teams which can only be good for the reputation of our club at Braehead.

Helensburgh Superleague Final

Last week saw the final of the superleague played between the top two teams of Jonathan Clinch(skip), Adam Clark, Ronnie Morrison and Derek Bowman against John Laverty(skip)pp Ewen Baird, Archie Fulton, Robert Cornwell and Brian Stephenson.  After a cagey start over the first two ends John Laverty had a great opportunity to score a four at the third end ,when lying three shots, his final stone seeking a gap to score , promoted an outside stone of Jonathan’s to cut it down to only one shot. This blow to their moral was fatal and Jonathan’s team then took control of the game and ran out comfortable winners by 7 shots to 3.

Both teams retired to the bar for some convivial banter and a glass of something to celebrate a good little competition which all wish to see continued next year.

The photo below shows both teams on the rink at the end of the game


Help required at Braehead

Following on from the recent Try Curling success (Over 400 have come along to Braehead so far) we are running Beginner’s  lesson’s starting this week-end  and although I do have coaches to lead the sessions I could really do with some On Ice helpers to assist the coaches;- The sessions last for approx. 2 and half hours – On and off the Ice.

There are Three sessions on Friday 7thMarch;-  Starting at 5.30pm :  Starting at 7.30PM: Starting at 8pm.

There are Two sessions on Saturday 8th  March;-Starting at 12 noon.

There are also Two sessions on Sunday 9th March starting at 9.30am.

In addition we have booked more Ice to try and allow those that did not make it over the last two weeks to come along for a Try Curling session.

So once again I am looking for any help that you can provide;- Either On or Off the ice;-

Saturday the 8th of March from 12 noon to 1pm :  1pm to 2pm  :  2.30pm to 3.30pm  :  3.30pm to 4.30pm

Sunday the 9th Of March from 9.30pm until 12.30pm.

Clearly any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Just let me know if you can cover any of the sessions or even if you could come along for an hour or two.



David Horne
Curling Development Officer
Intu Properties plc


Braehead Curling Rink


Kings Inch Road | Glasgow | G51 4BN
Tel;- 0141 885 4611


Ferniegair Salver

R Cornwell Ferniegair 2014Helensburgh Curling Club members played for the Ferniegair Salver at Braehead. This is a competition which tests your skills in playing a variety of shots and is played on an individual basis. Points are awarded according to your level of success in playing the shots.

Last year’s winner Robert Cornwell became only the second player to successfully defend the trophy. Robert had 21 points, followed by Ewen Baird on 19 and Ronnie Dunachie on 18 points.

Play also took place in the Club’s premier competition, the James Sharp Trophy.  There was a very close match between Ron Cromar and Jonathan Clinch with Ron winning by 7 shots to 6. A 4 at the 4th end for Ron gave him a comfortable 7-1 lead but Jonathan came right back with a 3 at the 5th end. Jonathan went on to get singles at the 6th and 7th ends but couldn’t get the extra shot required to peel. In other matches Keith Ferguson had a 12-5 win over Ian McArthur, Ronnie Dunachie had a 9-4 win over Ronnie Morrison and Adam Clinch had   a 10-1 win over Crawford Howat.

The results in the James Sharp Trophy mean Adam Clark remains in top place with 16 points closely followed by Ronnie Dunachie with 13 points and a game in hand. 

In the Brunton Miller Trophy the final round of matches before the knock out stage has taken place. Bob Park had a 9-4 win against Archie Fulton and John Laverty won 8-2 against Keith Ferguson. These results mean that Bob Park will play John Laverty in the final on 27th February and Ian McArthur will play Archie Fulton in the 3rd/4th play off game.

Tom Morrison

As some of you may know Tom had heart surgery on Tuesday last week. Unfortunately he suffered a minor stroke during the operation and his left arm, hand and peripheral vision were affected. To make matters worse he caught a chest infection which appears to be quite common after heart surgery.

He is still in the high dependancy unit at the Golden Jubilee. I took Christine to see him today (Thursday) and although visiting is supposed to be still restricted to family, Tonia and I were allowed to see him for a few minutes. His feeding tube had just been removed and he had had a short walk around the ward. Although very tired he is lucid and in fairly good spirits.

I told him that several of the members who knew of his condition were asking for him and he was pleased to hear this. He is receiving physio three times a day and he and Christine cannot speak highly enough of the nursing care.
Andrew Fulford