13 January 2016

Cambusnethan Cup

Cambusnethan Cup Winners 2016

l to r  John Tait 2nd, Robert Tait 3rd, James Tait skip and Laura Weir lead.

8 January 2016

Yett Trophy 2015

Sixteen teams contested this years Yett Trophy which was held on Monday 28th December.

In Section A the team skipped by John King scored 4 ends at each of their first two games giving them a 2 end lead going into the last game against Connor Ballantyne. Despite going down by 2 ends to 3 they topped the section with Connor runner-up.

Section 2 was a much closer affair. Until the final game, it looked certain that the winner would either be Bryce Smith or Libby Marshall. David Haggart had other ideas, however, and a score of 5 ends in their final game catapulted the Haggart rink into the final with Libby Marshall runner-up.

The final was very close for the first 4 ends after which the Haggart team were a shot up. Scores of 3 and 2 in the last two ends however saw the John King team winners by 7 shots to 3.

In the 3rd / 4th game Connor Ballantyne defeated Libby Marshall 5 shots to 2.

Winners l to r  John King, Audrey King, Ian King, Lilias Hyslop and John Hyslop

Runners-up l to r  Gillian Haggart, David Haggart Lindsey Haggart and Alan Turner

As usual prizes were awarded to the youngest girl taking part - Lindsey Haggart and the youngest boy - James Mitchell

Two stalwarts of the Yett Trophy over many years celebrated their 80th birthdays within a couple of days of the competition and were presented with cakes complete with candles (not eighty though !)
Meg Allan

 Jimmy Maxwell

Once again a great day was had by all competitors, adults as well as children and the Ice Rink is again indebted to the Smith family for their continued sponsorship and particularly to Bryce Smith for all his work in organising the day

5 January 2016

Ladies Charity Invitation Bonspiel sponsored by Albert Bartlett

Some Pictures from the 2015 Albert Bartlett Ladies Charity Bonspiel
As usual great fun was had on the day and the magnificent sum of £939.06 was raised for the Ladies Section Charities

Section 1 Winners 

Section 1 Runners up and Fancy Dress Runners up

Section 2 Winners

Section 2 Runners up

Fancy Dress Winners

Fancy Dress 3rd Place

And Finally
Our Judges Beth Lindsay and Margaret Bankier

15 December 2015

Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy 2015

Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy 2015

The 2015 Farmers Trophy will be remembered for several reasons. Firstly it was the eighteenth to have NFU Mutual as its main sponsor. Sadly this was to be their final year of association with the competition and the Ice Rink is indeed indebted to them for their sponsorship since 1998.
For this years competition NFU Mutual were joined by Glenmuir - Sunderland who will continue to support the competition next year.

This year will also be remembered for the number of top teams who failed to qualify for the High Road knock-out. Principal among those was the defending champion rink skipped by Robert Clark whose two defeats in the round robin stage saw him exit the competition altogether. The same fate was to befall previous winner Robbie Stevenson while the young rink skipped by Craig Waddell would find themselves relegated to the Low Road thanks to a spirited display from James Dykes, skipping in the competition for the first time following the death of long time friend and skip, John Reid.

High Road semi-finals on Friday afternoon saw East Kilbride and Haremyres stalwart Willie Baird overcome Murrayfield's Robin Aitken 6 shots to 2 thanks to back to back twos at the 6th and 7th ends while Hugh Neilson's Avondale Heather rink proved too strong on this occasion for Douglas;s Ian Fleming, winning 6 shots to 1.

In the Low Road, Craig Waddell only needed 5 ends to beat Murrayfield's Basil Baird. The other Low Road Semi-final was a classic, swinging one way then another before Robert Kirkland beat Neil Sands by one shot.

Both finals were very good quality games. In the Low Road, Craig Waddell, with scores of two at the 6th and 8th ends overcame a one shot deficit to win by 5 shots to 3.
On the next sheet Willie Baird scored a 3 and a 2 in the 3rd and 4th ends to lead 5 - 1 at the halfway stage only for the Hugh Neilson team to force their way back into the match with scores of 2 and 1 at the 5th and 6th ends. Willie held his nerve to score 2 shots at the penultimate end and was able to defend his three shot lead down the last end.

High Road Winners Alex Fleming 2nd, Jim Motion lead, Willie Baird skip, Duncan McGregor 3rd 

High Road Runners up l to r Hugh Neilson skip, Jim Fleming lead, Don Frame 3rd and David Stobo 2nd

Low Road Winners l to r Craig Waddell 4th, Kyle Waddell 3rd, John Davie 2nd & skip, Jamie Allan lead.

A unique landmark was reached when Jim Motion received his winners prize. Jim played lead in Duncan McInnes's team which won the very first Farmers competition which was then sponsored by Lawrie & Symington back in 1980.

Lanarkshire Ice Rink are delighted to announce that CF fertilisers will be joining Glenmuir / Sunderland next year as sponsors of the Farmers Trophy

2 December 2015

Tom Gibson

Tom Gibson (1940-2015)

It is with regret that the Directors at Hamilton Ice Rink, advise that Tom Gibson passed away on Monday afternoon (30th November).

Rather poignantly, Tom died whilst curling surrounded by many friends as well as curlers he had coached over many years.

Tom was of course a well-known and popular curler, but was also a respected and valuable member of the Board of Directors, having served as such for over 27 years. He brought his expertise as a civil engineer to the Board  and his contribution, especially over the last few years, has been invaluable.

Tom was also a former president of Lanarkshire Ice Rink Club (twice)  and in addition to his services as a Director, he has also served almost continuously on committee for over 20 years.

His input to the social side of the Ice Rink has been no less valuable, especially in connection with major events, such as the Grand Match and his infamous “Clyde Steamer” concoction.

At this sad time, our condolences go to Eileen and the family.

Tom will be greatly missed

Tom's funeral will take place on Monday 7th December at 12.30pm at South Lanarkshire Crematorium, Blantyre

24 November 2015

Eight Teams Contested this years Caledonia Trophy. After three, six end games the clear winners were the team skipped by Drew Moffat.  Above left to right  Kevin Keenan lead, Drew Moffat skip, David Hall 3rd and Tom McGregor 2nd.

The Ice Rink is indebted to Wallace Express for providing the prizes.

19 November 2015

Grand Match Photos

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27 October 2015

6 October 2015

Caledonia trophy

Caledonia Trophy

Sunday 15th November 2015
Entries are now being taken for this prestigious competition
Please call the office on 01698 282448 for entries or more details 

24 September 2015

Ladies Tour Weekend

On the 6th of November 24 ladies from all parts of Scotland will fly to Montreal to begin a Tour of Quebec, Ontario and Northern Ontario. The team which is Captained by Margaret Richardson (EK & H) also contains Hamilton curlers, Margaret Robertson (Bathgate), Helen Drummond (EK & H) and Alison Taylor (Lesmahagow Ladies).
RCCC Ladies tours of Canada take place every ten years.

As part of their build up a practice day was organised at Hamilton on Saturday 19th September. Since many of the ladies were travelling a distance and staying over it was decided to invite all lady curlers who had taken part in any tour to play in a Charity Bonspiel the following day.
Marion Craig, who was Vice-Captain of the 2005 Scottish Ladies Tour to Eastern Canada was given the unenviable task of organising the event.

Altogether 80 ladies took part split into two sections, each playing three 5 end games.
Section 1 Winners. Marion Murdoch's 2005 Ladies Tour to Canada team with RCCC Ladies Branch President Marion Fraser
l to r  Marion Fraser, Marion Murdoch, Anne Malcolm, Anne Marie Ross and Mima Strang

Section 2 Winners Margaret Robertson and her 2015 Tour team.
l to r   Marion Fraser, Margaret Robertson, Jane McLaren, Ruth Addinall and Susan Fleming

During the day raffle tickets were sold and a silent auction not only added to the fun but also to the amount raised for the charity. In total £2578.00 was raised for Alzheimer Scotland

l to r  Marion Craig organiser, Fiona Hardie Vice-Captain 2015 Tour, Margaret Richardson Captain 2015 Tour, Laura Stockwell Alzheimer Scotland and Marion Fraser President Ladies Branch RCCC

17 September 2015

Shareholders Opening Bonspiel

Shareholders Curling got underway on Wednesday evening (17th) with their opening bonspiel and buffet supper.
l to r  Eileen Gibson 2nd, Drew Moffat President LIRC, Jane Morton lead, Jack Thomson 3rd and David Hall skip

Shareholders curling is open to anyone who holds shares in LIRplc. In addition members of clubs that hold shares may also play. All games are on Wednesday evenings at 6.00pm. Please call the Ice Rink Office for more details.

16 September 2015

Opening Bonspiel 2015

The curling season opened on Monday 14th September. After a welcome from Hamilton Ice Sports Club President, John Warnock 48 curlers took to the ice.
Our picture shows the winners l to r
Jack Wight (Coulter) 3rd, John Warnock President HISC, Archie Craig (EK & H) skip, Gillian Haggart (Bellshill) 2nd and Billy Hill (Bathgate) lead

Unfortunately someone has to finish bottom of the pile. That dubious honour went to the team skipped by Bryce Smith.

l to r  John Warnock President HISC, Jim Sandilands (Dippool) 3rd, Alison Paton (EK & H) 2nd, Bryce Smith (Coulter) skip and Mike Strickland (Cambusnethan) lead

.Afterwards the players enjoyed a superb buffet prepared by Stewart Love courtesy of Lanarkshire Ice Rink plc  

24 August 2015

Welcome to the New Curling Season

Welcome, fellow curlers to the 2015/16 season. I am looking forward to meeting as many present and new members as I can over the season. We have a fantastic facility here at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink and with a busy schedule of competitions, I would encourage members to support their ice rink and participate if at all possible. New members will be made most welcome and all abilities and ages are well catered for with young curlers, ladies curling, wheelchair curlers, beginner starter sessions, and coaching sessions held regularly throughout the season. Finally, we are looking for members to bring fresh impetus to the Ice Rink committees, if anyone is interested please get in touch. Good curling! John

I feel very privileged to have been elected President of Lanarkshire Ice Rink Club. Not coming from a sporting or curling family makes it even more challenging; however I am really looking forward to helping you all enjoy the season. Socialising and curling go hand in hand and throughout the year there will be a number of social events coming off. Keep a close eye on the notice boards at the Ice Rink and our website to find out more. We are very fortunate to have excellent facilities in form of the Bar area and Restaurant, ideal for a get together after a game or a venue for a function. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the months ahead. Enjoy your curling. Drew