3 January 2019

Yett Trophy 2018

This year 18 teams contested the Yett Trophy. After much fun, both on and off the ice, Andrew Neilson's team prevailed over that of Connor Ballantyne in an exciting final.

Once again, the Ice Rink are indebted to the Smith family and, in particular, Bryce Smith for their efforts in sponsoring this long running family competition.
Michael McReadie 2nd, Ellie Murray lead, Andrew Neilson skip and Aileen Neilson 3rd

Runners up
Connor Ballantyne skip, Ena Smith 3rd, Margaret Ballantyne 2nd, and Colin Ballantyne lead

13 December 2018

Lanarkshire Ladies Invitation Bonspiel 2018

Once again the Lanarkshire Ladies Invitation Fancy Dress Bonspiel was a great success with 16 teams taking to the ice. This years theme was 'Yellow'.
Marie Curie were this year's charity recipients and over £1000 was raised.
The Ladies Section are very grateful to sponsors Mondo and AGZ Engineering Group
 Section A Winners
Isobel Waddell, Carole Marsh, Alison Taylor and Marion MacDonald
 As the ' Jam Tarts ' they also won the overall Fancy Dress prize

Fancy Dress Runners-Up
Audrey King, Jackie Craig, Marie Baird and Caroline Morrison

Runner-up Section A
Stella Cassidy, Agnes Strang, Andrea Fox and Margaret Neilson

Winners Section B
Rosalind Jamieson, Catherine Morrison, Margaret Brown and Colette Maule

Runners-up Section B and Fancy Dress 3rd Prize
Christine Hall, Isobel Tait, Karolyn McPherson and MaryAnne Hall

Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy 2018 sponsored by Galloway & Mcleod and CF Fertilizers

 2018 Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy Winners
Andrew Galloway lead, John Steven 2nd, Margaret Ferguson (Galloway & McLeod)
Calum Harvie skip and Brian Fleming 3rd.
 High Road Runners-up
Robert Tait 4th, James Tait 3rd and skip, Margaret Ferguson (G & McL)
 Isobel Tait lead and Alan Hall 2nd 
Low Road Winners
James Moffat 3rd, John Hyslop lead, Margaret Ferguson (G & McL)
Bryce Smith skip and Gordon Gilchrist 2nd
 Low Road Runners-up
James Morrison lead, John King 2nd, Margaret Ferguson (G & McL)
Hugh Guthrie 3rd and James Dykes skip
 Ladies Prize Winners
Jackie Craig skip, Helen Drummond 3rd, Alison Taylor 2nd,
Audrey King lead and Margaret Ferguson (G & McL)
Lanarkshire Ice Rink is once again indebted to our sponsors, Galloway & McLeod and CF Fertilizers
Pictured are Margaret Ferguson and Marie Allan from Galloway & McLeod receiving flowers from Hamilton Ice Sports Club President, Alan Turner

31 October 2018

Swedish Ladies at Hamilton

Here are some pictures (courtesy of Lyn Kenyon) of the Swedish Ladies Visit to Hamilton.
To view them all visit  Swedish Tour Photos

Fireworks at Hamilton Ice Rink !!

Marion Craig Wins the Henderson Bishop Qualifier

Runners Up
Elaine Semple skip, Carole Marsh 3rd, Linda Allan 2nd and Margo Smith lead

Aileen King lead, Marion Craig skip, Alison Taylor 3rd and Audrey King 2nd.

4 April 2018

Willie Frame Receives Medal for 50 Years Membership RCCC

At the Avondale Heather Curling Club Prizegiving Dinner on Saturday, one of the longest serving members, Willie Frame of Haspielaw, was presented by his son, Don Frame, with a RCCC medal to recognise 50 years of curling and membership of RCCC.  Willie started curling in his early twenties with Hamilton and Thornyhill Curling Club and progressed quickly through the ranks, demonstrating his real understanding of tactics.  He played at Scottish, European and World Championships as well as in all the Ice rink and Club competitions.  Willie was part of the first Scottish team to win the European Championships.  Some years later, he joined Avondale Heather Curling Club and to this day thoroughly enjoys the competitive as well as the social side of curling.  He moved into coaching some of the younger members, including some skips who now play and are winning regularly in the Heather. All of Willie's immediate and extended family curl. Willie is a great inspiration to the Club and everyone learns when they play alongside him.  To commemorate this fantastic achievement, RCCC (Royal Caledonian Curling Club), present the medal to only a few every year across Scotland.

Presidents Plate 2018

A few of the Competitors in the 2018 Presidents Plate

President Anne with the Winning Rink
George Strang, Gordon Fraser, Anne Ramsay and Morag Sandlands

Ena Smith, Tom Steele, Meg Allan and Archie Kirkland

14 March 2018

2018 Boyd Seniors Final Day

4th Place East Kilbride and Haremyres     
Caroline Morrison lead, Willie Dykes 3rd, Anne Hood President HISC, Jackie Craig skip and Willie Craig 2nd
3rd Place Avondale Heather "2" 
David Lockhart lead, Willie Kerr 3rd, Billy Hamilton 2nd and Jim Motion skip
 Runners Up Lesmahagow
Charlie Murray 3rd, Jim Stewart skip, Miller Bowie 2nd and Jim Baird lead
Winners Bathgate
Joe McIndoe lead, Christine Smillie 2nd, Bob Smillie skip and Christine Hamilton 3rd

Lanarkshire Ice Rink are once again indebted to Boyd & Co and the Richardson family for their continued sponsorship of this very popular competition.

Luke Carson Team Win the Super League

Luke Carson and his team finally overcame their Super League Final hoodoo on Sunday 11th of March. After losing the last 3 finals, Luke and his team were on top form, beating Lockhart Steel's team in a close and exciting game.
Iain Waddell 2nd, Luke Carson skip, Chay Telfer lead and Scott Gibson 3rd with the Super League Trophy

21 February 2018

8 Ender in the Crookedstone Trophy

Bob Parry, John Adkin, Ian Fleming skip and Eileen Fleming with their magnificent 8 end !
The unfortunate opposition Skip can be seen lurking to the right of the picture.

6 February 2018

2018 Mixed Weekend Winners

After another very successful Mixed Weekend the winners were the rink skipped by Keith Prentice who narrowly defeated Ken Horton's team in a very close final
Anne Anderson lead, Gwen Prentice 3rd, Drew Moffat presenting, Keith Prentice skip and Robert Anderson 2nd

28 December 2017

Yett Trophy 2017

The 39th family competition for the Yett Trophy once again provided fun and entertainment for all the families involved. There was no shortage of skill on display, from the very young to the not so young !
As normal there was a prize for the youngest boy and girl competitor. This year both were in prizewinning teams - Lindsey Haggart aged 11 in the Runner-up team and Findlay Rutherford aged just 8 in the 3rd place team.
Winners Michael McReadie lead, Andrew Neilson 3rd, Daisy Neilson 2nd and Aileen Neilson skip

Runners-up Gillian Haggart 2nd, Lindsey Haggart lead, Alan Turner 3rd and David Haggart skip

Third Place Gary Rutherford skip, David Rutherford 3rd, Findlay Rutherford lead and Fiona Rutherford 2nd

Lanarkshire Ice Rink are once again indebted to the Smith family and, in particular Bryce Smith for all the effort put in to make this competition such a success, and also Iain Buchanan for arranging substitutes from the Junior Club.

13 December 2017

Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy 2017

Twenty four teams contested this years Farmers Trophy which was, once again generously sponsored by CF Fertilizers and Galloway & MacLeod.

The Low Road Final was between John Trainer and three time Farmers Trophy Winner, Hugh Neilson. After 4 ends Neilson led by 3 shots to 2. A score of 3 to Trainer in the fifth hinted at an upset. The Neilson team rallied however with 4 shots in the 6th end and finished 10 - 5 winners.
Hugh Neilson skip, Don Frame 3rd, Alan Neilson lead and Jamie Allan 2nd.
Andrew Clark 2nd, Doug Telfer lead, Kerr Findlay 3rd and John Trainer skip

The High Road Final saw Drew Moffat's team skipped by Robert Kirkland take on James Tait who had son Robert throwing last stones. In the Knock-out Drew had beaten Ice Rink Directors Bryce Smith and Ian Fleming to reach the final while James had beaten the highly fancied Robbie Stevenson from Fife and Andy Hemming from Stirling.
At the half way point Tait led by 5 shots to 2. Kirkland then rallied scoring 2 in the fifth then taking singles in the next two ends to lead by 6 shots to 5 after 7 ends. Tait was forced to take 1 shot in the eighth leaving Kirkland with the hammer in the extra end. On the hack with that stone he faced one shot. Sadly his attempt to remove it over curled, missed the target and left James the winner. It had been a really good final with some great shots by both teams.
Isobel Tait lead, Alison Paterson 2nd, Robert Tait 4th and James Tait 3rd and skip
Robert Kirkland skip, Andrew Neilson 3rd, Drew Moffat 2nd and Libby Marshall lead

Lanarkshire Ice Rink would like to thank both CF Fertilizers and Galloway & MacLeod for their continued sponsorship of this very enjoyable competition

Clydesdale Sports Council Winners

Winners of the recent Clydesdale Sports Council Championship were Douglas Curling Club
Kerr Findlay, Ian Fleming, Johan Steele presenting, Bert Carswell and Peter Gemmill

24 October 2017

Henderson Bishop Qualifiers

Winners of the 2017 Henderson Bishop Qualifiers
Marion Craig, Margaret Richardson skip, Alison Taylor and Audrey King

Runners Up
Morag Sandilands, Vera Anderson, Vera Shearer and Margaret Moffat skip.

23 September 2017

The Ice Rink’s 50th Anniversary Bash

The curling season got off to a great start with a wonderful 50th Anniversary Celebration Day held on Saturday, September 16th.

Three curling sessions were held – each game being 6 ends long with stacked broom at close of end 3 so that all participants could enjoy a wee Clyde Steamer. Curling was held at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
After the games everybody enjoyed a magnificent buffet dinner in the Restaurant.

The official, and main, event of the day was the cutting of the cake by Alex Torrance.  This was followed by the throwing of the first stone by Meg Allan with Aileen Neilson holding the brush while Hazel Smith and Jay Wilson duly swept the stone.  Meg delivered a magnificent stone as it landed on the pot lid!  Chairman, Jimmy Raeburn gave a warm speech and was duly surprised himself when he was presented with a lovely decanter and glasses in appreciation of his Chairmanship for the past 23 years.

Approximately 200 people attended the Anniversary Bonspiel either to watch or to curl and to enjoy the hospitality – everybody left with a souvenir glass.  The ice rink itself was beautifully decorated with a wonderful display of vintage photographs covering many decades – this brought back such lovely memories to many people.

“Thank you” to the Directors and Committee members for organising such a good day.  A big” thank you” must also go to the numerous sponsors for helping to make this such a memorable day.

As for LIR – well, here’s to the next 50 years.

Anne Hood - President

For a photographic record of the day, click here