Stewarton Heather Curling Club

Instituted 1842

The new season for the Club got off to a much more organised and relaxed start than last year. Following the closure of the Galleon Ice Rink for repairs in 2013 and a late notice that the Galleon ice rink would not open in time for the new season all the dates and times for the games had to be re-scheduled.

It is thanks to the management and staff at Greenacres Ice Rink that we managed to rearrange most of our competitions and play them through to completion.

 

This year it was decided that we would return to Greenacres, the games are just as competitive but, we have found that the more sociable side to curling has returned.

This can be seen by the number of members who stay after the game to enjoy a cup of tea, or, if they are not driving something slightly stronger. It has also become popular to have a meal after an inter-club game rather than just sandwiches as was in the past.

Just because we have moved venue it does not mean our level of curling has slipped in fact just the opposite.

Accolades for our members just keep pouring in, the season started with Stewarton Heather winning the Ayrshire Province Knockout; they will now go forward to represent Ayrshire at the National Province Finals in February 2015. This is only the start of the season so hopefully they will be collecting more trophies as the year progresses.

Last year in the Super League at Ayr, for the third year running, Club members David Mundell, Alan Smith, Rikki Goldie and Iain Dunlop were winners.

In the Scottish Mixed Championship David Mundell, Sarah Reid and new husband and wife David and Fiona Reid lost out in the final.

In the Province Medal two teams represent each Club. It is the combined score of these teams that determine the winners of the competition, Stewarton Heather were winners for 2013. The Reid brothers Tom, Hugh, Robert and Colin being one team and the other were David Mundell, David Reid, Douglas Reid and John Craig.

David Reid was a member of the team who won the Scottish Mens Championship, along with Ewan MacDonald, Duncan Fernie and Euan Byers they went on to represent Scotland at the World Championships in Beijing, China.

David has re-joined the team and will again be playing in the Scottish Championships, good luck to him and the team, hopefully you will be reading about their progress or seeing them on the TV.

Club member Sarah Reid has joined the “Muirhead Team” this year. Eve Muirhead and her team have been at the top of curling for a number of years, the team this year is Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid they have already won through to represent Scotland in the European Championships.

In October they will be playing in the Grand Slam of Curling in Manitoba, Canada. The Muirhead team are presently 3rd in the world rankings.

Sarah is no stranger to picking up National and Inter National medals. In 2007 she won the Scottish Junior Women’s Championship, again Eve Muirhead along with Barbara McFarlane and Sarah Macintyre was in the team. They then went on to win the World Junior Championships.

In 2004 she again won the Scottish Junior Women’s Championship with Judith McFarlane, Francis McKerrow and Nicola Munro.

The Club was “Instituted” in 1842 which means it started to play under the Royal Caledonian Curling Club rules, I have discovered records of Stewarton Heather going back to 1836.  Before 1842 the rules were agreed between the teams on the day, the number of players in a team, the size of the curling stones, the length of the curling rinks, in those days Stewarton Heather played outdoors at Fullwood.

There were two Stewarton clubs, the Heather club and Stewarton Friendly who played at Clerkland.

We have not played outdoors since the winter of 2010 when there was enough ice at Buiston End farm to give us a weekend of curling, the following week the rain was back and the ice was all gone.

The club are now planning for their 175th Anniversary in 2017. We will be holding various fun events over the next few years to raise funds. These will not be just curling events but “race nights” “raffles” maybe even the odd “car boot sale” but who wants to buy just the car boot?

There will be lots coming up so keep an eye on our facebook page (Stewarton Heather Curling Club) or our webpage at www.stewartonheather.com for all the up to date club results.

If you would like to try curling or are planning to come back after taking a few years out, we would be delighted to hear from you, even if you cannot commit to playing on a regular basis we are always looking for reserves who can step in when available.

We can arrange coaching and further development if required, there is no age limit.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStewarton Heather is a mixed club with a wide range of curling capabilities from the top players (as seen above) to the very beginners, so don’t be afraid to come and give it a try you will only get better with practice.

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Telephone 01560 484207