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Drawn Rinks...Fixture Dates
and Results
for Season 2018-19

Members unable to play
in any of the matches listed
should contact
Match Secretary Brian Cassidy
as soon as possible.

Members should also, where possible,
remain for the meal
when this has been organized.
Skips should contact team members
as a reminder not less than
7 days before each match.

EK&H C.C. -V- Hamilton Thorneyhill Winners 2018

Ryan Asher----------George Strang-----------Janet Leiper

Friday 5th October 2018 at 5.45pm L.I.R.

Report by George Strang.
Arriving in the car park I was met by my second
blowing up his tyre with compressor
and I thought to myself; he’s” pumped up”.
It got better in the changing rooms, we got the news,
all the Halls were at Nairn on a golfing trip.
I thought President Wullie
would want to play president Archie
but na he did a body swerve and left me to take the spoils.
Our game was a bit one sided
as Archie doesn’t normally skip in the inter club games
he said it was hard to play draw weight
with all that adrenalin going through him, tell me about it.
the result was 12-2 to my team of
George Strang, Ryan Asher, Jim Morrison and Janet Leiper.
If you are wondering why Jim isn’t in the photo
it's because he doesn’t do photos.

How poor Peter Henderson got landed with this lot
I don’t know.
Jackie skipped with Ali Taylor giving advice at third
and Margaret Brown the stick at second
poor Peter just had to sweep and keep his mouth shut.
They had a couple of close ends
then Arthur's "Devine Team" just got away from them.
In the Ryder cup it was referred to as dovetailing
but it was mair like wood chipping.
Keep this in mind Brian.
Arther won 9-4

President Willie liked the look of this team
so slipped in at lead with Margaret Ferguson
then David Lawson and finally Robert Tait in charge.
They were against John Harcourt
and it was a very close game up until the 6th end
when Robert and his team got a 5
which killed the game and they won 11-5.
It was all played in the usual good spirit
apart from Richard Kenyon crossing 2 sheets
to poke me on the shoulder
and tell me to be nice to his pals.
The food was great,
but I don’t know where Lawson puts it all
the Gammon steak then 4 bits of baking.

Monday 8th October 2018 at 5.45pm L.I.R.

Due to unforseen circumstances this leg of the match
was abandoned, both clubs have agreed
that the highest up club on Monday 7th January 2019
will be the winners of the Neilson Trophy for this season.

Monday 7th January 2019 at 5.45pm L.I.R.

Match Report By Willie Cannon

The first leg of this tie was abandoned
due to unforeseen circumstances as Willie Craig fell ill.
For a few seconds it was thought Willie was over-excited
having just heard the menu for the after match buffet,
but it was unfortunately something more serious.
However three months on we were all delighted
to see Willie back on the ice for the second leg,
although it was tinged with sadness at the news
that despite numerous scans and tests
the doctors have been unable to verify the curling ability
he kept telling them about from his hospital bed!
So a one leg shoot-out, with Brian Cassidy's team selection
all that lay between President Willie and the Neilson trophy.
Who would put a smile on his face,
and who were the last of the Christmas turkeys!

On sheet A Alex Torrance lined up with
Margaret Richardson, Margaret Ferguson and Ryan Asher
against Don "the draw" Frame's rink.
Karen Torrance made a guest appearance as a spectator
and was able to confirm Alex's game
was as tight as his wallet at Christmas time.
Two blank ends, five ends with singles,
and a solitary end with a score of two.
The latter was however enough to tip the final score
in Alex's favour at 4-3.

On sheet B George Strang was returning to
the tragic scene of his last stone at the 2018 Farmers,
although you could probably say the same for sheet A
as his stone was that far off the brush.
Willie Cannon reprised his role from the Farmers
of holding the brush for George to ignore,
while the front end was made up of
retirees Willie King and Bill Gibson.
Graeme Allan skipped the opposition.
A great game unfolded, with every player
making some important shots.
Most notably George had rediscovered his mojo
and an eye for the brush,
and after back to back scores of three
the monkey was well and truly off his back.
Those ends proved decisive with a final score of 10-4.

Sheet C was a battle of the silver foxes,
Eric Richardson vs Jim Allan.
Eric's rink was William Boyd,
and the retirees of Alison Taylor and Brian Cassidy!
The main story of this game was that after 6 ends
and the score at 4-4, Eric decided to give Jim Allan
a 1 and keep the hammer.
That tactic might have worked had Eric checked the clock
and the bell hadn’t gone
as the final stone made its way up the ice.
So a defeat of his own making,
but the clock wasn't the only thing being cursed
in the ice rink on the night
as we will find out by the end of this report!

Sheet D saw Jim Strang,
James Baird, John King and Willie Craig
take on Alex Fleming's rink.
Jim lost a 3 in the first end, which proved decisive
as he went on to lose by 3.
In one end there were 15 stones in the house,
and one guard, but only a 1 was scored.

On sheet E Willie Baird,
Marion Craig, Emma Craig and Janet Leiper
took on a Heather rink skipped by David Stobo.
Things were going great until the fifth end
when Willie handed over a late Christmas present of a 5!
In his defence Willie explained it was only a 4
until he played his last stone.
The newly crowned singles champion couldn't save Willie's rink
and the final score ended up 9-6 to the Heather.

So across the first 5 games it was peels.
Lockhart Steel held the keys to success or failure,
ably assisted by Jackie Craig, James Strang and Stella Cassidy.
Alan Hall was skipping the opposition.
Prior to Christmas Lockhart took his grandchild to see Santa
at a garden centre down the Clyde Valley.
Once there he realised old Nick was a bit partially sighted
so he thought he would have a sit on his knee
and ask for something for Christmas.
As Lockhart sat down Santa said, you seem like a big boy
Lockhart said thanks!!
Santa asked what Lockhart wanted for Christmas
Lockhart explained that his requests were quite simple,
all he wanted was a good sheet of ice to play on
for the Heather inter-club,
and the ability to play some good stones.
Santa said he would try his best to deliver what he asked for.
To cut a long story short,
Lockhart is now having doubts as to whether Santa is real!
If anyone else had cursed the ice as much as Lockhart
they would have had their membership revoked.
The ice man was called part way through to witness the carnage,
and comparisons were being made with Crossmyloof
(whether it was when there was ice or since
it was paved over isn’t clear!).
Alan Hall was however unperturbed by the conditions
as he won with an eight shot margin.
As always the curling was followed by a great buffet,
and some stories were shared.
Jim Strang started sharing a great story,
and everyone hopes he will have remembered the punchline
by the time of the next game!
With the results collected
President Willie congratulated a delighted Alan Hall
and handed the trophy over into his safekeeping,
which he promptly dropped in the excitement.
While we would like to have won,
our prize this year is Willie Craig back on the ice.
Although despite George Strang
being the highest up skip in EKHCC
he declined to take Willie home!!
Archie Kerr closed the evening with some hope for us next year,
he proposes the second leg is delayed by a week
to allow Alastair Smith to be back from holiday!
We can only hope!

Sunday 14th October 2018 at 4.15pm Ayr

Report by Brian Cassidy

The result of this match was decided by the last stone,
at the last end, in the last game to finish.
After Willie Baird had played a couple of superb shots,
it was left to the Galston Haymouth skip, Tom Neill,
to play the pressure shot.
If Willie's shots counted,
this inter-club match would have peeled.
However, Tom withstood the pressure
and played a terrific shot to the button
to ensure that the Tappit Hen
was traveling down the M77
to the GH trophy cabinet.
Earlier in this game,
Willie had been troubled at 2 ends
by the spooky/dodgy No7 stone
suddenly changing direction at crucial shots.
It looked like it was being controlled remotely
by the "spirit" of Ayr Ice Rink,
although it veered that badly it seemed more like
it had picked up a lump of chewing gum.
After that, Brian Cassidy used this stone
and it improved his game!!
Willie was better supported by
Peter Henderson and Bill Gibson.

In the other rinks
it appeared as if curling
wasn't the only contest taking place.
As fashion goes, the ladies were in the shadow.
Lockhart's toorie bunnet though,
was outdone by the trousers
worn by former EK&H member, Paul Meehan.
I asked him if his mother had been up all night
vandalising tartan tea cosies
to get the material to make his multi tartan trews.
Paul's brother, Mark took on the legend that is
Lockhart Steele (Mark's words),
Fiona McGinnis, John Gilmour and Janet Leiper.
Lockhart showed why he is a legend
by beating Mark by a shot whilst only winning 2 ends.
I think he was teasing Mark
by letting him win the other ends.

George Strang's rink of
Willie Cannon, Willie Dykes and Helen Drummond
(good to see you back Helen!)
also achieved a win by a shot.

I did sympathise with Jim Strang
having to play his game with Stella and Agnes,
who had full bellies
having come straight from the EK&H Ladies Lunch.
I'm assured that no alcohol was taken.....
maybe it would have been better if it had.
Despite also having Jim Craig in the rink,
they lost by 3 shots.

Thanks to all those
who stepped in and substituted,ensuring
we still had a strong set of rinks for this match.
Following the meal, I observed a nervous Agnes,
as her 2 boys told some very funny stories.
Fortunately these, and all the other skips' jokes,
were well received
and contributed to a fine and sociable event.

EK&H C.C. -V- Stewarton Heather 2018

2018-stew STEWARTON HEATHER Three Rinks
Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 8.00pm L.I.R.

Report by Jim Strang

After a good victory in this fixture last year at Greenacres
this was never going to be an easy one
to retain the trophy and so it proved.
Three games were played out in front of
our recovering president who must have struggled
to find anything to be positive about watching this.
The first game saw Lockhart having to reshuffle his team
after his 3rd never showed up with John Gilmour going to third,
Brian Cassidy stepping in at second and Bill Gibson playing lead
against Alan Smith who had his wife at second
which may not have been the best idea
as we hadn’t seen this level of arguing
from a couple on the ice since the Shieldburns
in their Raeburn Brick winning glory days.
Anyway the EK team were always a few shots behind
losing in the end by three shots.

The second game saw Willie Baird ,Ryan Asher,
Colette Maule and Helen Drummond
play a very strong David Reid team.
This game started well for Willie
getting a 2 at the second to go 2 – 1 up.
Unfortunately this was the last Willie scored
and after going 8 – 2 down after six,
he decided they had had enough as his knee was killing him.
Where have we heard this before?

The third game saw myself, Willie Boyd,
son James and Stella Cassidy take on the old
and the new of Stewarton with Tom Reid skipping
and the 11 year old Euan playing very impressively at second.
In our game we started off slowly but came back
with a three at the 8th end to trail by one.
In the 9th we were lying the shot we needed for the peel
when Tom played his last shot
but unfortunately he managed to move it to get the victory.

Coulter Three Rinks
Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 5.45pm L.I.R.


Tonight was our annual interclub against Coulter.
Being the friendly club that we are and winning the trophy last year
I though it only right to let Coulter win this year
(but not to the extent that we did!)
Before we get to the games I had advised match secretary Brian
that for tonight’s game we might be better with the better curlers
from the Strang family and Baird family.
So we left the poorer curlers Willie Baird and Jim Strang at home…
Now on to the serious stuff-the games:

First up was Willie Boyd, Jackie Craig, Fiona McGinnis and Willie Craig
against the team skipped by James Moffat
which included Coulter president Ella Coubrough playing at three.
EH&H got a 1 in end 2 and that was it so the final score was 14-1 to Coulter.
I think that’s enough said about this game!

Second game was George Strang,
Margaret Richardson, Chris Rennie and Bill Gibson
against the Coulter team skipped by Colin Wight.
This game was nip and tuck with Coulter leading 6-4 at the 7th end.
Thankfully George started taking Margaret’s advice
and EK&H managed to score 3 in the last 2 ends and ran out winners 7-6.

For the third and last game we had James Baird
skipping against the Coulter team skipped by Jack Wight.
James’s team of Jim Craig, Nancy Rutherford and Stewart Webster
were 5-0 up after 4 ends and went on to win the game 7-4.

Overall the score was Coulter 24- EK&H 15.
The highest up Coulter team was the team skipped by James Moffat
and they received the interclub trophy.

On a light hearted note seeing as we won 2 games to their 1
it might be worthwhile changing the rules to games won
instead of shots from a sore loser president Willie
…but seriously well done to Coulter
as they were the best team on the night.

On a serious note this report would have been done earlier
but as the photo below shows I was down at the ice rink
with my carer/super coach Emma practicing for tonight’s punchbowl.
Your ever positive president Willie.

EK&H C.C. -V- Coulter 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 6.30pm Galleon

One had to be careful who one was talking about
in this inter-club match with Mearns Coronation.
There were fathers, sons, uncles, cousins
and even brothers playing alongside and against each other!
The ice at Kilmarnock proved a challenge in itself.
The stones had to be thrown overarm to make it all the way but,
whereas it seemed sticky under the stones, it certainly wasn't underfoot.
A few of our guys were like Bambie on ice
as we tested the stitching in our trousers
as well as the flexibility in our groins.
John King, in an effort to assist his rink sweeping,
almost took out his lead in a collision.
Maybe it wasn't the accident that it seemed to be!!
Clearly the relationship between John King and James Dykes
wasn't close enough as Mr D was in the process of grannying
cousin John's rink of James Strang, John Gilmour and Brian Cassidy.
However, we recognised that John was beginning to take things seriously
when he took his hat off in the 7th end!
He then got on the scoreboard and finished on a high
(another one shot!) at the 8th.
It wasn't enough though to catch up on the 8 shots
that James had secured when winning the first 6 ends.
His rink won by 8-2.

Next door was more encouraging for the EK&H rink,
skipped by David Lawson.
He was assisted by Willie Dykes, Willie King and and Peter Henderson.
They celebrated an 11-4 victory
which swung the tie in favour of EK&H by 1 shot.

A wee soirre was later held at a local hostelry
and was very amicable.....almost like a family gathering!!!

EK&H C.C. -V- SORN 2019


Sorn Three Rinks
Friday 25th January 2019 at 8.00pm L.I.R.

Sorn Interclub Report
Tonight was Burns Night and fittingly we were playing
one of Ayrshires big guns in the curling world – Sorn.
First up we had Lockhart Steele
and his team of Jim Strang, Jackie Craig and Agnes Strang
against a Sorn team skipped by David Bell.
I didn’t have high hopes for this game based on
Lockhart’s performance in the Avondale game,
which some may say single handedly lost us the trophy.
This game was totally different
with Lockhart and his team on top form, winning 6-2.

Next up was Eric Richardson with
Alex Torrance, Fiona McGinnis and Margaret Brown
playing a Sorn team skipped by Neil Kennedy.
I feared the worst when the Sorn team were doing
directional sweeping…but the game turned out
to be nip and tuck all the way.
Neil managed to score 2 in the last end, to win 6-5.

Last up was Willie Baird with
Chris Rennie, Mhairi Baird and yours truly
against a team skipped by Sorn Vice President Neil Sands.
Neil was up 5-4 after 6 ends,
Willie managed a 3 in the 7th end to be up 7-5.
Seeing the scores were tight I felt it was my duty as President
to offer Willie some advice.
I told him I had been watching the curling
in the afternoon and I knew the ice.
He said he would rather pull his hair out
than listen to my advice,
and proceeded to lose a 3. We lost the game 8-7.

So overall, a very happy President reports
a final score of EK&H 18, Sorn 16.
To set the record straight,
Lockhart Steel and his team
single handedly won us this Interclub!!
I have included a picture of myself at the end of this report
because success has been limited this season in Interclub’s
and I know you’re all missing my happy face.

President Willie 2019

Positive President Willie

BIGGAR Two Rinks
Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 2.30pm L.I.R.

This report is a little late because the President was traumatised
by the talk of one of the East Kilbride skips becoming a stripper. 
(There will be a foot note about this at the end.)
First game was Willie King
with Peter Henderson, Bill Gibson & George Ballantyne
against a Biggar team skipped by President James Orr.
After five ends, the score was 4 each and after eight ends,
the score was 7 each. Both teams had won 4 ends. 

Second game was Willie Dykes
with Willie Boyd, Stewart Webster & Alex Rennie
against a Biggar team skipped by Sam Brown.
EK&H were 6-1 up after four ends.
But deja vu... After eight ends,
the final score was 7 each. Both teams had won 4 ends.

  Being that we are both friendly clubs,
it was decided that the holder would retain the trophy,
and it would be engraved as a peel.

Foot note - Update on the stripper...
  Having seen Willie King in the changing rooms occasionally
(not that I've been looking)
I didn't think he would make much money...
... Turns out he was talking about stripping wallpaper!!

Thursday 28th February 2019 at 5.45pm L.I.R.


The last interclub game of the season against  Lesmahagow
or as we know them "The Gow" and  Lockhart's  mother club.
As there were no EK&H hierarchy there I took control
quickly saw Tom McGregor, and thought,
Joey Baird can deal with him.
They had a very close game,
after 5 ends Joey was losing 4-2
but he came good
winning the last 3 ends to win 7-4.
I  then saw  Bill Marshall and thought to my self
they must still be using him as a skip,
perfect, I will play him.
It turned out to be a  master stroke
both teams were playing with 3
due to Tom Steele and Tom Bryson being stuck in traffic
and missing the first end, but a 4 and 3 singles
and I was 7-0 up after 4 ends and writing my speech in my head.
Then before I knew it I had lost a 3 and a 2, what an idiot.
The seventh end and Bill fresh aired 2 strikes,
I got a 3 and a bit of breathing space winning 10-6 in the end.
That left Tommy Campbell to play Ian McAlister
another close game after 5 ends it was 3-2
but Colette had lost the will to live
looking over at me in desperation and bewilderment
at Tommy's tactics and thought process,
every shot had 3,4 and even 5 outcomes
with new hand signals that even I hadn't seen before.
I can only assume Ian got dragged into this trap
Tommy went in to the last end 2 down
and would you believe it he got a 4 winning 6-4.
So we won all 3 games winning 23-14 the team skipped by
myself with Chris Rennie, Mhairi Baird  and Tom Bryson at lead
winning the cup.
we drank ate  told some story's  listened  to Tommy
and fell  asleep.

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Bob Wiseman Trophy
Rinks Fixtures and RESULTS

Bob Dickie Trophy Club Pairs
Rinks Fixtures and RESULTS

Presidents Trophy and Opening Bonspiel
Rinks Date Time and RESULTS

Haremyres Medal Singles
Pairings, Date, Times and RESULTS

The Duneaton Salver Points Trophy

Millenium Stone Trophy
Rinks Date, Times, and RESULTS

Centenary Trophy
Rinks Date, Times, and RESULTS

Hamilton Rosebowl Ladies League
Rinks, Fixtures, and RESULTS

Craig Cup Ladies Pairs
Rinks, Fixtures, and RESULTS

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