Oswald Trophy -- Monday 22nd January 2024 8.30pm















Playing 1v2  



After a few last minute swaps of players, 2 full teams took to the ice last night playing for the Oswald trophy. Eagle eyed members may think that this is usually a bonspiel- and it usually is- but the secretary only booked one sheet of ice!- mea culpa. And so it was Team  Dave (Dave, John, Alan and Erin) versus Team Ruth (Ruth Laura, Jennifer and Gill). Team Ruth got off to a flying start by winning the first 3 ends but then Team Dave came roaring back taking a 3 in end 4 and a 1 in end 5 to equalise on 4 shots each. Ruth's Team then took a 1, 2 and a 1 in the next 3 ends (yes we got in 8 ends!) making the final score Team Dave 4: Team Ruth 8. This will be the first year (as far as I am aware) that a lady skip will have her name on the trophy as it is usually a game for male skips with less experience of skipping. It was a very friendly and enjoyable game.


 The re arranged games for the honour of winning the Oswald trophy were played on Monday 7th March 2022, with Team Gordon being declared the winners. As we were short of players we were lucky to recruit Stuart (who usually plays at Murrayfield) to join us in this bonspiel.

On the first rink was Iain v Dave. A close game on ends with 3 ends to Iain and 4 for Dave with the game ending 5 each on shots.
On the second rink, we had Philip v Gordon. Philip's team struggled to get going and it wasn't until the 6th and 7th ends that they won some ends.This game finished with Team Gordon winning 5 ends to 2 and 9 shots to 3.
Well done to Gordon, Gillian and Stuart.



 The annual tussle for the honour of winning the Oswald Trophy took place last Saturday afternoon with Craig’s team being declared the winners. 
On rink 1 Tom and Alan S battled away with Alan  surging into a big lead winning the first 3 ends with 6 shots to nil — looking good Alan — in the bag!  However Tom with terrier instincts fought back winning the next 2 ends.  In the end Alan with Gordon, Gill and Iain scraped through 4 ends to 3 (7 shots apiece) — a good close match.
On Rink 2 Philip and Craig were locking horns but as the scorecard has gone awol I’m not sure how the game progressed.   However with a final score in Craig’s favour of 6-2 on ends and 9 shots to 2 it seems to have been a tough game for Philip’s team.  
Well done to Craig, Laura, Rhoda and Dave who will have a trophy to clean next year!


Saturday afternoon saw us at the curling rink for our annual tussle for the Oswald Trophy. Firstly in defence of the poor play by many of us (yes and me!!) the ice was awful — maybe more experienced players would have got to grips with the huge swings and several losses of handles but obviously we are not sufficiently experienced. Anyhow we had a good competition.

On the first rink Anne v Graham. A close game on ends with 4 ends to Anne and 3 for Graham but it was the 4 shots in the 5th end that scuppered Graham’s challenge ending 3 shots to 9.

On the next rink the game between Alan S and Craig was a bit closer on shots at 6 to 5 but again the outcome score on ends was 4 for Alan S and 3 for Craig.

With a tie on 4 ends between Anne and Alan S the shot difference of 6 for Anne against the 1 for Alan S saw Anne’s team (Anne, Gavin, Laura and Dave) win the competition. Well done Anne et al although how did Anne end up as skip when this competition is for male thirds!!!

This was the second of our ventures into weekend curling with one more competition to go next Sunday. It would be good to get some feedback after next weekend on how it was for you — I’ll get back to you after next weekend for comments — the good, the bad and the ugly!