Season Finishes with a Flourish


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In a final flourish to the season the winners of no fewer than 5 trophies were decided in the last week of club curling. Pride of place goes to the Barnet trophy. This is our main club competition and was the closest for a number of years with the winner not known until the last league game of the season. In the end Peter Brown romped home with a convincing 12-3 victory over Tom Richardson to take the trophy with a lead of 2 points over second placed Iain Brown.


After a long, hard season in which they had to play a total of 21 games in the Old Bulls leagues, the winner of the coveted Old Bulls’ Trophy, the largest and most distinctive trophy in the Club, was the rink led by John Greenhorn with Jim Browning, Willie McGregor, Harry Spears, Tony Summerfield and John Winter. Runner up was the rink of Anderson Lindsay. These 2 rinks had made the running all season ahead of the pack with Anderson being just in front of John’s rink in winning the Iceberg Trophy prior to the Christmas break. In the Toreador Salver, the consolation competition for the bottom 6 rinks at the Christmas break, there was a very close finish with Jim Husband’s rink just edging out Lenni Wahlroos. Both rinks finished on 13 points but Jim had the higher number of ends won.


The final club curling competition of the season saw Raith & Abbotshall men take on Raith & Abbotshall ladies for the Kilgour trophy. This is always a popular competition as it is the only time in the season when the men and ladies of Raith & Abbotshall compete directly against each other. Kirkcaldy Ice Arena was full with 6 rinks from each club taking part and, as last season, the men won narrowly, this time by 40 shots to 36. Those well known 'pairs' specialists Jim Mason and Bev Brown showed that they can be just as successful in full rink curling by winning the Wishart Salver and the Henderson Cup for the highest up men's and ladies' rinks, respectively.


The Kilgour Trophy was as usual followed by the annual prize-giving and Club AGM. The main points to note from the AGM were the re-election of Fraser Durie and Andrew Adamson as President and vice-President, respectively. Other committee members also remain unchanged for the coming year. It was agreed that there should be an increase in subscriptions by £1 to take account of the increased RCCC levy and that there should also be a review of the prizes awarded for winning club competitions with a view to reducing our costs next season.