By all accounts the 1st Moray International Curling Bonspiel was a success and much enjoyed by the fourteen rinks that took part. Organiser Andy Cameron has been in touch to say that the event will be held again next year at the Elgin rink. The provisional dates are April 16-18. Put these in your diary now. Any four curlers.
The Elgin rink had skating right up to the night before the bonspiel, and the ice staff did a great job preparing the rink for curling in such a short time. Apparently the ice got better and better as the weekend went on.
Andy wanted the competition to have a Moray flavour through and through. That is reflected in the list of sponsors: Forsyth's Copper Smiths Rothes, The Glen Grant Distillery, Chivis Regal Distillers, The Macallan Distillery, Gordon and Macphail, and Mckerron and Milne. The Trophy is a copy of the still in the Glenfiddich Distillery, and was bought from a local company, Highland Spirit, that makes them.
The first winners of the trophy are shown above. L-R: Manager of the Glen Grant distillery, Dennis Malcolm presenting, Struan Wood (3rd), Organiser Andy Cameron, Jay McWilliam (2nd), Billy Morton (lead) and Dave Edwards (skip).
High Road Runners-up: Team Robin Scott (Team Bond), Mark Callan, Camilla Jensen and Marianne Neeleman.
Play in the Elgin rink.
The award for the most colourful 'team' has to go to (L-R) Kevin Thomson, Mel Porter, Andy Cameron and Kirsty Harrison. The photo should have shown more of the kilts!
Pics are courtesy of Andy Cameron.