Angus Glens curling

Angus Glens Curling Club has had a very interesting first half to the season with a lot of fun and noise on the ice – interspersed with some excellent curling.

Three rinks played in the Opening Bonspiel with two complete beginners acting as subs to make up the numbers. They enjoyed themselves but were somewhat surprised to find themselves competing in a full game. It proved to be a good start to the season with Fiona Brown’s rink of Maggie Orr, Willie Thomson and Ewan Mitchell winning the trophy.

Now just over half way through the league programme, Bill Grant’s team of Mike Kay, Lorna Smith and Terry Lonsdale are in the lead with an impressive four wins and one draw. David Lang is lying second and John Grant is third. The Mitchells - father and son team Brian and Ewan - are sharing fourth place and fighting it out for the wooden spoon at the moment.

Two teams have been enjoying daytime curling, with Mike Kay’s team of Marion Webster, Ann Ballantyne and Terry Lonsdale just having the edge at the moment over Brian Ruffhead’s team.

There are only two teams in the Norrie Shield, the ladies’ competition and this has already been won by Lesley Joiner and her team of Aileen McMillan, Marion Webster and Nicola Joiner.

The John Duguid competition has had one game with one still to play so the result is still in the balance.

The Mitchell Trophy was won by Lorna Smith and her rink of Willie Thomson, Maggie Orr and Ruth Baynes. Unfortunately, Lorna has moved back up north now and has been missed on the ice. The game is a fun format with each of the players skipping for two ends and always provides some merriment. The evening was rounded off afterwards, with a very good meal at the rink.

The Low Trophy friendly was won by Catterthun, the Blair Colquhoun Trophy friendly was won by Glamis and the Double Rinks was won by Edzell, so not too much success to report in these competitions. However, the Glens won the Mixed Bonspiel against Kirrie Ladies.

The Black Medal Competition is ongoing and the Pairs Competition likewise where there is still everything to play for.

In the Agricar League, the Glens have played very well, winning six games out of eight to date claiming some notable victories against strong teams like Fotheringham and Suttieside 1. Well done to the regulars in this. There are still another eight games to play in this keenly fought competition so good luck for the rest of the season.

The Glens have also performed well in the Province so far, the last game against Kirrie Ladies being a draw. Unfortunately, Ewan was injured and could not find a late replacement, so they had to concede six points for only having three players.

An eager team turned up for the first round of the Callander Trophy, only to discover that they had been given a bye to the next round on January 12. Please remember the Points on Monday, February 4, at 8.15 p.m.