128 curlers assembled over the day at Braehead with all eight sheets filled over a morning and afternoon session. Glasgow Province clubs were drawn against Dunbarton and Argyll clubs out of the hat, and games were eight ends with shots on either side accumulating. Competition was fierce but friendly as each Province sought to gain the advantage. However there was plenty of time during a stacking of brooms after four ends to take stock and have a laugh and a tale.
28 different clubs put in teams to challenge for the champion province accolade, ranging from as far afield as Millport, Dunoon , Tighnabruach, Helensburgh, Cardross and Forest Hills.
The Dunbarton and Argyll clubs showed they meant business by taking a handsome 72 to 40 shot lead into lunch. Suitably roused by Glasgow Province RCCC Representative Bobby Corbett’s words of encouragement after lunch, the next 64 curlers took to the ice for the second 8-end challenge.
Clive Thomson’s Dunbarton/Argyll charges however showed they were in no mood for charity or complacency and ended the day with a victory tally of 152 shots to Glasgow’s 111.
Bruce Harley and the Braehead ice and catering teams put on a splendid day, and all participants agreed that it was as good a way as any to celebrate the birthday milestone. Who suggested it should become an annual event…?!