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Congratulations to David, Alasdair, Jim and Brian on their victory in the Dan McFarlane.


The squad grafted out a come from behind 8-7 win in the Club's Allen Cup opener. The team had discussed beforehand playing for the corners on hammer & for the button without. It became obvious from the outset that Helensburgh were going to play a v aggressive game (no take outs attempted).

The ice was moderately swingy but not as impossibly swingy as last week. Having lost the toss, the team went 1 down in the 1st end when a shot to nothing double take out just failed to land. We also lost a 1 in the 2nd end as the opposition skip laid a brilliant freeze. Ones would be made in ends 3 & 4 before another perfect opposition skip's last stone made a 2 in the 5th.

4 -2 down, we stuck with our corner attach in the 6th. A promising position (lying 5) seemed to have been nullified as the Helensburgh skip almost played the perfect freeze. However the team brilliantly swept a strike weight take out to nick out the rogue stone leaving 5 Partick counters. This time there would be no repeat as their 2nd skips stone came up short. A simple draw up the other side made us a game changing 6. It was obvious that the slow opposition play up to this point was only going to allow 7 ends so it was time to hit for home leaving Helensburgh no chance of winning the match.

Good awareness of the game plan throughout &  cool play under pressure were keys in turning this one around. Well done team!
Game ends: Hammer Defence: 2/3, Stolen Ends 1/4

v Cardross (Skip : John Summers) Lost 6-9

We had agreed there was a need to play aggressively with the hammer given the shots up nature of the comp.

1st end went well despite skips 1st stone missing the target on a strike take out (v swingy ice).

Cardross adopted an aggressive policy throughout. They got away with this because it was such difficult ice to make take outs. I probably should have just accepted this & lived with a cluttered house!

Another thing I forgot to do as skip was detail someone to time the game. This proved crucial as we were lying very handy in the 7th end but didn't know when the bell was coming. We could easily have slowed it enough to win the match there & then. Instead we played the 8th end without hammer & never had a look in after 3rds stones. Lesson learned!

Understanding one another's roles is a key to better team performance.

Communication of weight by numbers was happening early on (sweepers to skip) but less so as the match went on - concentration? Skip couldn't get out of the habit of shouting 'come on' for 'sweep' which was not understood by the team who of course were listening for 'sweep'!! 2nd lesson learned!

Overall, I think a need to review tactics v this sort of team. Jim drew our 1st stones beautifully to the wings but we never really got the benefit of them. Skip should have varied the tactics more & played 'control zones' for some ends which would have better countered their simple drawing game. 3rd lesson learned!


Score line 4 (2) (2) (1) (1) 1 1 (3)

Hammer defence 2/5

Stolen ends 1/3


A match that could easily have been won. Some positives to take from it & lessons to be learned. Signs that some players are ready to step up to a higher level.



v Bearsden (Skip : Roy Lauder) Peeled 9-9

A good game heavily dominated by Summer School strategy. We had a game plan and worked hard to execute it. Unfortunately rule 1: win 1st and last ends we failed losing a 3 amd then a 2. We played a clean end strategy as far as possible with the hammer.

The opposition played a classic game to win each end and draw everything, v. aggresive. We tried to clear them out.



(3), 1, 4, (2), 4, (2), (2).

We lost the hammer on 1st and 7th end. Losing a 3 at the 1st was down to poor skip stones and getting used to ice so missed a few take outs. Losing a 2 on the 6th was a wee bit annoying as we were manufacturing to lose a 1. However losing the 2 on the 7th was largely down to comunications as the skip stone was swept when actually sweepers called off but didnt hear.

The big 4s at the 3rd and 5th ends were aggresive play in the 3rd and then more aggresive play in 5th as the opposition kept drawing in and we took them out and lay guarded.

Lessons - sweepers struggled to gauge the pace of the stone and coms poor to head. Coms between thrower and sweeps good. Sweepers must be able to hear and be heard as well as head.

Rink all understood clean house tactics and aggresive and worked quite well.

Ought have won the game. Suspect 6th end was wrong strategy to play clean at 9-5 up.

Really had to think a lot more out there. Really enjoyed it. Take out game a challenge but all did really well on fast swingy ice.


First results and silverware of the season claimed.  In external competition, the David Duncan, Partick have had a good victory 9-2 over Cathcart Castle.  Internally Stewart MacNaughton claimed the points trophy.

Pictures of the points are available in the gallery.

PCC Bonspiels (for your diary)
Dan McFarlane  Thursday 6 October  7.50
The Bell               Friday 24 March     5.30
Lots of info on the Braehead website (
Braehead opens on Monday 29th August
Free practice ice is available 4.30 - 5.30 pm Monday to Friday without booking.  Ice may be available at £6.00 per hour at other times (booking required (01418854611 Option 3 then 1)


Curl, Coffee & Cake at Braehead

Wednesday 7th September at 10.00am (Cost £5)

Braehead welcomes in the new season.  No need to book - simply come along and names will be drawn to make teams.   After curling sit down and enjoy a coffee and cake.

Sessions at Braehead for new or returning curlers
Below is information about two opportunities to introduce new or returning curlers to the game. If you know of anyone who might be interested, send their contact details (e-mail address preferred) to Ronnie and he will make the necessary arrangements with Braehead.
(Note that the 'Taster' sessions' are next week)
Taster sessions
1-hour sessions
Mon 29th August at 6pm and 7pm
Tue 30th  August at 6pm and 7pm
Wed 31st  August at 6pm and 7pm
The sessions cost £5
 'Try Curling sessions'

1-hour sessions

Friday 16 September 5:15pm and 6:15pm  

Saturday 17 September 9:45am and 10:45am


Sunday 18 September   12:00pm and 1:00pm

These sessions are free



European Curling Championships

Braehead 19-26 November

More info on Braehead website (under "News"), the RCCC website (under "Competitions") and at World Curling Federation website ( is closed for normal curling from 14th to 27th November to accommodate practice and the competition itself.



The conclusion for the Partick Curling Club is always with the Partick Bell bonspeil followed by the dinner  and prize giving and another fine night was had by all.  See the gallery for photos of the evening.

That's thet spring league come to a conclusion and it could not be much closer with three teams all tied on points.  Check out the competitions page for the final standings in the competition. 

A few competitions completed now and there has been some prize giving at the events.   Have a look at the gallery for the mug shots of the clubs best curlers!    Also the  Spring league is well underway now with Rattray topping the table but only just ahead of the pack so the prize is still anyboties to claim.  Have a look at the competitions page to see the full table.

After a very strong game in the first round where Dumbarton never got off the starting blocks giving Partick a 15-1 victory we progressed to the second round to meet a Cardross side that hardly threw a bad stone.  We kept in the game until the 5th end when we lost a 3 which meant we had to play some high risk curling to build up a big end but unfortunately Cardross had the hammer in the final end which they used to great effect and take a one and see the Partick side knocked out.

Terrible news, after a fantastic run in the league section of the Allan Cup where we emerged unbeaten and top of the section the dreams were shattered on the 7th Jan 2016 by an on-form Glasgow Accies club.  The game was very close with the score after 5 ends being 3-2 to the bad guys - the hammer giving each team a point per end.  Unfortunately on the 6th end we lost a 2 against the hammer and suddently the clock was against us as it was close in determining if we had an 8th end or not.  As it turned out the 7th end was to the the final end which meant we needed a 3 to peel.  We managed to get two shots into the house but the opposition was sitting on the button and with the guards out-front we had no choice but to go for a really thin wick off one of their shots to roll onto their lying shot and push it out the house.  Sadly the final shot did not curl enough so we lost another in the final end to leave the score lying at 6-2.