Strathcona cup exciting after 110 years

Team Scotland had a pre-game chant they shared with their hosts in Qualicum Beach recently as part of Strathcona Cup curling action. - James Clarke
Team Scotland had a pre-game chant they shared with their hosts in Qualicum Beach recently as part of Strathcona Cup curling action.
— image credit: James Clarke

The teams were all cordial and smiley prior to and during the short opening ceremony, but their game faces came the second their feet hit the ice.

Qualicum and District Curling Club was packed with spectators last Monday as the old barn played host to some Strathcona Cup curling action, and in the end the locals won three of the four games against their touring counterparts from Scotland.

The Strathcona Cup has been competed for 21 times in the last 110 years, with Canada winning it 11 times and Scotland winning it 10 times.

Fast forward to last Monday, and it was, confirmed QBDCC president Bruce Feltham, “a real good turnout. We were very pleased, and based on the comments, I think the spectators really enjoyed the curling, we had a great time with the Scots at the dinner.

“And you’re right about the game faces kicking in,” chuckled Feltham. “My teammates accuse me of being very intense when I curl, and they commented that the skip of the team we curled against was even more intense than me.”

The Scotts lost to Powell River that same morning, but went into the QB match leading the series by 110 points overall. The good news is that the local teams were able to win three of the four games and grab the Canucks some much needed points in the Strathcona Cup series.The cumulative score for the games played in Qualicum Beach would read Canada 29-Scotland 21, which helped cut into Scotland’s overall lead from the previous four locations. From QB the Scots left for a night in Nanaimo and then on to Victoria.

“It’s all good ...we’re having a great time,” an upbeat and smiling Jim Cullen, 66, from Earlston, Scotland, said prior to the start of the games. “It’s a wonderful country,” he said of his first trip to Canada; “and it won’t be my last.”

“The tournament has been fantastic -- every club we play in they have fun,” said Island organizer Brian Morin from Esquimalt.

The afternoon of curling kicked off with a small opening ceremony that saw the teams piped out onto the ice and introduced, and also included an upbeat pre-game chant by the Scots.

ICE CHIPS:  In head to head action on Monday, Qualicum Beach’s Don Marshall rink edged Scotland’s Jim Cullen 8 - 7

Scotland’s David Hardie got the best of QB’s veteran skip Jack Dixon in an 8-4 final.

QB’s Rick Dunn “laid a real beating” on Scotland’s Harry Dodds rink in an 11-2 win, and Feltham and his rink were able to squeak by Scotland’s Billy Howat 6-4 “in a game which came right down to the final rock.”

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