Scottish curlers brave gruelling schedule for cup tour

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December 1, 2012, They are a nation known for their bravery, so it’s not surprising that the 20 Scottish curlers coming to BC in January have a very ambitious schedule ahead of them.

From January 10 to 16 the curlers from the Strathcona Cup West Tour will be travelling to no less than 11 curling clubs.

And not content with seeing just one part of the province, the players also have several ferry crossings to brave.

The tour takes them to the Greater Vancouver area, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. And it doesn’t end there – they will also be travelling east through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba after their stay in BC.

Bruce Beveridge, who is helping to organize the BC part of the tour, said: “We’re hoping to give the Strathcona Cup curlers a warm welcome.

“That’s why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to come out to their nearest club and support the event.

“Not all the players will be curling at the same time, so you will have the opportunity to talk to the visiting teams.”

The Strathcona Cup, established in 1903, pits curlers from Scotland against curlers from Canada in a series of friendly games.

While play is scheduled every five years, alternately in Canada and Scotland, the tours have occurred somewhat irregularly, at the beginning of the 20th century because of world wars, and more recently because of scheduling difficulties.

2013 is primed to be a great year, with three separate Scottish tours coming to Canada.

At the same time as the Strathcona West Tour, a Strathcona Central and East tour will take place in Ontario/Quebec and the Maritimes. Each win will be tallied up and the country – Scotland or Canada – with the most points will win the coveted cup.

Although Canada won the last Strathcona Cup event, the cup itself has stayed in Scotland.

The delicately engraved cup, created by silversmiths in Glasgow at the turn of the last century, is thought to be too valuable to be shipped back and forth between the two nations.

The Strathcona West tour kicks off on January 10, 2013, with opening games and a banquet at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver.

The dates and time of the curling games taking place during the tour are now available.

People are encouraged to come out to watch at the following locations and times:

  • North Shore Winter Club, January 10, 2:45 p.m.
  • Royal City Curling Club, January 11, 9:30 a.m.
  • Vancouver Curling Club, January 11, 2:30 p.m.
  • Richmond Curling Club, January 12, 10 a.m.
  • Tunnel Town Curling Club, January 12, 2:30 p.m.
  • Hollyburn Curling Club, January 13, 9 a.m.
  • Powell River Curling Club, January 14, 9 a.m.
  • Qualicum and District Curling Club, January 14, 2 p.m.
  • Esquimalt Curling Club, January 15, 2 p.m.
  • Victoria Curling Centre, January 16, 9 a.m.
  • Glen Meadows Curling Club, January 16, 1 p.m.
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