The Highland and Lowland Brigades Curling Club


Retained the Orr-Ewing Trophy in its curling match against the New Club Curling Society by 27 shots to 19, a majority of 8 shots, on Thursday 11th February 2016.


After lunch at the Green Hotel, Kinross, everyone retired to the Kinross Curling Trust rink which provided keen, curling ice. Ruari Halford-MacLeod’s rink of Malcolm McVittie, Gordon Rae and Jamie Erskine started well against George Bellingham with a 3, but Allan Watson’s rink conceded a 3 to Iain Miller. At the second end Jamie Montgomery’s rink of John Charteris, David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton and Keith Steel, gained a three but overall New Club had gained an early lead 9-6. At the third end New Club went further ahead 13-7 and at the fourth end gained two more shots to lead 15-11.


The fifth end was the turning point for the Highland & Lowland Brigades. Jamie Montgomery’s rink gained a four and Ruari Halford-MacLeod’s rink stole a 4. With Allan Watson’s rink of Jim Bain, Jamie Hope-Thomson and Selby MacDuff-Duncan, stealing a single, the Highland & Lowland Brigades were suddenly 20-15 up.  Jamie Montgomery’s rink stole a three at the 6th and a single at the seventh to win 11-6. Ruari Halford-MacLeod’s rink lost a three at the sixth, but then gained a single and stole a single at the last end to win 11-7. Allan Watson has a close tussle being 4-6 down going into the last end. When Allan’s last stone just slid past he gained only a single and Iain Miller’s New Club won the match 6-5.  The Highland and Lowland brigades had gained 27 shots to 19 shots for New Club, and retained the Orr-Ewing trophy with a majority of eight.



Photo: from the left: Jamie Montgomery, Jamie Erskine, Selby MacDuff-Duncan, John Charteris, President, holding the trophy, Ruari Halford-MacLeod, Gordon Rae, Jim Bain, David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton and Allan Watson.



Match v Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers)

Kinross 17th March 2016


The Highland & Lowland Brigades Curling Club played the Royal Company of Archers at Kinross on 17th March 2016. Each side fielded four rinks and the Highlanders & Lowlanders won by 37 shots to 23, a majority of 14 shots.


We gathered at the Green Hotel, Kinross for a good lunch and then walked round to the Kinross Curling Trust rink. There was keen swinging ice.

The Highland and Lowland Brigades’ Club started well. Ruari Halford-MacLeod’s rink of Selby MacDuff-Duncan, Donald Hardie and Jamie Hope-Thomson, started with a well worked 5 against Charlie Gow’s rink of Alastair Campbell, Duncan Cameron and John Dalrymple Hamilton. Chris Evans’ rink of Albert Rae, Roddy Riddell and Donald MacLauchlan, gained at 2 against Sandy Gow’s rink of Malcolm Strang-Steel, Mike Wimberley and David Noble. After the first end the Highland & Lowland Brigades’ Club were 8-2 and never really surrendered that lead.

Jamie Montgomery’s rink of David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, Gordon Rae and Jim Bain, kept turning the screw against Alasdair MacDonald’s rink of James Duncan Millar, David Dickson and Neil Wimberley, stealing a 2 at the second, 3 at the third and 3 at the fourth, to be 10-0 up.

By the fourth end the Highland & Lowland Brigades were 24-10 up.

David Scott’s rink of Jamie Erskine, Hughie Munro and Andy Middlemiss had a close tussle with Peter Kennedy’s rink of Mark Sheriff, Archie Orr-Ewing and Andrew Campbell but gained a 4 at the fourth end to go ahead 5-4.

At the fifth and sixth ends the Highland and Lowland Brigades’ Club gained six more shots at each end to go ahead 33-13.

Alasdair MacDonald’s Archers fought back to gain a two and then steal a two against Jamie Montgomery, but lost the match 5-13. Sandy Gow’s Archers gained a three at the last but lost 8-10 to Ruairi Halford-MacLeod. Chris Evans gained a 2 at the last to defeat Sandy Gow’s Archers 7-4. Peter Kennedy’s Archers fought back well, gaining and stealing singles to finish the game 6 -7 down to David Scott’s rink.

The Highland and Lowland Brigades’ Club won all four games and the match by 37 shots to 23, a majority of 14.

After the curling everyone went up stairs where Alasdair MacDonald presented the Highland and Lowland Brigade Trophy to Ruari Halford-MacLeod. Ruari thanked everyone for curling in this great fixture – nine of the Archers could have curled for the Highland and Lowland Brigades and six of the soldiers could have curled for the Archers. This was the tenth occasion on which the match had been played.