February 3rd, 2007
The Herries Maxwell trophy
is a friendly competition between Scotland and the USA. Teams represent the Royal
Caledonian Curling Club, and the United
States Curling Association. Touring parties travel to play for the trophy on
a 10-year cycle. Five years ago twenty curlers toured Scotland for a few weeks,
and Geoff Broadhurst (Ardsley)
remembers it as the chance of a lifetime. Potomac curler Hal McGrady was both
proud and delighted to be the first Potomac curler selected to go on the Scotts'
Tour. This year twenty competitors from Scotland will spend three weeks touring
and competing in clubs in the USA. For the first time they will be visiting
the Potomac Curling Club.
The Scots only have time for one game since they will also be touring
Washington DC by bus. The relevant parts of their itinerary are:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30
a.m. Arrive at Potomac Curling Club. Welcomed by Archway of Curling Brooms
and Bagpiper (Chris Moss)
9:30 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.
Welcoming remarks, light breakfast.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Curling. A wee dram and toast will occur before the games begin.
12:15 p.m. Following the
games, the bar will be open. Lunch will be served. Remarks by Dominique Banville,
Bob Pelletier, a poem by Ed White, and a vote of thanks by Scots’ Tour representative
1:15 p.m. Depart for tour of Washington.
Lindsay Scotland, a frequent
curler at PCC, has supplied the official RCCC
roster and biographies of the Scotland rinks. We also have available a
list of their home
Bob Pelletier has coordinated this pestigeous event, and although not everyone
has an opportunity to curl with our guests, the roster
of PCC curlers is on ths page.
For those interested in following the tour, results are posted on both the
website and the USCA
web site. A history of the tour and some additional background are here.
There is also an online
diary, kept by the Scots, on the Royal
Caledonian Curling Club web site.