30 Oct 18
Back in 1869 Mrs Finnie of Newfield, Dundonald presented a trophy to Dundonald Curling Club for annual competition on Newfield pond between the parishes of Kilmarnock, Fenwick, Kilmaurs, Stewarton, Kilwinning, Irvine and Dreghorn representing the north of the River Irvine and, for the south, the parishes of Dundonald, Symington,Craigie,Riccarton, Galston, Tarbolton and Monkton.
Mrs Finnie set out the rules which included that the game shall consist of 21 ends !!
Over the years the participating clubs have evolved although many of the original parishes are still involved. This year’s game was held on the 30th October with Kilmaurs defeating Tarbolton, Stewarton peeling with Dundonald, Kilwinning getting the better of Symington, Galston besting Dalry Union, newcomers in 2018 Ayr & Alloway beating one of the originals, Dreghorn & Springside and finally, Troon Portland coming out on top against Riccarton who had slipped over the boundary into the north of the river !
The total shots scored by the clubs north of the river amounted to 42 but the south edged ahead with a total of 46. After the curlers enjoyed a meal President Morag Evans of Dundonald declared the south to be the winner. With +7 shots, the highest up rink from the south was Troon Portland and the Finnie Kettle was presented to Bert McKay (skip) whose rink consisted of Jamie Mason, Charles Sutherland and Wendy Hollingworth.
This was the second year running that Troon Portland have won the Kettle. Will they make it three in a row ?
Thanks to all the clubs who took part this year and Dundonald Curling Club look forward to the trophy’s 150th Anniversary next year.