Co-incidentally, yesterday I received information about three different competitions that are looking for players.
The last call has gone out for entrants for this years Glasgow Audi Braehead Open. This is being played on Monday, December 7 - Thursday, December 10. Teams are guaranteed three games at least, maximum six. Teams play either on the evenings of Monday or the Tuesday but not both, then on Wednesday, and the finals are on Thursday evening. Prize money totals £2000, with main prize £650 for winning team, and prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and under 25, Braehead members, seniors and ladies teams. The entrance fee is £100. All games are 6.15pm and 8.45pm.
The competition already has a very good standard of entry, but there are still spaces for a few teams. The draw will be done early next week. If you haven't entered and would like to do so, contact David Horne at Braehead.
Next up is the news that Forfar is hosting two bonspiels for Under 17s and Under 12s, December 29-30. A good initiative this! Cost is just £60 per team, and this covers ice fees and a food voucher. Help with accommodation is being offered for those teams travelling a distance.
The organiser is Ian Taylor, but contact the Forfar rink to get an entry form. And spread the word to any young curlers who might be looking for some curling between Christmas and the New Year!
Lastly, the inaugural Moray International Bonspiel at the end of last season was a great success (see here). Andy Cameron is already working hard on the next one, now scheduled for April 16-18, 2010, and is hoping to attract 30 teams to the Elgin rink.
Teams will be guaranteed 5 games, and there is a strong social side to the event! The Crerar Eight Acres Hotel will be the main hotel again this year, and it has a swimming pool, sauna and gym for your use when you are staying there.
Andy has set up an event site on Facebook here.