The Canadian Tour arrived in Edinburgh in the final week of January to play Edinburgh Area. The tourists had amassed a high score in their previous games throughout Scotland, so it was unlikely that the Strathcona Cup would retained by Scotland. Edinburgh Area (East Lothian, Midlothian, and Peeblesshire Provinces) fielded 4 Teams on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons to Play against the Canadian North Tour team, and 4 teams on Thursday morning to play against the Canadian South Tour team.
Jim Ramsay was the flag bearer for the home side in the morning parade of teams on Tuesday Morning. He went on to play with Colin Baxter, President of Edinburgh Curling Club, John Stevenson, and Malcolm Patrick, and this team enjoyed an 11-5 win. On Tuesday afternoon, a Penicuik rink of Ken Hunter, John Jacobs, Iain Scott, and Dave Carr took to the ice. A good position they established in the first end was total wiped out by the Canadian opposition, and all that was left was a draw. A fair draw was achieved, and protected, but the Canadian Skip drew to the four foot to take the end. Penicuik replied with a single at the second end, and the game ended level at two all after four ends when the brooms were stacked for a refreshment. After the break Penicuik stole three consecutive singles to go into the last end 5-2 up. The Canadians almost recovered the lost ground, but a split in the house with our last stone forced them to take a single, final score 5-3. On Thursday morning Roger Scott played in a Peebles rink which narrowly lost their game by 2 shots (7-9).
The home players enjoyed a dinner at Myreside on Wednesday evening with the Tourists, where a good meal and a few refreshments were shared.
Finally, thanks go to Roger Scott for his work on the Organising Committee, and to Aileen Beaton who was co-opted onto the Committee to use her profession skills in Media and Communications.
Well done to the Canadian Tourists who took the Strathcona Cup back to Canada; the overall result being Canada 1593-Scotland 1268.
Photographs can be viewed on the Gallery Page.