By Ned Bekavac
The Guelph Golf and Curling Club is ready to rock on Friday.
The local club (formerly the Guelph Country Club) is hosting a whole host of Scottish curlers for the storied Strathcona Cup competition.
“It’ll be sort of neat to see what skill level they have,” says Paul Knight, a local organizer of the event who is also competing in it, of the visiting Scottish players.
“I’m pumped for that.”
The Strathcona Cup competition is the oldest international curling event in the world and is “probably the most famous in all the history of the roaring game,” said a news release.
“It’s the oldest, so that’s sort of neat and special,” says Knight.
The Cup was 100 years old when it was presented to the winning team, Scotland, when the competition was last played in Canada in 2003.
The event, which takes place every five or so years, sees Scottish curlers play against Canadian players in a friendly curling competition with the host country alternating each time.
Knight says local organizers are pretty sure Guelph has never hosted the event before.
The Scots have been in the country since earlier in January.
The tour consists of 15 teams, with five touring Western Canada, five touring Central Canada and five in Eastern Canada.
The champion is determined based on the cumulative results of all the games played.
While the tour is a friendly competition, Knight, who was part of the national masters championship team inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame last year, says that it sure would be nice to chalk up a few victories Friday.
After all, as of early this week, Canada trailed Scotland by a decent amount, he said.
“We want to win some games!” said Knight.
The tour ends next week with closing activities and presentations at the Burlington Golf and Country Club.
First draw Friday is at 10 a.m. and that is followed by lunch.
Second draw is at 2 p.m. and that is followed by cocktails and dinner.
Friday, five teams from the Guelph Golf and Curling Club, two from the Elora Curling Club and one from the Fergus Curling Club will compete.
Those curlers are: Paul Knight, Don Laird, Roy McMillan, Tom Poirier, Don Schilling, Ken Fitzpatrick, Bob Reinholt, Bill Morris, Carl Gray, Rick Schlieker, Dean Dunbar, Brian Gibbon, Gary Houghton, Ken MacPherson, Terry Novsad, Dan Frey, Tim Hill, Bill Cummings, Stan Winegard, Bill Fox, Roger McHugh, Bruce Dickieson, Dennis Death, Bob Jefferson, Jim Roberts, Ross Bairstow, Robert Pavlis, Bill Howard, Mike Dorey, Brian Henderson, Randy Grigsby, Glenn Duff.