General Information - The Social Week - Programme of Activities - General Instructions - League Competition

Highland Week 2006

This page has been include to illustrate a typical programme (Amended each year) supplied to each and every curler along with a cloth and metal badge showing the relevant year, a custom name badge and a welcome letter from the Hotel Manager setting out his welcome to the curlers with all relevant hotel details.

The programme covers your personal week once you receive your curling draw.

The Glenfarclas Quaich

The overall winners will receive and retain for one year "The Glenfarclas Silver Quaich" handcrafted especially for this event.

The Bonspiel is in the usual format open to All Men's Rinks, All Ladies Rinks and /or Mixed Rinks. Each team playing a minimum of 7 games during the week. In addition to the overall winner there are prizes for the runner up & 3 x third prizes in both the high road and the supplementary road.

There are prizes for the highest Ladies team and Mixed team (two men and two ladies playing in any order).

Skips Meeting.
This will take place in the Culcabock Suite within the Hotel on Saturday at 17:50 hrs. ALL SKIPS must attend (sober) to -:
....................................Be reminded of the Competition Rules
....................................Be advised of any last minute changes
Will skips ensure that all nametags are correct? If alterations are required please inform a committee member at this meeting.

Transport to and from the Ice Rink.

The first bus will depart from the hotel at 08:30 daily (except Sunday 10:00 hrs) the last bus returns as per the Programme of Activities. There will be a shuttle bus each day with a schedule in the foyer of the Hotel and in The Ice Rink.

Thistle Hotel 01463 239666 Taxi Service 08009 706070 Ice Rink 01463 235711
Private hire and Local Tours Contact D & E Coaches 01463 713181

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Civic Reception at City Town House
All curlers should assemble in the Hotel foyer for the buses which leave at 18:30 and return to the Hotel at 21:00

The Opening Ceremony

Prior to the opening ceremony at the Ice Rink on Sunday you are invited to a drinks reception courtesy of the Ice Rink Management (See Programme of Activities). Those that are curling in the first session please ensure you are ready to curl at 11:00 hrs prompt

Committee Drinks Party Sunday 18:30
All curlers "Drink us Dry"

Highland Ball Tuesday
Please note that dinner in the "Drummond Suite" is at 19:00 hrs this evening. The Highland Ball will take place immediately after dinner. Your co-operation in ensuring a prompt start would be appreciated.

40th Birthday Bash Wednesday Night
Fun night and Raffle

Prize Giving
This will take place in the Drummond Suite of the Hotel at 16:45 hrs on Friday. Your co-operation in ensuring a prompt start would be appreciated

Fancy Dress Buffet and Dance
From 19:00 hrs till late..........................................
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Saturday 4th March
Arrival of Curlers
17:30 Skips meeting in Culcabock Suite
18:30 bus leaves for Civic Reception at the City Town House
21:30 to 24:00 Sing song in the bar with Johnnie M (Stovies later)

Sunday 5th March
10:00 First buses to the ICE Rink
10:30 Drinks Reception at the Ice Rink by Inverness Ice Centre
10:45 Opening Ceremony
11:00 The Curling Week Commences
17:30 Last bus returns to the Hotel
18:30 19:30 Committee Drinks Party in the bar area (All Curlers)
19:30 21:00 Dinner in The Drummond Suite (Book your table by 11:00)
21:00 24:00 Dancing to "Sterling Silver"

Monday 6th March
08:30 First bus to Ice Rink
09:00 17:00 Curling
17:30 Last bus to Hotel
19:30 21:00 Dinner in the Drummond Suite (Book your table by 11:00
21:00 24:00 Dancing to "The Gambler Man"

Tuesday 7th March
08:30 First bus to Ice Rink
09:00 17:00 Curling
17:30 Last bus to Hotel
18:15 Drinks in Hotel lounge by "Thistle Hotel" all curlers
19:00 Highland Ball in the Drummond Suite. Table Plan
21:00 to 24:00 Jock Fraser Ceilidh Band National Costume or Evening Dress

Wednesday 8th March

08:30 First bus to Ice Rink
09:00 19:00 Curling
19:30 Last bus to Hotel
20:00 24:00 Dinner in Drummond Suite (Book your table by 11:00)
"40th Birthday Bash

Thursday 9th March

08:30 First bus to Ice Rink
09:00 19:00 Curling
19:30 Last bus To Hotel
20:00 21:00 Dinner in Drummond Suite (Book your table by 11:00)
21:00 24:00 Dancing to Gambler Man

Friday 10th March
08:30 First bus to Ice Rink
09:00 13:00 Curling
13:30 Finals of the "Glenfarclas Silver Quaich" and the "Alan Johnston Trophy"
16:30 Last bus to Hotel
17:00 Presentation of Prizes in the Drummond Suite
19:00 Fancy Dress " Tramps Ball" In Drummond Suite
19:30 00:30 Dinner with Dancing to "Sterling Silver"

Saturday 11th March



Now For the Serious Business of Curling


General Instructions

On arrival you will receive a welcome pack which will include a Programme which gives all details of time, play and teams.

All games will be played under W.C.F. Rules, but if a substitute is required the skip must ask the committee to nominate a reserve player.
The Free Guard Zone (4 stones) shall operate in all league and playdown games

Skips are responsible for the punctuality of their teams and handing their score card to an official

All games played by mixed and ladies teams qualify towards the highest mixed and ladies prizes

A team may only win one major prize i.e. if a winner or runner up you can not win the ladies or mixed prize

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League Competition

Competing teams are divided into eight leagues of four teams each

Each team will play three matches in their league

Two points for a win, one for a tie and none for a loss. The final order in the league will be decided by points first, then ends won, shots up, ends against, shots against.

The two top teams in each league will go into the main playdown for the "Glenfarclas Silver Quaich" the next two in to the supplementary playdown for "The Alan Johnston Stone"


All games played by mixed and ladies teams qualify towards the highest mixed and ladies prizes

A mixed team will consist of two ladies and two men playing in any order.

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Playdown Instructions

The main competition and the supplementary competition are run on exactly the same lines
The winner of League A plays the first round against the second team in League B. This identification applies to all winners and seconds in the eight Leagues of 4.

The supplementary Playdowns are simmilarly identified

All games will be 8 ends except the finals which shall be ten ends, but if necessary extra ends will be played to determine a winner
After each game both winners and losers will take different team numbers as shown in the Programme and go onto play new opponents in the next round

The winner of the Main Competition is the team which wins all four playdown games. Second is the team beaten by the winner in the final match. There are three third prize winners, each loosing only on match in the four playdown games.

The winner of the Supplementary is on the same basis as above

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