Stranraer welcomes USA ladies touring team

The USA Ladies touring team at the North West Castle Hotel
The USA Ladies touring team at the North West Castle Hotel

While the eyes of the world have been concentrated on America this week due to the Presidential Elections, a band of ladies from the US of A have been busy conquering Scotland on the curling rink.

A party of 20 touring curlers arrived at The North West Castle, Stranraer, on Wednesday evening and played ladies’ teams from Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club this fternoon followed by dinner at night in the hotel.

Stranraer Ice Rink manager Gail Munro said: “We at Stranraer are delighted to welcome the USA ladies touring team to our ice rink. We have a long and happy association with the curlers from the United States formed over many years, and a visit from them means both competitive curling on the ice and fun and friendship off it.”

The USA ladies, who arrived in Scotland 5th November, have a hectic schedule, playing against Scottish curlers in 20 curling centres from Stranraer in the south to Inverness in the north, as well as socialising and sightseeing, during their three-week stay.

The keen curlers from all over the US began their bid to win the Marguerite Roberts Quaich with a game at Braehead, Glasgow. Then it was on to Greenacres, near Beith, before heading to the Waterfront at Greenock and then down to Stranraer.

At the time of going to press, the US women were ahead of their Scots rivals by 71 – 62. US touring teams visit every four years.