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Grand match in Lockerbie

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By Abbey Morton
Sport
Grand match in Lockerbie

LOCKERBIE Ice Rink was one of the host ice rinks along with 16 others across Scotland for the recent Royal Caledonian Curling Club 2015 Indoor Grand Match.

Over 2000 curlers took part in the battle of North of Scotland versus South of Scotland.
An imaginary line is drawn between the River Forth and River Clyde to decide the two sides and games are held at around 17 participating ice rinks across Scotland. Scores are compiled at the conclusion of all the games with the winner being the side with the most points.
The Indoor Grand Match is a spin off event based on the traditional Grand Matches which are held on a frozen loch when temperatures and ice conditions permit. The indoor version was initiated in the year 2000 to celebrate the millennium and due to its success has continued every five years since.
A total of 30 teams played over the day, 15 North teams and 15 South teams. The North teams having further to travelling with Aberdeen, Nairn and Elgin being some of the longest journeys.
Home knowledge must have been an advantage with Lochmaben Castle Curling Club recording the highest win on the day with a score of 16-2.
With all the scores from the 17 rinks added up, The South team won with a score of 2154 vs the North score of 1928, so the South retained the trophy for another five years.
Halloween was chosen as the theme for the day and a number of rinks entered into the spirit and dressed up.

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