The Yara Farmers' Curling Championship takes place at the ice rink in Perth and is an annual fixture in the Scottish farming calendar attracting some of Scotland’s top players.
The Yara Farmers Curling Championship, now in its 34th year, is taking place again from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January 2017 at the Dewars Centre in Perth.
The largest event of its kind in Europe, with 72 teams competing over the five days, the championship will see an entire industry take to the ice in a spirit of fierce, yet friendly, competition.
The highlight of the Scottish farming calendar
“It’s the highlight of the Scottish farming calendar,” says Championship Organiser Alan (Woodie) Wood “and brings everyone together. We have teams of farmers, merchants and hauliers coming from all areas of Scotland.”
Local teams, including Rob Niven and Graham Shaw from Perth will pit their skills against those from Dumfriesshire and seven ladies teams will compete this year including one skipped by Brenda Macintyre from the Black Isle and one from North Berwick led by Gwen Prentice.
The competition is expected to be intense. The winning team from 2016 and 2015, skipped by Alan Marshall will not be defending their title again this year, so there will be a new name on the trophy this year. The focus is likely to be on another previous champion as James Stark from Duns who won the competition in 2013 and 2014 will be looking to take the trophy again.
Mr Wood, who retired from Yara in 2016 returns to Perth yet again to help organise the event he has been so closely associated with over the last 34 years as it has developed from a simple knockout competition to its current status as the largest event of its kind in Europe.
Exciting right down to the last stone
“We started with 64 teams as a knock out event and then introduced the high road and low road format to keep the excitement and camaraderie going,” said Mr Woods. ”We now attract many of Europe’s top curlers to an event that lasts five days and keeps its excitement right down to the very last stone.”
Even after 34 years of organising the event, Mr Woods is not keen to predict the winner. “That’s the beauty of it, you can never predict. Like any sport it is so precise, so easy to make a mistake, the end result will be right down to the wire.”
Yara’s Scottish support team, including Iain Allan, John Middleton, Greg Dall and Gareth Flockhart are looking forward to meeting both contestants and supporters at the championships.
The 2017 Curling Championships Programme including the full draw can be downloaded using the link below.
Download 2017 Curling Programme as a PDF (1.8 MB)