Ladies prepare for finals at Kelso

Border Ice Rink 'Border 1' team: Rhona Fleming, Gwen Prentice (Skip), Liz Martin, Louise Seed (All Ayton Castle)
Border Ice Rink 'Border 1' team: Rhona Fleming, Gwen Prentice (Skip), Liz Martin, Louise Seed (All Ayton Castle)

The national curling finals of the Henderson Bishop Trophy will be held at Border Ice Rink, Kelso from February 23-26.

Eighty lady curlers will descend on Kelso to represent 15 different ice rinks from all over Scotland.

For the first time the Borders will be represented by two teams, including Borders 1 (pictured above), which is made up mostly of curlers from Berwickshire.

This event is the culmination of keenly contested qualifying playdowns which take place annually at each rink. It is one of the most sought after and inclusive competitions for ladies organised by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club dating back to 1929.

As well as four full days of curling which will fill the ice rink there are also organised social events each evening and the local organising committee, chaired by BIR Ladies President, Nina Clancy have been hard at work ensuring everyone has accommodation and is well fed and watered.

The committee and ice rink are, as ever, indebted to sponsors without whom this type of sporting event could not take place.

They have been very lucky to have Cullen Kilshaw on board as the BIRs first ever ‘Ice Sponsor’, their logo emblazoned in the ice for the whole of the season. Scottish Borders Council are kindly hosting a reception in the Cross Keys Hotel on the Monday evening. This will be followed with a supper and race night and a Grand dinner on Wednesday.

Further information can be found at www.bordericerink.co.uk/#!national-henderson-bishop-finals