BELFAST — Twenty women from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s ladies branch, as part of the Scottish women’s tour, will compete in a United States Women’s Curling Association event on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Belfast Curling Club.

Tyrone Townsend of the BCC said the club is “incredibly honored” to have been selected to host the tour event.

Scottish Tour book cover. Image courtesy of Belfast Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s ladies branch will compete in the highly-regarded USWCA Scottish Women’s 2022 Curling Tour.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club was established in 1838 and is the national governing body for the sport in Scotland. With more than 10,000 members from 550 clubs, it is one of the largest governing bodies of sport in Scotland.

The Scots will tour and compete against U.S. teams, while they make lasting friendships as they curl across the country, Townsend said.

BCC, located on Belmont Ave./Rt. 3, is one of 14 clubs in the United States, and Maine’s only club, selected to host the Scottish competitors.

Teams from BCC, as well as curlers from other states, will compete with the Scots during this international “friendship” tour.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, curlers will be escorted onto the ice at 9 a.m. by members of Portland’s bagpipe band, the Dunlap Highland Band, to start the competition. Team play begins at 9 a.m. A second “draw” begins at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s games are open to the public for viewing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 4, much “pomp and circumstance” surrounds the competition. Entry into the club will be through a broom “arch” with accompanying fiddling beginning at 6 p.m. to welcome the Scottish team. BCC members will be on-hand to welcome their guests by joining the arch, handing out programs, and socializing.

On Saturday night, local dignitaries officially will present a written sentiment on behalf of the Maine State Legislature. That night’s program will end with Blue Hill Maine’s ‘Planet Pan,’ one of Maine’s best-known youth-based steel drum bands.

Curling is an international Olympic sport, invented by the Scots.

BCC has been active since the 1950s and has contributed to the community for decades. As one of the only clubs that dedicates ice only to curling, players come from Portland, Caanan, Bangor, Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor and beyond to play weekly in Belfast.

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com 

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