Pictou hosts McLellan Cup

PICTOU — The McLellan Cup is scheduled to arrive in Pictou today.

Teams from the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou will host the winner from last week’s games hosted by the Halifax Curling Club through the afternoon today. There are generally three games, based on curlers available.

Ten clubs are committed to hosting the famed pewter jug this season, starting on January 25 at the Moncton Curling Club with the visiting curlers from Bridgewater. Brookside in River Hebert, N.S. was on the scheduled on February 1.

Windsor, Mayflower in Halifax and Northumberland in Pugwash will host the cup before Westville Curling Club’s turn on March 15. Trips to the Wolfville and Glooscap clubs will complete the schedule.

The McLellan Cup is considered the oldest continuously contested trophy in North America. The trophy dates from 1887 and has been brought back from disrepair to its shiny origins, although parts of it are too weak for the curlers to sip their customary swig of post-meal refreshment from it.

Challenging teams host the McLellan Cup each Wednesday through the curling season and visit other clubs as long as they keep winning.

Curling matches last 14 ends and the holder of the trophy keeps it by tying or winning the total aggregate of the matches played.

Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow had one of the longest reigns when it kept defending it more than a dozen times over more than a season.

Beaver Curling Club in Moncton won it a record 22 straight times nearly 60 years ago.


Murray Muirhead, left, and Duncan MacDonald are among Westville Curling Club members who participate in McLellan Cup Curling. They curled recently in the 2017 Ship Hector Bonspiel, including one match at the Bluenose Curling Club. (Cameron photo)

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.