BADMINTON Saturday 17/Sunday 18

0 Scottish Under 16 and Under 21 Championships Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Road. Edinburgh. 9.30am. Details from Scottish Badminton Union.041445 1218.


O GEAR V MIM Eastbank Academy. Academy Street. Glasgow. 8pm. Division One (Men).


O Palsleyv Magnum Barrhead Sports Centre, Main Street. Barrhead. 3.45pm. Division One (Men).

0 Pentland v Boroughmuir Jack Kane Centre, 208 Niddrie Mains Road. Edinburgh. 3.15pm. Division One (Men).

0 All Blacks v Royals Tynecastle High School. McLeod Street. Edinburgh.

ill’lfiarétvlfigsion One (Women).

0 GEAR V Pentland Eastbank Academy (as above). 8pm. Division One (Men).

0 Royalsv MIM Forrester High School, Broomhouse Road. Edinburgh. 8.15pm. Division One (Women).

Sunday 25

0 Boroughmuirv Stirling Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road, Edinburgh. 3pm. Division One (Men).

0 Aces V Royals Meadowbank SC (as above). 1.15pm. Division One (Women).

Sunday 25

0 Upper Clyde Marathon Stonebyres Power Station Strathclyde Park. Glasgow. Noon. Details from Scottish Canoe Association. ()31 226 4401.

Friday 16-Sunday 18

0 World Curling Championships Summit Centre, Minerva Way. Finneston. Friday matches 10.15am, 2.30pm, 7.30pm. £1 (50p); Saturday Semi-Finals 1.30pm, 4pm; Sunday Final 2pm. £2 (£1). Final stages of the Glasgow Skins Tournament (see panel).


0 Race Days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Powderhall Stadium, Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh. Race meetings are for 10 races, starting at 7.30pm. £2.20 Stand; £1.30 Ground.



0 Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. Race meetings are for 10 races. starting at 7.45pm. £2.


Saturday 17


0 Duntermline v Dundee East End Park. Duntermllne ( 15 mins from Stations). 3pm.

I Falkirk v Motherwell Brockville. Falkirk ( 100 yds from Grahamston Station). 3pm.

fifih .. _ _ _ The ambitious Glasgow Skins tournament organised by the Summit Centre is the latest in a growing series oi rink-organised tournaments, lollowing in the wake at major events at Ayr and Edinburgh. lt ditters lrom those In that ends will be played ior cash ratherthan points, and the generous prize money has attracted considerable intematlonal interest.

It has also attracted the interest 01 Scottish Television, who have been assiduous in championing this sport on the small screen. With the number at curling rinks in Scotland currently growing rapidly, and greater numbers at people showing an interest in playing the sport, Executive Producer Russell Galbraith thinks the sport is a delinite growth area.

‘Curling used to be seen as a game tor elderly iarrners, but that has changed in recent years, with a lot at young players coming Into the sport. The viewer response has always been good, with up to 2 million viewers ior

0 Hibs V Hearts Easter Road, Edinburgh (Buses 4. 5.15.42, 44). 3pm. All-ticket. Hibs still looking to end a long run ofdisappointments in this fixture.

o Morton v St Mirren Cappielow, Greenock (5 mins from Cartsdyke Station). 3pm.

0 Rangers V Celtic lbrox. Glasgow (2 mins from Ibrox Underground). 3pm. All-ticket. Barring injury. three highly priced newcomers should add extra interest in their Old Firm debuts. Rangers will want to erase the ground lost at Parkhead. Souness the memory. but he will be a spectator here as a consequence of that sending off.


0 Airdrie v Meadowbank Broomfield. Airdrie (15 mins from Airdrie Station). 3pm.

0 Clydebank v Clyde Kilbowie. Clydebank (2 mins from Singer Station). 3pm.

0 Partick Thistle v Hamilton Firhill. Glasgow (Buses 1.8. 21 . 57. 60, 61). 3pm.

0 Raith v Kilmarnock Rugby Park. Kilmarnock ( 15 mins from Stations). l 3pm.

the Channel 4, 6pm slot, which we package tor them, while our own late night slot also does well.

‘I think the sport is building up, and we can help by bringing a better understanding oi the game to more viewers-a lot 01 people still think the players are aiming at a big bullseye! The game has a good image now, and I think it will start to appeal to an even wider spectrum.’

Royal Caledonian Curling Club President Robin Brechin agrees with that assessment. The RCCC have recently appointed a lull-time coach, Jane Sanderson, and she will be working in schools and communities, taking the sport not only away lrorn that taming image, but beyond the yuppie image It has now established, while the steady growth in rinks and tacillties can only help that spread.

See Sport listings tor Skins Tournament; Scottish Television coverage begins on October 19, and

carries on throughout the week.

Tuesday 20


0 Clyde v Airdrie Firhill, Glasgow (Buses 1.8. 21.57. 60.61). 7.30pm. 0 Dumbarton v Partick Thistle Boghead. Dumbarton (10mins from Dumbarton East Station). 7.30pm. 0 Hamilton V 008 Douglas Park, Hamilton ( 15 mins from Bus Station). 7.30an

o Kilmarnock v Clydebank Rugby Park. Kilmarnock ( 15 mins from Stations). 7.30pm.

0 Meadowbank v Raith Meadowbank Stadium. Edinburgh (Buses 4. 5. 26, 44). 7.30pm.

Wednesday 21


0 Rangers v Gornik lbrox (as above). 7.30pm. All-ticket. First Leg. Rangers achieved one of their best ever European results, compensating tactically for a weakened side. against Kiev, and will not unduly fear this unarguably strong opposition from Poland. St Mirren travel to Belgium. while Aberdeen and Dundee Utd open with home legs.

Saturday 24


0 Celtic v Dundee Utd Celtic Park. Glasgow (Buses 61. 62, 64). 3pm. The visitors have a good record here in what should be the match of the day.

0 Hearts v Morton Tynecastle. Edinburgh (Buses 1. 2. 3. 4, 33. 34, 44). 3pm.

0 Motherwell v Duntermllne Fir Park. Motherwell (All Motherwell buses pass ground). 3pm.

0 St Mirren v Hibs Love Street. Paisley (10mins from Gilmour St Station). 3pm.


0 Airdrie V 008 Broomfield (as above). 3pm.

0 Clyde V Hamilton Firhill (as above). 3pm.

0 Clydebank v Fortar Kilbowie (as above). 3pm.

0 Kilmarnock v Dumbarton Rugby Park (as above). 3pm.

0 Meadowbank v East File Meadowbank (as above). 3pm.

0 Raith v Partick Thistle Starks Park (as above). 3pm.



0 Rangers v Aberdeen Hampden Park, Glasgow (2 mins from Mount Florida Station). 3pm. All-ticket: Stand £10.£8; Ground £4; Family Gate Adult £4. £1 per child. Live television coverage for what could be a great game. if it doesn’t degenerate into the kind of roughouse we have seen too often between these two clubs. Rangers must start favourites to retain the trophy.

Tuesday 27


0 Duntermllne v Rangers East End Park (as above). 7.30pm.

0 Motherwell v Hearts Fir Park (as

above). 7.30pm.

0 St Mirren v Aberdeen Love Street (as above). 7.30pm.


0 Dumbarton v Raith Boghead (as

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