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I Scottish Indoor Championships Linwood Sports Centre Glasgow. A rather more ancient game of arrows. where chainsmoking and drinking lager are not such vital components of the sport.

ATHLETICS Saturday 23

I Scottish Select v irish Select v Scottish Universities v Scottish Schools v City or Birmingham University Kelvin Hall. Glasgow. 11am—4pm. Track and jumps events at the indoor arena. The Scottish Select team is fairly strong in the sprints with Elliot Bunney one ofthe favourites for the 60m and 200m.


I SWMA Under-20 Championships Kelvin Hall. Glasgow. 11am.


I Great Britain V USA Kelvin Hall. Glasgow 3pm. There is a possibility that some ofthe top names in British athletics could be making an appearance. although some of the expected Americans could be put off by the fear ofterrorism.

DEE— Glasgow

I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting. starting at 7.45pm. £2.


I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. Each meeting includes ten races. starting at 7.30pm. £2.50 Stand; £1 .50 Ground. Race programme free with admission.

FOOTBALL Saturday 23

TENNENTS SCOTTISH CUP FOURTH ROUND I Ayr United v Hamilton Academicals Somerset Park. Ayr. Accies seem to be capable of raising their game for the big occasion. and should progress to the quarter-finals. if their defence doesn‘t spring a leak. 3pm.

I Dundee United v Airdrieonians Tannadice Park. Dundee. United scraped past East Fife in the last round after scoringa 93rd-minute equalising goal in the first match. They will be hoping to settle things rather earlier against an Airdrie side who will not be a pushover. 3pm.

I Dundee v Kilmarnock Dens Park. Dundee. Another all First Division clash. with the home side probably just having the edge. 2pm.

I Motherwell v Falkirk Fir Park. Motherwell. The talented. albeit erratic. Motherwell side are my outside tip for the cup this year. First Division high-flycrs Falkirk should cause them plentyof


The traditional Scottish winter sport oi curling has been adopted, by TV producers at least, as something at a growth sport or late. The slightly bizarre sight of shell-suited competitors releasing ‘stones’, and feverishly sweeping them into position has become a regular occurrence on our“! screens.

At grass-roots level, the sport certainly seems to be thriving, with over 3000 participants at 650 ice rinks

irom Wick to Stranraer. The ice rinks provide a rather saier suriace than the original venues of irozen lochs. In the 19th century open air curling was apparently a common pastime, with the Lake at Monteith hosting the annual Grand Match, with plenty of whisky drinking and attendant sideshows. The eiiects oi global warming soon played their part, however, as can be deduced irom the ample supply at stones at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Duddingston Loch.

The basic aim at the sport is to direct the stones to a central target or tee. Teams comprise lour members: the skip, who generally orders people about and lines up the shots, as well as throwing the last two stones; the lead, who throws the first two shots, and does brush duty, and the second and third who throw two shots each, and help with the sweeping. Given the current climatic conditions, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see skips studying the suriace at one or two lochs beiore the winter is out. (Jane Humphries)

Curling National Event Mixed Finals, Ayr Ice Rink, Ayr. 22—24 February Henderson Bishop Trophy, Summit Centre, Glasgow. 25—28 February Rink Finals, Stirling ice Rink, Stirling 5—7 March

problems though. 3pm.

I Rangers v Cowdenbeath lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. Another tough home draw for the League leaders. say the cynics. Will Cowdenbeath pull off a huge shock at lbrox'.’ No. 3pm.

I St Johnstone v Hibernian McDiarmid Park. Perth. St Johnstone are worth another little flutter at generous odds. given their outstanding form this season. For Hibs. the Cup offers their only chance of silverware this season. 3pm.


I Dunfermline v Hearts East End Park. Dunfermline. After being knocked out of the Cup. and being humiliated by Aberdeen. Hearts will not be too confident about making the short trip across the Forth. although the League restructure leaves Dunfermline with little to play for except pride.


I Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers Firhill Park. Glasgow. 3pm.


I East Stirling V Alloa Firs Park. Falkirk. 3pm.

I Stenhousemuir v Montrose Ochilview Park. Larbert. 3pm.

I Stirling Albion v Queen's Park Annfield Park. Stirling. 3pm.

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TENNENTS SCOTTISH CUP FOURTH ROUND I Celtic V St Mirren (‘eltic Park. Glasgow. 8pm. Rescheduled for the benefit of

satellite TV viewers. Celtic. with home advantage. should dispose of the Paisley side. and go one step further towards making amends for last year‘s final defeat.

Saturday 2


I Celtic v St Johnstone Celtic Park. Glasgow 3pm. The boys in green and white seem to be on the brink ofgetting their act together. A decent result against St Johnstone would be a vital boost in their push for a European qualifying place.

I Dundee United v Duniermiine Tannadice Park. Dundee. 3pm. Jim McLean‘steam are a long way adrift of Rangers. but their young players have adapted to the Premier Division with commendable rapidity. They should be too strong for Dunfermline.

I Hibernian V St Minen Easter Road Park. Edinburgh. 3pm. One of those fixtures recently made meaningless. That must be a relief to two clubs who‘ve each had a disastrous season.

I Motherwell v Hearts Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm. Two clubs on the further outskirts ofthe European place chase try to damage each other‘s chances. with the home side probably having the ed ye.


I Airdrie V Dundee Broomfield. Airdrie. 3pm. Top-of-the-table clash between an attractive Airdrie side and unpredictable Dundee should mean plenty ofgoals.

I Ayr United v Raith Rovers Somerset Park. Ayr. 3pm.

I Falkirk V Clyde Brockville Park. Falkirk. 3pm.

I Meadowbank Thistle v Kilmamock Meadowbank Stadium. Edinburgh. 3pm. I Morton V Clydebank Cappielow Park . Greenock. 3pm.

I Partick Thistle V Fortar Firhili. Glasgow. 3pm.


I Cowdenbeath v Albion Rovers Central Park. Cowdenbeath. 3pm

I Dumbarton v East Fife Boghead Park. Dumbarton. 3pm.

I Queen's Park v Dueen or The South Hampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm

I Stenhousemuirv East Stirling Ochilview Park. Larbert. 3pm.

Saturday 23

I Edinburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. 1pm. Club £8. paddock £4. Steeplechasing is the game at the testing seaside course. Weather permitting. there will be six races. with Northern trainer Mary Reveley's horses well worth an each-way flutter.

RUGBY Saturday 23

McEWAH’S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 I Edinburgh Wandemrstdinhurgh Academicals Murrayfield. Edinburgh. Wanderers are languishing at the foot of Division 1 and should encounter stiff opposition from the high-flying Accies. whose Alex Moore has been scoring regular tries. 3pm.

I Glasgow High/Kelvinside v Melrose Old Anniesland, Crow Road Glasgow. 3pm. I Stewarts/Melville FPV Selkirk Inverieith. Ferry Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. McEWAH'S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 I Corstorphine v Hillhead/Jordanhill Union Park. Carricknowe Parkway. Corstorphine Edinburgh 3pm.

I Musselburgh v Kirkcaldy Stoneyhill. Musselburgh. 3pm.

I Kilmamock v Preston Lodge FP. Bellsland. Queen‘s Drive. Kilmarnock. 3 m.

I Royal High v Dunierrnline Barnton. East Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh. 3pm.

Saturday 2


I Scotland D V France 8 Hughenden. Hughenden Road. Glasgow. 2pm. The first team have a rest from the Five Nations tournament. but future prospects have their chance to shine against the French B team.

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I Scottish Classic Tournament Final Ambassadors Snooker Club. Kirkcaldy. Featuring players not affiliated to the WPBSA. but there might be a few potential Stephen Hendrys out there waiting for their chance.

62 The List 22 February 7 March 1991