“THE Icewoman Cometh, but very slowly,” a literary-minded female curler observed as she cast her eye over the depleted number of matches underway at the Crossmyloof rink in Glasgow, where the first Women’s World Curling Championship was being staged.

Heavy December fog had delayed several of the teams who had intended to compete, but by the end of the day the matches were running to schedule. “There was a lively, spirited atmosphere quite out of keeping with the conditions outside,” a Herald staff reporter wrote.

A glance at the fixture on that opening day reveals that most of the rinks were from Scotland - Falkirk, Dundee, Perth, Glasgow, to name a few - but there were also teams from Brookline and Westchester, in the U.S., and one from Switzerland.

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“There’s something grand about it, when you make a good throw,” a Scottish curler said when asked about the appeal of the sport. “It’s the friendliness of it all, and the team spirit,” declared another. “It’s just thrilling,” said one of the Swiss players.

The championships continued for several days, and fittingly the final was contested by two Scottish rinks, the one skipped by Mrs W. Young (Falkirk Ladies) beating the one skipped by Mrs T.Love (Perth Ladies) by 13 shots to 12, but only after an extra end. Mrs Young had skipped the successful rink in that year’s British championship.