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Kippen Bridge Club

Kippen Bridge Club held its first tournament over two days in September.    Four pairs came out from the St Andrew Bridge club in Glasgow.   We had a very social supper at the Inn at Kippen and then played Bridge for 3 hours.   Kippen managed to take its share of the prizes. Surprisingly, the ‘Weegies’ appeared not have discovered the joys of alcohol and Bridge simultaneously – but in true spirit they joined the locals.

On the following morning we adjoined to the Cross Keys for morning coffee and another two hours of Bridge, followed by lunch.

Apparently, despite the Bridge and Kippen, there is now queue of folk fancying a Bridge trip to Kippen, whilst we are contemplating the Bridge & Curry night out in Glasgow.

The club still meets every Thursday in the Cross Keys.

Peter Singleton

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Kippen Tennis Club

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KTC is a small, friendly and relaxed club with over 100 members. Roughly half of our members are juniors and we actively encourage juniors to join our club.

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We’re underway with our Autumn block and it’s great to see so many coming down to coaching, with just over 40 players coming so far! Our Autumn block runs on Friday nights and Saturdays and more info on this can be found on our website: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/KippenTennisClub

Kippen held their annual Club Champs Finals day on Sunday, with Men’s Doubles, Singles and Mixed Doubles Finals all taking place.

The first match up saw Calum Warwick and Fergus Craig defeat John Wartig and Jeremy Pemberton-Piggot in a closely contested final. John and Jeremy took the first set 6-4, and Calum and Fergus battled back to win in a tight 3 sets.

Next up was the Mixed Doubles final, with Chris Jewell partnered with talented junior Sarah Gibb playing John Wartig and Karen Dekker. Chris and Sarah played a wonderful match, and were ultimately too good on the day, winning in straight sets.

Finally, Fergus Craig played Calum Warwick in the Men’s Singles. Fergus played some fantastic tennis to win the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and to take the title for the third year running.All in all, it was a hugely successful day, with a great turnout coming down to watch and support and to enjoy the tennis (or maybe just the BBQ and drinks…!)

If anyone is interested in joining the club, you can visit our website to find out more information, or drop us an email at: kippentennisclub@googlemail.com

Hope to see some of you at the courts soon!

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Kippen FC

Kippen FC has just completed its best season for a number of years, earning a total of 17 points in the Forth and Endrick league — our highest point total for some time.

We competed in the cup competitions during the season, and managed to make it to the semi-final of the Cameron Cup for the first time in 15 years.

All this was achieved with a very young squad of players, who between them managed to score a total of 33 goals.  Callum Buchanan claimed the coveted “Top Goal Scorer” award with 10 goals.  We managed to get a few more experienced players to assist the youngsters, and help us to keep improving.

Overall, it was a better season for the club, and we are looking to keep that improvement going.

A big thank-you to all the villagers who have supported the club by buying and handing in books to the shop.

Craig McNicoll

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Football in Kippen

Eagle eyed readers of the first edition of the Wee Vine will have noticed that there was an omission in the club’s section of the magazine with no mention of the beautiful game! Given the rich heritage of the game in our village we thought it only right and proper that we give a special focus on our national game and provide readers with all the information they need about our various clubs.

Kippen Football Club

The senior men’s team has been a fixture in the village since 1910 and has over many decades provided a focal point for football in the village. The side traditionally play in the summer Strathendrick League against all the other Stirlingshire village teams.  The club has had its ups and downs in recent years and indeed had a period of hibernation a few years back. The side is made up of a core of Kippenites with a few additional players providing a supporting cast when numbers are tight. The club is currently run by Craig McNicholl and will start the next season in May. Anybody wishing to play or support the club in any way should contact Craig on 07545 116792 The new season fixtures and results will now be published in the Wee Vine. Spectators are very welcome and details of fixtures can be found on the “Grapes” Facebook page.

Kippen Junior Football Club

Kippen Junior FC is a club run by a group of parents for all primary school aged children in and around the village. We currently have players from Buchlyvie and Fintry as well as from here in Kippen. Coaching is delivered by qualified coaches who are all PVG checked.

We run football once a week on Thursday evenings and occasional other events such as Summer Camp usually during the last week of summer holidays before the schools go back. The club has also taken kids on outings to see Premiership matches and to see Scotland play at Hampden Park. Football coaching is held at the football field, School multi court or in the village hall depending on the time of year. We are actively looking for committee members to keep the club going. Please contact us if you can help in any way!

Follow us on twitter@KippenJuniorFC and on Facebook

Kippen Sports Development Ltd

Kippen Sports Development  Ltd is a charity that was establish to raise funds and then to maintain the sports field that was bequeathed to the village by The Mitchell Trust. KDSL is a registered charity and works throughout the year to raise funds to help pay for the ongoing maintenance and development of this important community asset. Key contact Paul Goodwin 870910

Kippen Primary School Football Club

As part of the drive to  ensure schools football is back on the agenda at schools throughout Stirlingshire Kippen Primary school working with Active Stirling has now ensured that there is ongoing football coaching throughout the school year. Training for boys and girls is provided by a qualified pvg checked coach and occurs every Friday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm.

During the last term before summer holidays the P5-7 boys enter the Small Schools Football and League and cup Tournament. This year they will be defending  both trophies that they won in 2016. (see picture of last year’s winning team)

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Kippen Bowling Club

The bowling season in Kippen is well under way.  We have had some nice sunny days and evenings for playing and some not so nice!

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A few new members have joined us and an invitation is extended to anyone who would like to come along and play with us on a Monday evening.  If you have never played before, tuition and help is freely offered.  We are a small but friendly club and we would love to see more new faces.

Just a reminder that the club is situated in Fore Road between the church and the village hall — on the same side as the church.

Agnes McLaren, 01360 850264

 

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Bridge Club

Cross Keys Bridge Club meets every Thursday night – yes you’ve guessed it – in The Cross Keys.  All welcome irrespective of experience.  We find that counting and thinking improve with both age and alcohol!

Many folk think Bridge needs skill, intelligence and logic but we tend to find that wit, repartee and a sense of humour are far more important.

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In September we are hosting a few novice pairs from the St Andrews club in Glasgow.  They seem very excited about coming out “to the country” and just as excited about being allowed to “bid and booze”.

Peter Singleton

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Kippen Cricket Club

The Wednesday team season has, as of the end of June, reached its halfway point and so far we have only lost one match to the weather, which must be some sort of record. We did play one match against Stirling County down at the Meiklewood ground with thunderstorms all around and a fork of lightning providing illumination. The one match called off was the Kippen/ Gargunnock derby match for the Quaich trophy but this crucial match has been rearranged for the 27th August.

So far, though the team has played well in competitive matches, we always seem to come out at the wrong side of the results. The closest being when Kippen were chasing down the 150 scored by Doune and reached 149 on the final ball. The Kippen/ Gargunnock Sunday team have been struggling for players on a Sunday, so we are always interested in anyone free for friendly Sunday games. Please let me know, by text on my number 07798891729, or by email kellykippen@btinternet.com. For the Quaich match we will need 22 players from Kippen and Gargunnock.

Sean Kelly, 07798891729