S19. THE MORTON TROPHY
(a) The Morton Trophy, for competition between lady curlers, shall be played annually in sections as agreed by the Ladies’ Branch. All players shall be eligible Members of the Royal Club.
(b) The object of the competition is to encourage lady curlers to improve their game and to participate in team events.
(c) All Section games shall be 10 ends or the bell, and the Section winners shall play at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink before the end of March in each year. All games on the Final day shall be played over 10 ends. In the event of the winners of a Section being unable for any reason to compete in the final stages of the competition, the runners-up of that Section shall compete in their place.
(d) If a player competes in more than one Section game the following rules shall apply: a player who has been a skip or third cannot play lead or second in any game in the same season. However a skip and third can interchange and play in either position and the second and lead can do the same. Semi-Finals and Final:
At this stage a skip may only play third if she has already played third in a Section game. Likewise a second may only play lead if she has played lead in a Section game.
(e) For each game at local level the Ladies Centre shall select three teams, representative of as many clubs as possible in their Ice Rink. Players must declare which Ice Rink they are representing during the current season and cannot play for more than one Ice Rink. For the semi-final and final the Section winners shall select three teams to represent their Ice Rink. Those teams must have already competed in the Section games. If a substitute is required she must not play in a lower position than that previously played.
(f) The method of scoring for each individual game shall be:
a. 2 points shall be awarded for a win;
b. 1 point shall be awarded for a draw;
c. 0 points shall be awarded for a loss.
(g) Overall shots up will count only in the event of a draw on points on completion of Section games and in the Semi-Finals and Final. In the event of a tie in the Semi- Finals all teams shall play one extra end. If still tied one nominated player from each Ice Rink shall play the Draw Shot Distance. If tied in the final the trophy shall be shared.
(h) In the event of a team being incomplete that game shall be forfeited and the other two games shall proceed; see R 11 (k): Failure to Appear.
(i) The Morton Trophy Secretaries shall be responsible for sending to the Royal Club, as soon as possible after each match, details of the results of each match and a fully completed set of score cards for all three teams. The Royal Club will inform all Ice Rink Managers, in writing, of the date of the Final for the following year, and of any changes made to the Sections.
(j) The Trophy shall be presented after the Final each year and again at the Annual General Meeting of the Ladies’ Branch.
(k) All interpretations of, or disputes arising under these Rules, shall be referred to the Ladies’ Branch of the Royal Club whose decision shall be final.