DECADES from now, people will look back and talk with awe about the great freeze of 2010/11, just as folk do now about the winter of 1947. They will recall how virtually no outdoor sport was able to be played for weeks.
So, unwittingly, we are all taking part in something that will go into the record books.
But that, of course, is small consolation to those of you out there who are trying to play sport, and to those of us here who are trying to write about it!
For example, Carnoustie Panmure’s home fixture against Whitburn in the ACA Sports East Premier League was called-off again on Saturday for the fifth time.
Although by the previous midweek all the snow had gone from Laing Park, there were still some patches of ice on the playing surface and with the overnight temperature last Thursday dropping to around -10.5 degrees the remainder of the pitch was frozen solid.
With no junior fixtures being played in Scotland at all last weekend, the entire programme has been carried forward to tomorrow (Saturday), so once again the Gowfers are hoping to host the Lothian side as their first-foots.
Kick-off is scheduled for 1.45 p.m.
In a bid to give his players a workout prior to this game, manager Ian Gilzean had provisionally arranged an away friendly against Arbroath SC at Seaton Park on Tuesday evening, but this was cancelled due to adverse ground conditions.
At least Broughty Athletic have succeeded in fitting in a friendly game on an artificial pitch - see report on page 30.
Rugby fixtures were cancelled on Saturday, including Carnoustie High School FPs’ game against St Andrews University.
It has been re-scheduled for Saturday, February 5.
Meanwhile, the FPs’ scheduled fixtures are as follows: tomorrow (Saturday) Arbroath v FPs, 2 p.m. kick-off; January 22, FPs v Kinross, 2 p.m. kick-off; January 29, Madras v FPs, 3 p.m. kick-off.
These fixtures are, of course, subject to weather conditions.
Over the weekend, no golf was possible on local courses, as fresh snow was added to the water and the ice already on the surfaces.
By Wednesday the courses were still closed, as melting snow and ice made conditions even more hazardous to life and limb.
And without wishing to add more gloom and doom to the sporting scene, indications are not too promising for a full sporting card this weekend, either, despite forecast rising temperatures.
For example, an experienced Laing Parker on Wednesday looked at the water lying on sheet ice and commented: “No chance!”
The massive fixture backlog will have to be addressed, and the likelihood is that, once again, some of the numerous cup competitions will simply not be played for this season.