The Baxter Cup is the major trophy of the Naseby Curling Council, contested by all teams in the Council. It is awarded to the winner of a one day event that must be played on natural ice, and is called only in years when conditions allow.
It is believed to be the oldest New Zealand sporting trophy still competed for in any sport. The Cup was originally donated to the Dunedin Curling Club by David Baxter, a founding member of the club who arrived in New Zealand in 1856 from Blairgrove, Perthshire. It was first played for in 1884 as the Club's points trophy.
Following the dissolution of the Club through lack of ice in 1895, the Baxter Cup was handed to the Otago Central club for competition against Mt Ida. The two clubs first played for the Cup in 1900 when it was won by Otago Central. It was later passed to the Naseby Curling Council for the winner of the Council's one day bonspiel.
|Dunedin Curling Club – Points Trophy|
|1884||First competition held|
|1895||Club wound up due to lack of ice|
|Otago Central CC v Mt Ida CC – Match winner|
|1900||Otago Central CC|
|1908||Mt Ida CC|
|Naseby Curling Council – One Day Bonspiel|
|2010||Otago Central (4W, 92pts)||Ranfurly (4W, 88pts)|
|2016||Kyeburn (4W)||Mt Ida (3W)|
Report from the Otago Witness, 5 August 1908, page 56
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