Playing Quoits
The Quoits Rings

Quoits

The craze of quoiting spread across the yards after starting in Hamiltons. The men decided that a pair of quoiting heads would help to pass the time for the boys who did not go home at lunch time, before they had time to forget the idea a few sets of quoits had been made in the blacksmiths shop and the craze was on!

At first it was only the smithy men that were involved but soon they drew some spectators and before you knew it they had made some teams from the various trades round the yard and the management started putting up prizes.

This is how they descibed the game:

A quoting head is a circle roughly 21 inches across. You dig out the soil about a foot deep inside the circle then pack it back up to ground level again with clay. You drive a steel pin in the centre. Then you throw from about 15 to 18 yards away and the nearest to the pin wins the game.

John Reid in mid throw and the other men are John McDonald and R Spence.

Mr McDonald is givin the blame for starting the whole craze.

The quoit you throw has a four inch hole in the middle and can weigh anything up to 10lbs, we normally use one weighting in at 4lbs.

A good player can kiss the pin every time but you want the first throw as that is the best chance to get 'in at the pin' and then you opponent has to find some way of dislodging it. Even though the quoits are embedded in the clay this is not impossible.

The Glen Yard team dated 1960

The modernization of the Lithgow yards put a hold on the competition as all the smiths were moved to the Kingston Yard where one smiths shop was to serve all the yards for a time. But the men were already looking round the new yards to find a suitable place to play.

The pin and rings.

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