Our Annual Club Dinner and Prize giving is once more closing in fast.
Please book early by letting Graeme know if you are coming and how many tickets you would like.
(Apologies over the confusion of the date in my email)
With two remaining games left there was still a mathematical chance that John Good could catch our run away leader Dave Munro and that Colin Baird could catch and overhaul Simon Kesley.
John scuppered Colin's chances with a winning margin of 9 - 3 and kept his chances open. However Dave, using the game against Simon as a rehearsal for his outing at the Scottish Seniors Championships next weekend, was in an unforgiving mood and matched John's score of 9 - 3.
These results confirm the final positions in the league and with one round still to play we congratulate Dave Munro and his team of James Pate, Roy Black and Richard Taylor for winning the Rennie Quaich.
This was a match that Simon, 'oor president' had to win, to save Graeme's blushes from last years engraving error. It was fair to say that Simon was feeling the pressure, which was increased due to his temporary reliance on the delivery stick.
This turned out to be an exciting match that went down to the last stone of the last match.
Each of the two games were one sided with Simon receiving a skelping from John, 7 - 2. The other game with James P playing for the President against our new Wingate winner, Willie saw the game go in favour of the President. After six ends they were leading 5 - 3 however a mis-communication between the Vice Pres and his depute, Willie, saw him remove one of James's stones. This mathematical error left James with a tricky draw for a four, which he made, to take his game 9 - 4.
The aggregate saw Simon squeeze home with a margin of 11 - 10.
The game was followed by an enjoyable meal.
The final round saw Team Kerr and Team Nicoll both in with a chance.
Things were looking good for Willie as he faced last years champion Andy McDiarmid, who in a reversal of fortune was propping up this years rankings. Andy faced him with a surprise up his sleeve, with Graeme benched, Dave Munro was hastily substituted. Andy got off to a great start with a five in the first end and try as he might Willie was never able to catch up. The final score 9 - 6 and only Andy's second win of the season.
This defeat left Morgan with the chance of the title, A win and at least 4 ends were required. Fate was about to take a hand though, through another late substitution. Morgan did not play and left his son and heir to take the glory, but he was to be aided (?) by Scottish Junior Champion (and daughter of Willie !!) Rowena. But it was not to be with Sandy waiting until the seventh end to get out the blocks against James Pate's squad. Final score, Lots - 1.
With both championship leaders failing to win, the championship went to Willie Kerr, whose name will appear on the Rosebowl for the first time.
Despite only managing to turn out 12 instead of 16 players, the competition was still keen with James Pate and Charles Young having to face 2 'Draw Shot Challenges'. The first got them through to the Low Road Final, the second lost them the final.
Congratulations to Morgan and Shelagh for taking the High Road and to 'Team Andy' ie. Aberdein and Kinnaird for winning that 'Draw Shot' to take the Low Road.
Andy Aberdein deserves particular mention as this is the third year in a row (and fourth year out of five) where he has figured on the winners list, although the last two years have been the high road.
Here is a condensed report on the event:-
Here's a condensed report.
Andy Aberdein and Andrew Kinnaird beat John Good and David Wyllie 6 - 2.
Dave Munro and Simon Kesley beat James Pate and Charles Young by 6 -
Morgan Nicoll and Shelagh Main beat Sandy Nicoll and Richard 5 - 2.
Sandy and Richard progressed to Round 2 by having taken two ends to John
and David's one.
Round 2 a
Morgan and Shelagh beat Dave and Simon 6 - 2
Sandy and Richard beat Andy and Andrew 5 - 2
Round 2 b
In this game James and Charles pealed with John and David 4 - 4. James won
the draw shot challenge to take him and Charles forward.
'Low Road' Final
James and Charles pealed with Andy and Andrew 2 - 2 and with two ends
each. Andy won the draw shot challenge and the Low Road for him and Andrew. Well
High Road Final
The game between Morgan and Shelagh versus Sandy and Richard was fought as
keenly as any on the day. Each won two ends, but Morgan and Shelagh took the
title with four shots to three.
As usual, this game was played not only on the ice but on the gallery. Had
the result been determined by the stones played by the experts on the gallery
they would all have been perfect.......but the real game was played on the ice
by four good players who well deserved the applause they got for showing us an
exciting Pairs game.
Congratulations to Morgan and Shelagh. No doubt at all that Sandy and
Richard will be back to give the Pairs another go next year.
Thanks to Secretary Graeme for marshalling players for our Pairs
Competition. Thanks also to David Wyllie and others who devised a formula to
give us all as many games as possible, given that six pairs don't easily lead
to the Club's usual split after the first round into a high and low roads. Let's
all see what we can do to get a full sixteen forward next year.
Congratulations to the Oldies, on managing to stem the tide of youngster victories.
Below is a match record from our roving reporter, Dave Munro:-
On sheet 1 the oldies team of Morgan, Simon, Andy (Aberdein) and Hugh took on
the slightly more youthful Sandy, Rowena, Karen and Lorna (Shaw) in a serious
father v son battle for supremacy while on sheet 2 a much younger (at heart)
oldies squad of Dave, Willie (Kerr), John (Good) and Graham (Elder) squared up
against youngies Lindsey, Jack and Becca Elder . (I note that Willie didn't face his daughter - ed.)
Both games were played with plenty of
enthusiasm and while Dave’s rink were gradually moving ahead leading 6-0 after 4
ends, the Nicoll family were in a real tight match at 3-3 after 4. In ends 5
& 6 on sheet 2, however, Lindsey and her team sprung to life and score a 2
and a 1 to bring the match to 3-6. Meanwhile, back on the other sheet, Sandy scored a 3 off his
dad and at this point in the evening, both matches were 6-3 meaning the overall
match was tied at 9-9.
However with Dave and Morgan both scoring 2’s at their
next ends then Lindsey only getting a 1 in their last end while Sandy and Morgan
blanked their last, the overall outcome was a win for the wonderfully talented
but modest oldies with a combined score of 13-10 in their favour, (Final scores
Morgan 5 - Sandy 6 and Dave 8 – Lindsay 4).
A close result in a very enjoyable
competition which gives the older members a taste of victory which has gone the
way of the young ones for the past couple of years.