After the drama of the last two weeks finding replacements for half of our 8 man (& woman) team, due to injury, holiday, work commitments and 'shooting', we finally had a team to replay last years final. Only this time it was in the first round. It is always going to be a difficult game taking on Corstorphine which includes all of Murrayfields 'ice-men' and this proved to be true once again, especially when three of our team consisted of our juniors, namely Sandy, Karen and Hamish.
Tight games they proved to be and the match was always going to come down to one club having one poor end, but I am getting ahead of myself....... After five ends Haddington held a narrow one shot advantage with one game up at three shots to two and the other game ties at two shots all. This was where the stutter occurred and being slightly heavy on his two draws a big six ender was indeed conceded. In such a tight match recovering from this blow was always going to be impossible.
If that end was removed from the score cards they would record two peeled games, instead of just the one peel and one loss. Not withstanding a loss by six shots, all six players, including Colin B, John and Graeme) and the two skips, Willie and James P played extremely well and our juniors, Sandy, Karen and Hamish performed magnificently. This may be recorded as a loss but it was a much closer game than we recorded against Corstorphine in last years final.