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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Haddington Skins 2016/17

David Finlay Munro recovered well from his weekends Rennie game, where he was defeated by his daughters rink, to take the first title of the year.
His victorious Wingate team from last season consisting of Graeme Maguire, Colin Baird and Richard Taylor (playing for Stephen Dyer) beat Andy McDiarmid's winning Rennie squad of Willie Kerr, Sandy Nicoll and John Playfair.
Due to a tactical error, Andy's team won the toss and elected to play 'last stone'.  This meant that Dave could steal the first two skins.  No skin's were won in the next two ends and so with Andy again having the hammer the fifth end was contested for a rolled over total of 7 skins at stake.  Dave was able to steal another end and put the result out of reach with a 9 - 0 lead and only 7 skins left to play for.  Fortune was not to change and Dave went on to take all the remaining skins for a decisive victory.
Despite the final score both teams played well but Dave's previous experience of the differing tactics for a skins game proved decisive.
Tactics were again discussed on and off the ice, with a view that in 'club curling' it is easier to steal an end than win with the hammer by two shots.  A decision was reached that for next years competition the team Losing a skin, will have the option to play first or second stone in the next end.
Once again, the confusion and consternation caused on the adjacent sheets by the score board was amusing at times.

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