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Saturday, 4 February 2017

E.L. Knockout 2016/17

Hot on the heels of our Province Bonspiel success comes another victory.
Haddington are the Province Knockout champions.  Below is a short report on the semi final and final:-
The Haddington team of skip James Pate, third Dave Munro, second Sandy Nicoll and lead Andy Aberdein played Athelstaneford (Johnny Shedden, Douglas Scott, Frank Ross and Roy Black) in the semi final. From the start we managed to control and dictate the game and even when an end looked like drifting away from us James would pull out a saving shot and either keep the loss to a minimum or even claim the end. So we built a reasonably comfortable lead and Athelstaneford offered their hand in the 7th end to see Haddington through to the final. This gave us the opportunity for a brief rest before the final which followed in the next session. Meanwhile Yester and Dirleton were having a close battle and Dirleton skip Susan Meikle drew her last stone on the 8th end to gain a peel so their game went to a draw shot challenge. Susan unfortunately threw her stone through the house and Yester skip, Sandy Stewart, with all 4 of his team sweeping as hard as possible, managed to touch the front of the house so scraped into the final too.
So it was Haddington against ‘young’ Yester (Sandy Stewart, Andrew ?, Jack Kerr and Zoe Bain) in the final. It was a completely different type of game from our semi final with much more striking and much less use of guards. There was very little scoring in the early stages but from the 4th end Haddington managed to gradually ease away from Yester and by the time we reached the 8th end Yester skip Sandy had to try a ‘miracle’ shot which wasn’t really on to try and force the game to a peel. He didn’t manage it so Haddington took the trophy for the East Lothian Province Knock Out for the first time in 6 years. The club now have the opportunity to represent East Lothian in the Province Championships.
D.M.

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