In some respects the 2015-16 Singles may well be remembered more for the weather conditions on the day than the competition itself. Road conditions were extremely bad, resulting in some late arrivals. Modern communications allowed some adjustment of the proposed programme to keep the event on track. After it was all over, participants faced a difficult and tedious journey home.
As to the curling, your web master was amongst the late comers and missed the preliminary round altogether. Those progressing to the quarter finals were David Ballantyne, Walter Brown, Keith Morris, and Ronnie Hope. In that round Keith, Ken Hunter, and Dave Anderson ran out winners. The closest tie was between David Ballantyne and Walter Brown. David took a single followed by a two to lead by 3 shots. Walter played a fine strike with his last stone in the third end, removing two opposition stones to take a four and lead 4 shots to 3. In the final end David’s attempts to tap back or rest on Walter’s stones failed, and Walter took the tie. On to the semi-finals; Walter proved too strong and eliminated Keith, and Ken overcame Dave A.
As you might expect, the final was a fairly tight affair. Ken led in the first end, and ended with a counter at the back right hand side of the house guarded by a biting stone at the front of the house and a shorter stone. Walter could see a fair proportion of the house and took a single with a finely judged draw. After a number of draws and strikes, the second end resulted in a single for Ken after a final strike. Ken then managed to keep two stones in play for most of each of the next two ends, and Walter was only able remove one without staying in the house with his final stones. So 3 shots to 1 for Ken after four ends. In the fifth end Walter’s first stone drew past ken’s stone on the outside, so Ken tried to remove it but only managed a fresh air hit (technically a horrible attempt) . Walter went on to extract the maximum penalty for this miss and took a two. So game even at 3 shots all after five ends. In the final end Walter opted to play just short of the house on the right hand side; Ken replied with a deep draw to the other side. Walter played a second stone just short of the house but nearer the centre, and Ken played a strike on the out turn to remove it. Walter then drew around his short stone into the house for second shot, his stone only gaining marginal cover from his short stone. Ken drove but only removed the guard leaving Walter to attempt a take out on his counting shot. Walter’s final stone only just touched the counter and Ken took the tie by 4 shots to 3.