The Pairs competition was played on Sunday (6 Mar). The early stages of the competition were beset by unexpected transport issues which left some players gridlocked in Baberton Estate and regrettably arriving late. As we play four ends of three stones per player, the lost ground was made up in the course of the event.
Games were played on sheets 6 & 7. Sheet 6 had a big swing on one side but was quite consistent. Sheet 7 was a lot trickier, with a slight fall back near the centre going to the bar, and largely straight or negative ice on the wall side going both ways. Unfortunately both finals ended up being played on this sheet.
In the first round matches, Morris & Carr just pipped Hope & Gillespie, and together with Alexander & Lambie, Hunter & Carr, and Lambie & Scott, progressed to the High Road. In the Low Road semi-finals Hope & Gillespie went through against Jacobs and partner, and the Ramsays enjoyed a good victory over Dunbar & Ballantyne. In the High Road semi-finals Morris & Carr ovecame Alexander & Lambie in the final end, and Hunter & Carr carried the day against Lambie & Scott.
The Ramsays dominated the game in the Low Road final, making life very difficult for opponents Ronnie and David, who got close on a number of occasions but just failed to gain any advantage. The Ramsays ran out winners by eight shots to nil. Congratulations to Jim and Pam.
In the High Road final, Morris & Carr were fast out of the blocks taking a three in the first end. They added to their opponents problems in the second end when a measure between two stones cutting the four foot went their way. Hunter & Carr came back in the third end with a two, and then stole another two in the fourth end to tie the game at four all. In the fifth end, Keith was left with a draw against three opposition counters (all in the outer circle), and with excellent sweeping by Margaret just managed to take shot at the front of the house by the narrowest of margins. Margaret’s first stone in the sixth and final end picked up and skewed short well to the right hand side of the house. The front of the house was then dominated with short stones. Ken attempted to remove the nearest of these, the only opposition stone, but played too heavily and the stone fell out to just nick the target stone and move it right across the house to count in the outer circle near the tee line. Margaret’s first stone that had picked up was covering a direct out-turn strike option. Morris and Carr decided to place a shorter stone on the straight side. Hunter & Carr attempted an in-turn tap back from the centre on the singleton opposition counter, but too much ice, too fast, whichever, it caught a front stone. Keith then played to cover that side of the house but went deep ending inside and slightly behind his original counter, widening the potential target. With his final stone, Ken played an in-turn, back ring, tap back to take shot and tie the match at five all. So onto the sudden death of drawing the house. Hunter & Carr played first, and a killer shot to the pot lid left Morris & Carr with the difficult task of having to cover the centre hole on the pot lid to force a second round of shots. Their draw shot did not achieve this, so after a very close match Ken Hunter & Dave Carr carried the day.