Mid Season Bonspiel Saturday 15th February
23 seasoned curlers plus a surprise guest, Stef (an Oban scallop diver landbound due to Storm Dennis) met on Saturday to contest this year’s Mid Season Bonspiel. The ladies skipped as is the norm in this competition with the usual Skip men playing as lead. This proved to be a bit of a challenge for some of them who struggled to get their lead stones in the requested position. However it was a well fought contest overall with the highest score for an individual end attained by Janette Lambie’s rink who took a 5 from the opposition in the fourth game.
After each team had played 6 ends we had an outright winner in Christine Hope’s rink of Jan Stuart, Ian Neil and Reg Dunbar with a score of +4, closely followed by Jean Noble’s rink on +3, Liz Anderson’s on +2. Janette’s on -1, Barbara Gillespie’s on -3 and, propping everyone up, Margaret Carr’s rink on -4.
Not quite the winners
This was a fun afternoon’s curling finished off with a lovely meal after which President Liz asked Jim Cowper, arrayed in his many medals, to present the prizes. Many thanks to Jim and Margaret Cowper for acting as sponsors and also to Christine for arranging the meal and the prizes, and of course to everyone who played.
For the second time this season the current holders Andrew Keith Robert and Martin were challenged, this time by a rink skipped by Iain Scott supported by Ken Craig and Roger.
This very close match took place on Tuesday 14th with good play all round and at the end of the 2nd end it was all square at 2 stones each. In the 3rd end Craig managed a perfectly angled raise to take shot before Andrew twice found the gaps allowing Iain to come in and take a 3. The tables were turned in the 4th end when Iain’s last shot to try and cut down Andrew’s three lying stones was swept perfectly through the gap. So 5 stones each after 4 ends. In the next end, Andrew scored a 2 before Iain rounded off the match with a single in each of the last two ends resulting overall in a peel at 7 stones each.
It had been discussed and agreed before the match that in the event of a peel, the current holders would retain the title. So commiserations to Iain’s rink for a very valliant effort, and congratulations to Andrew’s rink who will march onwards into next season as Club Challenge title holders.
Saturday 14th December saw the end to the first half of the curling season and this was celebrated with the Saturday League Christmas Bonspiel where festive jumpers and hats were the order of the day. We were joined by two new players -Stuart Blackwood a potential new member who attended our opening Beginners session and who has since been getting some coaching from David Gillespie, and also an amazing new talent in Maisie Beaton who was filling in for her dad Robert who unfortunately had to work.
Each team played two ends against each other team rotating positions as the games progressed and, in a change to the Saturday League, scoring points to ensure we had a winner. Much fun was had and it’s fair to say the curling was not taken too seriously. The star of the show was Maisie who in the final end delivered an amazing stone unassisted which ended up right on the pot lid. An excellent achievement for a slight nine year old playing in her first adult competition. (She also really enjoyed acting as Skip and telling her grandad Ronnie where to play as well as berating him when he missed the shot). After six ends we had a clear winning team of David and Barbara Gillespie, Jean Noble and Stuart Blackwood.
With curling over we retired to the Club Room where the Prize Giving took place before we enjoyed a festive fare of Soup and Mince Pies. Many thanks to Christine for organising the food and prizes and to all who took part in this fun event as well as the other family members who joined us for lunch. The prize for best Christmas jumper, chosen by Rebecca, was won by Elaine Lambie. Photos of the event can be seen in the Gallery.
We especially hope to see Stuart and maybe even Maisie along to our Saturday sessions in 2020. Merry Christmas everyone.
1st Club Points – 11th December 2019
Six Club members started in the competition for the 1st Points of the season but unfortunately Keith Morris was unable to continue after 3 disciplines because of his continuing Achilles tendon problem. It was a tightly fought competition which included all ten Points disciplines and, using the excuse of the combination of the new ice and the new stones for the scoring being slightly less than would normally be expected, the eventual overall winner on a score of 33 points was Jim Ramsay. On equal scores of 31 points, the runners-up were Ronnie Hope and Dave Anderson. Alex Moir and Dave Carr finished on 27 and 24 points respectively.
It was a very enjoyable competition and our thanks go to Jean Noble for her sponsorship of this event.
On 8th December, six experienced male members were joined by two slightly reluctant ladies to take part in this year’s Singles Competition.
The first rounds were duly completed with Iain Scott, Andrew Lambie, Murray Hope and Dave Anderson all winning to progress to the High Road (Dave having to draw shots against Ronnie Hope), whilst David Gillespie, Liz Anderson and Jean Noble joined Ronnie in the Low Road.
Liz played Ronnie in the first Semi Final and, after 4 ends with result at 2-2, had to draw shots again which Liz won. In the second match Jean had a win against David Gillespie, a game of both drawing and striking. To their great surprise the two ladies went forward to meet each other in the Final of the Low Road. This was very much a game of drawing to the house with Jean getting off to a great start in the first two ends before Liz countered in the third. Another single in the fourth meant that Jean became outright winner of the Low Road Competition.
Dave and Murray beat Iain and Andrew respectively in the Semi-Final of the High Road both winning by the same margin of 4-1. After a short break , Murray and Dave played off in the hard fought Final, both often playing to the edge of the house and trying to take out each other’s stones. After five ends of singles shots apiece, Murray led 3-2 with no score at the final end.
Many congratulations to Murray for winning the High Road Final, and to Jean for the Low Road Final. Thanks to all who took part, and particularly David Gillespie who stepped in at the last minute. Thanks also to Dave Anderson, our generous sponsor.
Report by Jean Noble 10th December.
For the second year running Team Ramsay met Team Scott in the final of the Knock-out Competition played on 3rd December.
Team Ramsay got off to a great start taking a 3 at the first end, before Team Scott countered with a 2 at the next. Jim’s rink won the next two ends with first a single then another 3 to lead 7-2 after the fourth end.
However Team Scott were not beaten yet and rallied to take a 4, then another 4 in the fifth and sixth ends, then a 2 in the final end to win 12-7. A high scoring match worthy of the Final.
Many congratulations to the winning team of Iain Scott, Robert Beaton, Alex Moir (sub for Tom Griffin) and Alicia Neil. Commiserations to Jim Ramsay and his team of Ken Hunter, Christine Hope and Ian Neil.
Report by Jean Noble.
Sunday evening saw the Semi-Finals of the Knock-out Competition.
Team Ramsay had progressed to the Semi after winning their Quarter Final match against Team Lambie 9-3, and were now drawn against Team Anderson for the first Semi. Dave Carr’s Team had also won their game against Team Hope 9-2 in the other Quarter Final match, and were now drawn against Team Scott for the Semi.
Jim’s rink got off to a great start against Dave A’s rink winning a four in the first end, then scoring a 2 and then a 3 in the next two ends to consolidate his position. Despite winning a single shot in the fifth end Dave’s rink were unable to make up lost ground and Jim’s rink, of Ken Hunter Christine Hope and Ian Neil, marched into the Final winning by a hefty margin.
In the other Semi Final match, Dave Carr’s rink took the first three ends by a single shot before Iain Scott’s rink responded to win the next three ends again by a single shot. All square then 3-3 going into the final end. This was a very closely contested match which Iain’s rink, of John Jacobs (sub) Tom Griffin and Alicia Neil, eventually won 4-3 to reach the Final.
So, Team Ramsay will meet Team Scott in the Knock-out Final to be played on Tuesday 3rd December at 7.30pm.