Regulars will know Secretary Alan writes an amusing report each week on the matches. For any new members you will find it under League Table

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Inter Club v the Gangrels

Vice President Ronnie reports as follows on the inter club match between Ayr & Alloway and Gangrels played on Tuesday 17 February 2015.

The two Ayr & Alloway rinks were made up as follows:-

Rink 1

Ronnie Wilson (Skip), Peter Kennedy, Alan McHarg & Lynne Bowman

Rink 2

John MacLeod (Skip), David Gray, Linda Wilson & John Beaton

The two Ayr rinks found they were up against players who were very much “on their game” and getting some luck as well.  Ronnie’s game started poorly losing the first four ends but then a spark of competitive spirit emerged and they took the fifth with a three.  Thereafter the game continued to be close with single shots being won resulting in a final win by the Gangrels with a score of 8 to 4 the Gangrels winning 6 out of the 8 ends.

John’s game was similar in the quality of the opposing rink with generally single point scores except for a loss of four in the fourth end.  Frustration got the better of David when Linda who was sweeping a perfect stone from John stopped, hearing a call of “Whoa” which she thought was from David but turned out to be from her husband Ronnie in the adjacent rink!  David was reported to be incandescent!   The final score in this game was 8 to 3 in favour of the Gangrels winning 5 out of the 7 ends.   No lucky rubs for the A & A rink!

In a convivial get together thereafter President Ronnie Peat of the Gangrels thanked Ayr & Alloway for an enjoyable match and recounted the results of the past few encounters when Ayr & Alloway had prevailed, expressing the feeling that on this occasion it was time for the Gangrels to deserve a win.   President Peter thanked the Gangrels for the enjoyable match commenting that Ronnie (Peat) had really said it all.  Ten players enjoyed a meal thereafter.





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Waldie Griffiths competition – 9 February 2015

The Waldie Griffiths is an RCCC competition between all of the Scottish Curling Provinces. The winner is the Province with the greatest score of “shots up”.

This year the Ayrshire Province was drawn to play against Midlothian at the Murrayfield ice rink, a very nice facility immediately adjacent to Murrayfield stadium.

Within the Ayrshire Province, clubs affiliated to RCCC can bid to take part in the Waldie Griffiths. In 2015 only 4 rinks were required and those selected were: Troon Portland, Galston, Crosshill and Ayr and Alloway. The Gangrels were unsuccessful in the draw but will be given priority next year.

On the day Ayr and Alloway were drawn against Carrington ( a club based upon a tiny village outside Edinburgh but whose players, all but one, reside not in Carrington but in Edinburgh).

The rink was: Geoff Barber (skip), Charlie Steele (third), John Wyllie (second) and Jan Barber (lead). Skip Geoff reports:

Jan’s face took on a look of concern when, just before the game, we met an extremely fit, athletic, enthusiastic young man who turned out not only to be the opposing third, but also the ice man. He was back on the ice again immediately after our game, still looking enthusiastic, having prepared the ice and sold Jan a kipper.

There were two very good points about the game that I should mention – our opposition were all very nice people and they were all very good curlers. They did miss the occasional shot – perhaps three or four in the whole game. Unfortunately, apart from their characters, the same cannot be said for our team members who all, led from the front by the skip, who had a terrible game, played well below their usual standards. It was just one of those days. There is little point in a blow by blow account of the ends but the game is nicely summarised by the final end which we entered trailing 7 – 1. By the time came for their third’s second stone, we had a shot stone lying guarded, except for a port on the centre line only slightly wider that a curling stone – a rare event in the game, for us to have a shot stone! His strike was delivered brilliantly though the port, took out our shot stone and then rattled around the other stones in the head, removing a number of their stones and leaving us with another stone lying shot and the possibility of a decent final score in the end. After three of the skips stones I was left with a very straight forward heavy draw to tap back an opposition stone to lie 2. A perfect weight stone payed slightly inside the brush – consistent on the day – tapped up an opposition guard to give them another two points. Thank goodness the bell had gone!

Later – in the bar. The overall score on the day left Midlothian 2 shots up. Not sufficient to put them in with any chance of winning the Waldie Griffiths overall. The other Ayrshire teams had mixed fortunes but our very poor performance was offset by an equally big win by the Galston team, thank goodness.

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Parish Trophy – 15 January 2015

Skip Neil reports

Ayr & Alloway Curling Club were represented this year by a rink of Neil Beattie (Skip), Ronnie Wilson, Geoff Barber and Jan Barber Playing against Troon Portland, they made a shaky start and after two ends found themselves 7 shots down. Four ends later they had ground their way back to 6-7, but at the 7th end Troon made 2 shots to leave Ayr & Alloway a bit of a mountain to climb. We managed to score a single at the 8th end, easily achieved within the allocated time, leaving us losers with a score of 7 shots to 9 for Troon and rueing the first two ends.

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Skip Jim Nelson reports:

The A&A rink of Jim Nelson, Alan McKinlay, Ken Gray and Geoff Barber were drawn against a strong Dundonald rink in the opening round.

In a very close encounter the match was peeled 6-6.  Unfortunately Dundonald carried the hammer into the 8th end and made good use of it!

The Dundonald team eventually lost to Galston 2  who went on to meet Galston 1 in the final – strength in depth.

Galston 1 will represent Ayr Curling Club in the Scottish finals at Forfar – good fortune guys.

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Province Medal 2

Charlie has already reported on his rink’s splendid performance in the Province Medal but for this competition each club enters two rinks and it is the combined score of both rinks which determines the overall result of the competition. The other A & A team ,which took to the ice first at 3.45pm, comprising Ken Gray, Ed Baines, Alan McKinlay and Alex Thomson (skip) was drawn to play against the Gangrels team of Jim Niblock, Peter Galloway, Robert Boyd and Ronnie Peat (skip).

A & A did not get off to the best of starts by losing 2 shots at the first end. However, they bounced back by taking 2 at the second end and followed that with another 2 at the third end. At the fourth end A & A were lying shot with Gangrels playing the last stone with which Ronnie Peat played an excellent draw to score 1. A & A had settled into a degree of consistency in their game and appeared to be in control at this stage. However, Gangrels clawed another shot back at end 5 to level the game. Ken, Ed and Alan all played text book shots at the 6th leaving skip Alex a relatively simple shot to score 1 to take a lead of one shot going into the last end against the hammer. The Gangrels team went into attack mode at the last end and by the time skips stones had to be played, Gangrels were lying 4 shots to the good. Alex missed his draw with his first stone and Ronnie Peat covered with another excellent guard. A & A had only one option and that was to draw for 2nd shot and leave Gangrels to draw another shot to win. Skip Alex made his draw for second shot but Ronnie Peat failed to make another shot and so the game ended as a draw.

It was a first class game of curling played in a very sporting manner and Alex was well supported by Ken, Ed and Alan who were excellent representatives for A & A Curling Club. The scene was then left to Charlie to produce a memorable win over Galston but unfortunately A & A’s combined shot differential of +3 was not good enough to win the trophy, which honour went to another of our members, John MacLeod – but in his capacity as a member of Dalmellington!! We can but bask in his reflected glory!

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Province Medal  13 Jan 2015 6.15pm

Skip Charlie reports on a tremendous victory

The Ayr and Alloway rink of Paul Williams (lead), Scott McAndrew (second), Alan Richmond (third) and Charlie Steele (skip) faced stiff opposition against a Galston rink led by Jim Boswell.

After a shaky start, AACC were 5-0 down by the third end.  However Charlie at last found his draw weight to pick up 2 at the fourth, and with excellent front end stones at the fifth, Galston were under more pressure and missed a take out. Charlie tucked his last stone half hidden behind a front guard, and Jim’s attempt at removing it glanced off and provided a steal of three.

The sixth end was nip and tuck with many stones in the house, and each player sitting on top of the previous stone. Galston picked up one with the last stone.

So to the final end, with AACC needing two to win. Paul played his take out immaculately, Scott had two perfect draws, Alan played two good stones leaving three AACC  stones counting but one opposition stone as shot. With Jim’s last stone guard overdrawing, Charlie had a hack weight take-out with his final stone. Alan was shouting loudly for sweeping as it passed the guard by a good 2mm, to remove the shot and lie four.

An excellent performance from AACC, with a 9-6 victory, proving we can compete with the best of them!

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Crystal Cue competition

The second playing of this competition took place on the evening of Thursday 11 December with 23 members participating (there having been one call-off due to illness).  As was the case last year everyone who took part enjoyed the challenge of using the cue, some with more obvious success than others!

Play was 2 x 3 end games with the team scoring the highest number of shots being declared the winner and the skip who was smiling most at the end of play was Sandy Gow, ably assisted by Neil Beattie, Alan Richmond and Sheila Campbell, with a score of 7 shots.  Runner up, on 6 shots, was the rink skipped by Wallace Allan and comprising Ronnie Wilson, Elma Stevenson and Helen Christie.  Perhaps next year Elma will improve that place and thereby get the opportunity to hold her own splendid trophy!

The evening concluded with some festive fare and liquid refreshment courtesy of the Club and the customary socialising for which our Club is well known.  This competition has proved to be a most enjoyable and fun event with its pre-Christmas timing perfect for its light hearted nature and hopefully next year we can look forward to an increase in the numbers taking part.

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Ross Low 2

Skip Alex reports on a very good match:

The Ayr and Alloway team of Shirley Scott, Jan Barber, Ed Baines and Alex Thomson were drawn against a Gangrels team of Jim Hendry, Robert Boyd, Ken Ross and Peter Galloway. It was a close encounter for the first couple of ends with single shots being taken by both teams. At the third end Ayr and Alloway picked up a 3 and were always in the driving seat thereafter. Our front end of Shirley and Jan played exceptionally well which made things much easier for Ed and skip Alex to finish off the job, not without one or two frights. We took single shots at the 4th, 5th and 6th ends with Gangrels taking a single at the 7th end making the overall result in favour of Ayr and Alloway by 7 – 2. A very good team effort which was greatly appreciated by skip Alex.

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Inter-club Match against the Country Club

Peter and Bella, members also of the Country Club, skipped out two rinks.  Our President, Peter, reports:

We had a very enjoyable evening made even better by having a meal afterwards. The results for the husband and wife team of skips could not have been more different. I had a good game against Jim Murdoch’s rink which pushed ahead with 3 single stones in the first 3 ends but we made up a little ground and went into the last end 5-4 down, but managed a 3 to win 7 –5.   Unfortunately Bella’s rink had one of those horrible nights going down 15 – 0. I gather the Country Club were all playing well.

Well worth repeating next year.

Ah well – that’s Peter making his own teas for a week!

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