The league boiled down to not just the last night, but indeed the last stones. Four rinks were all in with a chance to win. In the end Jim Nelson’s rink pulled off a famous victory on the night and secured the title. Full story and placings
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:-
Ronnie Wilson (Skip), Peter Kennedy, Alan McHarg & Lynne Bowman
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
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). Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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