Rink 1 – John Macleod ( skipped for Peter Kennedy ) Maureen McVey 3rd,Peter Christy 2nd and John Beaton lead. Auchincruive turned up with only 3 players but had a very good start by taking 3 shots in the first end. In the 2nd end we got 2 shots back to reduce the deficit. Auchincruive fought back and gained a single shot in the 3rd end to regain a 3 shot advantage. However, Ayr & Alloway took the next 4 ends bringing the final score of 13 to 4. Our team played very well on keen ice and no lucky rubs for the Auchincruive rink.
Rink 2 for Ayr & Alloway was Neil B (Skip), Linda W, Alan McH and Pat McLeod. The opposition was Malcolm Smith (Skip), Michael Hitchon, Kevin McIsaac and John Tweddle. Ayr & Alloway made a good start with a 3 at the first end but Auchincruive crept back in 1’s thanks to some brilliant drawing by Malcolm to level the game after 4 ends. Ayr & Alloway built up two big ends then but Malcolm cut them back to singles. The last end saw Ayr & Alloway defending a single stone in the head to deprive Auchincruive of a big end, giving them only a 2 so the game ended as a peal at 5 shots each.
In a convivial get together afterwards the latest Past President, Linda, spoke of the enjoyable evening and thanked Auchincruive for their warm friendship. Malcolm congratulated Ayr & Alloway for their win and thanked them for the excellent match.
Past President Peter Kennedy reports as follows on our annual match with The Country Club which took place on Tuesday 17 November:
Bella’s rink, consisting of Lynne Bowman, Peter Christy and David Gray were having a tough game and it was not until the 4th end that they got points on the board. They went into the last end 3-6 down. Bob Cherry, the opposition skip who had played a faultless game, had the final stone but it was slightly too heavy and gave Bella’s rink a 4, thus Bella snatched a 7-6 victory. On the other hand my rink consisting of Anne Cooper, Rigmor McAndrew and John MacLeod all played well from the start and were 8-0 up after 2 ends. The Country Club skipped by Bob Edwards managed a 2 and a 1 but the last end produced a 5 for us, so we ended 16-3 up which was not a true reflection of a more competitive game. The match was followed by an enjoyable and friendly meal.
Members are asked to note the revised dates for this competition. It will now be run over 2 nights only, Thursday 3 Dec and Wednesday 9 Dec 2015. Both at 5pm.
David Scott’s rink
The finals were contested on 11 Nov 2015 with the winning rinks being:
High Road: David Scott
Low Road: Peter Christy
Saucer: Camille Macdonald
Full details on Knockout page
As most members will know by now the semi finals of this competition were played last Wednesday when your correspondent was on holiday – a welcome break from the rigours of Ayr & Alloway secretarial duties!
In the High Road David Scott maintained Continue reading
Rinks Championship 2015 – Ayr Playdowns
First Round, 5th November 2015
Ayr & Alloway CC were drawn against Dalmellington Craigengillan CC in the first round of the Ayr Playdowns for this season’s RCCC Rinks Championship.
The Ayr & Alloway players were Neil Beattie (Skip), Alan Richmond, Geoff Barber and David Scott. Dalmellington were represented by Ian Alexander (Skip), John MacLeod, Sandy Frew and Michael Carruthers.
Dalmellington laid down the gauntlet, stealing a single at the first end after Ayr & Alloway missed a strike on the excellent fast, swingy ice. Ayr & Alloway then responded with a Continue reading
Saturday 24 October saw the staging of the 4th Indoor Grand Match, a 5 yearly event which involved 2,376 curlers representing 388 clubs competing in a North versus South format at 17 ice rinks throughout Scotland with 3 sessions being played at each rink. Ayr and Alloway had entered 2 rinks and were drawn to play in the first session (10.00am) at Ayr (very convenient!) and also at Perth (less so!).
A & A1 comprising Ronnie Wilson (skip), Alan McKinlay, Bella Kennedy and Lynne Bowman were up against Abercorn 1, a Linlithgow based club founded in 1897 and (according to the RCCC yearbook) with a membership of 30. Their home ice rink is Kinross though on occasions play also takes place at Murrayfield and The Peak, Stirling. It Continue reading
The magnificent Eglinton Jug Trophy is played for in October each year, as a straight knock-out competition at Ayr Ice Rink, with teams from all over Ayrshire taking part.
Ayr & Alloway Curling Club entered two rinks; Rink 1 was skipped by Jim Nelson and Rink 2 by Charlie Steele. Jim lost 7-5 to a strong Gangrels rink. Charlie had a comfortable first round win against Auchenames by 14-1.
Encouraged by their success, Charlie tackled Dalry Union in the second round. Everyone played well, and with peels going into the last end, it was anyone’s game. Sadly we were pipped by one shot, losing 5-4. Excellent curling at a high level.
Here are John MacLeod, Ronnie Wilson, Neil Beattie and Charlie Steele with a couple of interlopers from Auchenames Curling Club.
Opening Day Invitation Match – Monday 21 September 2015
Ayr & Alloway v Dundonald
The Ayr & Alloway rink of President Ronnie, Jim Nelson, Linda Wilson and Vice President June enjoyed a very close game against the Dundonald Club led by John Daver’s rink of Morag Evans, Andrew Kerr and John Evans.
Ayr & Alloway were ahead in shots and ends up to the second last end with a score of 6-4. For no good reason however things then went a little “pear shaped” for Ayr & Alloway while John’s team played the better shots in the sixth end resulting in them taking a three with a final score of 7-6 to Dundonald.
That was a disappointing outcome but all the Ayr & Alloway rink enjoyed what was the first game of the season for them. Dundonald were great competition and in true sporting tradition expressed their appreciation of the fight (not fright!) we gave them.
David has a steady delivery
President Ronnie addresses the waiting curlers
Wed 23 September 2015
After a few words of welcome from President Ronnie Wilson, David Scott delivered the ceremonial opening stone to signify the start of the new season.
With his prowess using the curling cue, his stone glided perfectly up the ice.
David went on to win his own game on the opening night