Skip Neil reports:
The four rinks that competed in the Semi Finals of this year’s Rinks Championship on Monday 18th January were Dundonald, Galston 1, Galston 2 and Ayr & Alloway.
The Ayr & Alloway rink of Neil Beattie (Skip), Alan Richmond, Geoff Barber and David Scott met the Galston 2 rink of Robert Anderson, Alan Forrest, Lorraine Shaw and Alison Cunningham. The Galston team simply outplayed our Ayr & Alloway team in all departments. We managed to take 3 shots at one end but the other ends demonstrated the faultless play of Galston, We eventually shook hands after 7 ends with the score at 11 – 3 in Galston’s favour. We thought it unlikely that we would take an 8 from them in the last end!
The game was played in a good spirit and the post-match convivialities were enjoyed by all participants.
Galston 2, who have already represented Ayr 3 times in the National Finals in Forfar, played Dundonald in the final and lost, but will still go on to the Forfar Finals.
Skip Milly reports:
The first game of the Ross Low Trophy was played on 1/10/15. Milly Beattie skipped Ayr & Alloway’s rink against the Gangrels, with Charlie Steele, Jim Nelson and Ken Gray.
It was a close game all the way. We went in to the final end one shot down, but without the hammer.
After I played my last stone, we were lying 4 shots and guarded, but the Gangrels skip managed to move one of their outside stones in for second shot, so the final result was a peal.
Two Ayr and Alloway teams contested this competition that is decided on cumulative shot difference. Skip Geoff reports on the first game:
Game against a Dalmellington rink skipped by Margaret White: Bella, Ed, Charlie and Geoff lost the toss and a 2 in the first end but came back to even the score in the second.
After that a series of small adverse rubs resulted in Dalmellington reaching the sixth end with a score of 7 – 2. (The truth is that we were playing badly!). However in the seventh and final end excellent stones from our font end resulted in Charlie and Geoff facing a close with stones lying shot, T-high, on opposing edges of the head and a clear centre. Geoff’s final stone was a straightforward hit and lie, well managed by Charlie and the sweepers to take a 4 and make a final score of 7-6 to Dalmellington – as Charlie remarked “it’s not often that you see the losing rink dancing off clicking their heels! Despite the final score in this game, Dalmellington won the medal with the very low cumulative shot difference of 5.
Skip Ronnie reports on the second game:
Game against a Stewarton rink skipped by Douglas Reid:
The Club’s second game in the competition was held on Tuesday 12 January following the game earlier in the evening skipped by Geoff.
The rink, consisting of Ronnie Wilson, Neil Beattie, Alan Richmond and Ken Gray, drew perhaps the shortest straw to play against Stewarton Heather. Their skip was the “well kent” Douglas Reid supported by a rink of what appeared to be a rink of regular players.
The Ayr and Alloway rink started in strong and convincing form winning the first three ends however Douglas’s team then found their form and won the fourth end with a two. A&A then won the fifth but thereafter Stewarton took control winning the last three ends convincingly resulting in a win for them with a score of 10-5. As is often said the score did not really reflect the quality of game played for both parties – indeed the final stone for A&A turned out to be a good one in that it prevented Stewarton getting the vital combined score they might have otherwise achieved after their last stone which would have enabled them to win the overall competition – so “job accomplished” in that department!
The matches were played with good humour and sportsmanship and enjoyed by all.
Wednesday 16 December saw the third playing of this fun competition with the prize for the winning rink the beautiful crystal trophy donated by Elma Stevenson. On the night 24 members participated, some regular exponents of the cue – and therefore supposedly proficient!! – and others for whom this was their first, but perhaps not last, attempt with it. Continue reading
8 members registered for the pairs competition this year – a disappointingly low number, but sufficient for 4 pairs to compete. The competition took the form of a round robin of three games followed by a final. With the exception of the final, which was 5 ends or the bell, each game was allowed one hour and only the results from completed ends were considered. The players each delivered three stones per end. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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, Continue reading
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