Nearly but not quite!!!

On the evening of Tuesday 14 January the Club fielded 2 rinks in the Province Medal, a competition in which the combined scores of both rinks count when determining the overall winners.  Ayr & Alloway had a final score of +6 shots only to be pipped at the post by Stewarton Heather who finished with +7.  Nevertheless to finish in second place was a superb achievement for the 8 members involved.  Congratulations to everyone.

In the first game the team comprising John Macleod (skip), Alex Eccles, Scott McAndrew, and Ken Gray had an excellent game against the Gangrels.  They were always in control of the match but unfortunately lost 2 shots at the last end, however they still managed to win by 11 shots to 5.  Great curling and good friendship all round.

In the second game the team made up of Edward Baines (skip), David Gray, Alan McKinlay and Donald Macrae faced the might of Galston including Tom Neil and John Davers.  Ed decided that Donald would play the first two stones and then stand in the head, a thankless task thought Ed, as Donald had to take the ice Ed chose and then try to keep his mouth shut even when the shot went pear shaped.  Ed was sure that it was never going to be a walkover and would require a different type of tactics from the usual Ayr & Alloway game.  He thought that his tactics came as something of a shock to the rest of the team (he was correct!!) but they managed to hold their own and were actually ahead at one point, very much helped by a four when Ed managed to shunt one of their rocks out.  In the final end Ed left himself rather exposed but Galston’s final shot was short and caught a guard giving Ayr & Alloway an unexpected peel at 7-7. Unfortunately this was not quite sufficient to keep our first team in the lead, just failing to stay in front of the winners Stewarton Heather.  Ed’s assessment of his team was that everyone had played well, especially Donald – an assessment subsequently amended with the observation that he had expected David and Alan to raise their games and play out of their skins, which he thought they did!!


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