eglinton-jugCharlie Steele led his team of Ronnie Wilson, John Macleod and Willie Scott into the first round of the most important competition of the year at Ayr Curling Club, the Eglinton Jug. The Jug was presented by the 13th Earl of Eglinton in l851  and is an amazing work of craftmanship and is competed for by clubs from all over Ayrshire.

The first round was against Troon Portland. Ayr and Alloway gained a small lead but were pulled back to trail Troon by 1 shot going into the final end. Troon managed to bury a stone behind several front guards, but Charlie’s last stone came up back-ring weight and with fantastic work by the sweepers, it passed the guard by 5mm, hitting the shot stone back. After a measure (so close the umpire required to measure each stone three times!), Ayr and Alloway counted 2 to win the game 6-5.

jug-trophyThe second round played in the afternoon was against a very strong Dundonald rink, who took a 4 at the third end, and although Ayr and Alloway battled back, still went down 9-4.

Great curling at a high level, played on excellent ice, of which the Ice Men can be very proud.

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