The Points competition was played on 8 February and, disappointingly, there was again a poor response from club members with only 7 participating (indeed 2 less than last year!).  Nevertheless for those who did take part it was an enjoyable night so thanks to Geoff, Charlie, David, Ken, Neil, Alan and, especially, Bella as the only lady member playing for ensuring that we did at least manage to play for the Blairston Medal.

In recent years this competition has been dominated by Geoff Barber with 3 wins on the trot but it was not to be this year.  Honours on the night went to Neil Beattie with a score of 36 points from 9 disciplines followed by Alan McKinlay and Charlie Steele who tied on 32 points narrowly pipping Geoff and David Gray who were both a point less.

The competition was scored by Ed Baines and, for the first time, Match Secretary Scott McAndrew who were both well equipped for standing around on the ice.  Thanks are due to both, especially Ed who has performed this role for the past few years and always keeps a correcting and controlling eye on both the players and his assistant scorer!  For Scott it was a new experience but one which hopefully has encouraged him to participate fully next year.

Whilst it would be good to have more members participating – and we shall try again to encourage more next year emphasising the incentive of the Club bearing the cost of the evening’s ice – the small field meant that everyone began on the same sheet, 9 out of a possible 10 disciplines were completed and we all enjoyed approximately an hour and three quarters of testing yet fun curling.

A smiling winner! – Neil Beattie with, below, the 7 participants

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