Once again 2 Ayr and Alloway rinks participated in the Eglinton Jug which began on 17 October. Unfortunately that is when their participation also ended!
A & A1 comprised Alex Thomson (skip), Jim Nelson, Willie Scott and Alan McHarg. Against Dundonald 2 they got off to a very poor start losing 4 shots at the first end and a single in end 2. Thereafter they were always chasing the game. However by end 4 they had pulled back to 3-5 but promptly lost a 2 at the next end. Singles were gained in each of the following 2 ends but a single loss at the final end meant defeat by 5-8. The difference in the game overall was the loss of 4 shots in the first end. Nevertheless skip Alex considered the rink played pretty well and fought bravely till the end of the match.
The second A & A rink consisted of Alan McKinlay (skip), David Gray, John MacLeod and Bill Aiken. On paper it looked as though they were in for a difficult time having been drawn against Stewarton Heather3 (any SH rink would be difficult opposition) and the sight of 3 young, fit and capable curlers in the opposing rink only served to underline any initial negative thoughts! However after the opening 2 ends when we were only 1 shot adrift at 1-2 there was perhaps more belief that we could hold our own. Quickly dispelled! A damaging loss of 5 shots in end 3 would prove decisive. Subsequent ends were shared equally being won with single shots but that third end was costly and the “young ones” ran out winners by 9-3. Skip Alan’s observations were similar to those of Alex. By and large the rink equipped themselves well and, one end apart, were certainly not disgraced.
Perhaps next year’s A & A participants will fare better!