League Table and Report 2017-18

Week 3 games now over and for some a welcome break until the New Year which will hopefully bring a change of fortunes!  Further wins for David and Alex saw them retain top spot but with David well ahead on shots difference whilst although Alan too is undefeated the best he could do this week was a peel.  Bella’s rink meanwhile managed to record their first point, if only one, but recent champions Geoff and Jim remain pointless.

In his game with Ed, David was never in trouble consistently extending his lead and indeed it was only in the last end that Ed managed to get on the scoreboard.  The result, a resounding and surprisingly comfortable victory for David by 12-2.  Alex too enjoyed a relatively easy night against Jim building up a lead of 7 shots before Jim managed to respond and although Jim scored singles on ends 5 and 6 a further 2 shots to Alex in the final end ensured victory by 9-2.  The game between Alan and Bella pitted one unbeaten rink against one which had still to register a point.  With Bella again absent she had recruited a very useful and able, but also most welcome, “outsider” in Katie Pieroni.  Ronnie moved up to skip with Katie as 3rd and the opening stages were not too encouraging for Alan.  However a very close game ensued with the lead see-sawing from one to the other and this pattern continued right up to the skips’ final stones.  A peel at 4-4 was probably the correct and fair result!  Following his unaccustomed poor result last week Charlie was keen to make amends when taking on Carol.  Perhaps the presence of Charlie’s wife Hazel in the opposing rink gave an added winning incentive to both rinks and certainly with only the last end to be played it was advantage Carol as she held a 3 shot cushion.  Charlie however did not want consecutive defeats and by scoring 3 shots in that final end the game finished honours even at 6 shots apiece – and matrimonial harmony retained!  The final game of the night involved the Barber and Tyre rinks though both skips were absent, one on holiday and the other, less enjoyably, unwell.  In Geoff’s absence it was good to welcome wife Jan back to the ice and hopefully a precursor to more frequent outings.  She did not skip however leaving that duty to Linda Wilson whilst Camille Macdonald assumed Alistair’s duties.  For 5 ends it was a close game with, first, Camille in the lead only for Linda to claw it back but the last 3 ends in what was an 8 end game (well done ladies!!) went in favour of Camille, the final score being 8-3.

This week for a variety of reasons saw the largest turn out of reserves, and guest players, for some time.  A combination of holidays, illness, bereavement, social events etc meant that we required 13 of our own reserves plus 3 from outwith the Club to ensure a full complement of players.  Whilst extremely grateful to all who turned out it only emphasises the need for the Club to attract as many new members as possible.  I hope, and indeed think, that our “guests” enjoyed their curling with us and perhaps we might see them again!

Apart from the Cue Competition next Wednesday 13 December that’s us for curling until the New Year.  We resume on Wednesday 10 January at 5.00pm.  For some the opening league games have been good; for others, mixed; and for others, disappointing.  The New Year will no doubt bring more highs and lows curling-wise but in the meantime best wishes to everyone for the Festive Season.

Contact: Secy Alan McKinlay 01292 443600 alan.mckinlay@dsl.pipex.com

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