Fixtures and events
As many members know the Knockout Finals arranged for last Wednesday 13 November had to be cancelled at the last minute due to a power failure at the ice rink. Fortunately most participants were contacted in time and thereby avoided an unnecessary trip to the rink.
After consultation with the ice rink and also the participating members the finals will now take place on Monday 2 December at 5.00pm. Whilst it was unlikely that we would be able to get a date and time suitable for everyone it would appear that the new date is convenient for the majority of players and hopefully some of the non-finalists will manage along on 2 December to give their support
As usual 2 rinks entered into this annual match against Auchincruive. Skip David Gray, Alan McKinlay, Alex Eccles, and Anne Paterson had a very close match but took a 4 in 7th end resulting in a 10-3 win for A&A. In the other game Skip Jim Nelson,Willie Scott, Wallace Allan and Pat McLeod had a closely contested game with Auchincruive running out winning 5-4 in the last end. However A&A won on shots up 14-8–so a great team effort by both rinks. President Jim said “It was a most enjoyable and friendly evenings curling and we look forward to the return match in 2014″
Round 2 A&A 1 with Skip John McLeod,Alan McKinlay, Carol Simpson and Willie Scott played Kilmarnock Townend skipped by John Evans. An evenly balanced game at the fourth end unfortunately turned into 3 behind going into the 8th end. Undaunted John and his rink fought back to force a measure which could have given them 3 shots get a peel. Sadly it proved to be 2 shots only Result Kilmarnock Townend -7 A&A- 6. But well played A&A Rink!!!
A&A 2 Skip Ed Baines, Alistair Tyre, Ken Gray and Paul Williams had a bye in Round 1 and faced Stair, in Round 2,skipped by Keith Martin. Both rinks played a tight game with Stair looking as though they would lose 2 or more shots in two ends. However Keith’s final stone managed some non nominated results!!! So peels at 7th end but at 8th end A&A got a 4!! Result A&A 8 Stair 4 Onward and upward.!!!!
Round 3 Stewarton Heather1 The Reid familyand previous winners. and this years finalists!! We started by winning ends 1 & 2 then the big guns struck back!!.Despite all of us raising our game for the occasion we were outclassed–not by much— but enough to let Stewarton run out as winners by 8 shots to 2. No easy ride for them and missing several opportunities meant we never looked like winning. Great curling experience for both rinks and good friendship all round. Next year the target for both our entries is ——the Quarter Finals — OK!
Member clubs of Ayr Curling Club were invited — in July (thinking of Curling then—no way!!) to enter a rink for the Bonspiel on 16th September. 36 rinks were selected :- 12 for 3 sessions including a light lunch and speakers after each session.
A&A were represented by Skip Alistair Tyre ,Alex Thomson, Pat Gibson and Jen Tyre against Beresford Ladies skipped by Rena Bain in a most friendly and competitive game. Despite winning by 6 shots up we took 3rd place , so no bottles of wine!!
Our speakers were Sheriff David Smith, talking about the history of Ayr Curling Club and Sheila Watson representing RCCC on their 175th Anniversary. Altogether a most enjoyable introduction to curling for 2013-2014— if a trifle early!
Ayr & Alloway were represented by four gallants- Skip Neil Beattie, John McLeod, Alan McKinlay and Ken Gray who faced the full curling hurricane of Galston – Skip Robert Anderson, Tom Andrews, Jim Boswell and Ed Baines!! (Who??)
Much good curling, but despite moments of brilliance from our rink which Galston matched unfortunately. A good game played in a warm friendly manner resulted in Galston as worthy winners 9-1— one end preserved A&A’s dignity.( Large drinks followed, I presume. Editor?)
The first game of the season is on 25 Sept at 7.15pm. We have different rinks this year for the league and knockout, and all members will have received a note of their rink from the secretary.
We have several new members joined the Club recently, and we are one of the biggest clubs in the area, with 12 rinks playing every week, and a good list of substitutes. However please arrange your substitute as early as possible, for any game you are unable to play.