Skip David Gray reports:
When my team of Neil Beattie, John McLeod and Ken Gray saw we were drawn against Dave Mundell and his Stewarton Heather team, we decided to go out and give it our best and enjoy ourselves.
Whilst we were beaten 8 shots to 2, over 8 ends….6 of the ends were decided by a single shot and the game closer than the score suggests. We all played well and thoroughly enjoyed playing at the higher standard this competition demands…there were many accurate shots played by both teams.
Stewarton Heather have won this Jug several times recently as well as being overall winners in the Super league. Individually they are excellent players, but they operate well as a team, especially when sweeping and working a stone…something to aim for!
Also worth noting that whilst we conceded after 8 ends in the usual curling session, we comfortably, would have had time to play a ninth end if the score had been closer.
Thanks team for your support.
Neil Beattie reports:
High noon on 1st October saw a brave rink from Ayr & Alloway Curling Club facing the mightiest thunder that Dundonald Curling Club could muster in the first round of the Ross Lowe Competition.
Ayr and Alloway drew the first blood with a 1 at the first end but Dundonald responded with a 4 at the next. Every other end was a single in a keenly fought game. Twice the Dundonald skip rescued Dundonald from a big end that could have swung the game but the game ended in a victory to Dundonald by 8 shots to 2.
Ayr and Alloway were represented by Geoff Barber, Willie Scott, Alan Mckinlay and Neil Beattie (Skip); Dundonald were Jim McGeoch, Andrew Kerr, Robert Wilson and Jim Miller (Skip).
Jim Nelson skipped the Ayr and Alloway 1 team with John Wyllie, Peter Christy and Paul Williams. Here is his report:
“Having received a bye in Rd 1, we beat Kilwinning Eglington 12-0 in Rd 2.” Well done Jim!
“Our Rd 3 opponents were AyrCC skipped by Gavin Morton. After a closely fought game we lost out 7-5. (This included me giving away a 5). I need to learn how to avoid these disaster ends.” Oh dear!
Jin Nelson skipped this match as John Wyllie called off at short notice. Here is his report.
“We played a very strong Crosshill team skipped by Bobby Ireland. All members of the team played very well and we were comfortably 6-3 up going into the last end.
Regrettably we lost a 4 ( should never happen) in this end, and went out 7-6.”
Two teams from Ayr and Alloway played Auchincruive in an interclub match on Oct.14th
John MacLeod’s rink with Scott McAndrew 3rd, Alan McHarg 2nd and Willie Scott lead,
had a convincing win by 14 pts. to 3. The opposition played well but had little luck
in some ends. The ice was tricky with huge swings at both ends, however we all enjoyed
our social evening afterwards.
The other Ayr and Alloway team with skip Jim Nelson (substituting for Neil Beattie),
Alan Richmond 3rd, Linda Wilson 2nd and David Scott lead, also had a good game
and were leading 5 pts to 2 going into the last end. Unfortunately they lost 4 shots
which made the final score 6 shots to 5 for Auchincruive.
At the Opening Day Bonspiel of the Ice Rink on 22 September the Club was represented by Ronnie & Linda Wilson and Geoff & Jan Barber. Ronnie reports as follows:
You may be pleased to hear that Ayr & Alloway won their match against Darvel 9:2 – Darvel playing with three and skipped by Mark Meehan. The scoring system for the day meant we did not receive any additional points which meant that Gangrels were the winners of our evening session. It was a good humoured game with some luck on our part but also some start of season moves in need of improvement!
At the meal afterwards (retiring ice man for 34 years) Charlie Otterson was presented with a gift from the PLC and also from ACC. [Ayr and Alloway also contributed to Charlie's retiral presentation.]
Our rink consisted of John MacLeod as 3rd, Bella Kennedy as 2nd, Shirley Scott as lead and President Peter as Skip. They played against Ronnie Peat ( Gangrels President), Ken Ross, Peter Galloway and Jenifer Mutter on rink 1 where the ice was rather odd – it looked fast but was slow and the draw varied through the game which Peter thought helped our game as he was reading the ice well!
We started with a 2 and they had a 2 at the second end. We then had 3 ones before they managed a one and we ended with a 2 , thus leaving us the winners by 7 to 3. On paper a surprising result, but we all played quite well especially Shirley and Bella.
The Bonspiel was won by – wait for it – the Disnae Club! We were about the middle. We had an excellent Dinner and good speeches which did not go on too long and a couple of Jimmy Begg’s poems.
The opening game of the season was on 24 Sept, and the ceremonial first stone was delivered by Secretary Alan McKinlay.
President Peter Kennedy addressed the company and reiterated his reward for any member bringing a new curler into our club.
We are still one of the largest clubs which plays at Ayr, but we need new members to keep the reserve list healthy.
Anyone like a jar of honey?
Peter lectures the members. Some are more interested than others!
Are you ready for the new season?
The first game is in the Knock-out competition at 7.15pm on Wed 24 Sept.
Why not get loosened up before hand with the Drop-in sessions at the ice rink. Experienced coaches on hand to help out.
Cost £5.00 for at least 1 hour
2.30 – 5pm:
7.30 – 9.30pm
1.30pm – 4pm
4.30 -7pm Full details on Ayr Curling Club website