The annual night out at the Abbotsford Hotel was enjoyed by 49 members. Tasty food was well served, and the wine flowed. President Jim Nelson chaired the meeting with no contentious issues, and welcomed incoming President, Peter Kennedy by pinning on the badge of office.
Prize winners were as follows:
League second – Skip Jim Nelson, John Beaton, Jan Barber Jim Younger
League winners – Skip Alex Thomson and Anne Carruthers
League 3rd – Skip David Gray, David Scott, Sheila Campbell, Anne Cooper
League 4th – Skip Geoff Barber, Alex Eccles, Elma Stevenson
Knockout Highroad Winners – Skip Rigmor McAndrew, Elma Stevenson, Alex Thomson
Knockout Low Road winners: Skip Alan McKinlay, Donald Macrae, Pat Macleod, Graham Boyd
Rozelle Saucer: Skip Jean Thomson, Shirley Scott, Mike Williams, John Macleod
Points Winner: Charlie Steele
Scott with his Olympic Silver Medal is congratulated by Hazel and Charlie Steele
Scott Andrews learned his curling at Ayr and has been a very succesful junior curler, winning a silver medal at the 2010 World juniors. He joined Tom Brewster’s mens rink in 2011 and has won two silver and one bronze World Men’s Curling championship, as well as three Scottish championships.
Of course he is now a major star, having played in David Murdoch’s rink in the Sochi Olympics in February 2014. Some fantastic curling earned them the silver medal, losing to Canada in the final.
Ayr & Alloway have two rinks in the Day Leagues. Rink 2 is skipped by Alex Thomson, with David Gray, Geoff Barber, Charlie Steele and Alistair Tyre making up the pool.
A fine start to the season by beating Sorn in the first game was followed by a drought until the last game, which AACC managed to win against Dundonald. This resulted in AACC finishing on equal points in the leage with Dundonald, but with one end more, AACC stay in Division A for another year. Full Results
Rink 1 is skipped by Ed Baines, and they had an amazing 3 peel out of 6 games, plus 1 win, which places them mid-table, so they continue in League B for next season. Full Results
The Points competition continues to attract a dedidated band of hardcore curlers. It is always a fun tournament with great banter on the ice. Those who have never played are missing a treat!
Each player throws four stones in each discipline. These include Drawing, Takeouts, Raising and Hit and Lie. No-one should be embarassed to take part, and you will be amazed not only how much fun it is, but also how it can improve your game.
The champion of the last two years, David Gray, put up a decent defence of his title, but Charlie Steele captitalised on the easier of the two sheets and held it together for a last stone draw, to clinch the top spot by two points.
Other scores available on request!
It has been sometime since we won overall against Gangrels—those of you with better memories will let us know (but quietly!!) However our two rinks of Skip Alistair Tyre,Jim Nelson, Alan McKinlay,and Alan Richmond against Skip Bob Cherry,David Gray, Ernest Mutter and Robert Boyd and Skip Scott McAndrew,Alex Eccles, Peter Kennedy and Donald McRae against Skip Ronnie Peat, Charlie Jack, Richard Morrison and Ken Ross played strongly coming out clear winners in both matches. Alistair’s rink kept control of their game throughout and finished 7-3 winners. Scott McAndrew’s merry men played an excellent game to finish strongly on 8-4 as winners. Overall 15-7 which was a good result against strong and experienced curlers from the Gangrels (Note- some of whose names, you will note, also appear in Ayr & Alloway colours!!!) A good evening and good friendship was had on and off the ice—- so here’s to next year!!
Friday 17th - High Noon – Ayr Ice Rink!!!
Sheriff Gary Cooper aka Jim Nelson with deputies Bella Kennedy, Alec Eccles and Paul Williams strode out to challenge the baddies from Kyle & Carrick lead by John “The Cue” Wyllie in the 1st Round of the Trophy. Despite the skill of all A&A enforcement team they lost by ONE rock(point) in a tight game. Next year we may need more sharp shooters to reach the final corral.
Nearly but not quite!!!
On the evening of Tuesday 14 January the Club fielded 2 rinks in the Province Medal, a competition in which the combined scores of both rinks count when determining the overall winners. Ayr & Alloway had a final score of +6 shots only to be pipped at the post by Stewarton Heather who finished with +7. Nevertheless to finish in second place was a superb achievement for the 8 members involved. Congratulations to everyone.
In the first game the team comprising John Macleod (skip), Alex Eccles, Scott McAndrew, and Ken Gray had an excellent game against the Gangrels. They were always in control of the match but unfortunately lost 2 shots at the last end, however they still managed to win by 11 shots to 5. Great curling and good friendship all round.
In the second game the team made up of Edward Baines (skip), David Gray, Alan McKinlay and Donald Macrae faced the might of Galston including Tom Neil and John Davers. Ed decided that Donald would play the first two stones and then stand in the head, a thankless task thought Ed, as Donald had to take the ice Ed chose and then try to keep his mouth shut even when the shot went pear shaped. Ed was sure that it was never going to be a walkover and would require a different type of tactics from the usual Ayr & Alloway game. He thought that his tactics came as something of a shock to the rest of the team (he was correct!!) but they managed to hold their own and were actually ahead at one point, very much helped by a four when Ed managed to shunt one of their rocks out. In the final end Ed left himself rather exposed but Galston’s final shot was short and caught a guard giving Ayr & Alloway an unexpected peel at 7-7. Unfortunately this was not quite sufficient to keep our first team in the lead, just failing to stay in front of the winners Stewarton Heather. Ed’s assessment of his team was that everyone had played well, especially Donald – an assessment subsequently amended with the observation that he had expected David and Alan to raise their games and play out of their skins, which he thought they did!!
Cue Competition is a great success!
The winners: Peter Christy, Graham Boyd, Willie Scott, Neil Beattie
The handsome cut crystal trophy, kindly donated by Elma Stevenson, is proudly held by skip Graham Boyd, after amassing a creditable 12 shots from 6 ends.
Elma spoke of her affection for Ayr and Alloway Curling Club, and as she had never held high office in the club, she felt it appropriate to donate a trophy for annual competition. Graham thanked Elma and said he was proud (and perhaps a little lucky) to have won.
Everyone had to use a cue to deliver the stones, and some took to this more easily than others. However, it was a fun night and will now form part of the curling fixtures, although next year it will be held on a Wednesday if possible.
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