Skip Alex reports on a very good match:
The Ayr and Alloway team of Shirley Scott, Jan Barber, Ed Baines and Alex Thomson were drawn against a Gangrels team of Jim Hendry, Robert Boyd, Ken Ross and Peter Galloway. It was a close encounter for the first couple of ends with single shots being taken by both teams. At the third end Ayr and Alloway picked up a 3 and were always in the driving seat thereafter. Our front end of Shirley and Jan played exceptionally well which made things much easier for Ed and skip Alex to finish off the job, not without one or two frights. We took single shots at the 4th, 5th and 6th ends with Gangrels taking a single at the 7th end making the overall result in favour of Ayr and Alloway by 7 – 2. A very good team effort which was greatly appreciated by skip Alex.
Peter and Bella, members also of the Country Club, skipped out two rinks. Our President, Peter, reports:
We had a very enjoyable evening made even better by having a meal afterwards. The results for the husband and wife team of skips could not have been more different. I had a good game against Jim Murdoch’s rink which pushed ahead with 3 single stones in the first 3 ends but we made up a little ground and went into the last end 5-4 down, but managed a 3 to win 7 –5. Unfortunately Bella’s rink had one of those horrible nights going down 15 – 0. I gather the Country Club were all playing well.
Well worth repeating next year.
Ah well – that’s Peter making his own teas for a week!
High Road winners – Ronnie, Anne, Alan and Scott
Scott’s rink look well pleased with their High Road victory, beating Linda Wilson’s rink 8 shots to 5 in a high quality final.
Read the full report and final standing on Knockout page
The pairs competition was fought out during November by four pairs in a round robin followed by a final between the leading two pairs. However the final game between the third and fourth teams was a grudge match and that added huge interest.
As ever in pairs it is essential to complete the first game of the evening timeously to prevent limiting the time available for the second. Your match secretary had arranged for 5-end games with each player delivering three stones and the game must be completed before the end of the hour – if not the uncompleted end is void and the game is scored on the four completed ends.
In the first game (Alex and Sheila v Alan and David), Alan was leading by one point at the end of the fourth end. In the fifth end Alex was way ahead and had an evident easy win overall – but they had been playing very slowly – fifth end void and a disgruntled Alex!
Alan and David went on to win the second game against David Gray and Elma – and after two games was the only rink with four points. However in the third and final game of the round robin, despite leading Ronnie and Scott by a point after the fourth end, they managed to lose a three in the fifth and so were doomed to play with the “also rans” in the final game, Ronnie and Scott having made it to a final against David and Elma on shots up.
In an exciting final David Gray and Elma beat Ronnie and Scott by 5:2 and so triumphed in what had been a very enjoyable competition – except for the ending of that first round game between Alex and Alan! Now Alex had an opportunity to show just how it should have been – and he did – big time. Suffice it to say that a score card was not produced and thankfully the match secretary is becoming forgetful these days and so the final score will remain a mystery.
Congratulations to David and Elma on their win and to all who took part.
The final game in our section was against a Stair CC team led by Keith Martin.
A & A represented by Jim Nelson, Bella Kennedy and Anne Carruthers ( one player failed to appear) had a comfortable 11 – 1 win. All the team were in top form and were never under any pressure.
Regrettably, as this competition is played under RCCC rules, the game was void and the points were allocated to Stair.
This result allowed Stair to qualify from the group, on count back on ends. A & A’s final days tally was not included. We wish them good luck in the semi final.
As skip of the rink I will accept the blame for not contacting everyone involved in this game. Perhaps all members of our Club should check their match fixture card for the remaining matches of the season, just in case they are involved in an inter club competition.
The Ayr and Alloway team of Shirley Scott, Jan Barber, Ed Bains and Alex Thomson were drawn against a Gangrels team of Jim Hendry, Robert Boyd, Ken Ross and Peter Galloway. It was a close encounter for the first couple of ends with single shots being taken by both teams. At the third end Ayr and Alloway picked up a 3 and were always in the driving seat thereafter. Our front end of Shirley and Jan played exceptionally well which made things much easier for Ed and skip Alex to finish off the job, not without one or two frights. We took single shots at the 4th, 5th and 6th ends with Gangrels taking a single at the 7th end making the overall result in favour of Ayr and Alloway by 7 – 2. A very good team effort which was greatly appreciated by skip Alex.
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.”