Knockout Tables and Report 2021-22

Welcome back! It seems almost inconceivable that we have not curled properly for almost 20 months. I know that some of us enjoyed one game last October before everything shut down and indeed I penned a report of those games but like everything else that report was "locked down" and didn't reach the website. I did write then that whilst I had managed to hand over the reins of Secretary into the very capable hands of Liz Tait - wasn't that well timed and what a good job she continues to do! -unfortunately for all you readers I had agreed to continue reporting as impartially as ever on the on-ice antics of the club members! It was very unfortunate that owing to a problem at the ice rink last Wednesday our first night of curling had to be delayed but, never mind, better late than never and here we are back on the ice. It is good that we can muster 8 rinks and rather than having our usual knockout competition in the first part of our season the "knockout" is being played as a league but with the same conditions whereby the "actual" league skips will play as Leads whilst the 3rds will skip. And so to the competition.

On sheet 3 new skip Hugh was up against the rink of Carol, the league winner in our last completed season but in whose absence this evening John MacLeod was deputising, and in Hugh's rink it was good to welcome Geoff Barber back into the playing fold. The opening four ends all favoured Carol's rink as they amassed a lead of 5 shots and although Hugh got some consolation gains thereafter Carol/John emerged victorious by 6-3. The adjoining sheet saw another previous league skip Ronnie take on Willie. The first four ends were shared but a score of 3 to Ronnie in the next proved decisive and whilst each rink picked up shots over the next three ends it was Ronnie who tasted victory by 7-3. At least the game ensured that there would be one happy person in the Wilson house that night - unfortunately not Linda as 3rd in Hugh's rink! The next game saw our other two lady skips in action, Milly and Jean. Jean is the reigning High Road winner but her new campaign did not start auspiciously. After only three ends Milly had established a lead of 8 shots. Jean got on the scoreboard with 2 at the next end but further gains by Milly took her tally to 10 before Jean scored 3 shots in the last end to lend a little respectability to the score. A win by 10-5 for Milly represented a very encouraging start and it was also a pleasure to welcome as part of her rink on the night one of our new members and reserves, David Graham. I hope David enjoyed his first outing with us. The final game saw the other Beattie, Neil, taking on Allan. Whilst Milly enjoyed an encouraging opening game unfortunately the same cannot be said for Neil. Winning the first end with a single shot was as good as it got. Thereafter, at least if the score sheet is anything to go by, it was all Allan who took every other end with a mix of single shots, a 2 and two 3s to ensure a comprehensive win by 11-1. If I were Neil's next opponent I would be expecting a much improved performance - beware! Nevertheless, and despite the mixed fortunes experienced by some, I hope everyone enjoyed their first game and hopefully we shall be able to have a full season of curling without any disruption.

Next week it's the Eglinton Jug so NO club curling. Best of luck however to our Jug skips, Charlie Steele and Jim Nelson - they might need it! The next round of games on Wednesday 27 October, again at 5.15pm as will be the case this season, sees Willie against Neil; Ronnie playing Jean; Carol and Allan are in opposition; and Hugh plays Milly.

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