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Championships

Forfar Indoor Sports sponsored the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Rink Championship which was held from March 1 to 3.

The 24 rinks were favoured with good fast ice and a nice draw.

Congratulations go to to Adrian White and his Forfar 2 (Fothringham) team off Jill Donald, Graeme Nicoll and Andy Ducat.

Runners-up were Iain Watt and his Perth 1 (Dunning) team of Paul Martin, Bob Kelly, Greig Marshall and Sub Johnny Wilson.

The Quarters matched Stirling (Kilsyth) v Borders 1 (Ayton Castle) score 5-6, Borders stole one at the final end. Murrayfield 2 (Musketeers) v Forfar 2 (Fothringham) score 3-5, Murrayfield had a double for the game but just missed out. Aberdeen 2 (Meldrum & Daviot) v Perth 1 (Dunning) score 3-5, Aberdeen had a double for the game and again just missed out. Perth 2 (Dunning) v Perth 3 (Airleywight) score 3-6, Perth 3 were always in control.

The semi-finals matched Forfar 2 v Borders and Perth 3 v Perth 1.

In the Forfar game there was nothing between the teams. The game went to an extra end with the Forfar Skip playing a great shot round a guard to win 5-4.

Perth 1 received a by to the final because of a misunderstanding of the substitution rule.

In the Final, Forfar won the toss over Perth 1.

The first two ends were blanked with no team prepared to take a chance. Forfar were forced to take one in end three but managed a steal of two in end four. Another steal in end five and six gave Forfar a 5-0. Final score being 5-1.

Forfar Club

IN THE recent Top Ten Challenge, the club were joint leaders going into the Hot Shots.

Some inspired curling by others, pushed the club down into third place.

Those taking part were George and Craig Paterson, Alan and Craig Joiner, Euan MacDiarmid, Keith Gibbs, Bob Railton and Andy McGlynn.

The Double Rinks Final against Evenie Water saw the rink of David Russell, Neill Smith, Pete Smith and Steve Thomson win 7-5. However, the other rink of Bill Thomson, Andy McGlynn, Keith Gibbs and Jim Gibbs went down 3-12, thus losing 17-10 overall.

A three at the last end by the rink of Jim Gibbs, Alan Wood, Bruce Keillor and David Russell, was not enough to secure victory in the final of The Geordie Quaich. Winners with a score of 8-7 were Steve Thomson, Mike Cumming, Doug Gellatly and Keith Gibbs.

Recent Punch Bowl games saw a win for David Russell, Jim Gibbs, Craig Paterson and Ed Taylor over Mike Cumming, Alan Joiner, Peter Ord and Mike Scyner. Also involved were Bill Thomson, Peter MacDiarmid, Doug McFarlane and Adam MacDiarmid, losing 5-7 to an enhanced team of John Duff, skipping for Pete Smith, Keith Gibbs(sub), Ian Gibbs and Euan MacDiarmid (sub).

In the local final of The Crichton Tankard, Keith Gibbs, Ian Gibbs, Alan Joiner and Steve Thomson lost to Suttieside 9-4.

Neill Smith, John Duff, Brian Bonnyman, and Jim Gibbs found themselves four down after three ends in The Kelman Stone against Mike Cumming, Andy McGlynn, David Arnot and John Minnaar. Scores of four and two at the proceeding ends, saw them emerge two shots up, going on to win 8-6.

Suttieside

THE PAIRS competition has finished with just about the closest result possible after a round-robin where each team played eight games.

Two teams – Craig Anderson/Aileen MacKenzie and Dorothy Robson/Arron Duncan – finished level on points, ends and shots difference! Eventually, Craig and Aileen were declared winners since they had a slightly higher shots total than Dorothy and Arron.

There were equally close games in the penultimate round of the Russell Cup when teams skipped by Jenny McGlynn and Anne Cant each had 7-6 wins over Lorna Anderson and John Shearer, respectively. With one more round to go, it looks like this competition too will go right to the wire.

Suttieside played its annual points competition on Sunday evening. Eight curlers got through nine disciplines over the session and Ian Young emerged victorious with a creditable total of 46 points, followed by Ian Taylor on 39, just ahead of Stewart Taylor and David Shephard, joint third on 38. Bob Railton took the handicap prize, with Barry Eggleton as runner-up.

In the RCCC North-East Area Crichton Tankard competition, Ian Young’s rink won the local final and now contest the Area final at Forfar on mARCH 24 against Fordoun.

Two Suttieside teams travelled to Curl Aberdeen for the annual fixture against Rubislaw Curling Club and came back with a two-shot victory overall, overturning a similar scoreline in last year’s fixture at Forfar. As usual, hospitality was excellent and the game played in a friendly spirit.

Finally, the Agricar League goes into its final three sessions this week with both Suttieside teams in the top half of the table.

Forfar Ladies

The pairs competition has had four more games completed this week, Anne Shaw playing with Nan Hamilton ( sub) had a very close game against Lillian Carnegie and Barbara Smith with the score at four shots each at the fifth end, Anne managed to take three shots at the last end to gain victory.

Mary White and Karen Neill had a great game against Jean Balfour and Mary Campbell it was an exciting game with lady luck just airing on Mary’s side on some of the ends final score Mary winning by nine shots.

Irene Miller and Mari Brown also had a very close game against Heather Farquhar (sub) and Lindsay Hamilton (sub), Heather taking the final end to win six shots to Irene’s four shots.

Alison Orr and Moira Haggart were against Moira Adam and Rhoda Keith an exciting game with some challenging shots played from both teams.

Final score saw Alison with seven shots taking the victory against Moira’s three shots.

Kirrie Ladies

THERE were four more games of Pairs on Tuesday.

Isobel Keillor and Eva Bell played Janet Carmichael and Moira Estill.

This was a fairly even game until Janet scored a four in the last end giving her a win of 7-2.

Jenny Arbuckle (sub for Marnie Ewart) and Morag Burns had a good game against Irene Mackie and Catherine Smith finishing with the score 6-6.

Sandi Buchan and Betty Whytock won 7-3 against Wilma McGibbon and Frances Martin.

The fourth game was between Barbara Sherriff and Aileen MacKenzie and Ruth Baynes and Eileen Cramond. Barbara won 6-3.

Juniors

The UNDER 14s took part in the final slam of the season.

The team from Forfar Young Curlers lost to Calum Kinnear (Perth) 3-5, but then had wins against Lucy Fleming (Hamilton) 9-0, and Andrew Brown (Perth) 8-6 to finish second in their group.

James Craik (FYC), playing second for Aberdeens’ Scott Lockhart, with Kerr Waddell at third, and Alister Torrance at lead won all three group games in their group to finish top.

In the semi final, Team Lockhart had a close win 3-2 over Adam Keron (Edinburgh).

The final was between Calum Kinnear’s rink from Perth and Scott Lockhart of Aberdeen.

The final was a very close game with Team Lockhart winning in an extra end 4-3.