Last Monday Kirriemuir Curling Club stepped on to the ice as holders of the Weighton Trophy, the prize arising from an annual two-rink Bonspiel with Aberlemno.
Jim Strathearn (skip), Bill Keillor, Mike Downie and George Currie played an Aberlemno rink skipped by Heb McLeod.
This game was keenly contested, but Jim Strathearn got the hang of the ice sooner than Aberlemno’s skip which gave the Kirrie rink the edge.
Jim and his team won 10-5.
On the adjacent rink things were a bit more challenging for Kirrie. Ewan Cameron (skip), Doug Henderson, Dave Congreve and Mietek Lojewski played Charles Gow and his Aberlemno rink.
There were many congested houses throughout this match but Aberlemno seemed always to populate the centre ground. They sped into an eight shot lead without reply. Against Aberlemno there was no way back, Aberlemno won 11-3. Taking the combined scores from both rinks Aberlemno won the Bonspiel 16-13. Ewan Cameron congratulated Aberlemno for the win and presented the trophy to Aberlemno’s winning skip Charles Gow.
Last Tuesday the final league game of the season was played with Gordon Thomson (skip), Gordon Elliott, Sandy Carle and Ian Orr facing Cameron McKiddie (skip), (subbing for Dave Anderson) Jim Strathearn, Bill Keillor and Stuart Cameron.
There was a hint of seniority in the McKiddie rink but that did not restrain the comparatively young side led by Gordon Thomson.
They won four of the first five ends and were leading 8-1 going into the sixth end. The tide turned with Cameron’s crew securing a brace at the sixth and a single at the seventh. Going into the eighth and final end Cameron needed four shots to peel the match. It came down to the skip’s stones and Gordon had the “hammer”. Cameron was lying four shots up, but the way was clear for Gordon to liquidate the dream.
Whether it was the big smile on Jim Strathearn’s face or just the surprise of the situation but Gordon didn’t get the vital “take-out” which would have given him the game. On the day youth and seniority were on a par, the game finished 8-8.
The Club Pairs Final was played last Friday. The contestants were Cameron McKiddie (skip) and Angus Redford against Ewan Cameron (skip) and Mike Downie.
Cameron and Angus got off to a flying start taking three shots, then a single at ends one and two respectively.
Ewan’s rink rallied taking singles at ends three and four. However three shots to Cameron and Angus at the fifth end left Ewan and Mike with an impossible task from which to recover.
After the sixth and final end Cameron and Angus emerged convincing winners scoring 9-2.
Angus, who, just before the Pairs Final had been competing in a bowls final, was already highly motivated, played deadly accurate shots. This coupled with Cameron McKiddie’s experienced play left few opportunities for Ewan and Mike.