Scottish Seniors and Game against Kinross

01 March 2016

Congratulations go to Robert Clark & Billy Howat who reached the final of the Scottish Men's Seniors Championships at Hamilton on Sunday.

They had beaten Mike Dick's Edinburgh team in the semis and were up against the defending champions, skipped by Gordon Muirhead, in the final. It was very close with the teams tied at 3 all in the final end. The Muirhead team came out on top to retain their trophy and they now will represent Scotland in the World Seniors in Karlstad, Sweden.

Some photos from the weekend can be found by clicking here.

Andrew Kerr has sent the following report on our game against Kinross.

"Back in 1990 Tom and Mattie Smillie presented a trophy for an annual challenge between Ayr and the Galleon. With the folding of the Galleon Curling Club we contacted Kinross Curling who were only too keen to take up our offer of replacing the Galleon and Tom Smillie Jnr. was happy that the annual challenge would continue with Kinross.

Three rinks headed east last week to Kinross which has been, to all intents and purposes, rebuilt in the last few years. There we were met by Phil Barton and Bob Tait who are on the board of Kinross Curling and warmly welcomed us.

Unfortunately, the Kinross hospitality did not extend to the curling! Gemmill and Shona Jack along with Gavin and Jean Morton took on Bob Tait's rink and put up a creditable performance but lost 4-5. On the next sheet Margaret White had no sooner described the Kinross skip as the "old baldy headed guy" when the late arriving proper skip, Dave Thomson, turned up and took a 6 off her!! However, special mention of Margaret's rink of Mara Lindsay, Sandy Frew and Rob White needs to be made as they were only called in a few days earlier to replace President Tom who was unavailable. Despite the bad start Margaret hung in but finished on the wrong end of a 3-12 score line.

The final game saw Andrew Kerr's rink of Morag Evans, John Davers and Alison Young take on Angela Wilcox who had two American curlers on their way to Highland Week in her rink. Let's just say that Angela wasn't taking any prisoners winning 8-4 !

The Kinross facilities are excellent with very big swings on both hands (which was our excuse!) and, despite the results, a good day was enjoyed by all the Ayr curlers."

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