20 Mar 19
Thanks to Andrew Kerr for his report on yesterday's Inter City.
Ayr welcomed the Borders to the ice rink on Monday 18th March for the last Intercity of the season. In the absence of the President, Bert Andrew was captain for the day and took on past Royal Club President Jim Cullen’s rink. Bert lost a two in the first end but thereafter controlled the game running out the winner by 11 shots to 5.
On the adjacent sheet Lorna Alexander skipped in the absence of President Bob and was hampered when her third, Ed Baines, had to leave the ice unwell after the third end. Lorna was playing against Judith Dixon, a leading light in English curling and succumbed 5-10.
So the destination of the Tom and Mattie Smillie Quaich was going to come down to the third game. Things didn’t start off well for the Ayr rink when Gavin left his curling shoes in the house. Clearly, Jean’s fault !! However, the Morton / McIntyre rink dug in and by the last end were trailing Gwen Prentice’s rink by just two shots. As the last end moved towards the skips’ stones the other rinks, having finished, watched in great anticipation as Gavin lay 2. Gwen had the hammer and had a stone in the 8 foot available to use. What would Gavin do with his last stone ? The sensible money was on a guard but Gavin opted for a hit ! Gavin is still getting used to contact lenses which Jean has to put in for him and obviously Jean had put them in the wrong eyes because all Gavin achieved was to put Gwen’s stone into second shot and victory to the Borders by 6-5.
With two wins it was the Borders who took the Trophy away and in Judith Dixon’s custody as the highest up rink in the winning side. After the games there was the usual socialising with old friends including Rhona and Tommy Fleming and Frank Forrest. Judith was warned that we would be in Kelso next year to return the trophy to Ayr !