Round 7 of this year’s Superleague saw Billy Howat on sheet 1 up against Neil Kennedy skipping Team Sands. For the first time this season Team Howat went into the lead from the off with a two but Neil drew level before conceding another two in the fourth and a single in the fifth to go 2-5 down. In the sixth Neil picked up a one and in the last was well placed to get the shots needed to win until his last stone picked up giving Billy a nose hit which he did to get his one and a win by 6-3.
On sheet 2 it was Rab Clark taking on Billy Morton with Jim Strang in for the injured Robert Anderson in Rab’s Rink and Babs guesting in Billy’s rink. A tight game, as you would expect with Rab only stretching away with a single and a two in ends 6 and 7 to claim victory by 6-2.
Bobby Ireland on sheet 3 was without team captain Bert Andrew this week but with a very able deputy in young Murray McHarg. They were up against Liam’s rink skipped by Sean Rennie with Aileen Rennie and Alastair Middleton making Bobby, Jimmy Ireland and John Davers feel positively ancient ! Bobby got off to a good start but Sean was never far behind and it was all square at 5 all going into the last end. Despite having the hammer, Sean “stole” a one in the seventh to win by 6-
Gail Thomson’s rink were 5-1 down after 3 ends but then picked up a 4 in the fourth against George McNaughton. Unfortunately, that was the end of their scoring with George going on to finish 11-5 ahead.
On sheet 5 it was the unfancied Team Hope skipped by Jim Boswell taking on David Mundell’s rink. Team Mundell could never quite shake off Team Hope despite being ahead all through the game. After 7 ends David Mundell was leading 5-4 and Team Hope went into the last end without the hammer, probably more in hope than expectation, but came away with a magnificent three to claim victory by 7-5.
The final game of this round took place on sheet 6 between Dougie Paton and Team Alexander. Captain Ian Alexander was again “rested” possibly in anticipation of him having a busy few weeks ahead in the kitchen and his rink was once more skipped by Mark Pieroni. The key ends in this game came in the third and fourth. In the third, Mark picked up a 4 only to see most of this advantage clawed back with Dougie taking a 3 in the fourth and with neither team able to create any clear water between them, no surprise that the final result was a peel at 6 all.
So, after seven games, it’s Rab Clark’s rink which is sitting at the top with Gail Thomson still the league’s strongest rink.
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