As the Superleague enters the finishing straight Round 9 produced a few upsets starting on sheet 1 where Neil Sands rink were playing David Mundell. In a tight game Neil always had the edge, just, and was one up going into the last but without the hammer. However, a “steal” of three saw Neil home 7-3.
On sheet 2 it was Liam Scott’s young rink against the equally young Team Billy Morton. A three for the Shaun Rennie skipped Team Scott in the third end saw them go 4-1 up. Thereafter twos were exchanged with Billy getting his third two in the last end on a measure to nick the win 7-6.
Dougie Paton looked to be well in control against Rab Clark on sheet 3 when he went 5-0 up after three ends and stretched that lead even further going 7-1 up after 5 but the game is never over until you shake hands ! Rab took a three in the sixth and singles in the seventh and eighth leaving Dougie with the win by the slimmest of margins 7-6.
Sheet 4 saw Team Hope skipped this week by Jim Boswell just back from Greenacres where his team had beaten Keith Prentice earlier in the Masters up against Gail Thomson with Alison Cunningham just back from coaching her Junior rink to gold medal success in Finland. A tight game from end 1 until end 8 and a peel at 7-7 was fitting.
Depending upon your point of view the games on sheets 5 and 6 were either best forgotten or stunning victories !
On 5 in was Bobby Ireland’s Team Andrew against George McNaughton and it looked to be going according to form with Bobby four up after two ends but then the wheels came off big time ! George took a six followed by a three and although Bobby took a single in fifth, hands were shaken after the sixth end with George 10-5 up.
A similar story on sheet 6 with Team Howat against Team Alexander and Billy getting a shot of a start due to Willie Smith’s late arrival. With Ian Alexander sunning himself (again) it was left to Mark Pieroni, Allan Forrest, Willie Smith and Tom Andrews to wipe the floor with Team Howat. Billy did manage one more shot but it just wasn’t their night and they retired to the bar with the score at 11-2 in Mark’s favour.