24 Jan 20
Yesterday saw the first of this year's "inter cities" take place when three Ayr rinks headed east to take on the Borders at Kelso. As is the custom with this fixture the three rinks met up for lunch in the Cross Keys Hotel in the Square in Kelso before heading up to the ice rink. The Ayr rinks were skipped by Margaret White, Bert Andrew and Billy Howat with Billy having the additional responsibility of coping with President Robert !
The ice was dour to start with and although it speeded up for the other two games, it remained dour for Margaret on sheet one where, in a tight game, she lost narrowly. Bert meanwhile raced off with a four in the first end but his opposition came back strongly and Bert was thankful for his good start to see out the game with a 7-4 victory. The President's rink had, on paper, the hardest task up against a rink skipped by Keith Prentice but that was maybe just the incentive Billy's rink needed to produce their best form and they recorded another win meaning that the Quaich would be returning to Ayr.
However, the Tom and Mattie Smillie Trophy which the Borders had won last year, was nowhere to be found despite frantic phone calls by our hosts whilst we enjoyed post match hospitality. Hopefully, it will be traced ere long !
A successful and, as always, a most enjoyable day.
Thanks to Andrew Kerr for the above report