2012-11-27 01:59 by Webmaster
At a happy prize-giving ceremony presided over by Trevor Dodds, chair of the Edinburgh International organising committee, prizes were presented to the winners and runners-up in both the Edinburgh International senior competitions, ladies and men.
In his closing remarks, Trevor thanked the ice, bar and catering staff in the rink as well as the other members of his organising committee and all of the umpiring team, as well as webmaster Alex Mitchell.
The ladies competition cup had previously been used for the Edinburgh International ladies championships. It was resurrected and will continue to be presented to the winners of the senior ladies competition. The winning men’s team was presented with the Braid Hills Cup, named for the competition’s chief sponsor.
John Dignan, managing director of the Best Western Braid Hills competition, a loyal and long-term sponsor of the competition presented the men’s trophy and President of the Ladies Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Jenny Bain, presented the ladies trophy.
The two competitions have been well received by the competitors and plans are already afoot to run them again from 22 – 24 November next season.
2012-11-25 17:22 by Webmaster
And so to the two finals of the Edinburgh International Seniors Championships.
The men’s final was contested between two strong teams -
Both teams struggled a bit to get to grips with the ice but 2s in the first and fifth ends gave Keith and company a comfortable 4-1 lead. You are never “comfortable” against David Clydesdale when you are only 4-1 up, mind you but that said, he and his team tried and tried again to get round the guards out front and never quite made it. Come the seventh end, they found themselves two shots down with some cover out front and a Prentice counter out in the wings. With his first stone and trying to engineer a 2, David went for the draw around the centre guard but his stone seemed light and tight from his hand and he ended up short and tight. With his first stone, Keith played a lovely split to lie three shots but left David with the same draw around the centre guard. It was the big, swinging hand that he played and this time he got it out to the brush. It didn’t quite “bury” though and Keith had a barrier weight take out to score a 4. Played to perfection and the Kinross lads sportingly offered their hands. The title was Prentice’s and congratulations to Keith, Lockhart, Robert and Tommy. This sets them up well for their defence of the Scottish senior championships in January and February.
In the ladies final, as with the men, two strong teams had fought their way through and it was fitting that the two section winners from the earlier schenkel playdowns had made it through. The two teams were
Barbara knows her players well and is a past master at playing to her team’s strengths. They concentrate on the drawing game and they managed to build up a good 4-2 advantage after five ends. In the sixth end, there was cover out front and the gallery wondered whether Kate would try to bury a stone or two behind the cover. She didn’t and was eventually forced to take a 1. In the seventh end all that was in play come Barbara’s last stone were a couple of stones in the back eight foot corner of the house. Barbara elected to hit on the in-turn but played her stone tight and gave up a 1 against the head. Peels coming home.
What Kate really needed was cover. Initially, she was tempted to hit a Watt counter at the back of the house; third Dodds came running down the ice for a chat and the guard was called. Game on! Deep into the end, Barbara called her third, Jean Hammond to draw the four foot; Jean played it and Kate hit and rolled with her first. Barbara called the same shot with her first stone, but came too far into the house, giving Kate the chance to play a delicate freeze or tap with her last stone. She laid the stone well; Catherine called the sweepers on then off, then on – then ON! The shot was beautifully laid, played, judged and swept! Barbara had a real challenge on her hands because Kate’s stone had the backing. Down she came; the sweepers swept and Jean Hammond went out to join them – nearly falling twice in the process! Barbara’s stone curled a tad too much and left Kate the winner of the championship.
Well done, Kate, Catherine, Jill and Elspeth!
2012-11-25 14:50 by Webmaster
Graeme Adam, with Drew Howie playing third stones, Stuart Naismith at second and lead Jean Lesperance played in the first men’s semi-final against Keith Prentice’s strong team of long-time third Lockhart Steele, second Robert Anderson and lead Tommy Fleming. The Prentice team got off to a great start in this game with a big stolen 3 in the second end to go 4-0 up. Though the Adam team managed to steal a 1 in the sixth end, they were still 4-2 up. A 4 in the seventh, with the Adam team going for it sealed the deal for team Prentice. Handshakes all round.
In the other semi, Gary Macfarlane, Douglas Ratcliffe, Don Rutherford and former Scottish senior champion Alan Guthrie took on the recently-crowned Scottish senior mixed champion David Clydesdale and his team of Billy Johnson, Alastair Wood and Dougie Rodger. This was a tight affair though David always seemed to be a short nose in front. He was ahead by one with the hammer playing the seventh end and was looking good before Douglas came to play. His first out-turn tap up was tight away but he got a good rub and ended up checking behind the stone he had been trying to promote. His second stone had no luck about it though; a lovely, delicately-weighted hack stone got to a Clydesdale counter with enough weight to push it back to the eight foot and suddenly, his team had three stones around the four foot and they were looking good – insofar as a bunch of fifty-plus men can look anything like good!
The end wasn’t over! Gary was a tad wide and heavy with his first stone and really did nothing, except allow David to play a beautiful freeze against Douglas’s earlier stone with his first attempt. Gary was forced to play a freeze himself to make the Clydesdale 2 impossible. He threw through – 2 up, coming home. In the eighth end, with his team already lying one, Gary ateempted to draw to lie two shots. His sweepers maybe looked at it a tad too long and though he was in the house, crucially, he was only lying third shot. Clydesdale played a hit and that left Gary with an eminently splitable third shot. They thought long and hard about it and decided to go for the shot on the more difficult out hand. His stone over curled and he ended up scoring a 1. David Clydesdale moved through to the final against Keith Prentice.
Kate Adams, Catherine Dodds, Gwen Florence and Elspeth Johnson managed a win against Judith Carr, Barbara Oag, Susan Skene, and Rosemary Morrison. This was a tight affair between two good strong ladies teams. Coming home, Adams was one-up with the hammer and managed to execute a successful take-out for the game.
Barbara Watt, Jean Hammond, Maggie Barry and Val Mahon looked to be in full control of their match; they were three up playing the eighth end against Gwen Prentice, Marion Craig, Rhona Fleming and Helen Drummond – and what an eighth end the eight of them served up for the big gallery! With Gwen’s first stone, she had a straight raise to lie three, but her stone overcurled and she rolled off her own stone to lie two stones behind cover and a third stone lying in fourth place. Barbara thought long and hard. Her stone was at the back of the four foot circle, lying in third place; her attempted draw wrecked on a front stone and gave Gwen the chance of a hit for a three and an outside look perhaps at a double for four. She played the hit for 3 perfectly to take the game down an extra end.
Deep into the end, Barbara was lying buried in the one-foot – but just behind the tee. Gwen’s first attempted freeze was light and caught one of her own guards. Barbara immediately went down to the hack and played the perfect stone – top of the four foot and crucially guarding the only way into her one-foot shot. Interestingly, mind you, the men in the gallery were wondering about ripping the Prentice guard! Gwen eyed up the angled raise and went to play it. Again, her stone over-curled, so it’s a Watt versus Adams final.
As an aside, there have been big galleries at the rink throughout the weekend – probably more than were here for the Edinburgh International. It all goes to show that the over-50s are the new youngsters!
2012-11-25 13:00 by Webmaster
Judith Carr and Christine Hamilton had a toothy tussle for the first five ends of their game until it all went pear-shaped for Christine in the sixth end. A big 5 secured the win for Judith and her Aberdeen team.
In the other ladies quarter-final, Gwen Prentice and Enid Brown enjoyed a topsy-turvy game, swapping twos and threes in the first four ends. A stolen 1 in end seven gave Gwen a two-shot cushion going into the last end and she managed to restrict Enid to a 1 for the win and progression through to the semi-final.
Graeme Adam and Alan Durno had three blanked ends in their game this morning. A superb split by young Drew Howie (!) set up a 3 in the seventh end and the Durno rink ran out of stones in the eighth.
The wheels came aff the Dodds bus in the next game (and I’ve been wanting to write those words these past forty years!) in their match against Keith Prentice. They were 6-0 down before they managed to score a 1 in the fourth end. In truth, the game was a bogey by this time and the teams shook hands after Keith scored another 4 in the sixth end.
David Clydesdale makes a habit of going four or five shots down before making an epic comeback and the same happened again this morning. Ian Gillespie was 5-1 up playing the sixth end before losing respectively a 3, 2 and finally a 1 in the last end. Ian had a strike for a big end in the seventh that would have sealed the game for them, but he caught on a guard to give up a 1. That’s curling. He has had a good run at the championship with his new team though and will take heart as the season progresses.
Finally, Gary Macfarlane made short work of the Johnjo Kenny-less Irish team, running out winners with a 6-3 scoreline.
In the semi-finals this afternoon, Graeme Adam plays Keith Prentice and Gary Macfarlane is up against David Clydesdale. In the ladies competition, Barbara Watt is playing Gwen Prentice and Judith Carr is playing Kate Adams.
2012-11-25 10:47 by Webmaster
Last Round Action
Some teams made it through by the skin of their teeth and others had already qualified before the fourth game in their section started. Both Trevor Dodds’s team (skipped by Archie Craig) and Alan Durno’s team qualified by virtue of a better end count. In truth, Archie was pretty much guaranteed his place before Keith Prentice demolished them in the last round, but Alan Durno only just squeezed past Sandy Nelson’s rink by 15 ends to 14. John Stevenson did the damage as far as Sandy was concerned, beating the strong Kinross rink 10-1. Bad day at the races for the Kinross boys, but they will bounce back, I am sure!
In the ladies section G, poor Maggie Mauchline was on the wrong end of a really tight 9-8 scoreline against Judith Carr from Aberdeen. Meanwhile, on the next sheet, Christine Hamilton’s experienced troops were laying waste to Barbara Watt’s local world senior silver medal-winning team. Result? Both Judith and Christine leap-frogged Maggie to qualify in second and third spot in their sections for Sunday morning’s quarter-finals. Barbara Watt won her section and goes straight through to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in section H, Kirsty Letton got off to a dreadful start against Kate Adams, losing a big 4. She and her team never recovered and missed out by one point on a quarter-final place. Kate Adams, Catherine Dodds, Gwen Florence and Elspeth Johnson marched straight through to tomorrow’s semi-finals. Two tight wins for Gwen Prentice and Enid Brown ensured their spots in the quarter-finals.