We were given a fair allocation of ice for the current season with most of our games taking place on Wednesdays and a fairly even spread of times over the evenings involved. The club secretary thanks the ActiveStirling ice rink management for being responsive to our needs once again after we made the decision to focus on Wednesday evenings five years ago.
The decider for the Mitchell/Wilson Trophy took place on Wednesday evening, 4th December between Team 2 skipped by Jim Marshall and Team 3 skipped (for the second time only) by Rory MacKenzie. Rory played a fantastic game despite not having played all that much this season and once he scored to win the first end always seemed to be in the strongest position in the ends that followed. Rory displayed a wide range of shots from draws, take outs and tap ups to edge every end till the sixth, when finally Jim scrambled a single to prevent a whitewash. It ended 7 v 1 to Team 3 so congratulations to Rory, Paul, Alan H and Alex for a well worked victory. It was a very strange atmosphere being the only rink playing in the main arena, with periods of absolute silence.
After several call offs, one at the last minute, we managed to send seven people to Braehead to play the Cairns/Elder Trophy against Crossmyloof. It was a very different result for both teams, Presindent John Brisbane never lost an end to win 12 v 0, whereas Norman Ainslie's side had to hang on to just lose 3 v 11 so on aggregate we took the trophy back with us for another year. Crossmyloof had bad news to tell us that the Braehead ice rink was closing at the end of the season. They have no idea yet where they might end up playing, not good for Scottish Curling.