The Hope Pairs final was played on Friday 27th February with a husband versus wife match. Graeme and Caroline Anderson were on opposite sides for this trophy, so one way or another one of the candelabra was going back home.
Unfortunately for Caroline, Graeme turned up with his GLASSES and so was able to deliver a match winning performance worthy of any tournament.
Graeme Anderson and John Brisbane took part in an eleven club bonspiel with Stirling Virual Club members who have not yet signed up with a curling club.
Logan Gray, the organiser stated: a big thank you to those who attended the VC Bonspiel on Monday night. I thought it went really well and it was a nice social event. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves.
Graeme Anderson's new GLASSES have worked wonders this season and with a little help from his team mates he has won the Corrieri Cup this season as well.
The Muirhead Trophy knockout competition was won by Murray Collins' rink on Wednesday 18th March with a dramatic three shot last end to win 6 v 4. After single shot victories over the first five ends, Rory Mackenzie scored a two to pull ahead before Murray came roaring back to clinch it with the three shots.
The start of the Easter holiday season impacted the teams with a lot of substitutes playing, but the game was still a good one, with Rory, Joan, Jim and Graeme running out eventual winners 7 v 4. Well done to the top team. Not sure who will get the credit on the trophy.
Another great match against Torbrex for the Swanswater (or Button) Trophy this season was a close run match with the lead swinging either way till the very end. We just made it.
Sauchie & Bannockburn were paired with Bonnybridge in this competition and together returned a score of 11 ends won thus winning the trophy. As we won only 5 ends Bonnybridge did one better with 6 to clinch the trophy from Borestone and Stirling.
Borestone and Stirling emerged victorious from a keenly contested match on Thursday night, taking home the Polmaise trophy for the first time since 2008. Borestone and Stirling took an early lead, with a combined 5 shots up after the first end. The momentum began to shift almost immediately, and by the fourth end Sauchie and Bannockburn skips Murray and Graeme and their teams had clawed back the deficit, with the Clubs then even on 7 shots each. The teams were well balanced and both rinks were very competitive. The result could have gone either way. In the end Borestone and Stirling just had the edge but the match was far closer than the eventual margin of victory suggests.
Well done to all who played. We'll get it back next season!
From the President, Alison Dawson 7th February 2015
The news of an excellent win was conveyed by the Stirlingshire Province on Thursday 12th February 2015.
In an exceptionally close competition, Sauchie and Bannockburn are to be congratulated on winning the Stirlingshire Province Murray Trophy, played over 9 and 10 February 2015.
MURRAY TROPHY ENDS Shots up
Sauchie & Bannockburn 10 11
Campsie Glen/FIRCC paired 10 9
Falkirk 10 7
Full scoring on RCCC Stirlingshire Province website.
The third match of this league competition was also a close call. Skip Graeme Anderson has been playing really well since he got new spectacles. Now he can SEE where he is supposed to be playing to. Amazing how that has helped.
With five players on each side, and rotating positions after each end, everyone got a chance to skip and then recover by watching the other four people play the next end. This kep the teams changing and the scoring varied widely according to where in the order everyone was. It was an enjoyable evening and the curling was good too.
Picture right showing Duncan MacKenzie's stone being carefully watched over by team mate sweepers Anne Kane and Caroline Anderson while John Brisbane waits in the house for it's arrival.
Unfortunately, with the closure of the ice rink, no alternative date is available to play this match on. To keep the series running, next year will be at Braehead as scheduled.
The semi-final round of the pairs was completed on Wednesday 14th January. The result will be a husband viersus wife final. I hope they are still speaking after the final. The final will be played on the Friday 27th February.
The Ice Allocation requested Wednesday evenings for all matches except the three bonspiels we hold each year. These will remain a Friday evening with a meal to follow. Almost all of our ice is on an Wednesday now, at 7:50pm. Only a few are either earlier or later. This is very good news as it makes arranging all our busy lives that much easier. Thanks to ActiveStirling and Logan Gray for supporting our request.
With simply two teams on the night we played a rotation of all the players in each team with everyone moving through all the playing positions from lead to skip. It meant a very intersting game with everything changing at each end. Rory, Alan, Anne and Jim were just too good overall and so ran out comfortable winners. Almost everyone then retired to the restaurant for a good blether along with the food and drink. A good night all in.
With the opening Bonspiel out of the way the fun really begins now. First up is the McWattie Trophy competition and teams 1 and 2 played out a really good game to get it started. Murray Collins, the skip for team 1 was just back from holiday in Turkey and he was still hot when back on the ice. After three ends he removed the rust and never looked back, playing a fantastic strike at the end to deny a peels and snatch victory by 2 shots.
Jim Marshall played Joan Anderson in the novice skips competition for the Hendry Trophy. Unfortunately Joan didn't have a full team but Jim was a worthy winner, proving the value of the training and coaching strategy for new curlers devised by Logan Gray of ActiveStirling which Jim is currently going through.
We collected the Stirlingshire Province Murray Trophy from the Ice men when we finished. It was too good to hide, so we gave it pride of place on the table for the evening.