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Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:30pm

Semi Finals

Edwards had hammer for the semi-final and after blanking the first, he was forced to take one in the 2nd. In the 3rd Gray attempted to put up a guard to cover his one on the button but it drew too much leaving Edwards an open take out. Gray responded by played a lovely freeze just biting the four foot. Edwards tried to play a hit and roll to shift Gray’s stone but it hung a little wide. This meant that Gray was able to play a draw into the four foot securing the deuce. In the 4th end John Penny played a straight runback leaving Team Edwards stone in the 4 foot almost fully guarded. Logan tried to come around at hack weight but caught the guard. Dave Edwards then split the house with his 1st stone and Logan tried to hit and roll behind his own guard but hit and rolled out leaving Dave to draw for two. It was looking like a straight forward blank end  in the 5th until John Penny had a crucial miss leaving Team Gray the opportunity to split the house and they took their two bringing the score to 4-3 in Gray’s favour at the midway point.
Edwards 2Edwards picked up a one in the 6th to level the score at 4-4. In the 7th end Glen Muirhead played a fantastic runback double to leave Gray lying one. It was followed by a number of draws into the house and Logan lifted Dave Edwards’ stone out with his last to take one. In the 8th end with one corner guard in play, Team Gray were lying one hidden when John Penny attempted a freeze which marginally over curled leaving Team Gray still lying shot and the chance to split the house. Dave Edwards played the double to lie partly hidden behind the guard and all Logan could do was hit and roll into the open leaving Dave an easy hit to blank the end. With it looking interesting in the 9th end, Scott Macleod lifted four stones to leave a lonely Edwards stone in the house and it was to be another blanked end to leave Edwards with hammer going into the 10th end. Team Gray played a good attacking last end and with one fully in the four foot, Logan guarded with his first. Team Edwards took a time out and decided to tap their own midway guard onto Logan’s shot but it just caught the wrong angle and their own stone finished back 8 foot. Logan decided to come around with his last stone and just nicked his own guard opening up a small port for Edwards. Dave Edwards played a nice weight last stone to remove Logan’s and lie two shots for a 6-5 win and a place for David Edwards, John Penny, Scott Macleod and Colin Campbell in the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships. This win also means that there will be siblings in the finals with Scott Macleod (2nd for Team Edwards) and Rhiann Macleod (2nd for Team Barr).

Barr 2In the first end Martin attempted to remove a stone on the outer 8 foot but was on the high side leaving Kerry Barr a draw for two. Kerry was a little heavy so the measure had to be deployed but after consultation it was found that she had indeed made a two to start the score at 2-0 to Team Barr. In the 2nd end Martin played a draw around Team Barr’s guard to lie one. Barr attempted to play the freeze but it over curled which left Martin to play a draw into the 4 foot for one.  In the 3rd end Martin drew with her first stone to lie three with the two shot stones in the 8 foot and guarded; Team Kerry Barr drew to the stone at the back 8 foot leaving Jennifer little choice but to follow it but it fell a little short leaving Kerry to draw for another two. Team Barr controlled the 4th end and were lying three with Jennifer Martin playing her last; Jennifer opted to hit and stick but rolled a little too far after hitting the shot stone giving up a steal of two to Team Barr. Lying two against in the 5th end, Jennifer Martin played a perfect freeze with her 1st stone.  Kerry tried to follow but was heavy leaving Jennifer the chance of a similar stone for two but it fell just short leaving the score line at 6-2 to Team Barr. Team Martin got into difficulty in the 6th end and Jennifer Martin (without hammer) faced three shots against with her last and attempted a freeze which finished a couple of inches short and  Kerry Bar picked the shot out for three. With the score line at 9-2 Team Barr was not going to risk getting into a guddle and played a defensive end and Martin took her one. In the 8th end Team Martin got early guards in play and made it difficult for Team Barr; Kerry tapped up with her last but it was slightly heavy giving up a two to Martin to close the gap to 9-5. Jennifer Martin once again went on the attack but when Hazel Smith was just short of the hog line in an attempt to get a double guard, it was relatively straight forward for Team Barr from then on and they blanked the end. With a four shot deficit and only one end remaining Team Martin conceded the game. Kerry Barr, Rachael Simms, Barbara McPake and Rhiann Macleod will now feature in tomorrow’s Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships Final.

The finals of the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships kick off at 11:00am with the Women’s Final and 3:00pm for the Men’s Final. Admission is free to both events; come along and show your support to the teams in their bid to represent Scotland in the World Curling Championships. Please note spectator seating is located rink-side and warm clothing is advised. BBC Sport Scotland will be providing live coverage of both finals online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/26209016

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Men’s Page 1v2 Play Off, Men’s Page 3v4 Playoff and Women’s Page 1v2 Playoff

Team Ewan MacDonald progressed to the final of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Men’s Final after defeating Team David Edwards in the Page 1v2 Playoff. After a blanked first end, MacDonald seized the initiative in the second after Edward’s was a little wide with his first freeze attempt and heavy with the second, leaving Ewan a draw for three. In the 3rd end, Team Edwards battle back with a hit for two to make the score 3-2 in MacDonald’s favour. The 4th end was full of big shots with Team Edwards putting on the pressure, MacDonald was faced with a two Edwards stone on top of each other and behind double guards, Ewan played a superb down-weight double which moved the target stones just far enough to pick up another three shots to lead 6-2. In the 5th end and lying three against Dave Edwards played a barrier weight take out to take a one and go into the break with a deficit of 6-3. The 6th end was blanked and Team MacDonald were forced to take their one in 7th when MacDonald’s attempted control weight double but was slightly off target. In the 8th end John Penny’s prefect freeze gave Team Edwards the advantage but unfortunately Edwards final shot for two through a port jammed the second counter back and they only managed a single. MacDonald, with a three shot lead, kept the ninth end clear with the teams exchanging guards and peels. The game ended with a perfect peel weight raised take out to leave MacDonald lying one and handshakes were offered with the score 8-4 to MacDonald.

Team FlemingTeam Hannah Fleming secured her path through to the final with an extra end victory over Team Kerry Barr. The first end was blanked and Team Barr stole one in the second end after Fleming narrowly missed a raised take out. In the 3rd end Barr played a lovely draw to the button to lie two but raised double take out from Fleming turned it around to score two and lead 2-1. In the 4th end Fleming had the chance to force the one but was heavy and Barr took advantage playing a hit and roll to take a two. Fleming scored two in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead into the break and after Team Kerry Barr were forced to take their one in the 6th the score was all square again. The seventh end was blanked.  In the eigth end Fleming to clear a Barr stone from the four foot but the stone picked up and caught the guard.  Kerry Barr took advantage with a draw half round a stone on the 12 foot to lie two, Fleming’s attempted control weight take out was slightly wide but removed one counter giving Kerry a steal of one making the score to 5-4 in Barr’s favour. After a blanked ninth end Barr played freeze on an opposition stone to lie one behind the button, Fleming reciprocated to lie just behind the tee. Barr attempted the freeze again but was on a slighty tighter line and caught her stone in the top of the 12 foot.  Fleming had a draw to the 4 foot for the win but was slightly tight and wrecked on an opposition stone at the front to take the game into overtime.  In the extra end Rhiann Macleod made a great double clear which also removed a Fleming counter from the house.  With a corner guard covering the edge of the 4 foot in play Hannah made an excellent draw with her last leaving Barr a draw to the four foot for the win but Kerry came up short giving the win to Fleming with a final score of 6-5.

Team Logan Gray came out on top their Page 3v4 Playoff with a decisive win against Team John Hamilton. The teams traded ones in the first and second ends but Gray secured a two in the 3rd after  Hamilton’s attempted a hit and roll didn’t make enough contact leaving Gray a draw for the two and a 3-1 lead. Hamilton fought back with a one in the 4th end making draw to the four foot with his last. Team Gray secured a two in the 5th with a raised take out to lead 4-2.  After an exchange of freezes in the sixth end, Hamilton played a draw for one in the 6th end to make the score 5-3 in Grays favour.  After a blanked 7th end Hamilton was lying well behind cover but with his last stone Gray made a double take out to score his one and extend his lead to 6-3.With Hamilton needing to score a multiple in the ninth he made a great attempt with a difficult angled raised take out to remove Team Gray’s stone on the button but just missed giving Gray a further point taking the score 7-3 and Team Hamilton conceded offering handshakes.

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Men’s Draw 9

This match was a close affair with Team Hamilton trying for an upset and Team Gray in contention for a place in the 1 v 2 page play off. The first end was blanked and Hamilton retained the hammer. In the 2nd end Gray was lying three and tried to put up a guard but it over-curled leaving a takeout in sight for Hamilton, but he only managed to lift the top stone leaving a two for Team Gray. Team Hamilton managed to level the scores by taking one in each of the 3rd and 4th ends. Team Gray took one in the fifth to marginally edge ahead and skip Logan Gray retired from the game due to illness. Team Gray played the rest of the game with three players (Glen Muirhead playing last stones). Going into the final end the score was four aside with Team Gray having the hammer. Team Hamilton got a stone biting the back of the button guarded and Glen played a draw which finished just short giving Team Hamilton a win and the fourth qualification spot.

Team MacDonaldTeam Hardie tried their best to get the first win of the week against the on form Team MacDonald. MacDonald took a one with hammer in the first. In 2nd end there was a crowded house with 5 stones in the 4ft when Hardie attempted a tap back but was on the high side tapping MacDonald’s stone for a count of two. In the 3rd end Hardie fought back well taking a two.The 4th end was very aggressive and with 12 stones in the house, MacD onald attempted a double take out but was only able to shift one giving steal of one to Hardie to level the scores at 3-3. MacDonald responded with a two in the fifth end and in the 6th end with MacDonald lying two, Hardie had a draw to the button but was light and clipped the guard giving MacDonald a crucial score of two to go 7-3 ahead. MacDonald controlled the seventh end stealing a three and finishing off the game at 10-3.

Team McCleary went into this game needing a win for a possible tie break place. It was a very defensive first three ends which were blanked. McCleary took a steal of one in the 4th before Fraser managed to score two in the 5th with a well played double take out. The 6th end saw Team Fraser steal a one and put pressure on Team McCleary. Team Fraser stole yet another one in end seven which meant that a final fighting three ends were required. It wasn’t to be with Team Fraser playing a good defensive game and handshakes were offered after the ninth end.

Warwick Smith needed to win this game to have a chance of a tie break. In the third W Smith managed to register a three with a fantastic cross house double take out to go 4-0 ahead. The fourth end was blanked and in the 5th Team Smith was lying four in the four foot when Combe attempted a hit and roll off his own stone at the edge of the 8th but was wide leaving Team W. Smith with a four. Combe got one back in the 6th but conceded handed the win to W. Smith with a score of 7-1. Due to Team Hamilton winning, the competition is over for Team Warwick Smith.

Going into this game Edwards was looking for a win to try get the second qualification spot, whilst Kyle Smith was also looking for the win and a chance of getting the final qualification spot. In the 1st end Edwards played a good come around at tap back weight with his first stone; K Smith played a draw but was wide leaving Edwards the opportunity to draw round the guards for three which he did with conviction. In the second end Kyle took one but Edwards continued to dominate by taking another three in the 3rd end. The 4th end saw K Smith lift a perfect triple with his last to take a two. Edwards took a one in the 5th bringing the score to 6-3 before the 5th end break. After some discussion in the 6th end there was time out called before K. Smith’s last stone. With Edwards lying one Kyle Smith attempted an in-wick but sailed through the port giving up one. Team Smith got their two back in the 7th, Edwards took one in the eighth and it was going to be an uphill struggle for Team Smith. With Team Hamilton winning on Sheet C and Kyle Smith four shots behind in the 9th end with few opportunities Team Smith decided to concede. Team Edwards finished the round robin on seven wins and are clear second spot qualifiers.

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Women’s Draw 14

Team Gail Munro got off to a fine start against Team Marshall taking three in the first end after nailing a double take out in a crowded house. After the second was blanking the second end, Team Marshall took a two in the 3rd and continued the fight back with a steal in the fourth end to tie the game at 3-3. Munro regained the lead at the 5th end break with a two.  In the sixth end Team Munro had a counter behind cover and Maggie Wilson’s (skip of Team Marshall) draw attempt was slightly wide giving Team Munro a steal of one. Team Marshall scored one in the 7th to make the score to 4-6 but Munro secured the win after a raise take out for four and the win, 10-4.

DoddsTeam Fleming registered their eleventh win against Team Aitken after taking control of this game early on, managing to build up a five shot lead by the fifth end break. The teams traded ones in ends six and seven, making the score 6-2 in Fleming’s favour.  Aitken had the opportunity to score a deuce in the eighth end but was heavy and only managed a one. In the 9th and final end of the game,  Fleming made the an open draw to score four for a 10-3 victory.

Team Vevers secured the win. The first end was blanked in this game before Team Barr took a two in the 2nd. In the 3rd Vevers was sat two after a draw behind cover with her first stone, Kerry Barr attempted the freeze but was heavy leaving Team Vevers to play a lovely tap back to take her two. Team Barr scored one in the 4th to tie the game at 2-2. In the 5th Team Vevers secured a steal of 1 when Barr’s attempt at a double take removed only one opposition counter.  Vevers sealed the victory with a four in the 6th end when Team Barr conceded with the score at 6-3.

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Men’s Draw 8

Top of the table MacDonald faced World Junior Champions Team Kyle Smith in this evening’s session. It was a game that saw lots of run backs and big shots being made in the early ends. In the 6th Kyle Smith with his final stone and facing 3 clustered in the  4 foot, made a fantastic triple through a tight port to lie three.  MacDonald played a draw shot which was slightly heavy, giving up a steal of one and tying the game 3-3. MacDonald held out for his two in the eight and followed it up with a convincing two in the 9th to seal the win.

Gray & Hardie (1024x481)It was a hard fought game as Team Logan Gray took on Team Grant Hardie. After four ends played the score was 1-0 to Hardie. In the fifth Gray was was facing a four and attempted the draw but it hung wide leaving Hardie a one. In the 6th end Team Gray were unable to split the house and Grant’s hit and roll attempt didn’t quite pull off leaving Gray an open hit for two which he did successfully bringing the game back to level at 2-2. The next end was blanked. In the eighth end Hardie’s attempted double was wide giving Gray a steal of one.  In the 9th end Team Hardie managed to play a perfect run back to get a two bringing the score to  4-3 in their favour. In the 10th end Hardie was looking for a steal to win the game. With a centre guard there were a few come arounds however Logan Gray had a double to win which he played to perfection. The final score of 5-4 secured Team Gray a page play off place.

Team McCleary were looking for a win in this game to help them in contention for the page play offs. After four ends the score was two aside. In the fifth end McCleary took a steal of one before the 6th end was blanked. In the 7th end both teams were playing very aggressively with 5 stones in a big guddle in the house. With his first Combe played a beautifully timed outside double to leave two sitting. McCleary attempted a hit and roll was on the high side leaving Combe an open hit for two which he made bringing the score to 4-3 in favour of Combe.  In the 8th end Combe played a draw to lie three, McCleary tried to respond with a draw to cut Team Combe down but clipped the guard and gave up three. McCleary made an attempt for the outside double but was wide leaving Combe to  steal  a one in the 9th handshakes were offered.

It was a real cat and mouse game between Teams Edwards and Hamilton. After nine ends the score was 4-3 to Edwards and Hamilton had the hammer for the last end. Edwards set up a great 10th end with shot stone guarded and no easy options for Hamilton to remove it due to a Hamilton stone sitting at an angle behind. He attempted an in-wick just missing the stone on the outer 12 foot by a hair. This gave Edwards a steal of one and a 5-3 victory as well as a place in the page play offs.

Team Warwick Smith secured their third win of the Championships in their game against Team Ally Fraser. The first end was blanked and then Fraser took a one in the 2nd. In the 3rd W. Smith played a double take out to leave four in the house. In response Fraser attempted a double take out but could only take a single leaving W Smith to take a 3. Warwick Smith managed to take a steal in the 4th after W. Smith had three in the house. Fraser attempted a raised take out but only managed to dislodge the single leaving W. Smith with a two and take advantage of the game. The teams exchanged ones in the next two ends but Fraser could not catch W. Smith as they ran out 6-2 winners after six ends.

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Women’s Draw 13

Marshall were needing a win from this game and were only just pipped to the post in a closely fought affair. The Teams traded deuces for the first four ends. After seven ends the score was level at 5-5 and the hammer in Barr’s favour. In the 8th Rhiann Macleod played a lovely double to lie three and it looked like Team Barr was in for a high scoring end until Jennifer Marshall played a run back and rolled behind the guard. Team Marshall took advantage of the guddly end that had been created and benefited by stealing two shots to go ahead for the first time in the game. Team Barr took two in the ninth and it was all to go down to the final end. The 10th end was typically played by both teams with Team Barr trying to close up the front and Team Marshall trying to keep the centre clear for their last stone. With Team Barr lying shot just biting the front four foot, the team opted to tap their own stone with Kerry Barr’s last shot. Maggie Wilson (playing 4th for Team Marshall) had a nose hit for the game but caught the shot stone on the high side jamming it and giving Team Barr the win and a qualification spot.

Munro1Team Vevers went into this game needing a win to be assured of staying in the competition. Team Munro played a good first five ends forcing one without hammer in the 1st and 3rd ends and taking two in the 2nd and 5th ends when they got the opportunity. In the 6th Team Munro were lying one guarded and Lorna Vevers had to draw through a port into the 4 foot with her last; she was light and gave up the first steal  of the game to Munro. In end seven Vevers took her one and in the 8th Munro had a draw to the 8ft for two but was slightly heavy taking just one. In the ninth Vevers took a one to close the gap to 6-4. With Team Vevers lying two, Team Munro had an open hit to remove one stone which she successfully made and despite giving up one, the final result was 6-5 in Munro’s favour putting Team Vevers out of the competition.

With both teams still in contention for the page play offs this game was always going to be a close one. Team Aitken took one in the first and the second end was blanked. In the 3rd end Claire Milne (substituting for skip Jennifer Martin) played a fantastic draw in order to take a three to allow Team Martin to edge ahead. In the 4th end both teams were playing very aggressively. Claire Milne attempted a double take out but was unsuccessful which allowed Aitken to take a two.  After seven ends it was 5-4 in Aitken’s favour. In the 8th end Team Martin was lying three with the shot stone just behind the tee line Aitken played a perfect hit on the nose to take her one. In the ninth end Team Aitken missed a double take out attempt leaving Team Martin to draw for three.  Team Aitken had a double and stick for the game in the 10th but jammed Team Martin’s stone onto the button giving up one and conceding the game 8-6. With other results going in Team Martin’s favour the win means that they have qualified for the Page Play Off stages.

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Men’s Draw 7

Team Edward’s managed to maintain their fine form securing their fifth win out of seven. There was no score in this game until Edwards was forced to take his one in the fifth end. Hardie responded with a single in the 6th end with a draw against four opposition counters.  Edwards responded with a single in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead.  The turning point of the game came the eigth end when Grant Hardie elected to draw through a tight port to score two but was wide and tapped an Edwards counter in for shot, giving Edwards a crucial steal and 3-1 lead.  In trying to score a duece, Hardie tried to force the game but Edwards secured another steal in the ninth and ran Team Hardie out of stones to secure a 4-1 victory.

The SmithsKyle Smith picked up his fourth win of the championships with a win over Warwick Smith.  K Smith took a two shot lead after 3 ends courtesy of a blank and two singles and then traded ones in to make the score 3-1 to Team K Smith at the fifth end break. With both teams applying offensive strategy in the 6th end K. Smith played a perfect freeze to lie two on the button. A ten foot angled raise attempt by W. Smith made contact but not enough to remove them giving up two shots against the head.  W. Smith took one in the 8th but with Kyle Smith set to draw for 2 in the 9th offered the handshake with a score of 4-5 for Team K Smith.

It was to be further disappointment for Team Fraser in the Men’s 6th Draw. In a back and forth game in which both teams were unable secure a deuce, Hamilton managed to gain the advantage after scoring one in the fifth end and stealing one in the 6th end for a 3-1 lead. With both the 7th and 8th ends were blanked, Fraser’s attempt to blank the 9th end and keep last stone advantage failed when he nosed a clear.  With a one shot lead and the hammer going into the final end Hamilton blanked the last endto secure a 3-2 victory.

Team Edward’s managed to maintain their fine form securing their fifth win out of seven. There was no score in this game until Edwards was forced to take his one in the fifth end. Hardie responded with a single in the 6th end with a draw against four opposition counters.  Edwards responded with a single in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead.  The turning point of the game came the eigth end when Grant Hardie elected to draw through a tight port to score two but was wide and tapped an Edwards counter in for shot, giving Edwards a crucial steal and 3-1 lead.  In trying to score a duece, Hardie tried to force the game but Edwards secured another steal in the ninth and ran Team Hardie out of stones to secure a 4-1 victory.

Team Ewan MacDonald continued their unbeaten run with a score of 11-4. MacDonald got off to a great start against Team McCleary with a fabulous angled raised takeout for four in the first end.  Aggressive play from both teams in the 3rd end saw ten stones in the house when MacDonald’s first attempted tap back caught the guard and second attempt was tight leaving McCleary a steal of one to make the score 4-2. MacDonald continued to pressure securing a two in the 4th end and a steal of 1 in the fifth. McCleary bounced back with a two in the 6th end to make the score 7-4. In the 7th end MacDonald left McCleary a difficult draw against four but caught the front  stone resulting in a 11-4 victory to MacDonald.

Team Logan Gray keep their position near the top of the standing table with a win over Team Moray Combe in a low scoring encounter. In the first half of the game Team Gray created numerous chances to score two but an on form Moray Combe made double take outs at key points to deny his opposition  an early lead. The first score of the game came in the 8th end when Logan’s attempted nose hit was slightly heavy and rolled giving Combe a steal of one. In the 10th Glen Muirhead (Team Gray 3rd) drew round a corner guard to set up the opportunity to score a duece with Logan Gray executing a controlled take out securing two shots for a 2-1 victory.

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Women’s Draw 12

Despite being assured of a play-off spot Team Fleming showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal as they recorded another win against Jennifer Martin’s rink. After a blanked first end, a second end pick up for Martin’s third player Hazel Smith gave Fleming the advantage and left Claire Milne (replacing Jennifer Martin) facing multiple counters with her last draw which was heavy and saw Team Martin give up 4 against the head. After good play from both teams and an unfortunate pick up for Fleming, Milne played a raise take out for two to get the score back to 4-2 after three. By the fifth end break Fleming had a five point lead at 7-2, and although Team Martin reduced the margin by one in the sixth it was all over in the seventh; with Milne lying shot Hannah picked it out to take three and handshakes were offered.

Team Vevers SwTeam Lorna Vevers (left – photo Tom Brydone) picked up a valuable win against Team Jennifer Marshall in the second of Thursday morning’s games. Vevers dominated the game taking a two in the second end and stealing four ends in a row for a 9-1 win.

Team Gail Munro were looking for a much needed win in their game against Team Kerry Barr. Honours were even after five ends with the score tied at 4-4. Kerry was forced to draw for one in the sixth after an excellent hit and roll from Munro to lie two behind a corner guard. Singles were exchanged in the next three ends tying the score at 6-6 going into the tenth and deciding end. Good set up play from Munro’s front end gave them the double guard with Team Barr only able to peel one guard at a time.  Munro opted for the draw with her first which finished on the tee line showing a tiny edge. Barr called a time out and opted for the tap back but was tight and caught the guard tapping in Munro for her to lie two. Munro’s guard was a little wide of line and left Barr with a nose hit through the port to lie on the button to take one for a 7-6 victory.

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Men’s Draw 6

Team Ewan MacDonald continued their impressive unbeaten run at The Scottish Championships in their second game of the day against David Edwards. The first half of the game was a cagey affair with two blank ends followed by two ones for MacDonald, the second for a steal after a measure. Ones were exchanged over the next couple of ends and after another blank end in the seventh Edwards notched up his second point of the game. This was to be his last as in the ninth and final end MacDonald played a beautiful tap back weight through a port for three to end the game at 6-2.    

Grant HardieTeams Grant Hardie and Kyle Smith were both on three wins and two losses going into their encounter. Hardie (left – photo Tom Brydone) had the better of the first half taking a 4-1 lead after five ends courtesy of a peel weight double for two in the fifth. Smith bounced back in the sixth after Hardie attempted a double take out but just missed the back stone to leave one and allow Smith to draw for his two. Hardie was forced to take one in the seventh and Smith squared the game with a two in the eighth end. Hardie in the ninth end played an outside double to blank and hold hammer into the tenth end. After a perfect hit and roll by Kyle Smith, Grant Hardie made the draw to the button to win the game 6-5.

Team Moray Combe got their first win of the week in a close game against Ally Fraser’s men.  After a classic exchange of ones and twos the game came down to a dramatic final four stones in the tenth end with the score lying 6-5 in Fraser’s favour. With his first stone Ally Fraser played a perfect in wick to cover the button, Moray Combe responded with a double raise tap back and Ally returned the favour with his own double tap back to again cover the pin. With the final stone of the game Moray got the two he needed for the win executing a raised double. Final score 7-6 Combe.

Team Logan Gray got back to winning ways in their evening game against Warwick Smith. Gray blanked the first two ends and in the third tried a hit and roll for two but didn’t manage to dislodge Smith’s stone at the back of the house and had to settle for one. Gray followed up with a steal of one in the third to make amends. Team Smith were held to singles in the fifth and seventh ends with Gray  taking two in the sixth when Warwick was tight with a tap back attempt setting up a potential triple to score four for Team Gray but Logan’s stone was just a little bit wide; 4-2 Gray.  In the eighth end with his last stone and able to see a third of the stone sitting shot, Logan played a perfect control weight to pick out the stone through a port and take a three. Handshakes were offered, final score 7-2 Gray.

Team Lee McCleary made up for a disappointing afternoon with a good win over the in-form John Hamilton.  McCleary blanked the first end and in the second opted for a difficult eight foot run back which he hit perfectly for three. Team Hamilton hit back with ones in the third and fifth ends to peg back McCleary’s lead to just one shot at 3-2. McCleary made and stole ones in the next two ends before Hamilton cancelled them out with a two in the eighth. A steal of one for Hamilton in the ninth tied the game and set up the deciding tenth end but McCleary with hammer made certain of the win scoring one.

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Women’s Draw 11

It was another clinical performance by Team Fleming in their Wednesday afternoon game against Gail Munro’s rink to secure their place in the play-offs. Munro notched up a one in the first end. In the second end Hannah played a hit through a port, Gail tried to follow but caught the guard and Fleming made her draw for three. Munro was held to one in the third but after getting her two in the fourth and a steal of one in the fifth there was no looking back for Fleming and her team. A steal of three in the sixth when Munro was heavy with both draw attempts sealed the win and handshakes were offered with the score at 9-2.  

Kerry BarrTeam Kerry Barr returned to winning ways when they met Jennifer Martin’s rink in a decisive game which finished 9-3 after eight ends. Team Martin had Claire Milne in place of Jennifer Martin once again for this fixture. With the score level at 2-2 after three ends, the fourth saw Barr (left – photo Tom Brydone) lying two in the four foot and Kerry made an open draw for three to make the score 5-2. Ones were exchanged in the next two ends followed by a blanked seventh. The eighth end opened with two perfect tick shots from Barbara McPake and finished by Kerry drawing for three and the win.  

Gina Aitken got her third win in succession in Wednesday afternoon’s game against Team Jennifer Marshall. Marshall got one in the first end but after blanking the second, Gina Aitken played a double with her first stone in the third and after Wilson caught attempting a hit and roll drew for two. In the fourth end Maggie Wilson was facing four counters with only a small port to draw to save the end, the sweepers worked the stone the whole way down and after a debate about a possible measure Aitken conceded one. Aitken blanked the fifth and picked up another two in the sixth to lead 4-2. In the seventh end Gina Aitken’s hit and roll against three counters was tight leaving Jennifer Marshall still lying one. A draw attempt by Maggie Wilson to lie two was short but her second stone was a control weight hit for two to even the game. In the eighth end Maggie Wilson was light drawing against three leaving Gina Aitken an open draw for four and a decisive lead of 8-4. After a steal of one to Aitken the game was conceded.

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Men’s Draw 5

Team David Edwards got a convincing win against Moray Combe in the first of Wednesday’s men’s games. After a blanked first end Edwards utilised his corner guard in the second end getting two stones hidden. Moray attempted the freeze but it finished slightly wide giving David the opportunity to nose hit for the three which he successfully made. Combe got on the score board in the third with a one but Edwards forged ahead to a 5-1 lead when he took two in the fourth. Combe could only respond with another one before Edwards set up a very good sixth end where Combe only had a tricky corner freeze to play with his last stone to try and make it difficult for Edwards to score multiple. Combe was heavy leaving his stone back eight and Edwards tapped it back to score four and secure the victory 9-2.  

Ewan MacDonaldTeam MacDonald recorded another win to remain unbeaten at the top of the table against Team Logan Gray. MacDonald blanked the first end and took his two in the second. Gray responded scoring one in the third. Good play from Team Gray set up the fourth well leaving Ewan MacDonald (left – photo Tom Brydone) a tricky draw against two but it over curled and he gave up two. MacDonald pulled two back in the fifth before Gray levelled in the sixth at 4-4. The seventh end was blanked when both teams played throw throughs to make up time on their clocks. In end eight with his first stone MacDonald played an excellent freeze on a Gray counter which lay just behind the button, Logan attempted to follow but made contact with a stone at the top of the twelve foot circle. A well looked after stone to bite the button with MacDonald’s last made sure of the two. MacDonald lead 6-5 going into the tenth when he played a straightforward raise take out to score two and take the match.

Warwick Smith bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a solid 8-1 victory over Team Lee McCleary. Smith took a two in the first end and McCleary had to settle for one in the second end. In the third end Lee McCleary played the draw behind guards only to be trumped by Warwick Smith angled raise take out to lie three and go 5-1 ahead. In the fourth Warwick stole one when the McCleary sweepers left his draw attempt short and repeated this in the fifth. It was all over after six when another steal of one sealed the victory.

Team Grant Hardie continued their winning form in this afternoon’s game against Team Ally Fraser. The first four ends were low scoring with teams exchanging ones in ends two and three. In the fifth Grant made a good hit and roll which Fraser tried to draw round it but came up short and gave Grant an open draw for three. In the end sixth Team Hardie peppered the four foot with stones leaving Fraser a difficult double with his last which he narrowly missed, after a measure Team Fraser gave up a steal of two and offered handshakes with the score 6-1 to Hardie.

Team Hamilton had been on good form coming into this draw winning their previous three games.  Team Hamilton secured an early lead by virtue of a one in the first and a steal of one in the third end.  Team Smith bounced back with one’s in fourth and fifth ends. Hamilton secured a two in the seventh end for a 4-2 lead.  Kyle Smith had an opportunity to score in the eighth but his double attempt connected at the wrong angle and gave to give Hamilton a 5-2 lead. Team Smith secured their two in the ninth end to go into the tenth one down.  Great play from Cammy Smith and Kyle Waddell set up the tenth end perfectly with textbook centre line guards and draw round to sit top four behind guards. Team Hamilton continued to attempt to clear the front but only managed to remove one guard at a time. Kyle’s last stone in the tenth was played and judged perfectly to force John to draw the button, his attempt ran on just too far taking the game to overtime.  The extra end followed the same pattern as the tenth with Team Smith executing textbook strategy to again leave Hamilton attempting to bite the button with his last which ran on a little too far giving Team Smith their third win of the Championship.

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Women’s Draw 10

It was a close run game between Teams Hannah Fleming and Lorna Vevers. Fleming made two in the first end but in the second, Vevers removed Fleming’s stone from the four foot to secure a three. Fleming blanked the third end courtesy of a double take out with her first stone and took her two in the fourth after a nice hit and roll with her first stone. Vevers responded with a draw for two in fifth to take the lead at 5-4. In the sixth Vevers had split the house; Fleming tried to hit and roll but nosed Vevers stone to sit for a measure which went Fleming’s way for one. In the eighth end, Fleming attempted to draw round a guarded top four but was heavy leaving Vevers with an open hit for three which was perfect, 8-5 Vevers. Fleming made her comeback in the last two ends with a draw for two in the ninth and a steal of two in the tenth to record her eight win of the Championships and maintain her place at the top of the table.

Gina AitkenTeam Aitken had Margaret Richardson subbing for daughter Katie Richardson in their game against Kerry Barr. The teams traded ones in the first two ends. In the third with lots of stones in play Barr attempted a freeze on her own stone to lie two but showed Gina Aitken (left – photo Tom Brydone) half stone. Aitken attempted a delicate hack weight double tap but left Barr lying one with no route in for the two, one to Barr. In the fourth, Aitken attempted a raise take out and caught her own stone in the house leaving Barr lying two and a 4-1 lead. In the fifth end, Barr missed her draw with her first stone then wrecked on a guard with her second; Aitken drew for three to level 4-4 at the break. In the sixth Barr had a delicate tap back for three but it over swung and only managed to score one. There were lots of stones in play in end seven and Gina Aitken had made a draw through a port to lie two. Kerry with her last stone tap back attempt didn’t change the situation and Gina made the draw to take two. Barr levelled again in the eight with a one. In the ninth there was lots of discussion and time outs called by both teams but it was Aitken who took the advantage with a perfect hit and roll for two to take the lead. Their momentum took them through the tenth when Kerry Barr’s attempted tap was off line leaving Gina with a steal of one for the game.  

Team Martin had Claire Milne in place of Jennifer Martin for their morning game against Team Marshall. Jennifer Marshall got off to a good start taking a two but in the second end, Milne drew for a three to take the edge. Marshall blanked third, and in the fourth endthat had lots of stones in play, Milne attempted a hit and roll to force the one but the measure went Marshall’s way for two and a lead of 4-3. In the fifth end Milne had the opportunity for two but had to settle for one to tie the score at 4-4. Marshall took one in the sixth and stole another in the seventh when Milne’s draw attempt wrecked on a guard. The eighth end was blanked and in the crucial ninth end Team Martin attempted a draw for one but Milne was short with her last stone leaving Marshall with a steal of two.  In the tenth, Marshall ran Team Martin out of stones and handshakes were offered at 8-4 Marshall.

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The next session of play is at 12:00pm with the men’s Draw 5. The next women’s session follows at 4:00pm.

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Men’s Draw 4

John Hamilton secured his second win of the day against Warwick Smith in Tuesday night’s session. In the first end Hamilton took one. In the second end Warwick attempted a hit for two but caught the wrong angle and gave up three to go 4-0 down. In the third end Warwick played a double take for one shot to get on the score board. Hamilton scored one in the fifth to go 6-1 into the break. Warwick made his two in the sixth end but the gap was to be extended again when Hamilton took a two in the seventh and Team Smith conceded the game. Final score 8-3.    

Logan Gray wIt was to be a long drawn out battle between Kyle Smith and Logan Gray (left – photo Tom Brydone) with this game going to an extra end. Gray opened the scoring with a steal of one in the first end and was hidden well behind guards in the second when Kyle played a perfect hack weight tap back for two to edge 2-1 ahead. There were exchanges of ones in the next two ends and with the fifth end blanked, Team Gray held out for their two in the sixth. The seventh end was blanked before an exchange of twos in ends eight and nine, leaving the score 6-5 Gray going into the last end. With Smith’s final stone of the tenth end he had a hit and stick to score one which just hung onto the rings to keep them in the game. In the extra end Kyle Smith was unable to get shot stone with his last and the game was conceded.     

Teams Edwards and Fraser were both looking for their first win of the day when they met. Team Fraser had Graeme Connal, previous Scottish Champion and Olympian, playing third in substitution for Neil Macarthur. With the score line 3-2 to Fraser after four ends, David Edwards took a significant three in the fifth end. In the sixth end Edwards was lying two stones against when he played a double take out with his last to lie three and forced Fraser to draw which he did but only out-counting two stones. In the seventh end Ally Fraser took a one and in the eighth end Fraser tried to set up opportunities to steal but Edwards continued to get shots into the house. With three shots against, Ally Fraser attempted a draw to the button but was heavy and gave Edwards a two. In the ninth Fraser took two to go two behind and when he ran out of stones in the tenth end the teams shook hands.   

Team McCleary were looking for their second win of the day against Team Hardie who had earlier lost to John Hamilton. There were only ones on the score board until the sixth end when Hardie took a two to go 5-2 ahead. Hardie controlled the seventh end coming around the guard in an attempt to steal. They sat four shots within the four foot after their last stone and Team McCleary were unsuccessful in their final attempt to get to the button. The game finished with a score line of 9-2 in Hardie’s favour.  

In the Combe versus MacDonald game, MacDonald opened the scoring with two in the first end followed by Combe taking a one. In the third end Combe had a stone hidden behind a guard and Ewan MacDonald played a fantastic tap back at back eight foot weight to take two. There was an exchange of ones until the sixth end when Combe managed to take a two to close the gap to one shot. Interestingly in the seventh end both teams played throw throughs until Ewan MacDonald’s first stone. The end was eventually blanked as was the eighth. In the ninth end MacDonald played an aggressive end and reaped the rewards with a five in their favour. Final score 10-4.  

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The next session of play gets underway at 8:00am on Wednesday 12th February with the women’s Draw 10. The next men’s session follows at 12:00pm.

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Women’s Draw 9

 

This afternoon’s battle between Jennifer Martin and Lorna Vever’s sides saw the junior team skipped by Martin victorious on this occasion with an 8-3 win. Team Martin had a strong start which saw them 5-1 up after 4 ends. In the 5th end, Lorna Vevers played a solid hit and stick against 3 shots to take 1. Martin got her 4 shot lead back in the 6th and Vevers replied with 1 in the 7th. The 8th end was to be the final end when Jennifer drew for 2 with her last stone.

Hannah FlemingHannah Fleming (left – photo Tom Brydone) continued her winning form against Kerry Barr’s side, in a tight game finishing 5-4. After 4 ends and the score at 2-2, Barr got the first steal of the game when Fleming attempted a double take-out but left Team Barr with 1 stone in play. The 6th and 7th ends were blanked and then Team Fleming got completely hidden behind a Team Barr guard in the 8th; Kerry Barr attempted the run-back catching it slightly high and leaving Kerry Barr a draw for 2.  The 9th end saw Kerry drawing the four foot with her final stone to level the score going into the final end. Barbara McPake got 2 centre line guards up in a classically aggressive last end by Team Barr looking to get a shot buried for the steal. Team Fleming kept removing the guards throughout the end and with Kerry’s final stone, she drew the 4 foot behind her own shot in the top 12 foot. Fleming played a perfect double take-out and remained in the house to take 1 and finish the game off.

 

Gail Munro faced Gina Aitken in their 4pm fixture at Dewars. It was 2-2 after the first four end. In the fifth end Aitken got the first steal of the game when she lay three shots in the four foot; Gail removed two but gave up one to go 3-2 down. Aitken stole two in the sixth end, Munro blanked the seventh and split the house in the eighth to take her two. In the ninth end Aitken played a double for two. There was an exciting tenth end that saw Team Munro lying two shots guarded when Gina went to play her last stone. Gina corner froze the top shot making it extremely difficult for Gail to remove and also for the shooter to remain in play to score three. By the cruellest of fates Gail’s final stone picked up giving Team Aitken their second win of the day.  

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The next session of play gets underway at 8:00pm with the men’s Draw 4. The next women’s session is at 8:00am on Wednesday 12th February.

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Men’s Draw 3

Team MacDonald continued their great form winning their third consecutive game in this afternoon’s match against Team Warwick Smith. Twos were exchanged in the first two ends and in the third, Team Smith were lying three and looking for a multiple score. Ewan MacDonald however played a triple takeout with his first stone and Warwick ended up scoring one to edge ahead. No more than one was scored at any end after this until the eighth end which saw MacDonald stealing three to seal a 7-4 victory.  

John HamiltonGrant Hardie blanked the first end to retain hammer in his game against John Hamilton (left – photo: Tom Brydone). In the second end Hardie set up a high scoring opportunity but Hamilton lifted a triple with his last stone to lie three. Hardie had a pressure draw shot to score one which clipped the guard and gave up a three to Hamilton. In the third and fourth ends Hamilton managed to steal scores of three and one to go 7-0 ahead. Hardie clawed back one in the fifth end but handshakes were offered after the seventh when Hamilton scored a single to end the game at 8-1.  

Team Moray Combe were looking for their first win of the week when they met Team Kyle Smith but it was not to be. The first few ends saw a lot of stones in play but it was only to be 2-1 in Smith’s favour after four ends. The fifth end was a typically guddly end with only one stone out of play when Moray Combe went to throw the final stone of the end. Moray played a perfect quadruple tap to the four foot to lie two shots and go 3-2 ahead into the fifth end break. Kyle Smith came back strong scoring a total of six shots in ends six and seven. It was a textbook style eighth end by Team Smith which saw Moray Combe having to draw the four foot to score one. With the score line at 8-4 Team Combe conceded the game.  

Gray got another win against Ally Fraser in a game that went all the way. With the hammer in the second end Fraser tried to open the scoring with a two however with his final shot he hit and rolled out taking just one. It was a very tight game with the score 2-1 after four ends in Gray’s favour. The fifth end saw eleven stones in the house plus two guards; after all that it was to be a score of just one in Fraser’s favour. End six saw Gray pushing ahead with a three after a measure to Gray’s advantage. Fraser blanked the seventh but picked up two in eight to go one behind. The ninth and tenth ends were controlled by Team Gray taking one then following up with a steal of two to end the match at 8-4.  

Team Lee McCleary were up against the undefeated Team Edwards when they met in the third session. With the first end blanked, McCleary faced two stones split across the house in the second, hitting one and rolling out to give up one. In end three Robin Brydone made a super come around the corner guards and McCleary secured a two through aggressive play. Edwards responded with two in the fourth before McCleary levelled the score at 3-3 before the fifth end break. Edwards took his one in the sixth followed by blanks in the seventh and eighth ends. In the ninth end McCleary attempted to blank the end but hit and stuck to go into the tenth end at 4-4. In the final end McCleary got a shot in the four foot covered and made it difficult for Edwards. David Edwards tried to come through a port to remove the shot stone but it wasn’t to come off on this occasion, final score 5-4, McCleary.    

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The next session of play gets underway at 4:00pm with the women’s draw 9. The next men’s session is at 8:00pm this evening.

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Women’s Draw 8

Hannah Fleming maintained her lead at the top of the table with a decisive win against Jennifer Marshall’s rink by 8-3 on Tuesday morning. With a four shot lead built up over the first four ends, Fleming attempted to play a defensive fifth however a number of corner guards ended up in play which allowed Marshall to create a scoring opportunity and she took a two. Fleming played her stone through in the sixth to blank the end and in the seventh had a chance of a two with her final stone.  Her draw was heavy though and she had to settle for one. Team Fleming took a time out before their last shot of the ninth which Hannah played to perfection; a raise take out to lie three and end the match.

Skip Jennifer Martin records her second victory of the week. (Photo Tom Brydone)

Jennifer Martin (left – Photo Tom Brydone) blanked the first end of her game against Stranraer’s Gail Munro. In the second Munro was lying with one red in the four foot surrounded by yellow stones when Martin nose hit with her last stone to take a significant six. Munro took a solid two in the second and had the chance of a steal of two in the third but Martin drew her last shot to take one. Martin drew against two in the sixth to extend her lead with a one to 8-3. Munro pulled one back in the seventh but Martin took her two in the eighth and handshakes were offered for the game, 10-3 Martin.

The match between Gina Aitken and Lorna Vevers was closely contested with ones and twos being exchanged throughout the game. By the fifth end break Vevers had the edge with a 4-3 lead. In the sixth end however Vevers tried a hit and roll behind the guard but missed on the inside leaving Gina a shot for two to go ahead for the first time in the game, 5-4. Ones and twos continued to be exchanged to leave a score of 7-6 in Vevers favour heading into the tenth end. Gina’s crucial first stone was burnt; a shot required to give Team Aitken the opportunity to score two for the game. Vevers took advantage by drawing in to lie three in the four foot. Aitken then tapped back the shot stone on the nose to take one and go into an extra end. Aitken recorded a one in the tenth to notch up her first win of the week.  

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The next session of play gets underway at 12:00pm with the Men’s Draw 3. The next women’s session is at 4:00pm on Tuesday.

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Men’s Draw 2

Hardie blanked the first end of his evening game against Warwick Smith but Smith followed up with a steal of two in the second. In end three there were lots of guards in play. Warwick tried a come around but clipped the guard leaving Grant an open draw for two and the opportunity to level the score at 2-2. Smith blanked the fourth and Hardie got a nice steal of one before the fifth end break however Warwick came back in the sixth with a two to lead 4-3. Hardie blanked the seventh before the teams traded ones in the next two ends with a score of 5-4 to Smith heading into the tenth end. In the tenth Hardie managed to maintain a double guard on the centre line which Warwick missed with his first leaving Hardie a draw opportunity which he successfully made into the four foot. With Warwick’s final stone he just passed the guards to peel out the shot stone blanking the end for a 5-4 victory.

Team McCleary notched up their first win of the Championship with a win over Kyle Smith’s men.  The first end was blanked and in the second end McCleary had a draw to the button but his last stone fell a fraction short to leave Smith with steal of one. In the third end, Stevenson played a run back which turned the end around and allowed Team McCleary to score three. It was ones scored throughout the rest of the game before Smith conceded in the tenth end with a final score of 6-4 in McCleary’s favour.

David Edwards eyes his second win of the Championship.

David Edwards eyes his second win of the Championship (Photo: Tom Brydone)

Logan Gray and David Edwards both won their afternoon games but it was Edwards who took their second win in succession with an 8-3 final score. Gray blanked the first end before Edwards stole one in the second. Gray however levelled the score with a one in the third but Edwards blanked the fourth and made a three in the end five to take a 4-1 lead at the break. Gray blanked the sixth and Edwards followed with a steal of one in the seventh. Gray pegged the score back with a two in end eight but Edwards came back with a three in the ninth to end the game.    

Team MacDonald recorded their second win of the day against Ally Fraser’s rink. MacDonald started with a one in the first end. In the second, Ewan had a stone sitting guarded in the four foot and Fraser attempted a draw but finished back eight to leave MacDonald with a steal of one. In the fourth end MacDonald was lying four but Fraser played a hit with his last stone removing two but rolling out himself to leave MacDonald with a steal of two and a 4-0 lead. Fraser took a one in the fifth but MacDonald were just too strong in the sixth when they made three and Fraser conceded, final score 7-1.   

John Hamilton and Moray Combe were both looking for their first win of the Championship when they met in Monday’s evening session. Combe blanked the first end then followed up with a two in the second. Hamilton blanked the next two ends before getting on the scoreboard in the fifth with a one. Combe blanked the sixth but Hamilton controlled the seventh with a two before Combe replied with a draw through the port with his last stone for two in the eighth, score 4-3 Combe. Hamilton blanked the ninth. In the tenth end Hamilton was lying one in the four foot and needed a second shot to be fully in the four foot to secure the win. He successfully made it to record his first win with a final score of 5-4.

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Women’s Draw 7

 

Last year’s Scottish Women’s finalists Team Hannah Fleming got their first win of the week at Dewars Centre, Perth, and their fifth win of the round robin, against Team Gina Aitken. Fleming blanked the first end taking one in the second then stealing three in the third.  Both teams traded ones in the next two ends giving Fleming a commanding 5-1 lead at the fifth end break. Another three singles followed for Fleming before Aitken made two in the eighth but then conceded with the score at 7-3.  

Gail Munro’s women returned to the ice against Jennifer Marshall’s rink with both teams having lost their morning games. They traded ones in the first two ends before Marshall stole a one in the third. Munro blanked the fourth but allowed Marshall to steal another one before levelling with a two in the sixth at 3-3. Munro stole ones in ends seven and eight and Marshall bounced back with a two in nine to level the score at 5-5. Munro had a draw for the win in the tenth but was just heavy taking the game to an extra end. With her last stone Gail faced two Marshall counters and opted for the draw but was high of line and made contact with one of the stones and gave up two. Final score 7-5 for Team Marshall.

Having both won their morning games, Lorna Vevers faced Kerry Barr in Monday afternoon’s session. Vevers stole a one in the first before Barr blanked the second and followed up with a two in the third. Vevers took the lead back in the fourth end making a two and stealing another two in the fifth to move 5-2 ahead. Barr took singles in ends five and six but it was Vevers who made sure of the victory with a big four in end eight. Barr played on taking one in end nine but conceded with the score at 9-5.

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Play continues at 8:00pm with the Men’s Draw 2.

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Men’s Draw 1

The first draw of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Men’s championship took place at midday on Monday 10th February.  

2014 Mercure Perth Masters winners Team Logan Gray returned to Dewars Centre in a low scoring game against Lee McCleary’s men. Gray was forced to take his one in the fourth end but followed up by stealing one in the fifth after a measure to lead 2-0. McCleary finally got on the score board in the ninth end to level the game at 2-2 but Gray secured the victory with a one in the final end to win 3-2.

Former World Champion and Olympian Ewan MacDonald got his championship off to a strong start with an 8-2 victory over John Hamilton’s Murrayfield rink after eight ends;a three in end five giving MacDonald a strong 6-1 lead after five ends.

Warwick Smith lead David Edwards by 3-2 after the fifth end in their game but Edwards made a nose hit for two in end six and followed up with a steal of two in the seventh to lead 6-3. Smith fought back with a two in end eight but Edwards blanked the ninth and finished with a three in the tenth for a 9-5 victory.

Current World Junior Champions Team Kyle Smith continued their good form following their recent title defence at the Scottish Junior Championships with a 6-2 win over Ally Fraser after eight ends.

Team Hardie looked to be in control for most of their opening game against Moray Combe taking twos and forcing ones to win 6-4.

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Play continues at 4:00pm with Women’s Draw 7.

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Women’s Draw 6

The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships got underway at 8:00am today (Monday 10th February) at Dewars Centre, Perth, with Draw 6 of the women’s competition.

Six of the seven women’s teams were competing with Hannah Fleming playing her first game at Dewars in this afternoon’s 4:00pm session.

Jennifer’s Martin’s rink got back to winning ways with a close fought 10-9 victory over Gina Aitken to top the women’s table on four wins after six games.

Despite being level after end seven, Lorna Vevers saw off Gail Munro with scores of two in ends eight and nine to finish the game 9-5 moving Vevers to fourth in the standings and leaving Munro’s team at the bottom on one win out of five.

In the last of this morning’s games Kerry Barr’s women came out on top after a low scoring ten ends against Jennifer Marshall finishing 4-3.

The next draw is at 12:00pm with the start of the men’s round robin.

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