Cawder House went down by 8 shots to 3 in the home leg of the Gordon Smith Trophy against Strathkelvin last night.
The gentlemen of the Strathkelvin side were just too strong and played a clever game against a Cawder House side of mixed experience.
It started well for the home side with a steal in the opening end but from then on in the visitors got the measure of the ice and cleverly manipulated the game to suit their style of play, their third Ben in particular in stunning form.
Cawder House did have one or two nice shots, Douglas saving his best til last to get the 2 in the final end, but Strathkelvin were deserving winners on the night and must be favourites now to take the trophy.
The return leg at Hamilton is scheduled for next March so we have plenty of time to get practising though!
Have to say that the Wii practice is more appealing than Robbie’s suggested new warm up routine
A team from Cawder House will be in action at Braehead on Thursday evening this week as they line up against a team from Strathkelvin Curling Club in the first leg of the Gordon Smith Trophy.
Gordon was a prominent member of both Cawder House and Strathkelvin curling clubs and after he died the clubs agreed to play annually for this trophy in his memory.
Douglas Locke will be skipping the Cawder House quartet on Thursday with the return leg at Hamilton Ice Rink scheduled for next March.
No, it’s not a chance to curl for free unfortunately but just a reminder that there are no Cawder House games scheduled for this Monday at Braehead. Don’t want anyone turning up and finding they are on their own!
The next action is in the reverse league on Friday at 5.30pm
Week two of the reverse league took place at the earlier time of 5.30 on Monday evening and by 7.30 Alf Vannett’s team were clearly setting themselves up as the team to watch.
After starting the competition last week with the biggest win of the week they followed it up with a comfortable 8-3 win over Team Meikle with all four Team Vannett players in good form.
On rink 6, there was a close battle taking place between Team Phillips and Team Henry. Honours were even at 2-2 after four ends but Graham just edged ahead taking the single in end 5. The killer end was to be end 6 however with Mike Henry manoeuvering his team to take 3 shots and following it up with a single in the final end to win 6-3 overall.
Scores were not to be so close over on sheet 7, the comment from one of the players when asked about the game being very ‘Fawlty Towers’-esque
I’ll not quote the score here but it is fair to say that Team Mitchell, with Robbie Stewart in for Margaret Dempster and Tom Duncan subbing for Jock Fleming, were just too strong for the opposition, hitting them hard in the first and third ends in particular.
It is still very much early days though, only Team Vannett of those teams having played two games remaining unbeaten.
There is a gap before the next set of games due to ice availability and it sees a Friday session coming into play with three reverse league games scheduled for 22 November, again at the earlier time of 5.30pm
Best wishes to Cawder House member George Elliott who undergoes surgery on his wrist tomorrow. Speedy recovery George.
It was all change at Braehead last night as we took a change of competition and the first round of the reserve league was played.
(What do you mean that’s not the idea?)
Players were getting used to new teams and new skips of varying experience from none to previous league skips took to the head. Unfortunately all three games could not take place at the same time due to shortage of ice so the first two games took place at 6pm whilst the third went ahead at 8.20pm.
There were quite a few subs in evidence on sheet 2 with Linda Naismith the only original member of Team Phillips in action. Jim Naismith took over as skip with Bill Bishop stepping in at lead and the virtual clubs Margaret McAulay also coming in to help out. Team Shields were at full strength. Each team was to win four ends, Andy opening with a 2 which had looked as if it could be a 5 until a good stone from Jim to cut them back. Jim went on to get a single in end 2 then follow it up by stealing a single in end 3 to tie scores. The next two ends were to deflate Jim’s team however as Andy’s side took a 3 followed by a steal of 2 to go 5 shots up. After pulling two singles back, Jim had no option but to go all out for a big steal in the 8th end but as can so often happen it was Andy who finished the night off with a 4.
Over on sheet 1, Mike Henry’s team were up against it right from the start with only having 3 players on ice. Alf Vannett’s side were all on form and were certainly not in sympathetic mood as they stormed into an 11-0 lead after 5 ends with some immaculate play particularly from the front end. Mike’s team were battling hard but just could not get into the game and there was relief all round for them when they took the single in end 6 that was to prevent the whitewash.
With most of the members heading for home the final match took to the ice with Rodger Burnett back on ice after being ‘persuaded’ as he was leaving the bar to step in to Kirstie Meikle’s team in place of the missing Gordon Day. Gordon Whitelaw also stepped in to replace Eleanor McDougall. Laurie Hunter’s side were at full strength with Margaret Dempster stepping in to the vacant second spot. The first end was won comfortably by Team Hunter with Team Meikle hitting back to get a single in the second end. After that Team Meikle were to get a lucky kiss to steal a single in the third, and continued to steal singles except in end 5 where they stole a 2. End 6 was particularly frustrating for Laurie’s team as it went to a measure with two stones side by side. They thought that their yellow stone was sitting shot but the measure showed it to be the red by the smallest of margins.
Next week sees an early start for all three games in the reserve league with the games due on ice at 5.30pm on Monday.
It wasn’t so much a case of being off or on the brush for two Cawder House members yesterday at Braehead as ‘getting the brush’.
As part of the WCF Curling Equipment Programme, the RCCC were able to provide the first 60 new members affiliating through a Virtual Curling Club in season 2013-2014 with a brand new curling brush.
Five members of Braehead Virtual Club qualified for this and were presented with brushes at the Virtual Coaching day yesterday and included in the 5 were two Cawder House members – Donna Elliott and George Elliott
The new brushes may make an appearance on Monday!