Busy week for Kirrie Men

Last Sunday saw Kirriemuir pitched against two strong Civil Service rinks in the Gordon Wright Trophy.

Kirrie had Jim Strathearn and Dave Anderson leading its two contesting rinks. Things didn’t go Kirrie’s way, both rinks lost and the final aggregate score was 16-9 to Civil Service.

In the Club League on January 21, Malcolm Nicoll (skip), Russell Hamilton, Mike Downie and Neil Redford played Dave Urquhart (skip), Dave Congreve, Jaromir Krucyznski and Derek Smith. Dave had the upper hand throughout the game winning five of the eight ends played. The final score was 8-5 in favour of the Urquhart rink.

Kirriemuir was involved in a second round match in the Callander Trophy last Wednesday against Glamis. Kirrie had a great start taking a three at the first end. However, Glamis won the next three ends to lead 5-3 going into the fifth end. Kirrie snatched a single to narrow the gap. Bill Grant the Glamis skip wasn’t to be denied he squeezed a couple of singles at the sixth and seventh ends thus entering the final end 7-4 up.

Malcolm’s rink got a brace at the eighth to bring a close 7-6 victory to Glamis. It had been a game of “Final” stones. It had been impossible to say which way this game would finally swing but it was Glamis which swung home with the win.

Friday past saw the pairs competition progress ever closer to the cut. Gordon Thomson (skip), and Angus Redford gave Dave Congreve (skip) and Ian Melrose a hard time.

The Thomson rink won 8-2. At the same time, on another rink, Bill Keillor (skip) and Stuart Cameron played Scott Ritchie (skip) and Ian Orr. The leads played a big part in this contest, each were able to “draw the house” or “take-out” as required.

Those factors meant it was all to play for, when the skips’ turn came round. If one side had stones lying then the other side were hell-bent on “take outs” and vice-versa.

It was 4-4 going into the last end, Stuart had managed to get some stones retained in the house partially covered, Bill was delivering guards and Scott was focused on take-outs. Bill and Stuart held their nerve and gained four shots to clinch an 8-4 win. It was a very close game.

Finally this week, a Bonnie Cord league match took place last Wednesday in which Alister Pirie (skip), Dave Congreve, Mike Downie and Gordon Elliot played Stuart Cameron (skip), Neil Redford, Derek Smith and Wiesiek Tomaczkowski.

It was a really well matched contest, the teams were level on 6-6 after six ends and 7-7 after eight ends. Brisk play enabled the teams to play a ninth end from which Alister Pirie’s rink took a brace, which gave them the game 9-7. A tense game indeed!