Bute curlers compete for Caldwell Trophy

Bute curlers competed for the Caldwell Trophy in Greenock recently.
Bute curlers competed for the Caldwell Trophy in Greenock recently.

Three rinks of local curlers travelled to the Waterfront Ice Rink on Wednesday, November 2, to play in a club competition for the Caldwell Trophy.

The competition was played in a Round Robin format with Ron Forrester and Jan Eccles taking to the ice first.

Ron’s rink of Andy Eccles, Margaret MacLeod and Nancy Kinnear met with a three-handed rink of Jan Eccles, Colin Sharp and Peter Martin.

Ron made a flying start to the competition taking 5 shots at the first end and adding single shots in the following two ends.

Jan and her rink took the fourth end by 4 shots, putting them in a better position. However, once again Ron’s side played well to win the fifth and final end to take the game by 8 shots to 4.

The losing rink remained on the ice to take on Alex Robertson (skip), Donald Kinnear, Bill Stein and Alec Bennett and this time around Jan got off to a good start, taking 3 shots at the first end and adding 2 shots in the second end to lead by 5 shots going into the third end.

This end went Alec’s way with his rink taking a single shot. Jan added a single shot in the fourth end with Alec winning the fifth end by 2 shots to close the gap, however, Jan took the game comfortably by 6 shots to 3.

For the final game of the competition Alec remained on the ice to be joined by Ron and his rink for the deciding game. This game proved to be a tight one with Ron taking the first end by a single shot only to be answered by 3 shots for Alec in the next end.

The third and fourth ends went Ron’s way but the final end of the game and the competition went to Alec’s side by 1 shot to give them victory.

With each side having won 1 game it was down to shots, with Ron’s 11 shots just pipping Jan’s ten shots to give him victory.

A second club competition was played at Braehead on Sunday, November 6, when two rinks gathered to compete for the Sunday League Trophy. This was once competed for over a number of Sundays.

Ron Forrester’s rink was three-handed with Alec Robertson and Nancy Kinnear completing the side, while Donald Kinnear had a full rink with Bill Stein, Margaret MacLeod and Peter Martin in support.

The first game was played in a very busy Braehead Ice Rink.

Ron and his side were in good form taking the first end by 1 shot and adding 3 shots in the third end and single shots in the fifth and sixth ends, Donald’s side also played well but managed to take only the second and fourth ends by single shots to give Ron victory by 6 shots to 2.

In the second round of the Sunday League competition, the first few ends of the game went Ron’s way with his side scoring 5 shots to lead going into the fourth end.

Donald took the following two ends by 3 shots to close the gap but this was answered by a big score of four shots from Ron.

With only 1 end to go the gap between the sides was daunting, however Donald closed the gap once again to give a final score of 6 shots to Ron’s 9.

Coming up next is a day league game against a Gourock side.