Bute curlers compete in Argyll Province Ladies Championship

Bute Curling Club's final match of the season was an Argyll Province competition for the Last Bite Trophy.
Bute Curling Club's final match of the season was an Argyll Province competition for the Last Bite Trophy.

Local Bute curlers have played four games in the past two weeks, with three Day League games and a Ladies Province match on the itinerary.

The best result for the club came from the Argyll Province Ladies Championship played at the Waterfront on Tuesday, March 4.

Bute was represented by Beck Reid (skip), Barbara Dunn (guest curler), Margaret MacLeod and Nancy Kinnear. Other clubs participating in the competition were Dunoon Ladies, Millport and Tighnabruaich.

In the first round of the competition, Bute was drawn against a three-handed Tighnabruiach side skipped by Issie Currie while Dunoon played Millport.

Bute curlers saw Tighnabruaich make the better start to the game with three shots to take the first end. Bute took a single shot in the next end but Tighnabruaich took two shots in the third end to go into a 5-1 lead.

Beck and her rink were in better form in the fourth and fifth ends, taking a total of five shots to go into the lead going into the sixth and final end.

Sadly for Bute, Tighnabruaich upped their game to take four shots and win the game 9-6.

In the adjoining rink, Dunoon Ladies were in fine form and won their game against Millport.

After a break for lunch, Dunoon played Tighnabruaich while Bute went head to head with Millport skipped by Ann Mapes.

Bute proved to be in much stronger form in the second round, taking the first five ends to go into the final end leading by seven shots. Perhaps Bute eased off too much as Millport took a single shot to win the final end.

With Dunoon having won once again, they were clear winners of the championship, while Bute’s second round performance put them in runners-up position.

The Day League games played on March 2 against Kilmacolm, on March 5 against Gourock 3, and on March 6 against Gourock Ladies won’t have improved Bute’s position in the league with the local side losing out to stronger rinks.

The final club competition of the season, for the Macrae Cup, is coming up, while two Day League games and a Ladies Province game remain to be played.