Curling: Bute curlers fail to shine in Province Championship event

Local curlers Ron Forrester (skip), Donald Kinnear, Bill Stein and Margaret MacLeod travelled to Braehead Ice Rink on Sunday, February 5, to play in the second round of the Province Championship.
Local curlers Ron Forrester (skip), Donald Kinnear, Bill Stein and Margaret MacLeod travelled to Braehead Ice Rink on Sunday, February 5, to play in the second round of the Province Championship.

Members of Bute Curling Club narrowly failed to reach the final stages of the Province Championship in Glasgow.

Local curlers Ron Forrester (skip), Donald Kinnear, Bill Stein and Margaret MacLeod travelled to Braehead Ice Rink on Sunday, February 5, to play in the second round of the Province Championship having won their game in the first round.

A total of eight rinks took part in the competition with Bute joining Dunoon Argyll, Dunoon Ladies, Glenorchy/Tighnabruiach, Millport, Oban 1, Oban 2, and Upper Cowal.

Bute were drawn against Dunoon Ladies, skipped by Shirley Morton.

In this game Bute took the lead early on in the game and looked set for another win, however Dunoon Ladies had other ideas and upped their game with things becoming critical for Bute in the final end.

However, skip Ron played well to win this end and give Bute a second victory in the competition.

Once all the results had been collated by Province secretary Archie Morton it was clear that three rinks had won two games which meant that the number of points and ends had to be taken into account.

The resulting outcome was that Millport met Upper Cowal in the High Road final while Bute had to play Glenorchy/Tighnabruiach in the Low Road final.

With the championship already out of Bute’s reach it was critical that the rink played well and try to play for third place in the competition.

In the Low Road game Glenorchy/Tighnabruiach made the better start to the game, taking a single shot at the first end. This was matched by Bute in the next end and although the third end went to the opposition, the Bute side improved their performance to take four shots in the next end followed by two shots in the fifth end and they added a further four shots in the following end.

The opposition fought back in the seventh end and added two shots but the final score ran out 12 shots to Bute as opposed to the opposition’s four.

This clinched third place in the championship for Bute behind Millport and Upper Cowal.

These two sides had played a very tight game in their final but it was Millport who edged in front at the final end to take the title. Bute’s next outing will be a Greenock Day League game.