Curling: Club competition for ‘125 Trophy’

Donnie MacLeod's rink returned home to Bute victorious, having won the '125 Trophy'.

Donnie MacLeod's rink returned home to Bute victorious, having won the '125 Trophy'.

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A pleasant Sunday sail to the mainland on October 9 saw two rinks heading to Braehead Ice Rink to compete in a club competition for the ‘125 Trophy’.

Donald Kinnear skipped a rink with Bill Stein, Peter Martin, and Nancy Kinnear, completing the side while Donnie MacLeod skipped with Alec Robertson, Jim Findlay, and Margaret Macleod, in support.

In the first game, Donald’s rink made the better start taking the first end by a single shot with Donnie taking the next end by 2 shots. Donald, however, took the following two ends by single shots to lead going into the fifth end.

In that end Donnie and his rink played well to take 2 shots and finished the game off with single shots in the two final ends to win by six shots to 3.

After a brief break the curlers returned to the ice to continue the competition. Donnie’s rink made a strong start to the match with the first 3 ends going their way to give Donnie a strong lead by 7 shots.

However Donald’s fortunes changed in the final three ends of the competition with his rink scoring single shots in the fourth and fifth ends and finishing with a flourish, taking 3 shots in the final end.

The final score of 7 shots to 5 in Donnie’s favour proved to be a tight finish to the game and with two wins for his rink, Donnie was delighted to win the ‘125 Trophy’.

In the Day League match, played during the previous week, a Bute side represented by Donald Kinnear, Bill Stein, Colin Sharp, and Jim Findlay, took on a Muirdykes side.

On paper the Bute rink was a strong one, however, on the day the opposition proved to be stronger, taking the game by 12 shots to 5.

Coming up are a Province Competition and a Day League game against a Dunoon side.