Strong start to curling season

A coaching session was held at Greenock Ice Rink on September 16.
A coaching session was held at Greenock Ice Rink on September 16.

The curling season got off to an excellent start for local curlers with a coaching session held at Greenock Ice Rink on September 16.

Everyone agreed that this was a good way to begin the season and also add a few potential curlers to the club for the future.

The following week saw the start of the Greenock Day League on Wednesday, September 23, with Bute drawn against a Dunoon side skipped by Norman Laird. Bute was represented by Donald Kinnear (skip), Colin Sharp, Helen Hay and Bill Stein.

Bute began the game well, taking the first end to lead by one shot. Dunoon answered by taking the second end by a single shot to level the score.

With Bute’s lead, Bill Stein playing well and getting his stones in the house the rest of the rink took advantage of this, playing steadily to take the next three ends to lead 6-1.

However, the sixth end saw Dunoon fight back to take that end by three shots, closing the gap between the sides.

Things become more tense in the end when Dunoon were in a very strong position with five shots counting in the house at one point. However, Colin Sharp, playing number three played a beautiful drawing shot to lie in the house and cut Dunoo’s score by four shots.

With one more end to be played and the score very tight at 6-5 in Bute’s favour, there was all to play for. Luckily Bute edged in front to take the end by a single shot and clinch the game by seven shots to five.

The first club competition of the new season saw four rinks compete for the Millbank Trophy at the Waterfront Ice Rink on Wednesday, September 30.