Tuesday, February 23, saw 12 Bute curlers take to the ice at the Waterfront to play in a club competition for the Carlsberg Trophy.
The competition was played as a round robin with each side playing two games of five ends.
Round one saw Donnie MacLeod (skip), Donald Kinnear, Jim Findlay, and Nancy Kinnear, take on Jan Eccles (skip), Ron Forrester, margaret MacLeod, and Peter Martin.
Jan made the better start to the game, taking single shots at the first two ends. Donnie answered in style bby taking four shots at the third end and although Jan took the next end it was by a single shot - not enough to overcome Donnie’s lead. The final end went to Donnie with a single shot giving him the game by 5 shots to 3.
As losers in the first game, Jan and her rink stayed on the ice to take on Alec Robertson (skip), Andy Eccles, Bill Stein, and Ronnie Taylor (who was trying out his curling for the first time in many years).
Alec made his mark right away to take the first end by 2 shots. Jan levelled the score by taking the next two ends but with Alex’s side playing very strongly, the fourth end went their way with 3 shots on the board.
Jan took the fifth end but another single shot was not enough to win the game which was won by Alex by 5 shots to 3.
The final game was played with winner taking on winner. In this game Alec took the first end by 3 shots which gave him a flying start. The next end was again won by Alec so going into the third end he was leading by 4 shots. Donnie took the third end by a single shot but he went on to play an excellent fourth end when with his second shot he put his rink in a winning position by taking 4 shots to lead 5-4 going into the final end of the competition. Once again Alec pulled out all the stops and won that end to take the game and the trophy by 6 shots to 5. Well done to Alec and his rink of Andy, BUll and a special mention to Ronnie who played very steadily in his first outing for the club.
The following day was a regular Day League fixture and in what was almost a family outing Donald Kinnear (skip), Archie Morton (guest), Margaret MacLeod and Nancy Kinnear were drawn against Dunoon 2 with Richard Addis (skip), John Benn, Morag Smith, and Moira McKellar representing the Argyll side.
Things looked good for Bute when the first two ends went their way by single shots, but Richard - always a strong skip - took 3 shots not only at the third end but also at the fourth. A single shot was added at the fifth end giving Dunoon a lead of 7 shots to 2. but in the next end it was Bute’s turn to win, by 2 shots, to narrow the gap. However it was not to be as Dunoon finished off the game by taking the final end by 1 shot. A disappointing result for Bute but everyone agreed it had been an enjoyable game. The final club competition of the season, for the Macrae Cup, will be played on Tuesday, March 8.