Island curlers head to Braehead

Bute curlers headed to Braehead this week to compete for the '125 Trophy'.
Bute curlers headed to Braehead this week to compete for the '125 Trophy'.

Local curlers travelled to Braehead on Sunday, October 11, to compete for the ‘125 Trophy’.

As only three rinks of three players were available on the day, the game was played in a Round Robin format.

Rink A - Donald Kinnear (skip), Donnie MacLeod and Peter Martin - took to the ice with Rink B - Beck Reid, Colin Sharp and Nancy Kinnear - to play a five-ended game in the first round,

The first end saw Donald take 3 shots to lead but Beck and her rink answered the challenge by taking the next three ends by single shots to level the score going into the final end. However, Donald rallied his rink and took the final end by 3 shots, and the game by 6 shots to 3.

As the losing rink, Beck and her side stayed on the ice to take on Rink C - Alec Robertson (skip), Margaret MacLeod and Jim Findlay, who was taking to the ice in his first competition for Bute Curling Club.

Alec made the better start taking 2 shots at the first end and adding another 2 shots in the second end. Beck however had other ideas and took the third, and fourth ends to put 3 shots on the board. With little between the sides the final end saw Alec add a single shot to his score to take the game by 5 shots to 3.

With Donald and Alec playing in the deciding game, it was Donald who began strongly taking 3 shots at the first end and adding a single shot at the second end. Alec’s side matched these scores to see both sides level going into the final end.

It was Donald’s side that had the edge in the final game and they added 2 shots to their score to win the game by 6 shots to 4, and take the trophy in what had proved to be an enjoyable afternoon’s curling.

Enjoyable was not the word that could be used to describe the league game played on Wednesday, October 7.

Donnie MacLeod skipped a rink including Colin Sharp, John Middleton and Bill Stein against a very strong Ardgowan side and managed to put only 1 shot on the board.

After a league win the previous week this was a big disappointment for Bute, however it is still early days in the competition.

The next curling outing will be an Argyll Province game on October 20.