Hamilton & Thornyhill Curling Club
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Robert Kirkland will play Jim Waddell in this season's Cameron Quaich final. Robert's 7-4 win over Arthur Devine combined with Isobel Waddell's loss to David Hall on Monday meant Robert topped the table, ahead of Jim on ends. The final is on Monday 25th February at 5.45
Alan Hall and his team won the Aikman Cup final on Thursday evening, defeating Kevin Keenan in front of a good turnout of club members:
Alan had last stone in the opening end and had two counters in the eight foot early on, well guarded. Despite Kevinís best efforts and Alan's attempted draw for three, the two remained in play throughout. Midway through the second end and Kevin was again in trouble, facing three in the four foot. However an attempted raise by third Arthur Kenny overcurled, squeezed through a gap and took out the shot stone to leave Kevinís side lying one. Alan managed to nick the shot out and Kevin's last stone draw was over swept leaving Alan with a steal of two and a 4-0 lead. A good hit and roll from Kevin against three left him lying shot in the third but an inch perfect draw gave Alan the shot back. Kevinís last stone draw was a little heavy and the steal gave Alan a five shot lead. An exchange of good shots and some fortuitous ones finally saw Kevin get on the board with a single at the fourth. The next end was much more open, Kevin drawing partly behind cover to lie shot and Alanís attempted take out catching a guard. Kevinís last stone left Alan a possible double for two but it overcurled and a measure for shot was required. Alan won the measure to lead 6-1 after 5. The sixth end followed a similar pattern with Alan lying shot early on and despite an exchange of good shots Kevin had a difficult raised takeout with his last which held a touch wide and gave Alan another steal. The seventh end proved to be the last as Alan again had stones in play early on leaving Kevin with few choices and with a couple of stones remaining the teams shook hands. Congrats to Alan and his team of Richard Fergusson, Graeme Hall and John Struthers.
The Cameron Quaich has now almost completed the round robin stage with Jim Waddell leading on six points from four matches. Isoabel Waddell and Robert Kirkland have four points but each has one game remaining. All to play for then in the final games next Monday 11th February
Meanwhile I am told that Kevin Keenan and Alan Hall will contest tomorrow night's Aikman Cup Final. Unfortunately the website has not been provided with score and ends details for the latest matches.
This season's Cameron Quaich is now underway with the first two games completed. The matches continue over the next four weeks before the final in late February.
Some catching up to do in the Aikman Cup where the updates have been delayed thanks to some missing scorecards. One game score remains unconfirmed but the others are up to date and available here.
Congratulations to our first comnpetition winners of the season, Jim Stirling's Gold Medal winning side of Stephen Hall, Drew Cameron and Diane Warnock. They defeated Alan Hall's team 7-5 in Monday's final.
With the Aikman Cup round robin now at the half way stage and every team having played each other once, Kevin Keenan's side leads the way with 6 points, one ahead of David Hall and Isabelle Tait.
Robert Kirkland's side defeated Donald Burns in the last remaining Gold Medal match on Monday. The final standings can be found here and, as mentioned before, the final takes place this coming Monday at 5.45.
Jim Stirling and Alan Hall were the winners in Monday's decisive Gold Medal matches, Jim's win over Arthur Devine consigning Arthur's side to third place at best. Although one round robin game remains, neither Robert Kirkland nor Donald Burns can now catch the top two so Jim will meet Alan in the final on Monday 3rd December.
More scores for both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup. With all teams having one match remaining in the Gold Medal, 5 of the 6 sides can still make the final. Although Arthur Devine and Jim Stirling are out in front, they play their final game against each other on Monday 19th and that could open the door for one of the 3 sides on 4 points. Alan Hall leads the chasing pack having won more ends than the others on 4 points.
Some score updates for you - the Gold Medal is progressing with all six teams havuing played at least 2 games now, all still have a chance of making the final. Meanwhile the Aikman Cup is also underway now. All the updated scores and standings can be found here.
The new season's fixtures have now been added to the site and are available by clicking here or using the link on the left.
Welcome back everyone, the new season will soon be upon us! The new season's fixtures will be up on the website in the next few days. This season's opening bonspiel is for the Crookedstone Cup and takes place on Thursday 20th September at 5.45pm. Please check your fixture list and if scheduled to play but unable to do so, please contact match secretary Archie Kirkland as soon as possible. In the meantime, last season's news items have been moved to the archives and can be accessed here.