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Aikman Cup Final 2018
In the battle of the Hall brothers for the Aikman Cup, it was David that started with a single, thanks largely to a well played raise by third Richard Fergusson after Alan looked as if he might be set to get off to a fast start. In the second, a well played takeout by Heather Wyper turned the end in Alanís favour and he duly played a hit with his last to claim 3 shots. David had a chance of taking the three back at the third but his double takeout got too thick a contact and he had to settle for a single. In the fourth there were plenty of stones in play behind the tee line. David played a nice tap back with his last stone but Alan played a good shot of his own to squeeze Davidís shot out for a two and a lead of 5-2. It was all square in the fifth as David produced a great takeout, albeit with the help of a slight touch off another stone, to take a three. The momentum had shifted very quickly and David soon opened up a lead with the gameís first steal, of three shots, in the sixth. There was more drama in the seventh as Alan had a chance of a three himself only for his last stone takeout to stay wide and roll out leaving David with a steal of one to head into the last end leading by four. But there was to be no further drama as Alan ran out of stones in the final end, leaving Davidís team of Richard Fergusson, Ross Orr and Maryanne Hall as Aikman Cup winners for 2017/18
Congratulations go to Jim Waddell and his team of Richard Fergusson, Lynn Kenyon and Richard Kenyon, who won the Cameron Quaich last night, defeating Arthur Devine 9-7 in a hard fought encounter. A steal of 3 at the second end gave Jim an early 5-0 lead only for Arthur to strike back with a 4 then a steal of 3 too making it 7-5 after just 4 ends. The game then turned again as Jim picked up a single followed by steals of 2 and another single to take the trophy.
Meanwhile this season's Pairs Competition is well underway and the latest scores can be found here.
David Hall's side are through to the Aikman Cup final after they defeated Laura Ritchie's team 5-4 in the semi final on Thursday evening. There they will play Alan Hall's side at 7.55 this coming Thursday. There was only one point between the teams after the round robin but Alan has had two comfortable wins against David in the round robin and the first playoff match.
Jim Waddell's side will play Arthur Devine's team in this year's Cameron Quaich final. Jim defeated Arthur 6-5 in the final round robin match last night to finish top of the standings. The two finalists are, however, almost inseparable - while Jim finished a point ahead, they both won the same number of ends and had the same points differential in their four games with Jim's side scoring just a single shot more. Hopefully we'll see a close final on Monday.
I'm sure nobody needs reminding but I'll do so anyway.....the curling is about to start in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics! And of course our own Kyle Waddell lines up at second in Kyle Smith's Team GB. It's a tough start for the young Brits with games against Switzerland and perennial favourites Canada but we all wish them the best of luck. What an experience it'll be for all of them.
Alan Hall's side are the first to secure a place in this season's Aikman Cup final after a comfortable win over David Hall last night. In the 3v4 match, John Harcourt's side were beaten by Laura Ritchie and elminated, leaving Laura to play David in next week's semi final.
Arthur Devine secured his place in this season's Cameron Quaich final with an 8-4 win over David Hall last night. Jim Waddell lies second but plays Arthur in his final match and could be caught by Alan Hall if Alan can beat David Hall in his last game.
The last two matches of the round robin in this season's Aikman Cup provided a dramatic finale as the last 2 playoff places were decided right at the death. Going into these matches Laura Ritchie held third place, a point ahead of Kevin Keenan and John Harcourt, the last two separated just by one end. With Laura playing Kevin in their final game, all three had a chance to qualify. In the end Laura defeated Kevin 8-1 to clinch third place. Meanwhile, John was losing 3-8 to Iain Hathorn, however in doing so he managed to win two ends, thus tying Kevin on ends won and finishing with a shots difference of -10 compared to Kevin's -16. So it's John that qualifies to face Laura in the first round of playoff games this coming Thursday while David Hall plays brother Alan in the 1v2 game. The final standings can be found here.
Victories for David and Alan Hall in last week's Aikman Cup matches saw them secure first and second place in the standings. That leaves two places up for grabs and three teams vying for them - Laura Ritchie sits a point ahead of Kevin Keenan and John Harcourt and the last matches this week see Laura and Kevin facing each other while John Harcourt plays Iain Hathorn.
More scores have been added for the Cameron Quaich with Jim Waddell and Arthur Devine both unbeaten so far. All the scores and tables can be found here.
The Aikman Cup picture became a little clearer after last week's results. Defeats for Iain Hathorn and Isabelle Tait meant they cannot now reach the playoffs. That leaves 5 teams vying for 4 places with everyone having one game remaining apart from John Harcourt who has two left to play.
This season's Cameron Quaich is now underway with Arthur Devine and Jim Waddell winning the first matches. These and all future results can be found on the Results and Standings page.
No peeled games last week in the Aikman Cup but a couple of defeats for the top two sides - John Harcourt defeated leader David Hall by 7-1, while Laura Ritchie breezed past Alan Hall by 8-2. All of which leaves the table even closer with games running out before the playoffs. Full details can be found here.
Happy New Year to all! After the festive break we're back down to business in the Aikman Cup where David and Alan Hall continue to lead the way, David maintaining a one point lead with each having two games left in the round robin. David's latest result was an 8-8 peel with Iain Hathorn, the latest of many in this season's competition. In my experience peels are relatively uncommon in the Aikman Cup, so I've had a look back at recent seasons. Over the last 5 seasons there have been a total of 10 peeled games. This season there have been no fewer than 8 so far. Every side has had at least one and Kevin Keenan has had 5! Perhaps a sign of how close and competitive this season's competition is?
Congratulations to Robert Kirkland and his team who defeated David Hall's side 8-4 in last night's Gold Medal final. David started in fine form taking 4 in the opening end before Robert replied with two at the second. However consecutive single point steals over ends three to six turned the game on its head before a further steal of two at the seventh sealed the win for Robert and his team of Richard Fergusson, sub Marion Fergusson and Ross Orr.
In the Aikman Cup, everyone has now played each other once. WIth six games each under their belts, David Hall and Alan Hall lead the way with John Harcourt still in third spot. Iain Hathorn finally got his first win in the competition, moved off the bottom of the table and ensured that with 4 games each remaining, all seven sides are still in with a chance of making the playoffs.
The Gold Medal round robin matches are now complete and the final standings can be found on the Results page. The final is this coming Monday evening 11th December at 5.45pm and features the top two sides from the round robin as first placed Robert Kirkland takes on second placed David Hall. The two had a very close match earlier in the competition and the final could well be the same.
The Aikman Cup is now past the halfway stage with David Hall still leading the way after a narrow win over Iain Hathorn last week. For all of the scores and the latest league table, click here.
Although there are two games remaining in the Gold Medal, David Hall's win over Jim Waddell earlier this week means he has booked his place in the final against Robert Kirkland. After a very close game between the two in the round robin, the rematch should be another good game.
Meanwhile, in the Aikman Cup, David Hall retook the lead from brother Alan with a win over Isabelle Tait last night. For all the scores and tables, click here.
With all teams in the Aikman Cup now having played 4 games, we have a three way tie at the top. Alan Hall, David Hall and John Harcourt all have 6 points with Alan just ahead on ends won. Check out the latest results and standings here.
Elsewhere, don't forget that our very own Kyle Waddell is in St Gallen, Switzerland this week, as second in Kyle Smith's Scotland team competing in the European Championships. You can follow their progress on the RCCC and WCF sites.
In this week's Gold Medal games it was the clash of the two unbeaten teams and it was Robert Kirkland who came out victorious, his 5-4 over David Hall guaranteeing his side a place in next month's final. The second spot is still up for grabs with three teams in pursuit of David Hall. Next week's game between David Hall and Jim Waddell could prove decisive. The latest standings are here..
More results for you from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup. In the former, Robert Kirkland and David Hall are unbeaten while Arthur Devine and Isobel Waddell are looking for their first points. In the latter, three sides are tied on four points from three games and a close competition beckons for the rest of the season.
This week's results from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup have been added. It's very early stages for both competitions of course but Robert Kirkland has started the Gold Medal with 2 wins from 2, while Alan Hall has done likewise in the Aikman Cup. David Hall leads the Aikman on ends won, however, having played a game more.
The competitive season is now well underway with results in from both the Gold Medal and the Aikman Cup. These have been added to the Results page. Check back for further regular updates as the season progresses.
As promised, all of this season's fixtures have now been uploaded to the site and are available to view here
The new season will soon be here and the website will be updated over the next week or so to show all of the new fixtures. The opening day competition is for the Knowetop Salver this year and is on Thursday 21st September at 5.45, followed by High Tea at around 8.30. The match secretary for this is new President Archie Kirkland. Please check your fixture list and advise Archie if you are unable to play.
In the meantime all of last season's news items have been moved to the Archives page