Moray Open Mixed Super league 2015_2016_2017
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Competition Press Officer
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The final round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 6th March at Moray Leisure Centre.
There was an exciting end to the season when it went down to the last stone at the last end on Monday night before the winner was known. Neil Durno and Gavin Nicol played last week and the early momentum was with Gavin who led 4-1 after 4 ends. Neil fought back taking the next 3 ends to lead 5-4 going into the last end. Neil went for a hit to remove both of Gavin’s counters but only removed one and rolled out himself. Gavin had to steady himself and draw the house for a win – he did!
Gavin now had 15 points to Neil’s 14 but Ally Fraser was sitting on 13 points before his game against Alan Campbell and if Ally won, took four or more ends, and beat Alan by more than 2 shots Ally would lift the trophy.
Stephen Rankin was standing in for Alan Campbell and he took the first end with a single and stole the second also with a single. Ally then leveled the game with a double before Stephen scored 2 at the 4th end. Ally then scored 1 and in the 6th end Stephen, who had last stone, tried to wick off an outside stone to roll for shot but he hit it on the nose giving Ally a steal of 3. Ally’s first stone at the last end was to raise one of his own stones into the house to remove two of Stephen’s stones. Ally skilfully did this and lay 3 shots forcing Stephen to draw to regain the advantage but his draw was light. Ally’s last stone was to guard his position but the stone ran straighter than he anticipated and he left a gap. Stephen played a controlled weight through the port, hit and rolled a couple of inches to take 1 shot. The final score was 6-5 to Ally but with only 3 ends the crown of league winner went to Gavin Nicol and his rink of Niall Mustard, Jim Thomson and Mike Macdonald.
In the other games Mike McInnes beat James Carter, standing in for Mike Watt, 7-5 and Andy Cameron beat Alan Stanfield 8-2. The final game saw Graeme Govan beat David Paterson 10-7 and with those 2 points Graeme pulled himself off the foot of the table leaving Mike Watt and Alan Stanfield relegated to division 2 next year.
The Super league AGM followed the last round of games and league President, Graeme Govan thanked all the participants for making it a competitive and enjoyable season. He also thanked Gordon & Macphail and Moray Leisure Centre for their generous sponsorship of prizes.
The final league standings are:-
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The eighth and penultimate round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 13th February at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno is back on top after a comprehensive win over Mike Watt. Neil scored 3’s at the first 2 ends to give him the perfect start. Both rinks then scored 4 shots over the next 6 ends so Neil won 10-4.
Gavin Nicol was 3-2 up against All Fraser after 4 ends then Ally scored 3 at the 5th. Ally then picked up singles at the next 2 ends to win 7-3. Despite losing Gavin remains in second place ahead of Ally – the rinks are equal on points, ends and shots up but Gavin has scored 5 more shots than Ally.
Alan Campbell was in impressive form against Graeme Govan and took the first 6 ends to lead 11-0. Graeme scored a consolation single at the last to make the final score 11-1.
Andy Cameron scored 2 at the first end against David Paterson then David scored 3. Ends 3 and 4 were decisive for Andy as he scored 6 shots to lead 8-3. David staged a minor come back taking 3 shots in the next 2 ends but Andy snuffed that out with 4 shots in the last 2 ends to win 12-6.
The final game saw Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Hamish Clark comfortably win 13-1 against Hannah Barron who was standing in for Alan Stanfield.
There will be an exciting end to the season as Durno takes on Nicol in the final round. A win for Durno will secure the title and Nicol needs to win and for Fraser to drop points against Campbell. A Nicol win and an even bigger Fraser win would see the trophy heading to Nairn.
The seventh round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 30th January at Moray Leisure Centre.
Andy Cameron and Gavin Nicol had a tight start to their game then Gavin scored 3 at the 4th end to lead 7 – 3. The remaining 3 ends went with the hammer with Andy taking two singles and Gavin a 2 so Gavin won 9 – 5.
Neil Durno was comfortably 6 – 2 ahead of David Paterson after 4 ends. David then took the next 2 ends scoring 3 shots before Neil scored 2 at the 7th to lead 8 – 5. With the last stone of the last end David drew a 3rd shot to peel 8 – 8.
Ally Fraser was 4 – 3 up against Alan Stanfield before Ally scored 4 at the 6th end. Each side then scored singles to give Ally a 9 – 4 win.
D Clark, standing in for Mike McInnes only scored in 3 ends against Stephen Rankin however the 6 scored at the 2nd end more or less sealed the win. Stephen clawed back 3 shots in the last end but lost 8 – 6.
The final game saw Mike Watt and his junior rink pick up their first points with a convincing 11 – 5 win over Graeme Govan. The game had been peeled 5 – 5 after 6 ends before Mike scored two 3’s in the last two ends.
Gavin Nicol is the new leader on 13 points, Neil Durno second with 12 points and Ally Fraser third on 11 points.
The penultimate round of games will be played on Monday 13th February and they are: Stanfield v McInnes, Fraser v Nicol, Govan v Campbell, Watt v Durno and Cameron v Paterson.
The sixth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 16th January at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno got off to a slow start and trailed Ally Fraser 0-3 after 3 ends. Neil then leveled the score at the 4th and thereafter ends went with the hammer. By the 7th end Ally was ahead by one and in the last Neil secured a peel (6-6) with his final stone.
Although Gavin Nicol lost a single at the first end against David Paterson the game was virtually won after 3 ends as Gavin led 8-1. David did claw back 3 in the 4th but that was the end of the fight back and Gavin won comfortably 11-6.
Stephen Rankin, skipping for Alan Campbell won the first half and was ahead 4-1 after 4 ends. Alan Stanfield and his young rink then scored 3 but Stephen scored 2 & 3 before Alan picked up a single at the last. Final score was 9-5 to Stephen.
Fight backs were also in vogue and on sheet A Andy Cameron was 5-1 up on James Carter, skipping Mike Watt’s rink, before leveled the game with a 4 at the 4th. Doubles were then swapped before Andy edged ahead taking singles at the last 2 ends to win 9-7.
The final game saw D Clark stand in for Mike McInnes against Graeme Govan and it was almost a game of two halves. In a slow game the McInnes rink scored singles at the first 3 ends before Graeme won the 4th & 5th ends with a single and a double. The final end saw D Clark take 2 to win 5-3.
With only 3 games remaining Neil Durno and Gavin Nicol share the top spot with Neil ahead on ends won. Ally Fraser’s rink is in 3rd place.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 30th January and they are: Durno v Paterson, Watt v Govan, Cameron v Nicol, Campbell v McInnes and Stanfield v Fraser.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fifth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 5th December at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno maintained his 100% record with a 7-4 win over Mike McInnes. Neil was ahead 5-0 after 3 ends and although the next 4 ends went with the hammer Mike was unable to claw back the deficit.
Alan Campbell took an early lead against Gavin Nicol and was 5-2 ahead after 3 ends. Gavin stole a single at the 4th which Alan matched in the 5th. The 6th end saw Gavin pick up 2 to trail 5-6 going into the last end where he scored 3 to snatch the game 8-6.
Ally Fraser’s rink, skipped by Grant Fraser lost their 100% record to David Paterson. David won the first 3 ends to lead 5-0 before Grant scored 3. David then consolidated his position with 2 singles before a tense last end where Grant was limited to 2 so David won 7-5.
In Andy Cameron’s absence John Sharpe skipped against Graeme Govan and after 5 ends John had a commanding 12-0 lead. The last 3 ends went with the hammer, singles being scored at each to give a final score of 13-2.
In the final game Alan Stanfield had a walk over against Mike Watt after two of Mike’s rink failed to turn up.
At the half way point Neil Durno leads with 10 points, followed by Gavin Nicol (9), Ally Fraser (8), David Paterson (6), Alan Campbell (4), Andy Cameron (4), Mike McInnes (3), Alan Stanfield (2), Graeme Govan (2) and Mike Watt (0).
The next round of games will be played on Monday 16th January and they are: Cameron v Watt, Durno v Fraser, Campbell v Stanfield, Nicol v Paterson and McInnes v Govan.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fourth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 21st November at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno remains top after a close game against Alan Stanfield. After 6 ends Neil was 5-4 ahead then he picked up 3 in the next 2 ends. Alan could only score 2 in the 9th so lost 6-8. Well done to both rinks for playing 9 ends in the 2 hours!
Ally Fraser was up against James Carter skipping Mike Watt’s rink. The juniors were ahead 2-1 after 3 ends then Ally showed his experience scoring 6 over the next 3 ends. James didn’t give up and scored 1 and 3 to narrowly loose 6-7.
Andy Cameron picked up his first points with a close fought win over Alan Campbell’s rink, skipped by Stephen Rankin in Alan’s absence. After 4 ends Andy was 6-1 up and although Stephen came back he could only manage 4 shots in the last 3 ends so Andy won 6-5.
Gavin Nicol played Graeme Govan and was always in control ending up with a 10-4 win.
Mike Mcinnes against David Paterson was postponed and will be played at a later date.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 5th December and they are: McInnes v Durno, Nicol v Campbell, Paterson v Fraser, Stanfield v Watt and Govan v Cameron.
The third round of the Moray Super-league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 7th November at Moray Leisure Centre.
The top of the table clash between Neil Durno and Alan Campbell produced a high scoring game and unfortunately for Alan it was Neil who won most of them. Neil started with an impressive 5 then added a further 7 shots in the next 3 ends to lead 12 – 0. Over the last 3 ends Alan scored 3 to Neil’s 1 so the final score was 13 – 3.
Ally Fraser and Graeme Govan were tied 2 – 2 after 4 ends then Ally scored 2 and 3 against the hammer. Graeme picked up 3 at the last but the final score was 7 – 5 to Ally.
After 5 ends Gavin Nicol was in control against Alan Stanfield and led 5 – 1. Alan then fought back scoring 4 and 1 to lead 6 – 5 going into the last end. It took all of Gavin’s experience to rescue the game and his 3 shots gave him the win 8 – 6.
Mike McInnes eventually came out on top in a very close game with Andy Cameron. Andy led 3 – 1 after 3 ends then Mike picked up 3. Singles were scored at the last 3 ends with 2 going to Mike to make the final score 6 – 4.
The final game was between David Paterson and Mike Watt. After 5 ends David was just ahead 5 – 3 then Mike scored singles at the next 2 ends to level the game. David took full advantage of having last stone and scored 2 to win 7 – 5.
Neil Durno is now the clear leader on 6 points with Gavin Nicol (5 points) in second and David Paterson (4 points) in third.
The next round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 21st November at 7pm and they are Govan v Nicol, McInnes v Paterson, Stanfield v Durno, Cameron v Campbell and Fraser v Watt.
The second round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 24th October at Moray Leisure Centre.
David Paterson and Stephen Rankin (standing in for Alan Campbell) scored with last stone advantage for 6 ends with Stephen leading 6-5. The last 3 stones of the game saw a miss from David and two fine draws from Stephen who picked up 2 to win 8-5.
Gavin Nicol and his experienced rink took on Mike Watt and his junior colleagues. After 4 ends Gavin was just ahead 3-2 but he then took charge scoring 4. Mike won the last 2 ends but it was not enough and he lost 7-5.
Alan Stanfield and Graeme Govan had a ‘game of two halves’ – Alan’s rink won the first 4 ends scoring singles at each. Graeme won the next 3 with 2,1 & 2 to sneak a win 5-4.
After 4 ends Neil Durno was 4-2 ahead of Andy Cameron then Andy scored 4. Neil countered by winning the next 3 ends to win 9-6.
Mike McInnes’s game against Ally Fraser was postponed and will be played at a later date.
Neil Durno and Alan Campbell share top spot with Neil just ahead on ends won, the two meet in the next round on Monday 7th November so will there be a change at the top? The other games are – Nicol v Stanfield, Cameron v McInnes, Watt v Paterson and Govan v Fraser.
The final report was supplied by Graeme Govan in the absence of Alastair Maltman, who tells us he HAD to go on a world tour, haste ye back Alastair
The final games in the Gordon and MacPhail Moray Super league in Elgin saw a new name emerge on the trophy as the season draws to a close.
Andy Cameron was leading the table going into his last game and he proved too strong for the youth team skipped by experienced Alan Stanfield and Cameron eased through 9-3
Mike McInnes last year’s winners saw off Brian Cantlay’s team having gone up 5-0 in the first 4 ends. There was no way back for Cantlay and McInnes prevailed 8-2
The match between title contenders Gavin Nicol and Neil Durno was a close affair and it was poised at 4-4 with one end to play. Gavin scored a 5 at the last end to grab 3rd spot in the table.
Alan Campbell a seasoned campaigner and multiple previous winner score 5 in the first end against Raymond Boyd but undeterred Raymond scored 4 in the second end.. Campbell then scored 5 shots in the next 4 ends with Boyd gaining a single shot in the last end to end the match with Campbell winning 10-6
Graeme Govan had it all to do to avoid relegation to Division 2 in his match against David Paterson. Paterson scored 3 in the first end and was 4- 1 ahead after 3 ends before Govan countered scoring 8 unopposed shots in the last 4 ends to retain his place in Division 1.
Winners Andy Cameron
Second Alan Campbell
Third Neil Durno
9th Raymond Boyd
10th Brian Cantlay
Teams ranked 9 nth and 10 nth will be demoted to Division 2 for the 2016 – 2017 season
Winner Ally Fraser
Second Mike Watt
Both teams will be promoted to Division 1 for the 2016-2017 season
The A.G.M. followed the last match and Chairman Graeme Govan applauded the impact of young players coming through from the Moray Development Group using the Super league to gain experience in tactics and etiquette as well as bringing their enthusiasm to the Super-league.
New name on the Trophy:- Gordon and MacPhail Moray Super-league
Future interest in entering the Super-league should be intimated to Graeme at 01309 672952.
The penultimate round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 1st February at Moray Leisure Centre.
Andy Cameron has returned to the top of the table with a comprehensive 11-3 win over David Patterson. Cameron was 9-0 up after 4 ends and although he ‘lost’ the next 4 ends 3-2 it was still a comfortable win.
Kenny Oswald stood in for Alan Campbell and he had a very close game against Graeme Govan. They were peeled 2-2 after 4 ends but Oswald took singles at the next 2 to win 4-2.
Neil Mustard took over from the absent Gavin Nicol against Raymond Boyd and he had a comfortable 10-3 win.
After 4 ends Brian Cantlay was only 2-3 down against Neil Durno but the game swung in Durno’s favour when he scored 4 at the 5th. Cantlay came back with a double but Durno scored 5 in the remaining 2 ends to win 12-4.
The final game saw Mike McInnes take on Alan Stanfield. McInnes was 6-0 up after 3 ends and never looked back winning 9-3 in the end.
Arithmetically any one of the top four rinks could lift the trophy after the final round of games on 7th March and at the bottom any two of the bottom four could be relegated.
The final games are:- Campbell v Boyd, Stanfield v Cameron, McInnes v Cantlay, Paterson v Govan and Nicol v Durno.
The latest round of games in the Moray Super league, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 4th January.
Gavin Nicol has maintained his 100% record and leads the table but he is closely followed by Andy Cameron, Alan Campbell and Neil Durno. With 3 games to there will be an exciting finish at the top of the league and with only 5 points separating the remaining 6 rinks they all have something to play for if they want to avoid to two relegation places.
Gavin Nicol lost the opening end against David Paterson but after 5 ends Nicol was ahead 5-4. Nicol then clinched the game in the 6th scoring 4 and he then took a single in the last to win 10-4.
Andy Cameron had a commanding 8-0 lead over Brian Cantlay after 4 ends before Cantlay scored a couple of singles. Cameron then scored 4 and 2 to end the game 14-2. The final score was 17-2 as Cantlay conceded 3 shots because a player turned up late.
Alan Campbell played Alan Stanfield and his junior colleagues in a close game. After 4 ends Stanfield was ahead 3-2 but Campbell then scored 3 and 2 to lead 7-3. Stanfield scored a single at the last so Campbell won 7-4.
Neil Durno had an excellent start against Raymond Boyd scoring 5 at the first end. After 4 ends Durno was ahead 8-1 then Boyd scored 3 to reduce the deficit. That was the end of the comeback as Durno won the remaining 3 ends to win 13-4.
The final game saw a very close encounter between Graeme Govan and Mike McInnes. Govan started off with 2 shots then McInnes took the next 3 ends to lead 4-2. They swapped singles over the next 2 ends so McInnes lead 5-3 going into the final end. Govan then used his last stone advantage to take 2 shots and peel the game 5-5.
The next round will be played on Monday 18th January and highlight will be Cameron v Nicol. The other games are – Durno v Paterson, Cantlay v Govan, Campbell v McInnes and Stanfield v Boyd.
The fifth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Super league was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 7th December.
Going into this game both Gavin Nicol and Alan Campbell were undefeated and as expected it was a close game to decide who would lead the table into the festive break. Campbell got off to a great start with 4 at the first end but Nicol countered taking the next 3 ends to lead 5-4 after 4 ends. The 5th was blanked and Campbell picked up 1 to tie the game. Final stone advantage proved decisive to give Nicol 1 and the win 6-5.
Andy Cameron was in 3rd spot before his game against Graeme Govan and Cameron maintained this position with a comfortable 12-3 win.
David Paterson lost 2 shots at the first end against Raymond Boyd but then scored 3, 1 & 1 to lead 5-2 after 4 ends. Boyd then scored a single but Paterson came back with two singles to win 7-3.
Neil Durno took on last year’s champion Mike McInnes in what turned out to be a close game with an exciting finish. After 3 ends the game was peeled at 2-2 the McInnes scored 2. Durno then scored 3 singles, 2 without the advantage of last stone to win the game 5-4.
The final game saw Brian Cantlay play Alan Stanfield and after 5 ends they were peeled at 3-3. Cantlay then scored 2 but with last stone advantage Stanfield came back with 2 to tie the game 5-5.
With only four games remaining the league standings are: 1 Nicol, 2 Campbell, 3 Cameron, 4 Paterson, 5 Durno, 6 Stanfield, 7 Govan, 8 Boyd, 9 McInnes and 10 Cantlay.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 4th January and are – Cameron v Cantlay, Durno v Boyd, Campbell v Stanfield, Nicol v Paterson and McInnes v Govan.
The fourth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 23rd November.
Alan Campbell and Gavin Nicol are now the only rinks on maximum points with Alan placed first having won more ends. The two meet in the next round so we may have a new leader as we go into the festive break.
Alan Campbell and Andy Cameron were both undefeated prior to Mondays game. Andy had last stone advantage at the first end and elected to blank the end to retain that advantage. The same tactic was employed in the second end and it seemed to have paid off when Andy scored 4 in the 3rd. Alan fought back and won the next 3 ends scoring 4 shots to set up a grandstand finish. It was a tight last end and although Andy had the hammer he failed to take advantage allowing Alan to steal 1 and win the game 5 – 4.
Gavin Nicol and Graeme Govan also had an exciting game. Gavin scored a single at the first then Graeme took the next 3 ends to lead 6 – 1. The fight back started in the 5th when Gavin picked up 4 shots. Graeme then scored 1 to lead 7 – 5 going into the last end. The head built up in Gavin’s favour and when Graeme came to play his last stone he faced 3 shots against and his draw was just too heavy giving Gavin the end and a win 8-7.
David Paterson and Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Sandy Scott swapped singles then David went ahead scoring 3 at the 3rd. Sandy came back with a single to trail 2 – 4 after 4 ends. The game then swung in David’s favour when he scored 3, 2 and 1 to win 10 – 4.
Neil Durno took charge of the first half of his game against Alan Stanfield and led 6 – 1 after 5 ends. Alan fought back with 2 shots at the next 2 ends but Neil scored a single at the 8th end to win 7 – 5.
In the final game Brian Cantlay scored singles at the first and last ends however Raymond Boyd won the middle 5 ends scoring 10 giving Raymond a comfortable 10 – 2 win.
In addition to the top of the table clash the other games to be played on Monday 7th December are: McInnes v Durno, Paterson v Boyd, Stanfield v Cantlay and Govan v Cameron.
The third round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 9th November.
Neil Durno had an encouraging start against Steven Rankin, who was standing in for Alan Campbell, and was 4 – 1 up after 3 ends. Steven fought back and scored 4 over the next 2 ends. The 6th end was blanked and Steven again scored 2 at the 7th to win 7 – 4.
Mike McInnes picked up 2 in the first end against Andy Cameron but Andy then scored 8 over the next 3 ends to lead 8 – 2. Mike took the next 2 ends but only scored singles and Andy came back in the 7th end with 2 shots to win 10 – 4.
There was a predictable tight start to the game between Gavin Nicol and Alan Stanfield. It was all square at 1 – 1 after 3 ends then Alan nosed ahead with scoring 3 and 1. The 6th end changed everything when Gavin scored 5 and with singles for each rink at the last 2 ends Gavin won 7 – 6.
Graeme Govan was 7 – 0 up against Raymond Boyd after 4 ends. Raymond came back with 3 at the 5th but Graeme scored singles at the last 2 ends to win 9 – 3.
The final game saw Brian Cantlay take on David Paterson. This was a very tight game and they were tied 5 – 5 after 5 ends. David managed to steal 1 against the head to lead going into the last end. It then came down to Brian’s final stone which, unfortunately for him, clipped a guard and narrowly missed its target so David scored 2 and won 8 – 5.
Campbell, Cameron and Nicol are, in that order, on top and remain undefeated whilst Boyd and Cantlay are at the foot of the table each without a point. Things will change after the next round on Monday 23rd November as Campbell takes on Cameron and Boyd faces Cantlay. The other games are Govan v Nicol, McInnes v Paterson and Stanfield v Durno.
The second round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 26th October.
In Alan Campbell’s absence Stephen Rankin led the rink to a comfortable win over David Paterson. Stephen scored singles in the first 4 ends then David picked up a 3. The 6th end proved decisive as Stephen scored 3 and with a single at the last the final score was 8 – 3.
Andy Cameron and Greg Stephen, who was standing in for Neil Durno, were level on ends after 4 but Andy was ahead 4 – 2 on shots. The game then swung Andy’s way and he picked up 8 shots over the last 3 ends to win 12 – 2.
Gavin Nicol was 4 up against Brian Cantlay after 3 ends then Brian scored 2 however Gavin made the decisive break in the 5th end scoring 4. The last 3 ends went with the hammer and Gavin won 9 – 5.
Raymond Boyd and Mike McInnes had a tight start to their game, 2 – 2 after 3 ends, and then Mike scored 5 shots over the next three ends. Raymond picked up a single at the last end to go down 7 – 3.
The final game saw Alan Stanfield first outing of the season against Graeme Govan. The first 2 ends went to Alan then Graeme scored 5 shots over the next 3 ends. Advantage Graeme? Alan didn’t think so and came back with 2 doubles to win 6 – 5.
After 2 rounds 3 rinks are undefeated with Alan Campbell leading just ahead of Andy Cameron and Gavin Nicol.
The postponed game between Stanfield and Paterson will be played on 2nd November and the next full round will be played on Monday 9th November. The games are – Nicol v Stanfield, Cameron v McInnes, Cantlay v Paterson, Govan v Boyd and Durno v Campbell.