Buckie’s Alan Campbell and Aberlour’s Andy Cameron are joint top of Moray Province East Division 1 after the latest round of matches in the Moray Province Curling League.
Campbell lost a single at the first end but scored at each of the remaining 5 to run away to a 9-1 victory against Dave McPherson’s Elgin Tennis Club outfit. In Campbell and fourth player Steve Rankin, the Buckie rink have perhaps the strongest top end in the Province league and their huge combined experience proved too much even for the multi talented Tennis lads.
Rather surprisingly, the whole league table now separates Andy Cameron and last year’s title holder Kenny OswaId. In a very tight game the difference between the teams proved to be Cameron’s count of 3 in the sixth end and ,holding the hammer in the last end with the scores at 4 each, Cameron retained his cool to pick up a single shot and both league points. Talking of tight games, Donald Ross and Bill Jaffrey shook hands on a 7-7 peel as Fochabers’ skip Wilson Burnett played an absolute blinder to hit and hide to sit 2 in the last end with the head half guarded by their own short stone. The ice had proved to be trickier than a weasel’s Y-fronts and Sunninghill skip Angus Gunn’s last takeout just pulled across to wreck on the guard and Burnett needed no second invitation to draw for three shots and a share of the spoils.
In Division 2, past Royal Caledonian Curling Club President Alan Durno was anything but charitable in a 13-0 whitewash of a rather weakened Aberlour rink,still missing Willie Cameron. Elgin skip Bob Stewart was another absentee leader as his team opened proceedings with scores at the first 3 ends to lead Mike McDonald’s Forres rink 4-0.
The wily Old McDonald ( who, incidentally does seem to have some kind of a farm)fought back in a big way with counts of 5 in end 6 and then a 2 shot steal in the next and despite losing a 3 at the last, the Forres four ran out narrow 9-8 winners .
Bill Jaffrey