Owen Watson’s Moray Juniors rink continues to set the standard in Division 3 of the Moray Province East Curling League as they maintained their 100% record in a crushing 9-1 victory over Linda Hardie’s Forres team. With Gwyn Edward’s at third and the Rankin boys, Ben and Fraser powering the front end the Juniors scored at 6 of the 7 ends played, whilst Linda’s ladies could only count a consolation single at end 6.
Alan Douglas was another dominant winner , picking up scores at all but one end to keep his league aspirations alive in a 9-8 victory over Helen Downey.
In a Division 4 Buckie club derby, it was a win for the newcomers skipped by Jodie Best over Jim Walls’ rink. “ Newcomers “ is rather a misnomer as the team sheet was bookended by Jodie at skip and that experienced “ newcomer” Jim Royan at lead. Walls family rivalry aside, a tightly contested game saw the Best four just about hold on for the closest of wins.
In the absence of skip Janice Rankin, Julie Stewart held the reins as her Moray Firth Ladies rink lost out to the Juniors of Katie Gordon. 3-0 behind after 3 ends and 4-2 down with 2 ends to play, Katie’s team kept their composure to pick up a single in the sixth and then a steal of 4 in the last end to put a gloss on a very competitive 7-4 win.
If Roy Thomson is the Neymar of Moray Province then Tennis Club skip Dave McPherson is the Harry Maguire. Very good in the head but prone to the occasional defensive lapse, the big Aberlour businessman had a man of the match performance this week against Donald Ross’s Sunninghill mob. In a rearranged Division 1 match the excitement was palpable as the hotel team were never behind in the match and led 4-3 as they went into the final end.
McPherson and co however,kept their best till last and picked up a well engineered double to sneak away with the points in a 5-4 win.