The Moray Province Curling season resumed after the October holiday break with a full Division 3 and Division 4 programme and what a fine pair of results it was for the 2 Moray Juniors’ rinks. Katie Gordon notched up her second win of the campaign with a very tight win over the Forres rink of Linda Hardie. The Forres girls edged ahead to lead 3-2 after 3 ends but Katie’s team held firm and 3 single end pickups were just enough for the Juniors to hold out for an excellent 5-4 victory. Juniors’ mentor Janice Rankin and her strong Moray Firth Ladies also made it a brace of current season wins , overwhelming Andrew Allardyce’s Elgin crew. The Ladies were imperious in the first 4 ends and led 8-0 before their Elgin opponents managed to make a scoreboard entry with a deuce and then a single steal. A last end single shot gave the Ladies an impressive looking 9-3 win. Jim Gault’s Aberlour made it 3 teams with full points in a crushing 13-2 win over Helen Downey. To rub in further salt, the Elgin team’s 2 shots were gathered off the ice as penalty shots rather than hard won on the ice sheet.
In Division 4, Gemma Forgie made it a winning double for the Junior Club as her rink of Robert Macandie,Isla Ure and Erin Bryceland gave John Key’s Gateway team a harsh lesson , scoring at every end in an 11-0 victory. Credit must be given to both these teams who are both new to competitive curling and who are very quickly learning the game .
In the Buckie club derby, bragging rights were grabbed by the Jim Walls as his slightly more experienced team overcame Jodi Best with a fine 9-1 victory. Jodi picked up her only score in the fifth end and a final end 3 was the cherry on the top of the Walls’ cake to propel his team to the top of Division 4.
Bill Jaffrey