There were three fathers and sons on the early session ice this week and the fortunes of each family were much varied. Clan Cameron’s Andy and Gavin gave their opponents a fair dusting , Burnetts Wilson and Gary got fair dusted while Steve and son Fraser Rankin had arranged to be safely separated by the width of an empty sheet of ice.
It was business as usual for Alan Campbell’s rink this week in the Moray Province Curling League. On ice that you might as well have asked Stevie Wonder to read, the first 4 ends were somewhat akin to a pre concert sound check with a 1,2 1,2 count for the Buckie team before Burnett managed to open his account with a solid pick up of 3 shots. Single shots exchanged over the last 2 ends gave Campbell his 7-4 win and maintained his 100% league record in a game that in all honesty was never as close as the final score might suggest.
It must have been early bath night in the MacDonald household as the Forres skip shook hands and was heading West well before the sound of the final end bell. Perhaps this wasn’t such a surprise as first thought,as the scoreboard took on the look of Andy Cameron’s phone number with the Aberlour team running up 14 shots to a solitary Forres counter.
Division 2 is the tightest of races, with the top 5 teams separated by just a single point.
Despite a loss to Owen Watson’s Juniors, Sunninghill are still League leaders. With both teams under the guidance of nominated skips, it was Ben Rankin who gained the plaudits with his team never behind , a count of 4 in the last end putting the cherry on the top of his curling cake in a 9-4 victory.
Bob Stewart is a man who looks as if his bunnet is grafted to his napper. Rarely seen bare headed, the rumour is that the grafted headgear once hid a luxuriant ginger Afro. Last season’s Darnaway skipper Eddie Milne,now Alan Douglas’s lead player on the other hand, is bald as a marble,his preferred dome covering giving him the look of a genial seasonal Gnome. In the Division 2 battle of the Bunnets, Stewart inflicted further pain on Douglas’s Darnaway rink with their own 9-4 win.The Darnaway lads are yet to pick up a League point and could only score 4 single shots as their Elgin opponents racked up a 3 and 3 doubles .
A single game in the West saw Nairn’s Gus Forbes pull level on points with Fiona Steel in Division 2 after a 5-3 win.