In this week’s Moray Province curling Owen Watson’s Division 2 East Moray Juniors team are the League’s current hottest property. Skipped by Ben with twin Fraser at third ,the Rankin boys ,team boss Owen Watson and lead Gwyn Edward’s are simply putting opponents to the sword. This time the hapless victims were Bob Stewart’s Elgin rink whose single score at the second end merely lit the blue touch paper as Watson and co raced to a 14-1 win and now sit atop the Division.
Abby Duncan slipped a little to lose his top spot after a hard fought 5-5 peel against a fighting Sunninghill crew for whom Mike Kemp skipped the hoteliers to a point with a last end 2 shot steal.
Alan Durno returned to winning ways with an 8-6 win over Alan Douglas. The game turned on ends 4 and 5 as the part time Clochan farmer snared a count of 4 and then a 2 shot steal to ease to victory.
In Division 1, Andy Cameron has climbed to joint top with the closest of wins against Wilson Burnett. Whilst the Fochabers rink won the ends count 4-3 , Cameron’s 3 counts of 2 were the difference,no count more impressive than the deuce he recorded in the final end with a last stone draw to the button.
Mike McDonald pulled his Forres team in an upward League direction with a comfortable win against Alan Douglas who led 4-1 after 3 ends. That , however,was to be the last scorecard entry for his Darnaway rink as McDonald powered away to a 10-4 win.

In the West,Ardclach’s Ally Fraser remains in his perennial position at the top of Division 1.
Levelling up the game in the second end after an opening end loss of 3 shots, the defending champions wobbled once again in the sixth as stand in Dalcross skip Tom Pendreigh mastermind a 3 shot count to tie the game before a deuce at the last gave the Ardclach rink their 2 shot win.
Ruaridh Greenwood picked up both points in his win over Nairn’s Mike McInnes. In an otherwise tight contest the Ardclach counts of 2 in the fourth end and then a 3 shot steal were enough to snuff out the McInnes challenge.
Nairn’s Jamie Cattell is the only rink in the Province with an unblemished League record after a 9-6 win over Division 2 opponent Ian Thomson. An opening count of 3 and another trio of shots in the sixth end were the decisive factor .
Fiona Steel’s 2 single shot scores at the first 2 ends were her only counters in a 6-2 loss against a short handed Ricky Marwick and Gus Forbes kept his promotion hopes alive with a comfortable 9-3 win over Ernie Nicholson.

In the Ladies knockout, a couple of cracking semi finals resulted in the closest of victories and a replay of last year’s final. Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies will be hoping for a change of fortune after their final disappointment last time around after a terrific game against Janice Rankin’s Moray Firth Ladies.The Rankin rink could only count 4 single shots whilst their Nairn opponents managed a couple of deuces in a 5-4 victory.
Holder Fiona Ewen had a bit of a nail biter against Linda Hardie who found herself 7-0 down after 5 ends. The Forres lady is nothing if not a fighter however,and a sixth end count of 4 and then a 2 shot steal gave Ewen and co a real scare as they just held on for a 7-6 win.