Moray Open Mixed Super league,
Sponsored by Benromach
Competition Press Officer
Alastair Maltman firstname.lastname@example.org 07766 592663 01343 547992
Second Round Posted below 14/11/13
The first round of the Moray Open Mixed Super league, sponsored by Benromach was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 7th October.
Dave McPherson parked his rink at the top of the table with a comprehensive 12 – 2 win over Alastair Maltman. Neil Durno also had a comfortable win beating Brian Cantlay 10 – 3 to claim an early second place. Andy Cameron took 4 ends from Stephen Rankin (playing for Alan Campbell) but only scored a single at each. Stephen won 3 ends but scored two 4’s and a single to win 9 – 4. Amy Macdonald got off to a good start and was 5 – 1 up after 5 ends against Graeme Govan. Graeme fought back with a 3 at the 6th end but Amy kept a cool head to take a single at the last to win 6 – 4.Gavin Nicol and Donald Ross had a game of two halves. Gavin lead 6 – 1 after 4 ends and although Donald fought back Gavin held on to win 7 – 6.
Round 2 will be played on Monday 11th November 2013 – Nicol v Cantlay, Macdonald v Ross, Cameron v Maltman, Govan v Campbell and Durno v McPherson.
The second round of the Moray Open Mixed Super league sponsored by Benromach was played on Monday 11th November at Moray Leisure Centre.
Gavin Nicol’s rink cruised into pole position with a 7 – 4 win over Rob Tyson who stood in for Brian Cantlay. Hot on Gavin’s heels is Stephen Rankin who scored a 3 at the last end to snatch a 7 – 4 victory from Graeme Govan. First round leader Dave MacPherson trailed 4 – 0 after 3 ends to Mike Watt but then took the next 3 ends to lead 5 – 4. Mike, who was standing in for Neil Durno then scored a single at the last end to peel the game.
Donald Ross was 6 – 1 up against Amy Macdonald after 4 ends then Amy fought back but was unable to overtake Donald who won 7 – 6. After 6 ends Andy Cameron was 12 – 1 up against Alastair Maltman and the question was how did he loose the 1! Alastair picked up 4 shots in the last 2 ends but it was far too little too late and Andy won comfortably 12 – 5.
The third round will be played on 25th November when the fixtures are: MacPherson v Ross, Campbell v Maltman, Durno v Nicol, Macdonald v Cameron and Govan v Cantlay.
The third round
of the Moray Open Mixed Superleague, sponsored by Benromach, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 25th November.
Gavin Nicol consolidated his place at the top of the table with another steady performance. Neil Durno was down 4 – 0 after 2 ends but fought back to trail 6 – 3 at the end of the 6th. Gavin then restricted Neil to 2 shots at the last to win 6 – 5.
Donald Ross moved into 2nd place with a comprehensive 12 – 1 win over Dave MacPherson.
Andy Cameron was comfortably 8 – 2 ahead after 6 ends against Amy MacDonald and although Amy fought back with a 2 and 3 it was not enough and she lost 8 – 7.
Graeme Govan picked up his first points of the campaign against Brian Cantlay. A steady start from Graeme saw him 6 – 1 up after 5 ends and although Brian scored 3 at the 7th Graeme claimed 1 at the last to win 7 – 4.
Alan Campbell’s rink was firm favourite to take both points against Alastair Maltman’s rink, skipped by David Paterson, however Alan found himself 6 – 0 down after 3 ends. Normality was restored when Alan scored 5 and 1 but David fought back with 3 shots in the last 2 ends to secure a surprise 9 – 6 win.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 9th December when the games are: Campbell v Durno, Govan v Cameron, Cantlay v Ross, MacPherson v Nicol and Maltman v MacDonald.
The Fourth round
of the Moray Open Mixed Superleague, sponsored by Benromach, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 9th December.
Gavin Nicol continued his unbeaten run and consolidated his position at the top without a shot being played in anger. Unfortunately two of Dave MacPherson’s rink did not turn up so Gavin was automatically awarded the points.
Last time out Alan Campbell’s rink had a slow start which ultimately cost them the game. Against Neil Durno Alan started with 5 and followed this with 1 and 2. Neil picked up a single at the fourth but they shook hands at the end of the sixth with Alan up 13 – 1.
Graeme Govan and Andy Cameron were level after four ends then fortune favoured Andy when he scored 2, 1 and 1. Graeme scored a single at the last so Andy won 7 – 4.
Amy MacDonald had a solid start against Alastair Maltman’s rink. At the end of the fourth both had won 2 ends but Amy lead 4 – 2. Alastair then picked up 1 but 5 shots in the last 3 ends gave Amy a comfortable 9 – 3 win.
Sport can be cruel. Brian Cantlay was within touching distance of his first win when he led Donald Ross 4 – 2 after 6 ends. In the last end Rob Tyson playing 3rd for Brian had an unfortunate pickup (a small piece of grit or hair on the ice can dramatically divert a stone in motion) which allowed Donald to put another guard in front of the 3 shots he already had in the head. Brian had last stone but because of the clutter in front of the house he was forced wide and he was a little heavy so Donald scored 3 and won this close game 5 – 4.
Brian Cantlay may have better luck in the New Year when he takes on Alastair Maltman in the relegation battle game. The other games to be played on Monday 6th January are – Govan v Nicol, Durno v MacDonald, Campbell v MacPherson and Ross v Cameron.
The 5th round
of the Moray Open Mixed super league, sponsored by Benromach, was played at the Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 6th January.
Due to problems with the ice pad only 4 sheets were playable so Alan Campbell and Dave MacPherson’s game was postponed and will be played at a later date. Some confusion regarding the ice problem meant that Graham Govan’s rink failed to turn up but Gavin Nicol has sportingly agreed to reschedule the game.
Brian Cantlay narrowly missed out on getting his first points in the last round but a New Year brought a change of fortune for Brian. After 4 ends Brian led Alastair Maltman 3-2 then Brian scored 3 shots at the 5th but then lost 2 at the 6th. Brian limited Alastair to a single at the last to win 6-5.
Andy Cameron and Donald Ross fought out a very close game and were tied 6-6 after 7 ends. Andy capitalised on having last stone to pick up 2 in the final end to win 8-6.
Neil Durno was 4-1 up against Amy MacDonald after 4 ends but then Amy scored 3 to bring things level. The 6th end decided the game when Neil scored 6 and he went on to win 12-5. Amy had plenty to say about that pivotal end but none of it can be reported!
The next round of games to be played on 20th January is Ross v Maltman, Cameron v MacPherson, MacDonald v Cantlay, Durno v Govan and Campbell v Nicol.
Andy Cameron consolidated his lead in the Benromach Moray Superleague on Monday 20th January when he comprehensively beat Dave MacPherson’s rink 11-1.
In the other games played at Moray Leisure Centre Gavin Nicol dropped his first points of the season against Steven Rankin. Steven was ahead 5-1 after 3 ends and although Gavin won 3 of the 4 remaining ends he only scored singles at each so the final score was 6-4 to Steven.
Graham Govan and Neil Durno had a very close game and were tied 3-3 after 5 ends. Graham had last stone at the 6th and elected to hit and roll to blank the end. This proved a wise move as he went on to score 2 at the last to win 5-3.
Brian Cantlay is making a habit of close finishes and his game against Amy MacDonald was no exception. The teams were 7-7 after 7 ends and with the last stone of the game Amy chipped out Brian’s stone to take a single and win 8-7.
Abby Duncan stood in for Donald Ross against David Paterson who replaced Alastair Maltman. Abby took the first 5 ends and lead 8-0 before David scored 2 at the 6th. With last stone at the final end Abby picked up 1 to win 9-2 and take Donald’s rink into second place.
Round 7 will be played on Monday 3rd February when it is Cantlay v Cameron, Ross v Campbell, Maltman v Durno, Nicol v MacDonald and MacPherson v Govan.
The 7th round of games in the Moray Superleague sponsored by Benromach was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 3rd February.
Brian Cantlay has been making a habit of close finishes so when Andy Cameron had fought back to 6-6 after 5 ends it looked like business as usual. Brian had other ideas and scored 5 at the next 3 ends to win comfortably 11-6.
Gavin Nicol had a good start against Amy MacDonald and was 5-0 up after 3 ends. Amy then scored 3 at the 4th but Gavin countered with another 3 and both sides picked up 2’s at the remaining ends for Gavin to win 10-5.
Alan Campbell and Donald Ross were having a very close game with Alan leading 3-2 after 5 ends. Alan then took 3 at the 6th and although Donald had last stone at the 7th he could only score 2. Alan played a tight last end and picked up 2 to make the final score 8-4.
Dave MacPherson and Graeme Govan played their game out on sheet E and encountered tricky conditions with lots of negative ice. Graeme’s rink got the measure of the conditions and won 8-3.
Neil Durno had a good 7-3 lead after 5 ends against David Paterson who was standing in for Alastair Maltman. David then scored 3 at the next 2 ends but with last stone advantage Neil picked up 1 at the last to win 8-6.
Andy Cameron remains at the top of the table on ends won but both Gavin Nicol and Alan Campbell have a game in hand. Donald Ross suffered most and has slipped from 2nd to 4th. The full table is:-
Played Points Ends Shots u Shots for
A Cameron 7 10 31 +13 56
G Nicol 6 10 26 +14 40
A Campbell 6 10 20 +22 49
D Ross 7 8 30 +13 49
N Durno 7 7 24 +1 44
A MacDonald 7 6 25 -5 46
G Govan 6 6 22 +3 33
B Cantlay 7 4 25 -9 39
D MacPherson 6 3 12 -22 22
A Maltman 7 2 21 -30 32
The next round of games will be played on Monday 17th February at 7pm – MacDonald v MacPherson, Maltman v Nicol, Ross v Govan, Campbell v Cantlay and Cameron v Durno.
The penultimate round of the Benromach Moray super league was played at the Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 17th February.
Alan Campbell had a convincing 10-3 win over Brian Cantlay. Although Brian started brightly and led 3-1 after 3 ends Alan came back and scored 9 without reply in the last 4 ends.
Andy Cameron suffered a second successive defeat going down 14-2 to an inform Neil Durno.
Gavin Nicol proved that even without the hammer he could nail another 2 points to the league table by winning the first 4 ends to lead 9-0. The last 4 ends produced 1 shot each with Alastair Maltman picking up three of them. ‘Winning’ the second half was no consolation for Maltman as he lost the game 10-3.
Graeme Govan also raced out of the blocks and was 7-0 ahead against Donald Ross after 3 ends. Donald picked up 2 in the 5th but in the last 2 ends Graeme scored 4 to win 11-3.
Dave MacPherson was unable to field a rink to Amy MacDonald was awarded 2 points, 5 ends and 6 shots.
On Tuesday Graeme Govan took on Gavin Nicol in a rescheduled game. Gavin led 3-2 after 4 ends and seemed to secure his position with a 2 in the 5th. Graeme’s last stone in the 6th delicately chipped out Gavin’s shot to bring the game back to 5-4. In the last end Gavin built up a good head and lay 2 when Graeme played his last stone. He attempted to freeze against the shot stone which was just behind the T. The stone didn’t curl as expected and slid past. Gavin then drew the button to pick up 3 and win 8-4. You don’t need to go to Sochi for a close finish!
If you have been watching the curling from Sochi and would like to try the sport there is a Come and Try session at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 24th February at 7pm. It will cost £2.50 and to register please contact Les Morgan on 01309 676716 (email@example.com).
All games are now up to date and Gavin Nicol leads the league with 14 pts and 35 ends, Alan Campbell is second on 14 pts and 30 ends. The other positions are Andy Cameron 10 pts 33 ends, Neil Durno 9 pts 30 ends, Donald Ross 8 pts 32 ends, Graeme Govan 8 pts 30 ends +7 shots, Amy MacDonald 8 pts 30 ends +1 shot, Brian Cantlay 4 pts 27 ends, Dave MacPherson 3 pts 12 ends and Alastair Maltman 2 pts 24 ends.
The final round has been changed to Monday 24th March when the games are Maltman v Govan, MacPherson v Cantlay, Nicol v Cameron, Ross v Durno and MacDonald v Campbell. The league AGM will be held in the Sunninghill Hotel after the games and all participants in the league would like to express their thanks to Benromach and the Moray Leisure Centre for their generous sponsorship.Alastair Maltmanatcmaltman@btinternet.com