Moray Open Mixed Super league 2015_2016_2017_2018_2019_2020
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CIP-133. A Hutchesons’ Grammar School team won the Scottish Schools Championship which was held at Dundee in 1974. L-R: Charles Wighton, Bank of Scotland, Willie Jamieson, Keith Douglas, Sir Alastair Blair, Director of the Bank of Scotland, Ken Horton (skip) and Graham Govan. (10x8in print, by Ron Gazzard.)
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After a hard fought 7 shots to 3 win against the 3rd placed McInnes team from Nairn, Alan Campbell’s Buckie team saw him and his team clinch the top spot in the league and are this season Benromach Superleague Div 1 winners.
They managed to go through their league programme without a defeat!
Neil Durno’s team push Campbell all the way this season and despite a win in their last game against the Paterson foursome they came up one win short but did secure a very creditable runners up position.
Mike McInnes held onto their third place and Andy Cameron with a strong final game win saw him move into the top four.
Forres’s Graeme Govan, Ally Fraser’s Ardclach team, David Paterson Elgin unit, and Donald Ross’s Sunninghill teams all hold their places in the 1st division for 2020/21, however Gavin Nicol and Mike Watt after many battles royal seem themselves in the relegation positions and will fall into division 2.
Thanks due to title sponsor Benromach for their continued support.
McInnes 3 7 Campbell
Nicol 5 7 Govan
Paterson 5 6 Durno
Ross 7 9 Cameron
Watt 8 1 Fraser
Monday the 24th saw the penultimate games played in this years Benromach Superleague Division 1.
The top of the table clash between Durno and Campbell was a keenly contested game for the first 4 ends Campbell leading by 3 shots to 1, however a run of a further 4 stolen ends saw Campbell pull away for the win.
This result saw Durno relinquish the top spot in the league to Campbell’s Buckie unit.
Campbell however has a very tough final fixture against the third placed team McInnes so all is not lost for Neil and he can yet battle his way back to the top of the league should Campbell lose.
McInnes’s quest for a top 3 position was further cemented with a strong performance and win of the Elgin team skipped by David Paterson.
Andy Cameron and Ally Fraser’s team both in the hunt for a top 4 finish had a tough fight until Fraser broke away with a strong count of 4 shots in the seventh end helping him to a two shot win.
Govan’s Forres unit look to have secured their mid table position with a fine win over Mike Watt, this means Govan will play in Division 1 next year while Watt looks as if he will drop into Division 2.
Donald Ross’s team look like they have done their survival chances no harm of another year in Division 1 with a solid win against Gavin Nicol’s team, but Ross will need to win or draw their last game of the competition to ensure they avoid relegation.
Results on the night:-
Durno 1 Campbell 11
Cameron 6 Fraser 8
McInnes 7 Paterson 3
Nicol 2 Ross 7
Watt 5 Govan 13
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The final games of this year league take place on the 9th of March.
On Monday 11th Feb the 7th round of ties took place in the Benromach Division 1 Superleague.
Neil Durno’s Fochabers team were looking to bounce back from their last game defeat but faced the challenge of Andy Cameron who has moved steadily into a position where he could also challenge for the top spot with a fine run of form.
The game was very close as league positions would suggest and it took a great pressure draw in the last end from Durno to secure a hard won win by 5 shots to 4. This sees him return to the top of the table.
Mike Watt played current leader Alan Campbell’s unit and Watt and the teams could not be separated with them peeling 5 shots apiece. Campbell on the same points as Durno but behind him on raking due to ends won.
Mike McInnes’s Nairn team who were still in with a great chance to win the league lost a tight game 6 shots to 4 against the Sunninghill team but remain in 3rd place in the table trailing the joint leaders by 3 points.
Ally Fraser and his Cawdor team went down by 10 shots to 8 against a resurgent Nicol team who continue to climb away from the foot of the table in their efforts to avoid relegation.
David Paterson’s Elgin team saw off the challenge of the Govan team a big score of 5 in the second end for Paterson being to much for the Forres team to recover from.
The next round of games will go a long way to determining this years winner as the two leaders Durno and Campbell face off in an intriguing match up.
DRAW 7 RESULTS.
Govan 6 Paterson 9
Campbell 5 Watt 5
Fraser 8 Nicol 10
Ross 6 McIness 4
Cameron 4 Durno 5
Draw 6 of the Benromach sponsored Super league took place on the 27th Jan.
WATT 0 NICOL 5
CAMERON 11 PATERSON 2
McINNES 11 DURNO 7
FRASER 6 GOVAN 6
CAMPBELL 8 ROSS 3
A key match was played this week where the league leader Neil Durno’s Fochabers foursome went up against the Nairn based team of Mike McInnes, a close game was expected as the teams were in the top half of the league.
This proved to be the case with McInnes stealing 2 shots in the last end to prevail and win 9 shots to 7.
The Campbell team were watching this result with much interest as the Durno defeat and their own win against the Ross unit saw them creep to the top of the table for the first time this season.
The battle of the teams at the wrong end of the league table saw Gavin Nicol get his first win of the season in the league with a walk over from Mike Watt who was unable to raise a full team, this win will spur them on in their continuing efforts to avoid relegation.
The mid table clash of the Andy Cameron and David Paterson draw saw Andy run out convincing winners a very slow start for the Paterson foursome proving to much to recover from.
The final game in this draw between the teams of Govan and Fraser ended up as an amicable draw, Govan doing well to create an opening to take two shots on the final end to tie the scores at 6 all.
So Campbell now takes top spot in the league with 3 games to play, Durno, McInnes, Cameron and Fraser remain in the title hunt.
Ross, Watt and Nicol while at the wrong end of the table will look to put some positive results together in the last 3 games in an effort to avoid relegation to Division 2.
Some key games in the 5th round of the”Benromach” division one curling Super league were played on Monday the 13th Jan 2020.
The tie of this round was the Nairnshire derby with Ally Fraser’s Ardclach unit facing the Nairn foursome of Mike Mcinnes as expected this was a battle royal with nothing between the teams and the game ended as a peel 5 shots apiece.
The other stand out tie was the Fochabers team of Neil Durno looking to hold onto their top spot in the league against the current league champions Gavin Nicol, Gavin again found things a little bit of a struggle and he continues to seek a first win in the league, his fortunes and lady luck must change in the 2nd half of the season surely.
The Paterson versus Campbell tie played out with a win for Campbell, a score of 4 in the fourth end giving them breathing space in the game and they went on to win 10 shots to 2
Graeme Govan was playing the Sunninghill foursome skipped by Angus Gunn, the Sunninghill team losing a big score of 5 in the 6th end proving the difference for them, Govan with a win then 8 shots to 7.
The last tie in the round was Andy Cameron versus Mike Watt, Andy and the team were in good form and turned in fine performance winning a high scoring encounter 12 shots to 8.
So Durno leads the field with Campbell chasing hard just behind them, McInnes Cameron and Fraser battling it out mid table.
The teams of Watt, Gunn and Nicol will be looking to try and extract themselves from the relegation places in the remaining 4 matches.
Next games will be played on the 27th of January.
The 4th round of games in the Benromach Moray Super league were played this week.
Ally Fraser against Alan Campbell on paper was perhaps the stand out tie in this draw with both teams on a good run of form, the Fraser team got the better of the Campbell unit in the first few ends with Campbell’s foursome prevailing in the later ends.
It was no real surprise however that the game ended as an amicable if not hard fought draw 5 shots apiece.
Graeme Govan versus Andy Cameron had a bit of a top versus bottom in the league feel to it, however as we know the form book counts for little and Graeme’s team secure two huge ends counting a 6 and 4 to sweep past Andy’s team 12 shots to 7.
Neil Durno was simply to strong on the night for the Mike Watt team, Neil running out the winner by 9 shots to 2.This results sees Durno putting some space between him and the rest of the chasing pack and him securing top spot in the league for the time being.
David Paterson versus Donald Ross saw the two teams battle closely or the duration of the tie with David’s team scoring counts on 5 consecutive ends to run out 5 shots to 3 winners.
Gavin Nicol against the McIness team was an up and down game for the first 5 ends of play but the Nairn based foursome found their form and came through strongly to secure a win 8 shots to 4 and maintain there interest in challenging at the top of the table.
So positions as we approach the half way point of the league has Durno on top with Campbell, McIness, Fraser and Paterson rounding out the top 5 positions.
Cameron, Govan, Watt, Nicol and Ross in the lower half of the league in positions 6th to 10th who will all be looking to see themselves move up the table in the second half of the season.
Play resumes in the New Year, next ties Monday 13th Jan 2020.
Moray Super league Division 1.
The 3rd round of matches in the Benromach Moray Curling Division 1 Super league were played this week.
Neil Durno’s Fochabers team saw of a spirited challenge from the Forres based Govan unit, a remarkable score card showing 7 ends played all counting single points!
In the end it was Neil who scored 5 of these so he ran out a 5 shot to 2 victor… this result sees Durno top the table.
Mike McIness and his Nairn team played their first match in anger against Andy Cameron after being awarded walk over results in their first two games, two stolen ends in the 6th and 7th resulted in a win for Andy by 8 shots to 4 and sees Cameron continue to march up the league table.
Ally Fraser’s team had a real tussle with the Ross’s Sunninghill Elgin unit with Ally prevailing in a tense affair, 3 shots in the last end giving him an 8 shots to 4 win.
David Paterson played the win less Watt team and after a tough battle a winner could not be determined and the match was drawn 4 shots apiece.
Alan Campbell’s Buckie unit played last years Benromach Super league winner Gavin Nicol who was looking for their first win, last stone advantage in the 3rd end and a multiple score again in end 5 saw the game swing Campbell’s way and he ended up with a win 11 shots to 4.
Standings then after 3 games has Durno on top of the pile with Campbell very close behind both on 6 points Neil ahead by 3 ends, McIness stays 3rd with Cameron, Fraser and Paterson rounding out the top half of the league table.
Next games are on the 2nd December.
The 2nd round of matches took place on Monday 4th November.
In the Alan Campbell versus Forres’s Graeme Govan game a very close measure in the second end resulted in a count of four for Campbell but some masterful draw shots and canny hitting from skip Govan kept the game very close to the final end when Campbell’s team hit for a 3 to see them run out 11 to 6 winners.
The Ross squad of the Sunninghill Hotel club versus Fochabers Neil Durno was a tight affair until 3 shots were scored by Durno in the fourth end who despite losing a three on the last end took the game seven shots to five.
Andy Cameron’s Rothes unit against Gavin Nicol was a titanic encounter until the final end where despite Gavin’s best efforts to steal the end and win resulted in Andy Cameron taking a huge score of five to run out ten shots to five winners.
Ally Fraser’s Nairnshire outfit played David Paterson’s team from Elgin and Paterson’s team had it tough early doors before they got on the scoreboard in the fifth end and despite scoring a two in the last end they went down to a seven shot to two defeat. Ally’s five ends in the game hoisting him up the league table to a challenging position.
The battle of the Mikes that’s Watt against McInnes sadly had Watt conceding the game which see Mike McInnes team top of the league.
The top three places in the league then are McInnes, Durno and Campbell.
Round 3 will be played on the 18th November.
Moray Super league Division 1.
The first draw of games in the Gordon and MacPhail sponsored Moray Division 1 Superleague took place last week.
Last season’s winners Gavin Nicol slipped to a narrow defeat at the hands of David Paterson a steal of 2 shots in the seventh end proving decisive which in turn gave David an 8 shot to 7 win.
Mike McIness’s Nairn team were awarded a walkover against Graeme Govan’s team who were unable to field a full complement of players.
Despite a bad start to his game with Ally Fraser where he conceded a score of 3 Neil Durno took 6 of the next 7 ends to run out winners 8 shots to 4.
In the last of the games played Andy Cameron lost a very close and exciting game to Alan Campbell’s team skipped by Kenny Oswald.
With two Moray junior curlers Jacob Holder and Jamie Rankin in the team messers Campbell and Rankin senior will have their work cut out to make the team.
The last remaining game Donald Ross versus Mike Watt was not played and will be rescheduled.
So, Neil Durno of Fochabers tops the league after round 1 with Mike Mcinnis’s Nairn based outfit chasing them hard in 2nd position.
David Paterson sits in 3rd place with Alan Campbell 4th.
The next round of games will be played on the 4th November: – Ross v Durno, Mcinnis v Watt, Cameron v Nicol, Govan v Campbell, Fraser v Paterson.
There was an exciting finish to the Moray Super league Division 1 which is sponsored by Gordon & Macphail. It went down to the last stone at the last end of the last game on the ice before Gavin Nicol’s rink of Niall Mustard, Jim Thomson and Mike MacDonald secured the title. Gavin had the better first half and was 4-1 up after 4 ends before Ally Fraser took 3 singles without reply. Although Gavin had last stone advantage Ally had one stone lying shot which was half covered by a couple of guards. Using all of his experience Gavin played a controlled take out removing Ally’s counter and scoring 3 shots. The final score of 7-4 does not reflect just how close the game was.
Alan Campbell’s game against Raymond Boyd had already finished, with an emphatic 11-0 with for Alan, before the above drama unfolded. Alan could only spectate as Gavin retained his 2 point advantage. It’s a small comfort to Alan that he inflicted Gavin’s only defeat of the season. Unfortunately for Raymond he didn’t win any ends which consigned him to 10th place.
Andy Cameron and Mike Watt were already safely in Division 1 next season but Andy’s comfortable 13-2 win edged him into 3rd spot.
Donald Ross’s rink skipped by Angus Gunn beat Mike McInnes’s rink 7-4 placing Mike 4th overall and Donald 6th.
In the final game Dave McPherson needed to beat Neil Durno to climb out of the relegation zone. Neil, fighting to remain in Division 1 had an excellent start and effectively secured victory after 3 ends by leading 9-1, the final score was 13-3.
Just to recap, Gavin Nicol is Division 1 winner and Dave McPherson and Raymond Boyd are relegated to Division 2. David Paterson won Division 2 with Graeme Govan runner up and they will play in Division 1 next season.
The Superleague AGM and Prize Giving was held in the Sunninghill Hotel after the games and the meeting firstly thanked Cameron Clark and his team at Moray Leisure Centre for excellent ice but in true curling fashion ‘they aye want mair’ and last but by no means least they expressed their gratitude to Steven Rankin of Gordon & MacPhail for their continued sponsorship.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer 12/03/19
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The eighth and penultimate round of the Moray Superleague 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 25th February.
Gavin Nicol remains in pole position after a close 7-5 win over Raymond Boyd. Gavin started well and was 5-1 up after 3 ends before Raymond came back with 3 shots in the next 2 ends. Gavin scored 2 in the 6th and Raymond got a consolation single at the last. Gavin needs either a peel or a win in the last game to secure the trophy.
Robbie Cope again stood in for Mike McInnes against Alan Campbell. After 5 ends Robbie was 5-2 up but Alan could only score singles at the last 2 ends, so Robbie won 5-4. Alan needs Gavin to lose and he must win the final game and take 2 more ends than Gavin to snatch the trophy.
Mike Watt secured his place in Division 1 next season with a emphatic 9-2 win over Dave McPherson. Although currently in last place a win in the final game and other results going his way could see Dave retain Division 1 status.
Andy Cameron got back to wining ways with an emphatic 11-2 win over Donald Ross’s rink skipped by Angus Gunn in Donald’s absence. Despite the defeat Donald should retain his place in Division 1.
In the final game there was another emphatic (today’s word) win when Ally Fraser beat Neil Durno 11-2. Neil currently sits just above the relegation zone but a win in the last game will keep him safe.
The final round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 11th March at 7pm and they are: – Campbell v Boyd, Watt v Cameron, McPherson v Durno, Ross v McInnes and Nicol v Fraser.
Will all Division 1 and 2 curlers please note that the AGM and Prize Giving will be held in the Sunninghill Hotel, Elgin on Monday 11th March at 9.30pm after the final Division 1 games.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The seventh round of the Moray Super League 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 11th February.
Mike McDonald stood in for Gavin Nicol against Andy Cameron and got of to a good start with a 3 at the first end. Andy fought back scoring 3 and then 2 but Mike won the next 3 ends to secure victory 11-5.
Alan Campbell’s rink may have lost a single against Dave Macpherson at the first end but they then powered away to win the next 7 ends for a comfortable 14-1 win. Alan and Gavin are tied on 12 points with Gavin ahead because of one more end won – building up for a tight finish!
Angus Gunn again took charge of Donald Ross’s rink against Ally Fraser and after 4 ends Angus was 4-2 ahead. Ally then took a couple of doubles so was 2 ahead going into the last end. Angus fought back scoring 3 to win the game 7-6.
Robbie Cope took charge in the absence of Mike McInnes against bottom of the table Neil Durno. Neil won a close game 7-5 for just his second win of the season.
Mike Watt lost a single to Raymond Boyd at the first end but the scored 7 (seven) at the second. Although Raymond scored 2 at the third Mike took singles in the remaining 4 ends to win 11-3.
The wins for Durno and Watt took them out of the bottom two for the first time this season, their places being taken by Boyd and Macpherson.
The penultimate round will be played on Monday 25th February and the fixtures are – Watt v Macpherson, Boyd v Nicol, McInnes v Campbell, Durno v Fraser and Cameron v Ross.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The sixth round of the Moray Super League 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 28th January.
Gavin Nicol got back to winning ways with an 8-4 win over Donald Ross’s rink skipped by Angus Gunn. Gavin scored 4 in the 3rd end to go 5-3 ahead then just shaded the last 4 ends 3-2.
Steven Rankin stood in for Alan Campbell against Mike Watt and took a 5 in the 3rd end to lead 5-3. Steven scored a further 6 shots over the next 4 ends before Mike got a consolation single making the final score 11-4 to Steven.
Mike McInnes had a convincing 10-1 win against Dave Macpherson.
Andy Cameron also had a straightforward 9-2 win over Neil Durno.
Although Ally Fraser beat Raymond Boyd 10-4 Raymond took 4 ends to Ally’s 3. Raymond scored singles in all the ends he won when Ally scored 3,3 & 4 – so much for statistics!
The seventh round of games will be played on Monday 11th February and the fixtures are: Fraser v Ross, Durno v McInnes, Cameron v Nicol, Campbell v Macpherson and Watt v Boyd.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fifth round of the Moray Superleague 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 14th January.
Kenny Oswald, skipping for Alan Campbell took the first 3 ends against Gavin Nicol to lead 4 – 0. Gavin then scored 2 and 1 before Kenny picked up 1 to lead 5 – 3 going into the last end. Gavin could only score 1 but despite loosing the game he remains, just, the league leader.
Ally Fraser and Roy Thomson, standing in for Dave Macpherson were 1 – 1 after 2 ends. Thereafter Ally took control and won the remaining 4 ends to win 12 – 1.
Angus Gunn, standing in for Donald Ross, lost a 3 at the first end against Raymond Boyd. Angus then scored singles at the next 4 ends to lead 4 – 3. Raymond fought back and scored singles in the last 2 ends to win 5 – 4.
The bottom of the table clash between Mike Watt and Neil Durno was a keenly contested game. Mike took the first end with 2 then Neil fought back scoring 5 over the next 3 ends. Mike then scored 2 singles before Neil scored 1 in the 7th end to lead 6 – 4. Last stone advantage gave Mike the opportunity to take a double at the last to peel the game 6 – 6.
Andy Cameron’s game against Mike McInnes was postponed and will be played at a later date. The next full round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 28th January and the fixtures are: – Cameron v Durno, Fraser v Boyd, Campbell v Watt, Nicol v Ross and Macpherson v McInnes.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fourth round of the Moray Superleague 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 3rd December 2018.
Gavin Nicol kept his 100% record intact with an 8-4 win over Mike McInnes. Mike took the first end with a single, but Gavin countered with 7 shots in the next 3 ends. Mike then scored 1 then 2 against the hammer before Gavin scored 1 at the last.
Andy Cameron had a good start against Alan Campbell’s rink skipped by Steven Rankin and was 4-2 ahead after 4 ends. Andy then did even better scoring 6 over the remaining 3 neds to win 10-2.
Angus Gunn stood in for Donald Ross against Dave Macpherson, but he could only take a single at the 2nd end as Dave recorded a comprehensive 10-1 victory.
Neil Durno picked up his first points against Raymond Boyd. Raymond was ahead 4-2 after 4 ends before Neil scored 5 without reply to win 7-4.
Mike Watt also broke his duck against Ally Fraser and again it was ‘a game of two halves’! Ally took the first 3 ends to lead 4-0 then Mike scored 6 without reply in the next 3 ends. Ally picked up 2 shots in the 7th to level the game but last stone advantage was enough for Mike to take a single and win 7-6.
These were the last games for 2018 and the full league table is shown below. The fifth round will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 14th January at 7pm and the games are: – Macpherson v Fraser, Nicol v Campbell, Ross v Boyd, Watt v Durno and McInnes v Cameron.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
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of the Moray Super league 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 19th November 2018.
Gavin Nicol retains top spot after a 11-5 win over Mike Watt. Gavin scored 4 against the hammer to lead 5-0 after 2 ends. The next 6 ends then went with the hammer with Gavin scoring 6 and Mike 5. Nice to see a game going to 8 ends in the two-hour session.
Alan Campbell’s rink skipped by Stephen Rankin started well against Ally Fraser and were 5-1 up after 4 ends. Ally came back with a 2 at the 5th but Stephen scored doubles at the next 2 ends to win 9-3.
Angus Gunn stood in for Donald Ross against Neil Durno and was 4-2 ahead after 4 ends. Angus then scored 3, 2 & 1 to comfortably win 10-2.
Raymond Boyd took a single at the 2nd end to level his game against Mike MacInnes’s rink skipped by Robbie Cope. That was his only score as Robbie took the next 5 ends to win 8-1.
Finally, Andy Cameron and Dave Macpherson each won 3 ends however Andy scored doubles in all his whilst Dave could only score singles in his. Final score 6-3 to Andy.
The fourth round of games will be played on Monday 3rd December and the fixtures are: – MacInnes v Nicol, Macpherson v Ross, Watt v Fraser, Cameron v Campbell and Boyd v Durno.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The second round of the Moray Super League 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 5th November 2018.
Alan Campbell’s rink skipped by Steven Rankin took on Donald Ross’s rink skipped by Angus Gunn and a single steal by Angus levelled the game at 4-4 after 4 ends. Steven then scored 3 and Angus countered with 2. The 7th end was decisive as Steven picked up 5 shots and as Angus only scored a single in the last end Steven won 12-7.
The first 4 ends went with the hammer when Ally Fraser played Andy Cameron and Ally led 4-3. Andy then scored 3,1 & 1 before Ally’s 2 at the last. Final score 8-6 to Andy. This was Ally Fraser’s first defeat since 5th December 2016!
Mike Watt led Mike McInnes 4-2 after 4 ends but Mike McInnes then took the last 3 ends to win 6-4.
The final game on the ice saw Dave Macpherson take the first 6 ends against Raymond Boyd to lead 6-0. Raymond scored a consolation single at the last to go down 6-1.
Neil Durno could not field a full rink to Gavin Nicol was awarded 2 points, 6 shots and 5 ends.
The third round will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 19th November at 7pm. The games are :- Nicol v Watt, Cameron v Macpherson, Durno v Ross, McInnes v Boyd and Fraser v Campbell.
The first round of the Moray Super League 2018-19 season, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 22nd October 2018.
Raymond Boyd started well against Andy Cameron taking singles at the first 4 ends then Andy turned the game round scoring 5 and 1 to lead 6-4 going into the last end. Raymond fought back with a 5 to win 9-6.
Defending champion Ally Fraser had a real ding dong battle against Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Robbie Cope. After 5 ends Ally was ahead 6-5, they then swapped doubles before Ally, with last stone advantage, sealed victory with 3 shots in the 8th end to win 11-7.
It was the proverbial game of two halves for Stephen Rankin and Neil Durno. Stephen won the first 3 ends to lead 4-0 then Neil scored 4 in the next 3 ends to level the game. Last stone advantage was enough for Stephen to pick up a single at the last end to win 5-4.
In the final game on the ice Gavin Nicol started the season with a comfortable 9-2 win over Dave Macpherson.
Unfortunately, due to a communication problem, Mike Watt’s rink did not join him at the rink, so Donald Ross was awarded the game (2 points, 5 ends and 6 shots).
Let’s hope for some fireworks when the next round of games is played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 5th November. The fixtures are :- Ross v Campbell, McInnes v Watt, Boyd v Macpherson, Fraser v Cameron and Durno v Nicol.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The ninth, and final, round of the Moray Superleague sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 12th March 2018.
To stay in Division 1 David Paterson had to win and he needed Neil Durno to lose. As we’ll see later Neil obliged but David was up against Ally Fraser who had clinched the title in the last round. Ally showed no mercy and was 6-2 up after 4 ends. Scores went with the hammer in the remaining ends giving Ally a comfortable 9-4 win.
Second place was up for grabs and the two rinks, Andy Cameron and Gavin Nicol, were playing each other. Gavin got off to a dream start and was 7-0 up after 3 ends. In the fourth end John Sharpe took the head with Andy continuing with skips stones. This was not a tactical move but was because of John having a mountain bike crash which impaired his sweeping. Whatever the reason it changed their fortunes and they picked up 4 shots. Gavin then countered with back to back singles before Andy again scored a 4. So, going into the last end Gavin was ahead 9-8 and he took advantage of last stone to pick up 2 to win, and claim second place, 11-8.
Kenny Oswald, standing in for Alan Campbell and Raymond Boyd were in danger of running out of 1’s on the score board with singles being scored in all ends played. Kenny won the first 4 but on two occasions Raymond played good shots only to be inches away from scoring. The final ends went with the hammer giving Kenny the win 5-2.
Mike McInnes scored singles in the first 3 ends against Neil Durno before Neil picked up 2. Mike scored 4 in the 5th then stole a single before handshakes after 6 ends with Mike winning 8-2.
The final game saw the already relegated Graeme Govan take on Dave Macpherson. That said both were unavailable with their places taken by Bill Jaffrey and Chris Whelan. Chris started well and was 5-1 up after 3 ends. Bill then fought back with a 3 but Chris matched this in the next end. Bill scored singles in the last 2 ends, but Chris won 8-6.
After the games the AGM and Prize giving was held in the Sunninghill Hotel where Chairman Graeme Govan presented the trophy and bottles of whisky to Ally Fraser and his rink of Grant Fraser, Angus Forbes and Scott Fraser.
Superleague would like to record their thanks to Gordon & Macphail for their sponsorship and any rinks interested in joining should contact Graeme Govan on 07768485163
The Eighth round of the Moray Super League sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 26th February 2018.
Congratulations to Ally Fraser and his rink for winning Moray Superleague Division 1 with one game still to be played. At the other end of the table, depending on results, Raymond Boyd, Neil Durno or David Paterson will join Graeme Govan in Division 2 next season.
Ally Fraser started well against Neil Durno and was 4-0 up after 2 ends. Neil fought back with 6 shots in the next 3 ends to lead 6-4 before Ally rallied and took singles at the remaining 3 ends to win 7-6.
Andy Cameron got off to a roaring start against Dave Macpherson’s rink skipped by Chris Whelan scoring 13 shots in 5 ends without reply. Chris then scored 1 and 5 to make the final score a more respectable looking 13-6.
Mike McInnes scored 4 at the first end against Gavin Nicol then ends went with the hammer and Mike led 6-4 after 5 ends. Gavin used last stone advantage to secure a 3 in the 6th and then stole a single to win 8-6.
Stephen Rankin and Bill Jaffrey standing in for Alan Campbell and Graeme Govan respectively were tied 3-3 after 4 ends. Stephen then took back to back singles before Bill scored 1 in the 7th. The hammer helped Stephen take 2 at the last end to win an exciting game 7-4.
Fighting for survival David Paterson won the opening 2 ends to lead 5-0 against Raymond Boyd. They then swapped 3’s so David was ahead 8-3 after 4 ends. Raymond took the next 2 ends scoring 4 but David picked up a single at the last to win 9-7.
The final round of games will be played on Monday 12th March and the AGM and prize giving will be held after the game in the Sunninghill Hotel. The final games are: Campbell v Boyd, Nicol v Cameron, McInnis v Durno, Macpherson v Govan and Paterson v Fraser.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The seventh round of the Moray Superleague sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 12th February 2018.
With only two rounds remaining Ally Fraser maintained his 3 point lead with a comfortable 10-2 win over Dave Macpherson’s rink skipped by Chris Whelan. After 4 ends Ally was 5-0 up before Chris picked up a double. Ally closed out the game with 5 shots in the last 2 ends.
Andy Cameron took on David Paterson in what was, at first, a close game. David won 3 out of the first 4 ends to lead 3-2 before Andy took the next 4 ends to win 7-3.
Raymond Boyd started well against Gavin Nicol scoring 3 at the first end. Gavin then powered ahead taking the next 4 ends and scoring 11 shots. Raymond picked up singles at the last 2 ends to give a final score of 11-5 in favour of Gavin.
Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Dean Clark had a tight game against Alan Campbell’s rink skipped by Stephen Rankin. Stephen took the first end with a single then Dean scored singles at the next 3. Stephen fought back with 3 shots in the 5th end but last stone advantage gave Dean the opportunity to score 2 at the last to win 6-4.
The final gave saw Neil Durno take on Bill Jaffrey who was standing in for Graeme Govan. Bill took the first 2 ends to lead 4-0. Neil countered with a 3 & 2 before Bill scored 1 & 2 to lead 7-5 after 6 ends. Neil scored 1 at the seventh and then a double at the last to snatch victory 8-7.
The next round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 26th February and they are:- Nicol v McInnes, Boyd v Paterson, Govan v Campbell, Durno v Fraser and Cameron v Macpherson.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The sixth round of the Moray Super League sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 29th January 2018.
The first game saw Ally Fraser take on Raymond Boyd. They were tied 4-4 after 6 ends before Ally scored 4 and 3 to win 11-4. On Tuesday Ally stretched his lead by winning against Mike McInnes 6-3 in the outstanding fixture from round 5.
Andy Cameron had a slow start to the season but has now hauled himself into second spot with a comprehensive 13-0 win over Neil Durno.
Stephen Rankin stood in for Alan Campbell and took an early lead, 7-1, against Gavin Nicol Gavin fought back scoring 4 & 2 to level the game but Stephen won the last 2 ends scoring 3 in each to win 13-7.
Chris Whelan skipped Dave Macpherson’s rink against David Paterson and singles were scored in all 7 ends played. Unfortunately for David, Chris took 5 of the ends to win 5-2.
In the final game Dean Clark stood in for Mike Mcinnes and Bill Jaffrey took charge for Graeme Govan. Dean had the more successful night taking 4 at the first end. Bill came back with 2 shots but Dean then took the 4 ends to lead 13-2. Bill picked up a consolation single at the last to lose 13-3.
The next round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 12th February and the games are:- Fraser v Macpherson, Durno v Govan, Cameron v Paterson, Campbell v McInnes and Nicol v Boyd.
As at 31/01/2018
Most of the fifth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Super league Division 1 were played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 15th January 2018.
Half way through the season and 3 points separate the top 8 rinks albeit that Ally Fraser & Mike McInnes have a game in hand.
Gavin Nicol moved into second place behind Fraser with a comfortable win over Neil Durno. Neil was 4 – 3 ahead after 4 ends but Gavin took the next 4 ends scoring 10 without reply to win 13 – 4.
Raymond Boyd started well against Chris Whelan who was skipping Dave Macpherson’s rink taking 3 shots at the first end. Chris came back with a 5 at the second but Raymond then won the next 5 ends for a final score of 11 – 5.
Andy Cameron and Graeme Govan had a tight game which was peeled 4 – 4 after 6 ends. Andy took advantage of having last stone to score 2 at the seventh to win 6 – 4.
The final game saw Alan Campbell take on David Paterson’s rink and as David was away on courier duty with the Canadian team touring the north of Scotland Alastair Maltman stepped in as skip. The first 4 ends were tight with Alan just ahead 3 – 2 however the decisive end was the fifth where Alan scored 5. Alastair won the remaining 2 ends scoring 3 but lost the game 5 – 8.
The next round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 29th January and the games are :- Cameron v Durno, Fraser v Boyd, Campbell v Nicol, Paterson v McPherson and McInnes v Govan.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fourth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Super-league Division 1 were played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 4th December 2017.
Ally Fraser consolidated his lead with Dave Macpherson moving up to second. Down in the relegation zone David Paterson is narrowly ahead of Graeme Govan and the remaining 6 rinks all have 4 points – close! All to play for in the New Year.
Ally Fraser played Gavin Nicol and after 4 ends Ally was just ahead 3-2. Ally then took the next 3 ends scoring 5 leaving Gavin a consolation single at the last for a final score of 8-3.
Dave Macpherson and Mike McInnes had a very close game. Mike scored 2 at the first then Dave scored 5 over the next 3 ends. Mike picked up singles at the remaining 2 ends to give a final score of 5-4 in Dave’s favour.
John Sharpe stood in for Andy Cameron against Alan Campbell and pulled off the result of the night. John scored 15 in 6 straight ends before Alan got a consolation single at the last.
In the ‘Battle of Fochabers’ Neil Durno took on Raymond Boyd with both rinks scoring in 4 ends but Neil racked up 9 shots to Raymond’s 4.
The final game saw David Paterson pick up his first points of the season. Graeme Govan led 3-2 after 3 ends before David scored 3 doubles. Although Graeme took the last 2 ends he only scored 2 shots giving David the win 8-5.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 15th January and are – McInnes v Fraser, Paterson v Campbell, McPherson v Boyd, Nicol v Durno and Govan v Cameron.
The third round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Super league Division 1 were played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 20th November 2017.
Ally Fraser is the new leader but there are only 3 points between 1st and 9th. Ally moved ahead after what, on paper, looked like a comfortable win over Alan Campbell. They were tied 2-2 after 4 ends before Ally took the remaining 3 ends scoring 5. Every end was keenly contested and in the last Alan had an outside chance of 3 which he was unable to convert thereby losing 7-2.
Andy Cameron picked up his first points against Mike McInnes who dropped his first points of the season. After a blank first end the each won 3 ends with the 2 scored by Andy in the 3rd giving him the advantage and the win 4-3.
Dave Macpherson’s rink had lost and peeled their opening games and added a win on Monday against Neil Durno. It looked all over after 3 ends with Dave ahead 8-1 but Neil’s comeback in the ‘second half’ just fell short and he lost 9-7.
Gavin Nicol got off to a strong start against Alastair Maltman who was standing in for David Paterson and was 5-0 ahead after 3 ends. Alastair then took the next 2 ends but only scored singles. Gavin countered with singles at the last 2 ends to win comfortably 7-2.
The final game saw Raymond Boyd play Graeme Govan .Raymond was 4-0 up after 2 ends then was 7-2 ahead after 5. Graeme took the last 2 ends but was held to singles so lost 7-4.
The 4th round of games will be played on Monday 4th December at 7 pm and the pairings are:- Govan v Paterson, McInnes v Macpherson, Nicol v Fraser, Cameron v Campbell and Boyd v Durno.
The first two rounds of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail have now been played at Moray Leisure Centre.
Alan Campbell and Mike McInnes head the table having won both their games with Alan just ahead on ends won. Ally Fraser leads the rest with a win and a peel.
The full results are:-
|D Paterson||5||N Durno||7|
|D McPherson||6||A Campbell||8|
|M McInnes||10||R Boyd||4|
|A Cameron||2||A Fraser||10|
The third round will be played on Monday 20th November and the fixtures are:-
Paterson v Nicol, Cameron v McInnes, Durno v McPherson, Govan v Boyd and Fraser v Campbell.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The final round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 6th March at Moray Leisure Centre.
There was an exciting end to the season when it went down to the last stone at the last end on Monday night before the winner was known. Neil Durno and Gavin Nicol played last week and the early momentum was with Gavin who led 4-1 after 4 ends. Neil fought back taking the next 3 ends to lead 5-4 going into the last end. Neil went for a hit to remove both of Gavin’s counters but only removed one and rolled out himself. Gavin had to steady himself and draw the house for a win – he did!
Gavin now had 15 points to Neil’s 14 but Ally Fraser was sitting on 13 points before his game against Alan Campbell and if Ally won, took four or more ends, and beat Alan by more than 2 shots Ally would lift the trophy.
Stephen Rankin was standing in for Alan Campbell and he took the first end with a single and stole the second also with a single. Ally then leveled the game with a double before Stephen scored 2 at the 4th end. Ally then scored 1 and in the 6th end Stephen, who had last stone, tried to wick off an outside stone to roll for shot but he hit it on the nose giving Ally a steal of 3. Ally’s first stone at the last end was to raise one of his own stones into the house to remove two of Stephen’s stones. Ally skilfully did this and lay 3 shots forcing Stephen to draw to regain the advantage but his draw was light. Ally’s last stone was to guard his position but the stone ran straighter than he anticipated and he left a gap. Stephen played a controlled weight through the port, hit and rolled a couple of inches to take 1 shot. The final score was 6-5 to Ally but with only 3 ends the crown of league winner went to Gavin Nicol and his rink of Niall Mustard, Jim Thomson and Mike Macdonald.
In the other games Mike McInnes beat James Carter, standing in for Mike Watt, 7-5 and Andy Cameron beat Alan Stanfield 8-2. The final game saw Graeme Govan beat David Paterson 10-7 and with those 2 points Graeme pulled himself off the foot of the table leaving Mike Watt and Alan Stanfield relegated to division 2 next year.
The Super league AGM followed the last round of games and league President, Graeme Govan thanked all the participants for making it a competitive and enjoyable season. He also thanked Gordon & Macphail and Moray Leisure Centre for their generous sponsorship of prizes.
The final league standings are:-
|Points||Ends won||Shots up|
The eighth and penultimate round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 13th February at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno is back on top after a comprehensive win over Mike Watt. Neil scored 3’s at the first 2 ends to give him the perfect start. Both rinks then scored 4 shots over the next 6 ends so Neil won 10-4.
Gavin Nicol was 3-2 up against All Fraser after 4 ends then Ally scored 3 at the 5th. Ally then picked up singles at the next 2 ends to win 7-3. Despite losing Gavin remains in second place ahead of Ally – the rinks are equal on points, ends and shots up but Gavin has scored 5 more shots than Ally.
Alan Campbell was in impressive form against Graeme Govan and took the first 6 ends to lead 11-0. Graeme scored a consolation single at the last to make the final score 11-1.
Andy Cameron scored 2 at the first end against David Paterson then David scored 3. Ends 3 and 4 were decisive for Andy as he scored 6 shots to lead 8-3. David staged a minor come back taking 3 shots in the next 2 ends but Andy snuffed that out with 4 shots in the last 2 ends to win 12-6.
The final game saw Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Hamish Clark comfortably win 13-1 against Hannah Barron who was standing in for Alan Stanfield.
There will be an exciting end to the season as Durno takes on Nicol in the final round. A win for Durno will secure the title and Nicol needs to win and for Fraser to drop points against Campbell. A Nicol win and an even bigger Fraser win would see the trophy heading to Nairn.
The seventh round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 30th January at Moray Leisure Centre.
Andy Cameron and Gavin Nicol had a tight start to their game then Gavin scored 3 at the 4th end to lead 7 – 3. The remaining 3 ends went with the hammer with Andy taking two singles and Gavin a 2 so Gavin won 9 – 5.
Neil Durno was comfortably 6 – 2 ahead of David Paterson after 4 ends. David then took the next 2 ends scoring 3 shots before Neil scored 2 at the 7th to lead 8 – 5. With the last stone of the last end David drew a 3rd shot to peel 8 – 8.
Ally Fraser was 4 – 3 up against Alan Stanfield before Ally scored 4 at the 6th end. Each side then scored singles to give Ally a 9 – 4 win.
D Clark, standing in for Mike McInnes only scored in 3 ends against Stephen Rankin however the 6 scored at the 2nd end more or less sealed the win. Stephen clawed back 3 shots in the last end but lost 8 – 6.
The final game saw Mike Watt and his junior rink pick up their first points with a convincing 11 – 5 win over Graeme Govan. The game had been peeled 5 – 5 after 6 ends before Mike scored two 3’s in the last two ends.
Gavin Nicol is the new leader on 13 points, Neil Durno second with 12 points and Ally Fraser third on 11 points.
The penultimate round of games will be played on Monday 13th February and they are: Stanfield v McInnes, Fraser v Nicol, Govan v Campbell, Watt v Durno and Cameron v Paterson.
The sixth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 16th January at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno got off to a slow start and trailed Ally Fraser 0-3 after 3 ends. Neil then leveled the score at the 4th and thereafter ends went with the hammer. By the 7th end Ally was ahead by one and in the last Neil secured a peel (6-6) with his final stone.
Although Gavin Nicol lost a single at the first end against David Paterson the game was virtually won after 3 ends as Gavin led 8-1. David did claw back 3 in the 4th but that was the end of the fight back and Gavin won comfortably 11-6.
Stephen Rankin, skipping for Alan Campbell won the first half and was ahead 4-1 after 4 ends. Alan Stanfield and his young rink then scored 3 but Stephen scored 2 & 3 before Alan picked up a single at the last. Final score was 9-5 to Stephen.
Fight backs were also in vogue and on sheet A Andy Cameron was 5-1 up on James Carter, skipping Mike Watt’s rink, before leveled the game with a 4 at the 4th. Doubles were then swapped before Andy edged ahead taking singles at the last 2 ends to win 9-7.
The final game saw D Clark stand in for Mike McInnes against Graeme Govan and it was almost a game of two halves. In a slow game the McInnes rink scored singles at the first 3 ends before Graeme won the 4th & 5th ends with a single and a double. The final end saw D Clark take 2 to win 5-3.
With only 3 games remaining Neil Durno and Gavin Nicol share the top spot with Neil ahead on ends won. Ally Fraser’s rink is in 3rd place.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 30th January and they are: Durno v Paterson, Watt v Govan, Cameron v Nicol, Campbell v McInnes and Stanfield v Fraser.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fifth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 5th December at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno maintained his 100% record with a 7-4 win over Mike McInnes. Neil was ahead 5-0 after 3 ends and although the next 4 ends went with the hammer Mike was unable to claw back the deficit.
Alan Campbell took an early lead against Gavin Nicol and was 5-2 ahead after 3 ends. Gavin stole a single at the 4th which Alan matched in the 5th. The 6th end saw Gavin pick up 2 to trail 5-6 going into the last end where he scored 3 to snatch the game 8-6.
Ally Fraser’s rink, skipped by Grant Fraser lost their 100% record to David Paterson. David won the first 3 ends to lead 5-0 before Grant scored 3. David then consolidated his position with 2 singles before a tense last end where Grant was limited to 2 so David won 7-5.
In Andy Cameron’s absence John Sharpe skipped against Graeme Govan and after 5 ends John had a commanding 12-0 lead. The last 3 ends went with the hammer, singles being scored at each to give a final score of 13-2.
In the final game Alan Stanfield had a walk over against Mike Watt after two of Mike’s rink failed to turn up.
At the half way point Neil Durno leads with 10 points, followed by Gavin Nicol (9), Ally Fraser (8), David Paterson (6), Alan Campbell (4), Andy Cameron (4), Mike McInnes (3), Alan Stanfield (2), Graeme Govan (2) and Mike Watt (0).
The next round of games will be played on Monday 16th January and they are: Cameron v Watt, Durno v Fraser, Campbell v Stanfield, Nicol v Paterson and McInnes v Govan.
Alastair Maltman, Press Officer
The fourth round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 21st November at Moray Leisure Centre.
Neil Durno remains top after a close game against Alan Stanfield. After 6 ends Neil was 5-4 ahead then he picked up 3 in the next 2 ends. Alan could only score 2 in the 9th so lost 6-8. Well done to both rinks for playing 9 ends in the 2 hours!
Ally Fraser was up against James Carter skipping Mike Watt’s rink. The juniors were ahead 2-1 after 3 ends then Ally showed his experience scoring 6 over the next 3 ends. James didn’t give up and scored 1 and 3 to narrowly loose 6-7.
Andy Cameron picked up his first points with a close fought win over Alan Campbell’s rink, skipped by Stephen Rankin in Alan’s absence. After 4 ends Andy was 6-1 up and although Stephen came back he could only manage 4 shots in the last 3 ends so Andy won 6-5.
Gavin Nicol played Graeme Govan and was always in control ending up with a 10-4 win.
Mike Mcinnes against David Paterson was postponed and will be played at a later date.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 5th December and they are: McInnes v Durno, Nicol v Campbell, Paterson v Fraser, Stanfield v Watt and Govan v Cameron.
The third round of the Moray Super-league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 7th November at Moray Leisure Centre.
The top of the table clash between Neil Durno and Alan Campbell produced a high scoring game and unfortunately for Alan it was Neil who won most of them. Neil started with an impressive 5 then added a further 7 shots in the next 3 ends to lead 12 – 0. Over the last 3 ends Alan scored 3 to Neil’s 1 so the final score was 13 – 3.
Ally Fraser and Graeme Govan were tied 2 – 2 after 4 ends then Ally scored 2 and 3 against the hammer. Graeme picked up 3 at the last but the final score was 7 – 5 to Ally.
After 5 ends Gavin Nicol was in control against Alan Stanfield and led 5 – 1. Alan then fought back scoring 4 and 1 to lead 6 – 5 going into the last end. It took all of Gavin’s experience to rescue the game and his 3 shots gave him the win 8 – 6.
Mike McInnes eventually came out on top in a very close game with Andy Cameron. Andy led 3 – 1 after 3 ends then Mike picked up 3. Singles were scored at the last 3 ends with 2 going to Mike to make the final score 6 – 4.
The final game was between David Paterson and Mike Watt. After 5 ends David was just ahead 5 – 3 then Mike scored singles at the next 2 ends to level the game. David took full advantage of having last stone and scored 2 to win 7 – 5.
Neil Durno is now the clear leader on 6 points with Gavin Nicol (5 points) in second and David Paterson (4 points) in third.
The next round of games will be played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 21st November at 7pm and they are Govan v Nicol, McInnes v Paterson, Stanfield v Durno, Cameron v Campbell and Fraser v Watt.
The second round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 24th October at Moray Leisure Centre.
David Paterson and Stephen Rankin (standing in for Alan Campbell) scored with last stone advantage for 6 ends with Stephen leading 6-5. The last 3 stones of the game saw a miss from David and two fine draws from Stephen who picked up 2 to win 8-5.
Gavin Nicol and his experienced rink took on Mike Watt and his junior colleagues. After 4 ends Gavin was just ahead 3-2 but he then took charge scoring 4. Mike won the last 2 ends but it was not enough and he lost 7-5.
Alan Stanfield and Graeme Govan had a ‘game of two halves’ – Alan’s rink won the first 4 ends scoring singles at each. Graeme won the next 3 with 2,1 & 2 to sneak a win 5-4.
After 4 ends Neil Durno was 4-2 ahead of Andy Cameron then Andy scored 4. Neil countered by winning the next 3 ends to win 9-6.
Mike McInnes’s game against Ally Fraser was postponed and will be played at a later date.
Neil Durno and Alan Campbell share top spot with Neil just ahead on ends won, the two meet in the next round on Monday 7th November so will there be a change at the top? The other games are – Nicol v Stanfield, Cameron v McInnes, Watt v Paterson and Govan v Fraser.
The final report was supplied by Graeme Govan in the absence of Alastair Maltman, who tells us he HAD to go on a world tour, haste ye back Alastair
The final games in the Gordon and MacPhail Moray Super league in Elgin saw a new name emerge on the trophy as the season draws to a close.
Andy Cameron was leading the table going into his last game and he proved too strong for the youth team skipped by experienced Alan Stanfield and Cameron eased through 9-3
Mike McInnes last year’s winners saw off Brian Cantlay’s team having gone up 5-0 in the first 4 ends. There was no way back for Cantlay and McInnes prevailed 8-2
The match between title contenders Gavin Nicol and Neil Durno was a close affair and it was poised at 4-4 with one end to play. Gavin scored a 5 at the last end to grab 3rd spot in the table.
Alan Campbell a seasoned campaigner and multiple previous winner score 5 in the first end against Raymond Boyd but undeterred Raymond scored 4 in the second end.. Campbell then scored 5 shots in the next 4 ends with Boyd gaining a single shot in the last end to end the match with Campbell winning 10-6
Graeme Govan had it all to do to avoid relegation to Division 2 in his match against David Paterson. Paterson scored 3 in the first end and was 4- 1 ahead after 3 ends before Govan countered scoring 8 unopposed shots in the last 4 ends to retain his place in Division 1.
Winners Andy Cameron
Second Alan Campbell
Third Neil Durno
9th Raymond Boyd
10th Brian Cantlay
Teams ranked 9 nth and 10 nth will be demoted to Division 2 for the 2016 – 2017 season
Winner Ally Fraser
Second Mike Watt
Both teams will be promoted to Division 1 for the 2016-2017 season
The A.G.M. followed the last match and Chairman Graeme Govan applauded the impact of young players coming through from the Moray Development Group using the Super league to gain experience in tactics and etiquette as well as bringing their enthusiasm to the Super-league.
New name on the Trophy:- Gordon and MacPhail Moray Super-league
Future interest in entering the Super-league should be intimated to Graeme at 01309 672952.
The penultimate round of the Moray Super league sponsored by Gordon & Macphail was played on Monday 1st February at Moray Leisure Centre.
Andy Cameron has returned to the top of the table with a comprehensive 11-3 win over David Patterson. Cameron was 9-0 up after 4 ends and although he ‘lost’ the next 4 ends 3-2 it was still a comfortable win.
Kenny Oswald stood in for Alan Campbell and he had a very close game against Graeme Govan. They were peeled 2-2 after 4 ends but Oswald took singles at the next 2 to win 4-2.
Neil Mustard took over from the absent Gavin Nicol against Raymond Boyd and he had a comfortable 10-3 win.
After 4 ends Brian Cantlay was only 2-3 down against Neil Durno but the game swung in Durno’s favour when he scored 4 at the 5th. Cantlay came back with a double but Durno scored 5 in the remaining 2 ends to win 12-4.
The final game saw Mike McInnes take on Alan Stanfield. McInnes was 6-0 up after 3 ends and never looked back winning 9-3 in the end.
Arithmetically any one of the top four rinks could lift the trophy after the final round of games on 7th March and at the bottom any two of the bottom four could be relegated.
The final games are:- Campbell v Boyd, Stanfield v Cameron, McInnes v Cantlay, Paterson v Govan and Nicol v Durno.
The latest round of games in the Moray Super league, sponsored by Gordon & Macphail, was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 4th January.
Gavin Nicol has maintained his 100% record and leads the table but he is closely followed by Andy Cameron, Alan Campbell and Neil Durno. With 3 games to there will be an exciting finish at the top of the league and with only 5 points separating the remaining 6 rinks they all have something to play for if they want to avoid to two relegation places.
Gavin Nicol lost the opening end against David Paterson but after 5 ends Nicol was ahead 5-4. Nicol then clinched the game in the 6th scoring 4 and he then took a single in the last to win 10-4.
Andy Cameron had a commanding 8-0 lead over Brian Cantlay after 4 ends before Cantlay scored a couple of singles. Cameron then scored 4 and 2 to end the game 14-2. The final score was 17-2 as Cantlay conceded 3 shots because a player turned up late.
Alan Campbell played Alan Stanfield and his junior colleagues in a close game. After 4 ends Stanfield was ahead 3-2 but Campbell then scored 3 and 2 to lead 7-3. Stanfield scored a single at the last so Campbell won 7-4.
Neil Durno had an excellent start against Raymond Boyd scoring 5 at the first end. After 4 ends Durno was ahead 8-1 then Boyd scored 3 to reduce the deficit. That was the end of the comeback as Durno won the remaining 3 ends to win 13-4.
The final game saw a very close encounter between Graeme Govan and Mike McInnes. Govan started off with 2 shots then McInnes took the next 3 ends to lead 4-2. They swapped singles over the next 2 ends so McInnes lead 5-3 going into the final end. Govan then used his last stone advantage to take 2 shots and peel the game 5-5.
The next round will be played on Monday 18th January and highlight will be Cameron v Nicol. The other games are – Durno v Paterson, Cantlay v Govan, Campbell v McInnes and Stanfield v Boyd.
The fifth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Super league was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 7th December.
Going into this game both Gavin Nicol and Alan Campbell were undefeated and as expected it was a close game to decide who would lead the table into the festive break. Campbell got off to a great start with 4 at the first end but Nicol countered taking the next 3 ends to lead 5-4 after 4 ends. The 5th was blanked and Campbell picked up 1 to tie the game. Final stone advantage proved decisive to give Nicol 1 and the win 6-5.
Andy Cameron was in 3rd spot before his game against Graeme Govan and Cameron maintained this position with a comfortable 12-3 win.
David Paterson lost 2 shots at the first end against Raymond Boyd but then scored 3, 1 & 1 to lead 5-2 after 4 ends. Boyd then scored a single but Paterson came back with two singles to win 7-3.
Neil Durno took on last year’s champion Mike McInnes in what turned out to be a close game with an exciting finish. After 3 ends the game was peeled at 2-2 the McInnes scored 2. Durno then scored 3 singles, 2 without the advantage of last stone to win the game 5-4.
The final game saw Brian Cantlay play Alan Stanfield and after 5 ends they were peeled at 3-3. Cantlay then scored 2 but with last stone advantage Stanfield came back with 2 to tie the game 5-5.
With only four games remaining the league standings are: 1 Nicol, 2 Campbell, 3 Cameron, 4 Paterson, 5 Durno, 6 Stanfield, 7 Govan, 8 Boyd, 9 McInnes and 10 Cantlay.
The next round of games will be played on Monday 4th January and are – Cameron v Cantlay, Durno v Boyd, Campbell v Stanfield, Nicol v Paterson and McInnes v Govan.
The fourth round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 23rd November.
Alan Campbell and Gavin Nicol are now the only rinks on maximum points with Alan placed first having won more ends. The two meet in the next round so we may have a new leader as we go into the festive break.
Alan Campbell and Andy Cameron were both undefeated prior to Mondays game. Andy had last stone advantage at the first end and elected to blank the end to retain that advantage. The same tactic was employed in the second end and it seemed to have paid off when Andy scored 4 in the 3rd. Alan fought back and won the next 3 ends scoring 4 shots to set up a grandstand finish. It was a tight last end and although Andy had the hammer he failed to take advantage allowing Alan to steal 1 and win the game 5 – 4.
Gavin Nicol and Graeme Govan also had an exciting game. Gavin scored a single at the first then Graeme took the next 3 ends to lead 6 – 1. The fight back started in the 5th when Gavin picked up 4 shots. Graeme then scored 1 to lead 7 – 5 going into the last end. The head built up in Gavin’s favour and when Graeme came to play his last stone he faced 3 shots against and his draw was just too heavy giving Gavin the end and a win 8-7.
David Paterson and Mike McInnes’s rink skipped by Sandy Scott swapped singles then David went ahead scoring 3 at the 3rd. Sandy came back with a single to trail 2 – 4 after 4 ends. The game then swung in David’s favour when he scored 3, 2 and 1 to win 10 – 4.
Neil Durno took charge of the first half of his game against Alan Stanfield and led 6 – 1 after 5 ends. Alan fought back with 2 shots at the next 2 ends but Neil scored a single at the 8th end to win 7 – 5.
In the final game Brian Cantlay scored singles at the first and last ends however Raymond Boyd won the middle 5 ends scoring 10 giving Raymond a comfortable 10 – 2 win.
In addition to the top of the table clash the other games to be played on Monday 7th December are: McInnes v Durno, Paterson v Boyd, Stanfield v Cantlay and Govan v Cameron.
The third round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 9th November.
Neil Durno had an encouraging start against Steven Rankin, who was standing in for Alan Campbell, and was 4 – 1 up after 3 ends. Steven fought back and scored 4 over the next 2 ends. The 6th end was blanked and Steven again scored 2 at the 7th to win 7 – 4.
Mike McInnes picked up 2 in the first end against Andy Cameron but Andy then scored 8 over the next 3 ends to lead 8 – 2. Mike took the next 2 ends but only scored singles and Andy came back in the 7th end with 2 shots to win 10 – 4.
There was a predictable tight start to the game between Gavin Nicol and Alan Stanfield. It was all square at 1 – 1 after 3 ends then Alan nosed ahead with scoring 3 and 1. The 6th end changed everything when Gavin scored 5 and with singles for each rink at the last 2 ends Gavin won 7 – 6.
Graeme Govan was 7 – 0 up against Raymond Boyd after 4 ends. Raymond came back with 3 at the 5th but Graeme scored singles at the last 2 ends to win 9 – 3.
The final game saw Brian Cantlay take on David Paterson. This was a very tight game and they were tied 5 – 5 after 5 ends. David managed to steal 1 against the head to lead going into the last end. It then came down to Brian’s final stone which, unfortunately for him, clipped a guard and narrowly missed its target so David scored 2 and won 8 – 5.
Campbell, Cameron and Nicol are, in that order, on top and remain undefeated whilst Boyd and Cantlay are at the foot of the table each without a point. Things will change after the next round on Monday 23rd November as Campbell takes on Cameron and Boyd faces Cantlay. The other games are Govan v Nicol, McInnes v Paterson and Stanfield v Durno.
The second round of games in the Gordon & Macphail sponsored Moray Superleague was played at Moray Leisure Centre on Monday 26th October.
In Alan Campbell’s absence Stephen Rankin led the rink to a comfortable win over David Paterson. Stephen scored singles in the first 4 ends then David picked up a 3. The 6th end proved decisive as Stephen scored 3 and with a single at the last the final score was 8 – 3.
Andy Cameron and Greg Stephen, who was standing in for Neil Durno, were level on ends after 4 but Andy was ahead 4 – 2 on shots. The game then swung Andy’s way and he picked up 8 shots over the last 3 ends to win 12 – 2.
Gavin Nicol was 4 up against Brian Cantlay after 3 ends then Brian scored 2 however Gavin made the decisive break in the 5th end scoring 4. The last 3 ends went with the hammer and Gavin won 9 – 5.
Raymond Boyd and Mike McInnes had a tight start to their game, 2 – 2 after 3 ends, and then Mike scored 5 shots over the next three ends. Raymond picked up a single at the last end to go down 7 – 3.
The final game saw Alan Stanfield first outing of the season against Graeme Govan. The first 2 ends went to Alan then Graeme scored 5 shots over the next 3 ends. Advantage Graeme? Alan didn’t think so and came back with 2 doubles to win 6 – 5.
After 2 rounds 3 rinks are undefeated with Alan Campbell leading just ahead of Andy Cameron and Gavin Nicol.
The postponed game between Stanfield and Paterson will be played on 2nd November and the next full round will be played on Monday 9th November. The games are – Nicol v Stanfield, Cameron v McInnes, Cantlay v Paterson, Govan v Boyd and Durno v Campbell.