|Skip||Played||Won||Lost||Drawn||Shots Total||Shots Up||Ends Won||Points|
Draw & Results
|Wed 15 Sep|
|18:45||Larry Kerr vs Mike McInnes||3 – 9||2 – 5|
|18:45||Mark Fraser vs Callum GreenwoodRuaraidh Greenwood||6 – 5||2 – 3|
|18:45||Ali Fraser vs Ali AsherRoss Cope||5 – 4||4 – 2|
|Wed 06 Oct|
|21.00||Callum Greenwood Ruaraidh Greenwood vs Ali AsherRoss Cope||7 – 5||4 – 3|
|21.00||Ali Fraser vs Mike McInnes||7 – 3||3 – 3|
|21.00||Larry Kerr vs Mark Fraser||3 – 6||2 – 4|
|Wed 27 Oct|
|18:45||Ali Fraser vs Larry Kerr||7 – 5||3 – 4|
|18:45||Mike McInnes vs Callum GreenwoodRuaraidh Greenwood||7 – 5||4 – 3|
|18:45||Ali Asher vs Mark Fraser||8 – 8||3 – 4|
|Wed 17 Nov|
|21.00||Ali Fraser vs Callum GreenwoodRuaraidh Greenwood||7 – 2||4 – 1|
|21.00||Larry Kerr vs Ali Asher||–|
|21.00||Mike McInnes vs Mark FraserR Fraser||2 – 8||2 – 4|
|Wed 08 Dec|
|18:45||Ali Asher vs Mike McInnes||6 – 4||4 – 3|
|18:45||Callum Greenwood vs Larry Kerr||–|
|18:45||Mark Fraser vs Ali Fraser||9 – 5||3 – 3|
|Wed 05 Jan|
|21.00||Mike McInnes vs Larry Kerr||4 – 8||1 – 6|
|21.00||Callum Greenwood vs Mark Fraser||–|
|21.00||Ali Asher vs Ali Fraser||7 – 5||4 – 3|
|Wed 26 Jan|
|18.45||Mark Fraser vs Larry Kerr||–|
|18:45||Ali Asher vs Callum Greenwood||–|
|18:45||Mike McInnes vs Ali Fraser||–|
|Wed 16 Feb|
|21.00||Larry Kerr vs Ali Fraser||–|
|21.00||Callum Greenwood vs Mike McInnes||–|
|21.00||Mark Fraser vs Ali Asher||–|
|Wed 09 Mar|
|18:45||Callum Greenwood vs Ali Fraser||–|
|18:45||Ali Asher vs Larry Kerr||–|
|18:45||Mark Fraser vs Mike McInnes||–|
|Wed 30 Mar|
|21.00||Mike McInnes vs Ali Asher||–|
|21.00||Larry Kerr vs Callum Greenwood||–|
|21.00||Ali Fraser vs Mark Fraser||–|
Donated by David MacArthur of Ardclach Curling Club who was President of the Province when curling started at Inverness.
He was subsequently elected as an Honorary President in 1974 in recognition of his contribution to the game.
A farmer in Nairnshire, ‘Dave MacArthur’s rink’ were well-kent faces in Scottish curling.
It was presented to the winners of Division 1 until 1993 when the Province Leagues were split into East and West sections with the opening of Moray Leisure Centre.
Thereafter awarded to the Winners of Division 1 in the West.
Updates From the Rink
- A Guid New Year to All In Moray Province
Curling resumed in Moray Province West following the Christmas and New Year recess and in Division 1 it was a successful start to the year for Nairn pieman Ali Asher. He was always in control against title challenger Ally Fraser. An opening end deuce,a steal of 3 in the fourth end and another single steal in the fifth gave the Baker a 7-1 lead. Fraser’s men hit back with a 3 and a steal of their own, but it was too little too late as Asher claimed a 7-5 win. In the Nairn club derby, Mike McInnes was hot at the second end , scoring 4 to lead 4-1. This was to be the high point however, as clubmate Larry Kerr proceeded to add to his score at all the next 5 ends for a comfortable 8-4 victory.
In Division 2, pacesetter Angus Forbes was involved in a real struggle against Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies . The game went right down to the wire as the Forbes four just about held their nerve to edge out the girls 6-5. Fellow table topper Jamie Cattell, meanwhile, had a bit of a nightmare night, losing 8-2 to Dalcross Dynamo Ian Thomson. Cattell could only mark up 2 single shot ends as Thomson came on strong with a 3 at the fifth end and then a couple of good steals in a comprehensive 8-2 victory. Forbes now leads the table from Cattell on ends scored.
- Oswald On Top At Christmas Recess
Elgin’s Kenny OswaId has a clear Division 1 lead at the mid season Christmas break after his straightforward win over Aberlour’s Andy Cameron.A 2-2 score line after 3 ends proved to be the summit of the Aberlour quartet’s achievement on the night,as Oswald won all the remaining ends for a 10-2 victory. The Sunninghill rink skipped by Angus Gunn was 8-6 down going into the last end against Buckie’s Alan Campbell,but last stone advantage allowed the Hotel team to pick up a 4 for their 10-8 win. The night’s tightest game was a real see saw affair in which the lead changed hands 4 times before Willie Cameron’s Aberlour rink just got the better of Mike McDonald’s Forres rink skipped by Greg Stephen.In Division 2,Dave McPherson’s Elgin Tennis rink have reached the mid season break with a 100% record, racking up their fifth straight win. Abby Duncan opened proceedings with 3 shots at the first end,but that was it for the Fochabers four as the Tennis Club won the next 5 ends for a 6-3 victory. Darnaway’s Eddie Milne had the night’s biggest win as he scored at each of 6 ends including a 4 and two 3’s as he thrashed Fochaber’s Alan Durno 13-4. Wilson Burnett skipping the absent Bill Jaffrey’s Fochabers team raced to a 6-0 lead before Andrew Allardyce fought back with a 3 in the fourth end. Single counts with the hammer at each of the next 4 ends were sufficient to give Burnett an 8-5 victory.In Division 3, Charlie Watt jnr,almost inevitably it seems,won the Forres club derby with yet another big win against Linda Hardie. Skip Carol Bennett picked up 3 singles but couldn’t stop the Watt onslaught as Charlie rang up 3 counts of 3 in his 12-3 win.In the Province Open Knockout there were wins for Alan Durno and Bob Stewart as they got the better respectively of club colleagues Wilson Burnett and Andrew Allardyce.
- Match Report – 09/12/2021
As the Christmas recess approaches, Elgin’s Kenny OswaId consolidated his position atop Moray Province East Division 1 with a big win over Forres’s Mike MacDonald .It sounded like a reprise of the Tom Robinson hit “2-4-6-8 Motorway as Oswald scored 2 shots at each of the first 4 ends before MacDonald got back on the road with a consolation single at the fifth and last end. It was good to see a pair of Ross’s turning out as the Sunninghill mob were very convincing in their 8-3 win over Willie Cameron. It was a pretty one sided affair as the Elgin Hotel rink raced to a 7-1 lead before the Speysiders picked up a deuce in the seventh end.
Talking of one sided affairs, Bob Stewart’s demolition of Lynn Robert’s Wheels was the biggest victory margin of the season thus far,as the Elgin team , scoring consecutive 5’s in ends 2 and 3 showed no mercy in their 21-0 romp. Give the Wheels team a huge amount of credit,however, as they gave Helen Downey a real run for her money in their rearranged League match. The Wheels scored at 3 ends, including a count of 3 , but just failed to take the points as Helen pulled away for a 9-5 victory.
In the West, the Division 1 showdown of the clan Fraser resulted in a superb win for Dalcross’s Mark, of that ilk, as he leapfrogged Ardclach’s Ally Fraser to lead the division by a single point. In the Nairn club contest, Ali Asher maintained his title challenge with a good win over Mike Macinnes.
West Division 2 also has a new leader as Jamie Cattell beat clubmate Ricky Marwick and the tightest game of the week saw Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies rally from a5-0 deficit to overhaul Ian Thomson. Counts of 3 and then 4 against the hammer were just enough to give the Ladies a terrific win.
- Match Report – 02/12/2021
In the week following the Scottish Men’s and Women’s fabulous European Championship winning double, more mundane matters resumed in Moray Province.
In the Ladies knockout however, there was what many might count as a sensational result, as Sandra MacIver’s Moray Firth Ladies put one over on multiple Rosebowl winner, Elgin’s Louise Marshall.The MFLs got away away to a blistering start, winning all 4 opening ends to lead 7-0. A sharp and frank team discussion saw the Elgin ladies pick up 6 shots in the next 2 ends to set up a nail biting final end in which Sandra kept her cool to pick up a single shot in an excellent 8-6 win and a trip to the final.
In Division 3 League business there were 2 closely fought contests and 2 blow outs.
Ballindalloch’s Clan Kennedy were ruthless in racing to a 13-0 lead over Lynn Robert’s Wheels team, but two well played final ends gave the scoreboard a better look as the Wheels fought back to 13-4. Meanwhile,on the adjoining sheet, the shot scoring phenomenon otherwise known as Charlie Watt jnr was completely steamrolling Owen Watson’s unfortunate Moray Juniors .Owen’s single shot at the fifth end was the only interruption to what , by the end,resembled a telephone number on the bottom line of the board.
Georgia Clarke’s Juniors had a terrific game against the experienced Bob Stewart. The lead had changed hands 3 times and Georgia was a shot behind going into the last end,but both well thought out and well played tactics gave the Juniors the 2 shots they needed for a 5-4 victory. Helen Downey and Eilidh Smith ,standing in for Linda Hardie ,had a real ding dong contest, exchanging single shots to be peeling 3-3 after 6 ends. The final end was nip and tuck before the more experienced Downey scored 2 shots for her 5-3 win.
In Division 3 ,the question is, who can topple Charlie Watt who has now scored 55 shots in 5 games and remains unbeaten since 2019.
- Fox Sighted at Moray Leisure!
There were 3 games played this week in the Moray Province East curling League and on the keenest ice of the season so far, they proved to be high class contests.
In Division 2 it was good to see the return of the Gordon Castle gunslinger Abby Duncan to take charge of a team which up to now had been somewhat faltering. Duncan generally held the upper hand over his Elgin opponent Andrew Allardyce and scored shots at 4 of the mid 5 ends to lead 6-2 going into the last end. Allardyce could only score a single and the game finished with a 6-3 win for the Fochabers’ rink.
Bill Jaffrey’s Fochabers rink skipped by Wilson Burnett were also in sparkling form, albeit benefiting from the rub of the stones against Darnaway’s Eddie Milne. A particularly strong front end set up great positions for Burnett to nail a deuce in the third and sixth ends and a couple of single steals from well defended heads at ends 4 and 7. Poor Alan Douglas skipping the Darnaway outfit frequently found himself with near impossible last stones.
Hands were shaken on a 7-4 Fochabers victory.
The rearranged Division 3 game between Linda Hardie’s Forres rink and Georgia Clarke’s Juniors was an absolute cracker. Skip Carol Bennett plotted the Forres rink to a 4-0 lead before Georgia picked up a solid 3 shots and then a single steal to tie the score at 4 apiece after 5 ends. A 2 for Bennet and a single shot reply by Clarke at ends 6 and 7 respectively, gave the Forres team the closest of wins.
The talk of the rink this week was the outstanding form of both men’s and women’s Scottish teams at the European Championships in Lillehammer. Bruce Mouat and Eve Muirhead sitting at the top of their round robin standings.
- Match Report – 18th November 2021
There were matches in all 3 divisions of the Moray Province East League this week.
Division 1 is proving to be extremely competitive as previous League leader Andy Cameron found out in his game with Mike MacDonald. The Forres rink were never behind, opening the scoring with a 3 at the first end and outplaying their Speyside opponents with shots at 5 of the 8 ends played. Buckie’s Alan Campbell kept his title bid well on course with a convincing 11-1 victory over the Aberlour rink of Willie Cameron. The contest was as good as over early in the evening as the Buckie team raced to a 10-0 lead after 5 ends. Cameron’s team rallied somewhat to score a 2 and then a 4 in ends 6 and 7, but a 6-11 defeat was a pretty fair reflection of the form on the night.
Division 2 top dogs Durno and McPherson had brought their table top clash forward a week, and the Tennis club lads could do no wrong as they scored at each of the first 4 ends before Durno’s team came back strongly to trail by just a single shot going into the final end. Sitting 3 good shots against as he played the final stone,Tennis Club skip Roy Thomson held his nerve to throw a canny weight hit and roll to sneak a 7-5 win.
Division 3 juggernaut Charlie Watt jnr did what Charlie Watt jnr does, and gave Gordie Kennedy a lesson as he scored at 4 consecutive ends for a 7-1 lead. The canny Kennedy counted a 3 at the last end to put a touch of polish on a 10-5 loss.
The Elgin club contest saw Bob Stewart come back from 5-3 behind picking up a 3 and then a 2 at the last 2 ends for a good 8-5 victory.
Georgia Clarke’s Moray Juniors had an excellent 8-1 win over Lynn Roberts’s Wheels team and fellow Juniors, Owen Watson went a few shots better in their terrific 11-1 win over their Forres opponents. Many congratulations to both Junior teams whose form must be delighting their hard working coaches.
- Camerons’ Contrasting Fortunes.
In Division 1 of Moray Province East Curling,all three match ups resulted in convincing wins, and none was more convincing than Aberlour’s Andy Cameron who simply demolished his Sunninghill opponents. Winning 7 of the 8 ends and with counts of 5 and a couple of 3’s, the Speysiders finished 16-1 victors over the hapless hoteliers. Andy will have first dibs at the Sunday roast potatoes at the Cameron table as Dad Willie could only win 1 end,albeit picking up a 4 against Division pacesetter Kenny OswaId. 4-3 down after 3 ends,the Elgin rink scored 7 unanswered shots in their clear win. Alan Campbell and his Buckie rink casually accumulated single shots against their Forres opponents,and a deuce at the fifth end allowed them to pull away for a 7-3 win.
In Division 2, the evening’s most exciting game resulted in a good win for Andrew Allardyce’s team for whom Skip Mike Kemp skillfully engineered a decisive score of 5 shots in the sixth end . A further 2 at the last end gave the Elgin combo a closely fought 10-7 victory. A count of 5 at the last end gave Dave McPherson’s Tennis Club full points in a game that was tighter than the score might suggest. Their Fochabers opponents had opportunities for bigger counts than their 2 single shot ends and only Fiona Ewen at second could claim to be happy with her form on the night.
In the other game, Alan Durno came out on top of Fochabers clubmate Abby Duncan. The still absent Duncan had John Wilson at skip and, despite an opening end count of 3, the Durno rink rallied as Mike Watt took over from Skip Durno when the big farmer picked up a mysterious injury in the first end.
- 28/10 Match Report
Moray Province curling resumed this week following the October holiday break and in Division 2 East it was a tale of deputy skips as Gordon Fraser and Alan Douglas stood in for regular bosses Duncan and Milne. The Darnaway rink were 3-1 up after 3 ends before Fraser pulled off a perfect chip and lie for a 4 at the 4th end. This proved the high water mark for the Fochabers four, as Douglas racked up an unanswered 5 shots over the last 4 ends for his 9-5 win.Mike Kemp and Roy Thomson regularly skip Andrew Allardyce’s Elgin and Dave McPherson’s Tennis club teams and the latter outfit just sneaked past their Elgin rivals with 5 single shots in their 5-3 victory, whilst the Fochabers derby resulted in another close win for Alan Durno over Bill Jaffrey. Durno’s vast experience proved decisive but he breathed a sigh of relief as skip Wilson Burnett’s final stone picked up some debris and changed handles as he attempted a double take out which would have edged his team ahead of the Clochan farmer.
A rearranged match in Division 3 saw a win for Linda Hardie’s Forres rink. Lynn Roberts opened the scoring with a one at the first end, but Hardie skip Carol Bennett took over from there to open up a game winning 8-1 lead before 2 single shots gave the Roberts rink some cheer in the 8-3 defeat.
In the West, Division 1 had a couple of inter club games. Honours were even as Ardclach’s Ally Fraser picked up a count of 5 in the fourth end to dent the hopes of Nairn’s Larry Kerr in a 7-5 victory, but Nairn fortunes were restored as Mike McInnes had a great win over reigning champions Callum Greenwood. 5 shots each as they entered the final end set the scene for an exciting finish, and McInnes used his last stone advantage perfectly to pick up a 2 for his win. The other Division 1 game was,perhaps, the most exciting of the night, finishing in an honours even 8-8 draw. Mark Fraser had raced to a 7-0 lead before Nairn’s favourite baker woke up to take the next 3 ends and sneak ahead by a single shot. Fraser then managed to regain his composure to take a shot at the last for a share of the points.
In Division 2 ,Nairn’s Angus Forbes was victorious over clubmate Ricky Marwick and Jamie Cattell pipped Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies rink.
- Curling’s Covid Return
After the loss of an entire season, Province curling finally kicked off at both Inverness Ice Centre and Moray Leisure Centre this week.
It was difficult to remember who last won what, but in West Division 1, Ally Fraser just pipped Ali Asher in a tight match. 4-4 after 5 ends, the Ardclach lads blanked the sixth and picked up their single shot for the win in the seventh.
Newly promoted Mike McInnes was always in control against Larry Kerr,an opening end three and a single steal giving McInnes a clear lead and a further three and a single steal in ends 4 and 5 saw him run out a 9-3 winner.
Mark Fraser’s Dalcross rink chalked up a good win over defending champions the Greenwood rink. The Ardclach quartet outscored Fraser in ends won,but a pair of 3’s was enough for a close 6-5 Fraser victory .
In Division 2 Jamie Cattell was a 9-3 winner over Ian Thomson, a 3 at the opening and closing ends decisive in a slightly one sided contest.
Angus Forbes came out on top in his match with Fiona Steel’s Nairn Ladies, a couple of 3 shot steals giving him a 10-2 lead before Fiona picked up a 3 of her own at the last to at least give a Ladies some consolation.
In the East, Division 3 opened with a good win for Gordie Kennedy in what was largely a battle of the youngsters. Sons Charlie, Ian and Aunty Lynn skipped by a rusty old Dad running out 10-5 winners against Owen Watson’s Moray Juniors.
Georgia Clarke’s Juniors rink had a real ding dong with Helen Downey’s veterans. Fighting back from a 3-0 deficit, Georgia’s team picked up the shot they needed in the last for a 4-4 peel.
Charlie Watt jnr’s perfect form continued with an 8-6 win over Elgin’s Bob Stewart. The Forres team had a 100% record in the last League campaign and proved they are still a very tough nut to beat.
Next week sees the start of the East Division 1 and 2 campaign and we fervently hope that we will have a full,uninterrupted curling season.