Last night was the final of the Forth and Endrick Knockout – the Jim Carswell Cup – and Drymen were up against the Buccaneers in the final. Skip Derek Young played well to save a few ends but Drymen were lagging 5-6 going into the eighth end without the hammer. The Buccaneers were in fine form and gave nothing away so Drymen had to accept being runners -up this year.
Congratulations to John Steel and Derek Young on winning the Forth and Endrick Province “Betty’s Bucket”. They were the top ranked players for the Province in the recently held Beattie Points Competition with 45 points for John and 30 points for Derek. Well Done both!
Congratulations to John Steel for winning the Seniors Section of the Beattie Open Points of 16 January 2019. Janet Simpson also won the Ladies Section, so a successful night for Drymen Curling Club. We are still awaiting the full results to see how we fared in the Province Points.
Janet recently played in a team of Stirling Area Ladies in the Morton Cup against Waterside at the Peak. She was really lucky to be part of the team that scored an Eight. Apart from being awarded a badge and certificate, there is a brass plaque at the ice rink which lists the team members and their mother clubs – a little extra publicity for Drymen Curling Club.
Ladies: Janet Simpson, Jo Cunningham, Anne Ewing, Anne Lochhead
Gents: Andy Kinninmonth, Alan Brunger, Derek Young, Bill Cunningham
On the day before the match, Jimmy Bilsland had to call off due to business commitments. Thankfully we managed to get “beginner” Derek Young to play and this was passed on the understanding he didn’t skip or play Third.
The match started with the Ladies racing into a well deserved 4-1 lead after the 3rd end with some excellent curling and looking good. However, the pressure began to tell and the Gents clawed the game back slowly before winning 9-5. The score did not reflect how tight the match was, but as ever an excellent and enjoyable game for everyone.
A great afternoon’s curling was held at Greenacres for this annual competition within the Club. Four Teams took part and the winning team was skipped by James Bilsand with team members Les Goodfellow, Lorna Young, Kate Robb. As usual lunch was very welcome and the 2 winning teams from the first session played each other after lunch in the final.
Many thanks to Derek Young for providing us with a very interesting and insightful coaching evening. This was “off-ice” and included really useful information on preparation to play, techniques on-ice, ettiquette and strategy. The time flew past and before we knew it the 2 hours had gone!