Wigtownshire Rink Championships
THE Wigtownshire Rink Championships 2011, sponsored by Scottish Fuels, was played over three days at Stranraer Ice Rink last week, with the Stoneykirk rink skipped by Hugh Kirkpatrick the eventual winners.
Ten rinks competed in the draw, with one call off.
Making it through to the quarter finals were rinks from Kirkmabreck, Glasserton, Leswalt, Castle Kennedy, Logan and Stoneykirk. The semi finals saw Stoneykirk versus one Leswalt rink and Castle Kennedy versus another Leswalt team. The eventual winners were the rinks skipped by Ian Kirkpatrick, Stoneykirk, and Philip Wilson, Castle Kennedy, who progressed to the final to battle it out for the title.
The two defeated Leswalt rinks were left to play off for third and fourth spot and custody of the John Smith Salver.
The spectators were then treated to a nail biting high road final. Some of the remarks in the crowd being “world class”, “terrific” and “superb curling”. At the half way stage Castle Kennedy led by three shots to two, whilst on another sheet the all-Leswalt scoreline was the same. By the bell the main final was tied and an extra end had to be played. The Kirkpartrick rink managed to gain the one vital shot making the score 6-5, to much applause.
Neil Fyfe skipped his Leswalt rink to victory over his clubmates, skipped by David Murchie 5-4, in the low road final.
Jim Cannon, the Vice President of the Galloway Province chaired the presentations and his father, RT Cannon, Honorary President of the Galloway Province presented the trophies and prizes of pewter glass candle holders and decorative glass plates on behalf of the sponsors, Scottish Fuels. Ian McIntyre, the President of the Rhins Province gave to vote of thanks.
Wigtownshire Rink Champions (high road winners) - Ian Kirkpatrick, Hugh Kirkpatrick, Jnr, Norman Brown Jnr and Norman Brown, Snr. Sub - Hugh Kirkpatrick Snr, Stoneykirk CC.
John Agnew Salver (high road runners-up) - Philip Wilson, Gail Munro, Colin Dalrymple and John Munro, Castle Kennedy CC.
John Smith Salver (low road winners) - Neil Fyfe, Trevor Harrison, Ross Paterson and Ken Paterson, Leswalt CC.
Low road runners-up - David Murchie, John Agnew, Andy Ross and Ian Agnew, Leswalt CC.
Tuesday, November 1 - A McClymont, Minnigaff 5 H Kirkpatrick, Stoneykirk 10; R Adams, Wigtown 6 R Lammie, Logan 7.
Thursday, November 3 - H Kirkpartick 12 R Lammie 2; D Wilson, Kirkmabreck 6 J Agnew, Leswalt 7; J Maxwell, Glasserton SCR R Paterson, Leswalt, WO; P Soriani, Glasserton 6 Ph Wilson, Castle Kennedy 7.
Semi Finals - H Kirkpartick 9 J Agnew 3; R Paterson 4 Ph Wilson 6.
High Road final - H Kirkpatrick 6 Ph Wilson 5.
Low Road final - R Paterson 4 J Agnew 3.