New era dawns for curling league

Malcolm Henry winners - Ross Inger, Christine Cannon,  Malcolm Henry (presenting), Stranraer Ice Rink President Peter Lupton, Jenni Cannon and Jim Cannon.
Malcolm Henry winners - Ross Inger, Christine Cannon, Malcolm Henry (presenting), Stranraer Ice Rink President Peter Lupton, Jenni Cannon and Jim Cannon.

Galloway Province League

It was a new era for the Galloway Province league last Friday night when, for the first time, the games were held at night. Traditionally, the games were played at the 12.20pm session but the lack of available curlers for daytime session was impacting on the league during the past few season with games increasing being called off or forfeited.

There was a full compliment of two teams from four clubs on the ice and it ended all square across the board with a win and a loss for each club.

Results

Andy McClymont, Minnigaff 5 Peter Lupton, Kirkmabreck 4; Dave Macarthur, Minnigaff 7 Ivie Fisher, Kirkmabreck 9.

John Cannon, Wigtown 3 Bill Scott, Penninghame 7; Jim Cannon, Wigtown 15 Drew Paton, Penninghame 3.

Stranraer Ice Rink

The Malcolm Henry Curling Trophy was played for at the North West Castle Ice Rink recently, when 16 teams were attracted to this “highest up on the day” one day competition generously sponsored by Malcolm Henry.

At the early 12.20pm session Ian Stevenson’s team showed promise being eight shots up after two ends over Bill Scott’s team, but Bill fought back to lesson the advantage. Philip Wilson’s team however gained the momentum by finishing 11 shots up over Hugh Parker winning 14 shots to three and leading after the early session.

At the later 6pm session Jim Cannon’s team moved to a comfortable lead over Norman Brown Snr. being 10 shots to nil up after three ends. Despite Norman’s team fighting back the Cannon team took charge of the game finishing 21 shots to two shots giving them a plus 19 shots win to take the Malcolm Henry Trophy.

Ice Rink President Peter Lupton presided at the prize giving and thanked Malcolm for his sponsorship and all those who played in the competition. Peter said that although there were a couple of high scores games were well contested with good curling and enjoyed by a good turnout of spectators.

Malcolm Henry handed the trophy to Jim Cannon and the prizes to Jim’s team.

Jim, in response, said he was delighted to have won the trophy and thanked Malcolm for his generous sponsorship. Jim thanked his team, Christine Cannon, Ross Inger and Jenni Cannon, for playing well and also Norman’s team for a sporting game. He said that although the score was high it did not reflect the game and good shots were played by both teams.Jim thanked Gail for the condition of the ice so early in the season.

A vote of thanks to the President was given by Vice President John McIntyre.