FUNERAL Director Frazer Hare sponsored the Roy Trophy; the final of which was held on the morning of Tuesday 20th. December on the Curling Rink at the North West Castle, Stranraer. Twelve teams competed in three sections of four rinks wherein a round robin play off decided the winner of each section to go through to the semi final knock out stage. The fourth place in the semi finals went to the best second placed team of the sections by virtue of points and ends scored.
The final was played between the teams of Willie Sloan and John Wilson. In the semi finals Willie had overcome Hugh Aitken’s rink, whilst John had beaten Peter Lupton’s team. The final fluctuated from one team to the other. Both teams played some excellent curling with outstanding shot making. John took the first end with one shot, Willie scored two at the second. In the third John ‘s final stone cleared the way for his team to score three when it appeared that Willie would win. Willie then pulled one back at the fourth end to leave the score at John Wilson ahead at four shots to three. At the close of the fifth end Willie Sloan’s rink appeared to have a solid position with several shots scoring and the house well guarded. John Wilson had one very difficult shot to save the day and with a superb and precise wick and double he put in a perfect reply to lie two shots. This gave the Wilson team a winning three shot lead and when Willie could only get a single back at the sixth end, the teams shook hands conceding victoty to the Wilson rink.
Presenting, Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club President, Hew Chalmers, praised the excellent quality of the curling by both teams in the final and thanked Frazer Hare, Funeral Director, for his generous sponsorship of the competition. Hew awarded the Roy Trophy to John Wilson and his winning rink along with prizes of crystal galssware and bottles of wine to each team member. Runners up, Willie Sloan’s team, received prizes of Glassware and large tins of biscuits. Thanking Frazer Hare for his generous sponsorship, winning skip, John Wilson, singled out each member of his team for individual praise of their play throughout the tournament. In reply runner up Willie Sloan thanked his team and John Wilson’s rink for the sporting contest and was grateful to sponsor, Frazer Hare, for the generous prizes of which he said that his wife would think he had won the contest when he got them home.
Winners: John Wilson (skip); Robert Smith (third); Phyllis Miller (second); Rev. Michael Sheppard (lead).
Runners up: Willie Sloan (skip); Ian Stevenson (third); David Higgins (second); Billy Benson (lead|).