The John Agnew Trophy, once again sponsored by R C Farquhar of the Copper Wheel, Portpatrick, was won by the rink skipped by Sandy Cronie at Stranraer Ice Rink recently.
Sixteen teams competed over two sessions, morning and evening, in this one game contest wherein the winner is the rink scoring the most shots up over their opponents on the day.
In the morning session, three games, those between Ann Baynes and Linda Shaw on rink one, and the matches on rinks three and four between Robert Cannon and J Norman Brown and Andy Sloan and John Wilson respectively, saw wins by four shots up by the Baynes, Brown and Wilson teams.
The big win, however, was on rink two where Sandy Cronie beat Trevor Harrison by fourteen shots to three to register an eleven shot up win and become the team to beat for the evening session players.
At 6pm the second session commenced chasing the eleven shot target of the Cronie team.
The evening games were well matched and in three of them the final scores showed only one or two shot wins by Christine Cannon over husband Jim on rink two at seven shots to six; Richard Stevenson overcame his uncle Ian by ten shots to nine and Michael Thomson beat Norman R Brown by five to three. Only on rink one where Bobby Lammie got ahead of John Agnew to eventually come out six shots up at thirteen to seven did the morning Cronie score momentarily come under threat.
At the presentation, Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club President, Hugh Parker, welcomed the many supporters who had watched the contest and remarked on how gratifying it was to see so many young curlers competing in the evening session and how keenly the games had been played.
Hugh mentioned that the lovely John Agnew Trophy had been presented by John Agnew of Hillhead one of the founding members of Stranraer Ice Rink and that his nephew, John Agnew of Balwhirrie, was here to present the trophy along with prizes of beautiful trophies provided and engraved by sponsor R C Farquhar of the Copper Wheel, Portpatrick, to whom the club and players were exceedingly grateful once again for the continued valuable sponsoship.
John Agnew then presented the trophy and prizes to the winning rink of Sandy Cronie, Babs McIntyre, Christine Quinn and Chick Jolly. Norman Brown called a vote of thanks to President Hugh for his presentation.
Winning Team: Sandy Cronie (skip); Babs McIntyre (third); Christine Quinn (second); Chick Jolly (lead).
The McIlwrick Pairs competition, again sponsored by Civvy Logos, was won by Frazer Hare and Norman Brown who beat Neil Fyfe and David Gladstone in last Thursday night’s final.
Sixteen teams had entered this popular contest for pairs of curlers at Stranraer Ice Rink where the winners go on to compete in the National Pairs finals also held at Stranraer later this season.
The teams getting through the knock out stages to the final were those of current trophy holders, David Gladstone and Neil Fyfe, and Norman Brown playing with Frazer Hare. The Fyfe/Gladstone had had a relatively straightforward run to the finals, whereas the Hare/Brown combination had been sorely tested having had to on two occasions to draw the shot to win peeled games.
In the final the first end was blanked and each team then took one shot at the next two ends, to go into end four one all.
It was the fourth end where the match was more or less decided. An excellent final shot from Frazer Hare saw his team pick up two shots.
Pairs is an unforgiving game and Neil and David were only able to pick up a one at the fifth end. With one shot up and the final stone going into the sixth and last end the writing was on the wall and the Hare/Brown combination were able to run their opponents out of stones to win the competition with a final score of five shots to two.
The presentation was given by Hugh Parker, Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club President. Hugh reviewed the history of the competition which was first played in the year the Ice Rink opened (1970/1) at the North West Castle Hotel.
He noted that Neil and David’s winning run over the past two seasons had come to an end and that of the winners this year, Norman Brown’s father was the inaugral competition winner.
This was Frazer Hare and Norman Brown’s first win together although Frazer had won once before and Norman five times.
Trevor Harrison, on behalf Matt Pellet of Civvy Logos presented the prizes of Finden and Hales fleece jackets to the winners and Polo Shirts to the runners up. For the winners Frazer Hare thanked sponsors Civvy Logos for the sponsorship and remarked on the excellent game just played.
Teams: Winners: Frazer Hare and Norman Brown. Runners up: David Gladstone and Neil Fyfe.
A rink representing the Galloway Province made it all the way to the semi finals of the Scottish Province Competition played at Greenacres Ice Rink last weekend.
As winners of the Galloway Province league last season, Wigtown Curling Club were asked to send a team north to do battle against the best club teams in Scotland.
They elected to send the big guns with Jim Cannon, wife Christine, daughter Jenni and son Gregor, sharing lead duties with Jak Kane, making it all the way to the semi-finals.
In their section the Wigtown curlers beat Glasgow 11-9; West Lothian 11-4; Strirlingshire 13-3 and Ayrshire 17-2 before beating the West of Fife 8-3 in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Unfortunately they ran out of ammunition in the semi-finals going down by 10-2 to the Moray 1 team.
A Logan Curling Club team skipped by John Gilmour represented the Rhins O’Gallowa’ Province played four games peeling two and losing two.