First report in and from the furthest travelled
is for the rink skipped by Tommy Campbell,
I'll let him tell his story.
Had a great day yesterday at Forfar
Match report attached..........
Just to show the mettle of our more experienced club members,
Tommy C, Jackie C, Willie C and Caroline M
braved the long trek to distant Forfar
to represent EK & H CC in atrocious weather conditions
at a very early and dark, 7am in the morning.
Willie our driver had taken the precaution
of programming the sat nav for Forfar
but had apparently forgotten to remove some previous
instructions since as soon as we were all on board,
he attempted to turn into the first available dark cul-de-sac
less than half a mile into our journey.
Marvelous what memories a new car can rekindle in a man.
In the dark I could not discern any redness
in either Willie or Jackie's faces,
so I had to accept Willie's excuse
of Navigational error in misreading the Sat nav
although I suspect he was not exactly
looking forward to the trip,
which was confirmed later in the journey when
Willie found a packet of sucking sweets in the door pocket,
strategically placed for me to put in my mouth
when his ears got sore.
The journey passed very quickly with alternating
periods of lively banter and sucking silence.
After another trip up a wrong turning in Forfar
we eventually found the Ice rink and were
greeted most warmly with tea and a Bacon/sausage Roll
eagerly wolfed down by our hungry Quartet
and were presented with our welcoming pack of goodies.
After changing into our curling gear
I had to give the bad news
that my health was rapidly deteriorating
with serious pain in the Knees,
back and right hand brought on by
having to continually get up
and greet so many old friends and acquaintances.
Indeed this process went on all of the day
with more teams arriving and I was only able
to keep going by the continual
administration of liquid anaesthetic.
Our adversaries were Dundee based Braeknowe CC,
comprising: Allan, Lady Pat, Sunday Post photographer,
Gordon, and Club Treasurer Les, who confirmed
his credentials immediately by being very reluctant
to produce a coin for the toss for hammer.
Scoring was incidental but EK&H got off to a great start
getting their weight and ice etc right almost immediately
which was only to be expected
since they had been up for hours and were wide awake.
At half time Brooms were stacked Rusty nails administered
and enjoyed by EK&H except for Driver Willie who had IRN Bru.
The game then became much tighter
since Braeknowe were all driving
and had avoided the Rusty Nails.
EK&H won the game finishing with a three and a sigh of relief,
without the hammer, 8 shots over 5.
We then proceeded to the apres-curl
and enjoyed an excellent lunch of Steak pie/salad
only marred by an unsavoury disagreement
between TC and WC over who was having
the last rather delicious cream meringue
resolved by sharing.
The afternoon passed in great convivial humour,
banter and chat with much liquid painkiller absorbed by TC,
a failed attempt by JC and CM to empty the bar of Rose wine
although by this time our stoic driver Willie
being awash with Coca cola had resorted to
the comfort eating of large bars of chocolate.
The Grand Match Trophy and medals were on display,
although the Forfar management made it very obvious
that they were keeping a close eye on Lanarkshire teams
especially those with a history in the metal recycling industry.
Much aware of driver Willies situation,
our adventurers eventually gave in and reluctantly departed Forfar,
stopping off in Hamilton for a much needed food stop,
blighted again with all this getting up and down
to greet fellow curlers and acquaintances,
the effects of which will be all too apparent
at the Dun medal on Sunday.
An absolutely excellent day of all that Curling is about,
with great company, surroundings and great play
with congratulations to all who participated and contributed.