GALSTON HAYMOUTH Four Rinks
Sunday 14th October 2018 at 4.15pm Ayr
Report by Brian Cassidy
The result of this match was decided by the last stone,
at the last end, in the last game to finish.
After Willie Baird had played a couple of superb shots,
it was left to the Galston Haymouth skip, Tom Neill,
to play the pressure shot.
If Willie's shots counted,
this inter-club match would have peeled.
However, Tom withstood the pressure
and played a terrific shot to the button
to ensure that the Tappit Hen
was traveling down the M77
to the GH trophy cabinet.
Earlier in this game,
Willie had been troubled at 2 ends
by the spooky/dodgy No7 stone
suddenly changing direction at crucial shots.
It looked like it was being controlled remotely
by the "spirit" of Ayr Ice Rink,
although it veered that badly it seemed more like
it had picked up a lump of chewing gum.
After that, Brian Cassidy used this stone
and it improved his game!!
Willie was better supported by
Peter Henderson and Bill Gibson.
In the other rinks
it appeared as if curling
wasn't the only contest taking place.
As fashion goes, the ladies were in the shadow.
Lockhart's toorie bunnet though,
was outdone by the trousers
worn by former EK&H member, Paul Meehan.
I asked him if his mother had been up all night
vandalising tartan tea cosies
to get the material to make his multi tartan trews.
Paul's brother, Mark took on the legend that is
Lockhart Steele (Mark's words),
Fiona McGinnis, John Gilmour and Janet Leiper.
Lockhart showed why he is a legend
by beating Mark by a shot whilst only winning 2 ends.
I think he was teasing Mark
by letting him win the other ends.
George Strang's rink of
Willie Cannon, Willie Dykes and Helen Drummond
(good to see you back Helen!)
also achieved a win by a shot.
I did sympathise with Jim Strang
having to play his game with Stella and Agnes,
who had full bellies
having come straight from the EK&H Ladies Lunch.
I'm assured that no alcohol was taken.....
maybe it would have been better if it had.
Despite also having Jim Craig in the rink,
they lost by 3 shots.
Thanks to all those
who stepped in and substituted,ensuring
we still had a strong set of rinks for this match.
Following the meal, I observed a nervous Agnes,
as her 2 boys told some very funny stories.
Fortunately these, and all the other skips' jokes,
were well received
and contributed to a fine and sociable event.