Monday 9 October 2017
Report By..........Willie Cannon
The first leg of our annual challenge,
a time to step up your game,
think positive things and take a load of shots off the Heather.
However as Tommy Campbell and Willie Cannon
got out of their cars and looked at each other,
the thoughts were that the Match Secretary
must have been short of people to pick from!
Further evidence that all might not be well
emerged in the changing room
as stories were told of a whitewash
dealt out by Hamilton and Thornyhill a few days earlier.
The Match Secretary had a few calls offs to deal with,
but the Heather must also have had some,
they surely must have as there is no other logical reason
for Alastair Smith being called up!
However Willie Craig was confident that first loss was a blip,
and his Presidential pride wouldn't slip
and crash through the ice tonight.......only time would tell.
On sheet A it was Eric Richardson
with Ryan Asher, James Strang and George Brown
against the Heather's Hugh Neilson.
First end Eric scored 1 then gave up a total of 4,
then he scored 1 and gave up a total of 3,
and then wrapped up by scoring 2 and giving up 2.
With Eric's rink clearly turning things around(!)
Hugh was saved by the bell with the score line at 10-4.
Sheet B hosted Willie Baird
with John King, Willie Craig and John Gilmour
against Alastair Smith.
It didn't start well with a 1 and 3 for the Heather.
Willie got on the board with a 2 in end three,
but gave away a 2 the next end. In end 5,
or it might have been 6, the game came to a thundering,
crashing halt with stones flying in all directions......
President Willie's pride had indeed slipped
and crashed to the ice,
followed by the rest of him!
The players gathered around anxiously, hoping for the best,
checking carefully, taking time to assess the situation.
After a minute the relief was palpable
as it was found the ice wasn't cracked!!
Turns out Willie was ok to continue as well,
although his pride may well be bruised.
Anyway, scores were swapped to the end
meaning Alastair Smith ran out the winner at 9-7.
On Sheet C Jim Strang,
William Boyd, Bill Gibson and Brian Cassidy
lined up against Alex Fleming's rink.
After 5 ends it was 5-4 to the Heather,
how it got there nobody knows
as the scorecard appears to have been completed by a blind hen
scratching backwards across the paper
after having spent a good day in the midden!
Anyway, like Theresa May after sucking a fisherman's friend,
Jim coughed into life and reeled off back to back 4's.
The scenery then collapsed around him as he gave a 2 and a 1.
the first positive overall score for EKHCC with a 12-8 win.
Sheet D hosted Lockhart Steele
with Robert Tait, Emma Craig and Jackie Craig
playing against Graeme Allan.
No problems here, six ends, a 6-1 scoreline,
all looking good.......but alas
a 2 and 1 for Graeme narrowed the victory margin to 6-4.
Sheet E had Alex Torrance,
Margaret Richardson, Tommy Campbell and Janet Leiper
playing against Alan Hall.
Five ends gone, 7-4 to Alex.
Just keep it tight
and another good outcome was surely within reach.
A 2 against in the sixth, that's ok,
still 1 up with the last stone, no need for panic
but then a 3 against in the seventh,
what's going on, the wheels are aff,
but still one end to go and with the last stone
again......jings, crivens, help ma boab another 2 against,
nae wheels left and no more last stone opportunities,
thankfully based on this rate of progress!
A final score of 11-7 to the Heather.
Finally it was George Strang,
Willie Cannon Fiona McGinnis and Margaret Ferguson
playing against Jim Allan.
This one settled into a rhythm early on,
lose a 1 and 3 – things are looking grim,
score a 1 and 3 – things are looking good again,
and then lose a 1 and 3 again – no comment!
Unfortunately the next scores were only a couple of singles
and the Heather held on for another win at 8-6.
The teams retired for a fantastic buffet dinner
before Willie Craig stepped up to confirm that after game 1
the Heather had been given a head start for January
with a lead of 50 shots to 42.
After the game, and taking the lead from Gordon Strachan
suggesting selected genetic breeding
was needed to improve the Scottish football team,
Willie Craig and Brian Cassidy considered this approach
for improving the EKHCC performances in the future.
Criteria including age, curling ability, own hair / any hair,
over 50% own teeth, and having two good knees were debated,
the end result being that
no one playing that night will be getting a phone call!
For those concerned about Willie pride after his fall,
please contact Jackie who has the unenviable task
of checking for bruises!
Our thoughts are with her at this difficult time!!
Monday 9th October 2017
at 5.45pm L.I.R.