POINTS REPORT 2019/20
By Brian Cassidy
Well, with the introduction of the new handicap system,
the turn-out for the points competition was up on last year.
11 hardy souls took part with 2 others who had signed up, going AWOL.
At least they paid in advance - John King will be happy!!
The handicap was based on your position in the Punchbowl
(or as deemed appropriate by the arbitrator i.e. me!)
Skips got no extra points, with 10 for thirds, 20 for seconds and 30 for leads.
I had to arbitrate as Past President Willie found himself with an generous
extra 30 points and was getting very excited
with the prospect of beating the regular winner, Willie Baird.
PP Craig's handicap was then adjusted to a more realistic 20.
3 of the club's ladies took part which again was up on last year.
Marion (it's no fair) Craig was a bit concerned about the extent
of the handicaps but when she saw the quality of the Leads' play
she relaxed a bit. Not even an extra 30 points was going to drag
Brian Cassidy, Tom Bryson and Alex Rennie high enough to win,
although Tom finished just one point short of the top score.
So it kicked off with the Striking and the majority of contenders managed full points.
As we played up and down the ice it was clear that Willie Baird
preferred playing towards (looking into) the mirrors as he scored
10 points more than when it was his backside that was in the mirror.
Willie Craig was similar with a 6 point difference in that direction.
George Strang was consistent in both directions.
He was as bad either way with 17 points on each sheet.
There was a lot of loud laughter as you would expect
having Helen Drummond and George Strang in the same group.
Emma Craig showed her determination as she gave nothing away when asked
about how much ice to take and was it keen.
"Could be" was one of her retorts.
We even had to take a measure,
as Brian Cassidy's stone sat at the very edge of the rings.
Well a points a point and that's what he got after the measure.
At the end, in the bar, the scores were calculated with and without the handicap.
Without the handicap system it was that man Baird again,
coming out on top with a score of 46 after 8 elements.
However, it is now also a handicap competition and after adding
the additional points Bill Gibson and Willie Craig tied with 50 points.
Emma Craig was the leading lady with and without the handicap,
finishing with 39 points and 49 points after the handicap was added.
It's a big thanks to those who took part and hopefully
the handicap system will encourage more to play next year.
Competitors were, in the order they played,
W. Baird, W. King, W. Craig, M. Craig, A. Rennie, T. Bryson,
E. Craig, B, Gibson, B. Cassidy, H. Drummond and G, Strang.