Final Report on the Robert Dickie Pairs
By President Margaret Brown
The Bob Dickie Pairs Semi Finals & Final
were played on Tuesday 23rd January
on a very stormy and wet night.
The first semi was Craig Lambie and Katy MacLeod
versus James Strang and Helen Drummond.
Craig had to move up to Skip because Margaret Richardson,
who had skipped the earlier rounds, was unavailable.
James and Helen managed to get their weight on what was
very fast ice and after 4 ends the score was 7-0
to James and Helen so they shook hands.
It was Craig’s 3rd game of the season
and James and Helen have been known
to play 3 games in a day.
The second semi was James Baird and Janet Leiper
versus John King and Stella Cassidy.
The ice was so fast that they blanked the first end
because all the stones ran through the house,
after the 3rd end it was 1 all and then John and Stella
scored 3 at the 4th and 5th ends to win 7-1.
Meanwhile the supporters in the bar
were being entertained
by Willie Cannon and David Haggart,
they had both been speaking
at a Burns Supper at The Lodge in Eaglesham.
The audience had consisted of numerous
EK and H male curlers and lots of local farmers.
Willie’s speech had been well received,
he knew a lot of the people there
which gave him lots of ammunition,
so he had a great time.
David’s experience had been very different
and his description of the audience is unprintable,
he maintains that he has been at more cultured events
in the bowling club at Newarthill !!!
Lockhart was also in the bar commenting on the games
and Helen’s performance,
he was having a Burns Supper of his own
as he tucked into a Stewart sized portion
of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties,
he did decline the offer of a portion of chips with it.
The Final was James and Helen versus John and Stella,
for the first 3 ends James and Helen
narrowly out played John to lead 3-0.
In the 4th end it looked as if James had scored 3
and they were clearing the stones away
when John came running down the ice sheet
shouting and waving his brush,
it turned out they had only played 5 stones each
and John and James had still a stone to play.
It was decided that they should replay the 4th end,
it was replayed and James scored a 3 again
to make the score 6-0 to James.
In the 5th end John played a beautiful draw shot
to the button to score 1 and in the 6th end
James scored another 1 to make the score 7-1
to James and Helen and they shook hands.
Winners of the Bob Dickie Pairs 2024,
James Strang and Helen Drummond.
Runners up, John King and Stella Cassidy.