Scottish Province Championship Round Up
A fantastic weekend’s curling was held at Greenacres Curling Rink with 30 clubs representing their province for the Scottish Province Championship trophy.
After the round-robin, the top team from each of the 6 sections qualified for the High Road Quarter Finals along with the highest two runners-up in the group stages; Dunbartonshire and Dumfriesshire. 2012 Scottish Province Champions Loch Leven met Strathmore in the semi-final which was narrowly won by Strathmore with a score of 5-3 whilst Central progressed to the final past Stewartry with a convincing 8-3 win.
Strathmore’s team skipped by Pete Smith got a score of 3 in the first end of the final after a couple of stones were poorly called by the Central team however the Central team fought back well, scoring 2 in the second end, blanking the third, forcing Strathmore to just 1 shot in the fourth end and then scoring 2 again in the fifth end to level the game. There was a guddle of stones in play in the sixth end and with Strathmore lying 3 shots, Central’s skip Lee McCleary attempted a tap up to the four foot which fell just short and Strathmore took a 7-4 lead. Central only managed to take 1 shot in the seventh end and conceded the game in the eighth end when they ran out of stones.
The 2014 Scottish Province Champions pictured L-R are; Robin Niven (lead), Billy Howat (RCCC Vice President), Peter Smith (skip) Alan Chalmers (second) and Graham Cormack (third)
The runner-up team pictured L-R are; Judith McCleary (third), Andrew McAughtrie (lead), Billy Howat (RCCC Vice President), Barbara McFarlane (second) and Lee McCleary (skip).
The Low Road final of the Scottish Province Championship was contested between Stirlingshire 2 and Moray with the Stirlingshire 2 rink of John Davie, Billy Johnston, Neil Murray and Billy Beattie being victorious on this occasion.
Many thanks to Greenacres Curling Rink for providing excellent hospitality and prizes.