National Virtual Club Challenge Title Claimed by Stirling
The 2016 National Virtual Club Challenge, sponsored by Kays of Scotland, took place on Saturday 2nd April at intu Braehead. Teams came from all over Scotland with 16 of the 18 virtual clubs represented in a wonderful competition between 119 enthusiastic curlers in 28 teams.
The teams each played three games of four ends, in two sections. The results gave a ranking list for each section based on points, ends, shots up and total shots scored. The last two sessions of the day saw the teams from each section on the same ranking playing each other.
The penultimate session saw teams ranked 8-14 face opponents from the other section. In the final session the top 7 teams from both sections faced each other in the climax of the day. The top teams, Stirling 1 (John Glass, Norman Ainslie, Iona Paterson, Laura Lee, Bob Sherrard – pictured below) faced Forfar (Ian Brown, Peter Fiabane, Adrian Dewar, Anna Fiabane, Pauline Cameron). Stirling won the coin toss for hammer in the first end and led from the start by taking a 1 in the first end. The second end saw a lot of stones in play and Stirling stole another 1. The third end saw Stirling increase their lead with a steal of three and the final end saw another steal of one to finish victorious with the final score 6-0.
The day was a great success with many competing away from their home ice rink for the first time. Bobby Corbett gave a vote of thanks, presented the trophy and prizes to winners and runners up. Bobby noted the high standard of play across all of the rinks and the friendship between teams and players, a good future for Scottish Curling.
Particular thanks go to the staff at intu Braehead Curling Rink, and chief umpire Colin Melrose who was assisted by Stewart Sutherland.
1st Final – Stirling 1 – John Glass, Norman Ainslie, Iona Paterson, Laura Lee, Bob Sherrard.
2nd – Forfar – Ian Brown, Peter Fiabane, Adrian Dewar, Anna Fiabane, Pauline Cameron.
3rd – Dundee 2 – Graeme Prophet, Scott Colstn, Chris Parry, Sarah Hornsby
4th – Braehead 2 Paul Murray, Sharon Taylor-Kerr, Libby Torrance, George Barron.
Full results can be found at the National Virtual Club Challenge.