Star Refrigeration National Pairs 2012
This very popular event was played at Braehead from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October at Braehead Curling Rink in good sporting fashion.
19 Pairs took part and after the round robin stage the competition broke into High Road and Low Road semi finals. In the Low Road semi final Gregor Ewan and Jim Gault won their game against David Telfer and Leslie Barr, and Stephen McGarry and Jeff Ward, both from Newcastle, lost to Jim Sellar and David Morgan. In the High Road semi final Aileen Neilson with Kirsty Birkner, playing in her first championship, won a very tight game against Tom Killin and Paul Webster. Neilson stole the 5th end for the win to take her into the final. Stewart Maxwell and David Leeson playing in their first full season topped their section in fine style and then played an excellent semi final game against Mo Simpson and Ian Donaldson just losing 4-5.
In the Low Road final Team Ewan took a good lead after 3 ends which Team Sellar could not catch. In the High Road final Team Neilson took an early lead but Team Simpson caught up and took the last three ends and the Championship. The High Road final was webcast courtesy of the Braehead Development Group’s cameras and Jonathon Heggie’s expertise. An excellent commentary was provided by Tony Zummack and Judy Mackenzie. The final is still available at www.curlbraehead.co.uk.
Competitors were delighted with the number of spectators who came in to watch over the weekend with representatives of Star Refrigeration present each day, and especially pleased that WCF President Kate Caithness who developed wheelchair curling visited on Saturday.
Douglas Scott of Star Refrigeration presented the trophies and prizes and Vice Chair Rosemary Lenton thanked umpires Colin Melrose and Stuart Walker and the on ice helpers for making the competition run so well. Special thanks were extended to Chris Noble and his ice team not only for the good ice, but for taking time and effort to create a championship arena for the event with a gathering and socialising area for the competitors. This was greatly appreciated by all.