The Small Curling clubs Alliance Closing Bonspiel took place on the 29th March in the main ice arena at the Peak at 8:30pm. Traditionally, each club puts forward two players who are then divided up into teams to play a friendly match and award the trophy for the league winners.
This year, the winners, Torbrex were presented the trophy by Martin Smith of Laurieston & Zetland club, the original organiser of the competition.
To give the event a better competition feel, the teams were made up of clubs divided into East and West with aggregate scores to determine the winners.
The players picked their own order as to who would skip etc.
There was one problem, FALKIRK DIDN'T SHOW UP.
However, it didn't spoil the competition, which finished with the WEST winning by a single shot, which took a measure to decide if it was peels or victory.
The scores were 2 v 6 and 7 v 4,
Thanks to all the players who turned up to make it a success.
|Colin Smith (Left) of Torbrex accepting the trophy from Martin Smith (right) Laurieston & Zetland|
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|Laurieston & Zetland/Larbert||14||5||1||8||-10||16|
The triple knock-out format got underway with all the teams aiming firstly to qualify for the High Road quarter final on Sunday and a chance to win the historic British Open trophy. It was Team Mark Watt and Team Ajax, skipped by 2018 Olympian Kyle Smith, who qualified first out of the A road. Three more teams qualified from the B-Road, recording only 1 loss, they were teams skipped by Duncan MacFadzean, Luke Carson and Cameron Bryce. Qualifying from the C-Road, on two losses, were teams skipped by Craig Waddell, Robbie Stevenson and John Duff. Teams knocked out of the main event come Saturday evening moved on to compete in either the Middle Road or Low Road finals on Sunday.
We were now into the business end of the weekend with the Sunday match-ups set. The four teams who qualified from the quarter finals made an exciting semi-final line up. Team Whyte (MacFadzean), Team Watt, Team Lammie (Waddell) and Team Ajax were all through to the semi-finals of the high road. Team Gow vs Team Brand; and Team Sugden were up against Scottish Senior Team Duff in the two semi-finals of the middle road. While Team Prentice and Team Farnell faced off in the first semi-final of the low load and Team Munro (the youngest team in the competition) and Team Murphy were up against each other in the second.
With all six semi-finals on the ice, it was great to see such a spectacular display of curling. When the results were in, the finals were set as follows: In the High Road were Team Whyte vs Team Ajax; the middle road saw Team Gow vs Team Sugden; and the low road saw Team Prentice take on Team Munro.
In the Low Road, the “oldies” Team Prentice (who is a World Senior Champion) defeated last year’s Scottish Junior Champions Team Munro to win the JB Stewart Trophy, 7-3, which has always been presented to the Low Road winners.
Gold Road Final
Team Whyte Winners Presentation
Team Ajax Runners Up Presentation
Middle Road final
Team Gow Runners Up Presentation
Team Sugden Winners Presentation
Low Road Final
Team Prentice Winners Presentation
Team Munro Runners Up Presentation
Full tournament scorecards can be found on the SoftPeelr website.