Kerry Barr skipped her team to the ladies championship final in Forfar on Sunday morning and won her final game to become the Forfar champion. She then qualified for the semi-final of the Forfar round of the Scottish mini-tour, only to lose out narrowly to Glen Muirhead's performance squad team. Glen went on to win the competition.
In the same competition, Tasha and Karina Aitken just failed to qualify from their tough section, but did manage to beat Murray Young and his team - including Ian Copland. Ian and company qualified for the quarter finals and were unfortunate to lose to Glen Muirhead when their last stone "picked up" in the last six feet of its course, turning a certain victory into a hard-to-take defeat. That's curling.
Meanwhile, down in Stranraer, Robin and Lois Copland teamed up with Trevor and Catherine Dodds in the Scottish senior mixed championships. They won all their section games to qualify for the semi-final, where they met Kinross's Sandy Nelson. A steal at the last end in a really competitive game ensured that they reached the final where they faced another strong Kinross team skipped by David Clydesdale.
Sadly, the wheels "came aff ra bus" in the final. They lost a four in the first end and were always chasing the game. On the basis that "if you are going to lose, you may as well lose by a barrowload", they managed just that!
Great fun though and the ice was running much better than it has in the past. This bodes well for the club's run at the mixed doubles championship in December.
Meanwhile, Susan Kesley, club president Katie Wood, Jenny Barr and Fran Stretton disappeared off to Chamonix for the weekend. Jenny writes:
"Well, we only lost one game and that was to the eventual winners, Wolfie Burpa from Germany with his brother Hans, Wolfie's daughter, Hans's son and their chum and past Brier winner, Sandy, from Canada - pretty good team really! We had a good game with them and they acknowledged that it could have gone either way. Wolfie represented Germany in the world championships three times in the 1980s, I believe.
Anyway, we finished up fourth and the top ladies team - a pretty good result for us, in fact the best we could do having lost a game.
Great trip; loads of laughs; little bit of wine and some dancing to Abba - perfect weekend really!"