The teams all look fresh and strong. Your correspondent particularly likes the look of his own team; it would be difficult for him to say anything else, mind you, given that his wife plays second stones. The Coplands are backed up by Lorna Aitken at third and Norman Nicol at second.
The top end combination of John Steven and Niall Gunn look to be contenders - especially with Rowena Steven at second and Richie Anderson at lead. You could also make a case for Bob Barr and Andrew Barr; for Susan Kesley, Fran Stretton and Raymond Preston; for Lymphoy winner for the last two seasons, Shona Watt, backed up by Dave Munro, Anne Anderson and Stuart Ronald. I could mention every single team and all of their members, but I won't for fear of boring folk to tears of inconsolable rage, stirred in with a fold of ennui.
So, to the games in round one. Bob and Andrew came out the traps firing on all cylinders; only a five scored by Jenny in the last end made the scoreline of 9-6 look like a tight game. The Munro car must have been a quiet one on its way back to Longniddry, with all three of its occupants on the business end of a couple of doings. Sheena and Karen were playing in the same team, for goodness sake. Tumbleweed. All I'm saying.
To be very fair to Brian and his team, Betty Gibb, Mark Munro and substitute Richard Alexander, the breaks always seemed to go against them in their game against Robin Copland; that, and some good play from down the Copland rink made life difficult.
John Steven, Niall Gunn, Rowena Steven and Richie Anderson seemed to have the measure of Wood the younger, Andrew Galloway, Maggie Barry and Susan MacFarlane. Ones and twos scored with monotonous regularity resulted in a 7-2 win for them.
The only tight game of the night was between Shona Watt and Susan Kesley. Shona led 5-4 coming home, but Susan managed to score the two shots that she needed to secure an important victory against the two-time defending champion skip.
Here is the results grid
And now the league table
|Position||Team||Played||Ends||Shots u/(d)||Shots scored||Points|
It's early days, but an interesting start nonetheless.