Team Kesley has been back on the road again, this time off to Stranraer as Murrayfield 2 for the Henderson Bishop national finals. Second player Jenny decided that hopping off a plane from an overnight flight from Canada was probably not the best start to the competition so super sub, Lois Copland, stepped in to play the first game. We thought that as Lois is a Stranraer girl then this might give us some insider knowledge. Wow what a result – 20-2 against Greenacres. Coach Eileen Harvey had no doubts about this game and followed our progress intently from behind the glass, with a glass!
Tuesday gave us a harder game against Ayr 1 with the score 8-5. The ice was more challenging on this sheet with some interesting stones to use too. Game 3 gave us a shock result of 17-4 against the local Stranraer rink. This we thought would have been our toughest section game so we were very pleased with this result. The North West Castle provided a lovely supper followed by a fashion show kindly provided by the local ‘department’ store, Barbours. A great evening was had by all and time was spent with Murrayfield 1, with our own Shona Watt in this team.
Wednesday morning gave us some time off and a chance for some fresh air and a short visit to the shops. Back in time to play at 12.45 against Waterfront where we knew that winning would place us in the high road and losing would probably send us to the low road. My jet lag must have been setting in as one of my stones disappeared. We couldn’t find it anywhere and began searching nearby sheets where we found it in play. Apparently it was the second time the offending player had stolen a stone from another sheet during the event!
The arrival of supporters Margaret and Betty gave us the lift we needed and a hard fought win was achieved and a little Prosecco celebration was enjoyed by one and all. A quick turnaround took place and we were back downstairs in our ‘posh frocks’ ready for the infamous Henderson Bishop dinner. Much hilarity followed with the draw for the semis followed by the local organising committee’s Abba re-enactment plus the also infamous John Munro disco! Team Kesley were very well behaved and were upstairs before the disco was finished (just!)
Thursday – what can I say. Well It’s always Susan’s birthday at the Henderson Bishop and we surprised her again with a birthday card this year and promised to try really really hard this time. We faced a very strong Lanarkshire team skipped by Margaret Richardson in the semi which went to the final stone. Susan was very happy. A quick bite of lunch and back it was to the ice for the big one against Margaret Agnew (nee Morton) representing Ayr – a repeat of a previous HB final at Stranraer where we were not victorious. We had a great game with some really good play by both sides but a big 4 in the 5th end really helped; we couldn’t relax on the challenging Stranraer ice as anything could happen. We kept our calm, won the game and Susan was a very very happy skip!
A point of interest, the low road winners, Stranraer also came out of our section.
Here's a picture of the winning team with their trophy. Apologies for the quality - I nicked it off the Scottish Curling site, so can't really complain!
|(from left): Morna Aitken, Susan Kesley, |
Fran Stretton and Jenny Barr
Winners, the Henderson Bishop Competition 2019