There was one game with pride alone at stake (Bob Barr v Dave Munro); it was a close-run thing with threes and fours being swapped with abandon. Two-down playing the last end, Dave was looking for his two; his third, whose name escapes me for the moment, played a couple of heavy draws which didn't really help the cause and Bob played a couple of clinkers which did and that was that. Dave was left with no shot but attempted one anyway (God loves a trier); he gave up a two. Good fun game, though.
Meanwhile on the adjoining sheet, la belle Wood (as opposed to Mike, who is anything but la belle) was taking on Brian Fleming - still in with a shout of the Harlaw Cup if he won the game, which he duly did - and with four precious ends. Here is the score grid.
So where does that leave us as far as the league is concerned? Well, if you are easily excited and are not reading the latest Harry Potter book, then prepare to be hugely excited, for here it is as things stand with half a round to go.
|Position||Team||Played||Ends||Shots u/(d)||Shots scored||Points|
So what can we say with certainty? Well, Dave Munro is bottom and will remain so. Actually not true, m'lud and for proof, I give you the following scenario: la belle Barr (as opposed to Bob, who is - ah, but we have travelled these waters before) gets completely gubbed by a score of 15-0 by Niall Gunn. Her shots down would go to 29 with no shots scored and no ends added and that would be that. I shall hardly sleep all week with the excitement of maybe not finishing last. That and Santa getting stuck in the chimney the next week; it's going to be a bleary-eyed fortnight in the Copland household is all I'm saying on that one.
That scenario would do for Niall as well, as it would take him to nine points and overhaul Brian's eight points. Actually, he doesn't need anything quite so extreme; a win is good enough to get him to nine points and second place - as long as John is beaten as well. Susan wins or draws and she is the champion team. If John wins the game 9-0 and scores in all seven ends, then he overhauls Susan to win the Kettle. Unlikely, as we have already concluded in last week's report. What Brian and Niall want is a Kesley victory because that brings them into the reckoning for the Harlaw cup. Brian is best-placed in that race with 26 ends; he has to hope that John is beaten and wins less than five ends. Niall has to hope that John is beaten and that he (Niall) wins. He would then move to nine points and clear in second place. What if there is a draw, I hear you ask? - ma heid hurts! Let's leave it at this; it would all depend on , ends, shots up and shots scored.