Friday, 15 March 2019

Lymphoy Trophy Round 7 Results and Final League Table

There was a wee while when Susan Kesley's team, skipped by Gina Aitken, had inched closer to Robin Copland's team in ends scored.  Robin and his team had scored a three in the first end, then had lost the next four ends in a row - the last one when Robin dumped an in-turn hit into all kinds of guards that really should not have been in play - a four-shot swing!  4-3 down after five and Gina 9-2 ahead after four ends and three ends on the board already!  Gina/ Susan keep winning ends/ Robin and company keep losing ends and...

After four ends, Katie Wood, also in the running for the Glenbrook Quaich was 7-5 up against Brian Fleming (including a five scored in end 4).  She had gone into the game with a good ends score so was very much in the running as well.

Then, there was John Steven.  He was going for the perfect seven-win streak in the competition.  His cause was hampered by regular third Niall Gunn's absence due to back problems, but we welcomed Jared Lander (apologies if I have your name mangled there, Jared!), an American curler visiting Scotland to be a keynote speaker at a data conference, who was subbing for Richie Anderson.  In the middle ends of their game, the three of them (regular second Rowena Steven moved up to throw third stones) controlled the game beautifully and had three steals in a row in ends two through five.

Bob Barr was also there or thereabouts and, after a slow start, was fighting his way back into things until a four in end 7 brought things to a shuddering halt!  As Bob put it, we were six down against a team being skipped Gina Aitken and she didn't need the ends.  Hand shake time.

Robin Copland, Morna Aitken, Lois Copland and Norman Nicol win the Glenbrook Quaich

So, it all came good for Robin, Morna Aitken, Lois Copland and substitute Andrew Cargill.  They managed to get on the board again in end six, which brought the game back to peels.  A steal in end seven, when John's last stone just failed to take an angled-raised
 double (John played the shot under time pressure) and a choice for him in end eight.  A (difficult) draw to the four foot round some guards for a peel, or an even more difficult long raise to win the game.  To be fair, he had to take it on and go for the raise; the shot just failed, leaving Robin and company with another steal and the win.  This game could have gone either way though - make no mistake.

Here's the final results grid with tonight's results

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Susan Kesley       6 5 4 2 9 2 6 3 4 6 3 4 13 7 4 2 7 1 3 7 3
Shona Watt 5 6 3       7 9 4 7 7 3 5 3 4 5 6 4 6 6 3 4 6 4
John Steven 9 2 5 9 7 4       7 2 5 10 2 5 10 6 4 9 2 5 4 6 4
Katie Wood 3 6 3 7 7 4 2 7 2       7 5 4 9 4 6 7 10 2 6 6 4
Jenny Barr 3 6 3 3 5 3 2 10 2 5 7 3       6 9 2 8 5 4 8 5 4
Bob Barr 7 13 3 6 5 3 6 10 4 4 9 2 9 6 5       8 5 5 5 5 5
Brian Fleming 7 2 5 6 6 4 2 9 2 10 7 5 5 8 3 5 8 2       2 11 2
Robin Copland 7 3 4 6 4 3 6 4 4 6 6 3 5 8 3 5 5 3 11 2 5      

And the final league table looks like this.  Congratulations again to John Steven, Niall Gunn, Rowena Steven and RIchie Anderson.  Winning the Lymphoy Trophy with a game to spare is a great achievement!

  Team Played Ends Shots u/(d) Shots scored Points
1 John Steven 7 32 31 58 12
2 Robin Copland 7 25 14 46 10
3 Susan Kesley 7 22 -3 38 8
4 Bob Barr 7 27 -8 45 7
5 Katie Wood 7 25 -4 41 6
6 Brian Fleming 7 23 -14 37 5
7 Shona Watt 7 25 -4 39 4
8 Jenny Barr 7 21 -12 35 4

Monday, 11 March 2019

Lymphoy Trophy Round 6.2 Results and League Table

Congratulations to John Steven, Niall Gunn, Rowena Steven and Richie Anderson - Winners of the Lymphoy Trophy

Many congratulations to John and his team who, with one round remaining cannot now be caught and are deserving winners of the Lymphoy Trophy.  They had a big win against Jenny Barr to seal their victory in the league.  Here is the game grid.

Susan Kesley   654292634634   271373
Shona Watt563   794773   564663464
John Steven925974   72510251064925   
Katie Wood363774272   754946   664
Jenny Barr363   2102573   692854854
Bob Barr   6536104492965   855555
Brian Fleming725664292   583582   2112
Robin Copland734643   6635835531125   

The other game has thrown the race for the Glenbrook Quaich wide open!  Have a look at the league table first of all, then be prepared to be bored to sobs as I run you through the various permutations... (ooh err, missus.  Ah cannae wait.  Haud me back!)

 TeamPlayedEndsShots u/(d)Shots scoredPoints
1John Steven628335412
2Robin Copland62112408
3Bob Barr624-2387
4Katie Wood623-1346
5Susan Kesley618-9256
6Jenny Barr618-10324
7Brian Fleming618-17273
8Shona Watt621-6242

  • Robin has John to play.  To ensure second place in the table, he has to win the game, because that would take him to an unassailable ten points.  A draw would take him clear of everyone, except Bob who, if he beats Susan, would in all probability still overtake him on ends.
  • Bob Barr plays Susan Kesley.  Bob needs at least a draw against Susan.  That would draw him level with Robin on points (in the event that Robin loses his game against John), but move him ahead of Robin (in all probability), because he has three more ends going into the last round.  If he wins against Susan and Robin loses or draws, well, you get the picture.
  • Susan has to beat Bob by six clear ends and eight shots in order to overtake him in the table.  Oh - and hope that Katie loses or only draws her game against Shona Watt.  Oh - and finally, hope that John gubs Robin so that she can overtake him in the table as well.
  • Katie has to beat Brian Fleming.  She is currently two ends ahead of Robin, but two points behind, so she has to score no worse than two ends less than Robin in the final round, hope that Robin loses and hope that Susan beats or draws with Bob and, in the event of the latter (a draw), she wins her game by at least four shots.
In other words, a case can be made for four potential winners of the Glenbrook Quaich - not a bad finish to the season.

There is one other game being played.  Shona v Jenny.  What can we say?  Nobody cares.  The caring gene has been sucked out of the world as far as this game is concerned.  The crowd will look around, embarrassed for all concerned.  Well, it's maybe not that bad!  I think that Jenny could leap up the table to fourth.  And Shona who, let's not forget was last year's winner of this trophy, could leap off the bottom of the table to sixth.

Crivens and helpmaboab - what a night is in store!