Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Midlothian Province Bonspiel

A major event in Midlothian Province is its annual bonspiel.  Clubs enter two or three rinks - the results are pro-rata'd - and the draw is literally that - a draw.  Whom you end up playing against is literally in the hands of the draw master!

C&B's recent record in the competition is exceptional; the club has won the competition no less than three times in the last six years and this year, we were going for a hat-trick - three-in-a-row.

Although Brian Fleming, Mike Wood, Jenny Barr and Betty Gibb lost the morning game by the odd shot (despite Mike's loud attempts to get his front end to sweep harder!), Andrew Galloway, Dave Munro, Joe Barry and Lois Copland had a heady 13-shots win over Corstorphine CC.  Niall and John Steven, together with Katie Wood and Raymond Preston knew that they had to win by eight shots to have a chance of securing another C&B overall win in the overall competition.  They ended up winning by three shots, though they were lying seven shots up before their opposition skip played his last stone.  If he had not played his stone, the club would have ended up third overall in the competition.

Andrew Galloway, Dave Munro, Joe Barry and Lois Copland win the Colin Black Plate

Still and all - another great performance and Andrew, Dave, Joe and Lois had the consolation of winning the Colin Black Plate as the highest individual shots-up team.  Sadly, by the time the presentation came to be made, fairly late in the evening, Andrew Galloway was the last person standing for the obligatory team photograph - it was so late that he couldn't keep his eyes open!

Andrew Galloway with the Colin Black Plate

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