team anderson win the mcwattie
on the 11th October the deciding match between Team Anderson and Team Gwynne took place and a game was had. Team Gwynne took a 5 shot start over the first two ends with a 3 and a 2. Team Anderson replied with a score of 2 and 2 over the nexr two ends. After a single in reply by Team Gwynne, Team Anderson sealed the victory with a 3 and a 2 to win 9 v 6. The competition was marred by bad ice on two occasions making play difficult. It wasn't the case in the final game. Well played to Sally-Ann Christmas, Alan Hadden, Alan Watt and Graeme Anderson.
wheels come off against strathendrick
The Quarter Finals of the Forth Valley Area had us playing against Strathendrick who are a canny bunch and very tidy. Unfortunately we couldn't match them at drawing and were always struggling to score at all in most ends. A run of losing three ends in a row meant they were out of sight at 2 shots to 8, until a 3 at the last meant it looked better for us than it actually was.
First Round of Area Knockout completed
The game against Buchan was an unusual one in that they relied on wicks and propmotes for most of their play by the third and skip. It was increadibly difficult to play against and they kept themselves in the match after losing a 3 at the first end. This was their first game of the season and weight was an issue for their two lead players. Several times we had multiple stones counting and the skip would wick in and win the end. Enjoyable game though with us winning 7 v 4. On to the next round..
Mcwattie trophy starts with win for team 2
For the first time, the club played in the NCA on Wednesday the 8th September in the last shift of the night, between 9:00pm and 11:00pm. We were the only people playing so it was a bit spooky there, with no one else in sight and silence quite often while playing. The ice is very different from the main arena with big draws happening because of the way we normally play. It started with two shots changing hands over the first three ends, then singles before the seventh end, Team 2 stole a two with a pile of stones on the centre line and promotions the only way in and that didn’t work out for Team 1. A battle of the draws ensued in the final end and another single for Team 2 to win the game 5 v 7. Well played to Sally-Ann Christmas, Alan Hadden, Alan Watt and Graeme Anderson.
Scca league kicks off with a win
We played Torbrex on the Tuesday 7th September in the newly arranged league run by Stirling Curling Group for Tuesday evenings at 8:30pm. The team of skip Norman Ainslie, Graeme Anderson, Joe Kincaid and Alan Hadden raced into the lead by winning the first four ends to lead 6 v 0, including a 3 in the third end. However, we couldn’t prevent Torbrex skip Colin Smith from scoring a single despite lying several scoring stones in the 5th end. Torbrex then went on to win the next 2 ends but couldn’t score enough in the time available to catch us up so it finished 6 v 4. That is 3 points on the board and our best start since we won it. See the SCCA results here.
Opening Bonspiel reduced to single match
Due to call-offs and holidays the opening was reduced to a single game initially three a side till a late arrival boosted one side to full strength. The other rink was reduced to playing a pairs match which achieved 9 ends and at least had a bit of competition in it with both sides managing to score an end of 4 shots. Each player had 3 stones to play as in a normal pairs match. Jim Marshall and Alan Hadden won it 14 v 5.
As for the actual bonspiel, Iain Gwynne, Luisella Mosley and Derrick Douglas managed a win of 7 v 3 winning 5 of the 7 ends played. No rotation of positions was possible because the match only started with 3 players each so people couldn't swap stones when playing skip. Had there been two full teams this would have been possible.
Well done to the winners of the first trophy of the season.
Sauchie & Bannockburn Curling Club is an open membership club based at the Peak Ice Rink in Stirling where most of the curling takes place. It has a mixed membership of local people of all ages around Bannockburn and Stirling and is run by volunteers. We enable local people to try curling as a sport and offer coaching and competition as a way of participating in the sport of curling. We will undertake other activities incidental or conducive to the furtherance of these objectives.
We play at The Peak, Stirling Sports Centre, Forthside Way
Stirling, FK8 1QZ.