|Alan S||Philip||Rob||Alan P|
Sunday was our annual KO Competition and as it was a bit bleak and rainy what better than being indoors — in the cold! On rink 1 Philip, Rona, Janice and Erin faced up to Derek, Richard, Gillian and Fiona and although they were comprehensively beaten it was a closer game that the final score would suggest as there were opportunities but not quite realised. On rink 2 Mark, Rhoda and John started well against Fraser, Rob and Tom with a 7 shot lead by the 4th end however Fraser’s team fought back but not quite sufficiently to stop Mark’s team winning 11-9. Nonetheless Rob was happy as it meant he could get back home to see Hannah play rugby!! Lunch was eaten then back on the ice at 2pm for the final between Derek and Mark with Tom joining Mark’s team to balance the teams. Mark’s team got off to a flying start and by the end of the 3rd end were 8-0 up on shots; however Derek’s team eventually got into gear and started racking up some shots. Nonetheless Mark held off the challenge for a final win 11-8. Well done to Mark, John, Rhoda and Tom.
Well the short story is that Fraser, Alan P, Philip and Alan S won the KO Competition — well done.
I sidled along to the Peak near the end of the first game to find both rinks in the throws of two very competitive games; in fact one rink was tied on ends and shots, the other with ends on 4-3 and 7-6 on shots. Too close to call. I must admit that the standard of play looked good, almost “professional” and the ice was playing well. However Mark managed to get a 2 in the final end to win his game against Gordon whilst Fraser managed to secure the final end to win against Derek’s team. The story of the first round seemed to be Fraser’s escape from a near 6 or 7 or 8 (depending who told me the story) shot drubbing with a well delivered skip’s stone to avoid embarrassment.
Lunch was a busy affair — I’ve not seen the restaurant at the Peak so busy for a while which is good to see. Food was good and Janice did a sterling job of organising the money.
The final between Mark and Fraser, played with teams of three to balance the teams, saw Fraser gain an early advantage of 2 ends up which Mark nibbled away at but not quite enough for a final close finish of 4-3 on ends.
This is the first time we have played the KO in a continuous competition rather than over three sessions so it would be good to get feedback. Also your feedback on weekend play which we have trialled this year for the first time.