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Latest action from Moray Leisure Centre ice rink in all three divisions of Moray Province East curling leagues

By Ali Morrison

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There were matches in all three divisions of the Moray Province East League this week, writes Bill Jaffrey.

Forres curler Mike MacDonald was in action on the Moray Leisure Centre ice. Picture: Callum Mackay
Forres curler Mike MacDonald was in action on the Moray Leisure Centre ice. Picture: Callum Mackay

Division 1 is proving to be extremely competitive as previous league leader Andy Cameron found out in his game with Mike MacDonald.

The Forres rink were never behind, opening the scoring with a three at the first end and outplaying their Speyside opponents with shots at five of the eight ends played.

Buckie’s Alan Campbell kept his title bid well on course with a convincing 11-1 victory over the Aberlour rink of Willie Cameron.

The contest was as good as over early in the evening as the Buckie team raced to a 10-0 lead after five ends.

Cameron’s team rallied somewhat to score a two and then a four in ends six and seven, but a 6-11 defeat was a pretty fair reflection of the form on the night.

Division 2 top dogs Alan Durno and Dave McPherson had brought their table-top clash forward a week, and the tennis club lads (led by McPherson)could do no wrong.

They scored at each of the first four ends before Durno’s team came back strongly to trail by just a single shot going into the final end.

Sitting three good shots against as he played the final stone, tennis club skip Roy Thomson held his nerve to throw a canny weight hit-and-roll to sneak a 7-5 win.

Division 3 juggernaut Charlie Watt jnr did what Charlie Watt jnr does, and gave Gordie Kennedy a lesson as he scored at four consecutive ends for a 7-1 lead.

The canny Kennedy counted a three at the last end to put a touch of polish on a 10-5 loss.

The Elgin club contest saw Bob Stewart come back from 5-3 behind picking up a three and then a two at the last two ends for a good 8-5 victory.

Georgia Clarke’s Moray juniors had an excellent 8-1 win over Lynn Roberts’s wheels team.

Fellow juniors, Owen Watson went a few shots better in their terrific 11-1 win over their Forres opponents (Linda Hardie).

Many congratulations to both junior teams whose form must be delighting their hard-working coaches.


Moray Province East

Division 1

A. Cameron (Aberlour) 6 M. MacDonald (Forres) 8

W. Cameron (Aberlour) 6 A. Campbell (Buckie) 11

Division 2

A. Durno (Fochabers) 5 D. McPherson (Elgin Tennis Club) 7

Division 3

L. Roberts (Wheels) 1 G. Clarke (Moray Juniors) 8

R. Stewart (Elgin) 8 H. Downey (Elgin) 5

G. Kennedy (Ballindalloch) 5 C. Watt jnr (Forres) 10

L. Hardie (Forres) 1 O.Watson (Moray Juniors) 11

Moray Province West

Division 1

M. McInnes (Nairn) 2 M. Fraser (Dalcross) 8

A. Fraser (Ardclach) 7 C. Greenwood (Ardclach) 2

Division 2

R. Marwick (Nairn) 3 F. Steel (Nairn Ladies) 11

A. Forbes (Nairn) 8 I. Thomson (Dalcross) 5

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