Our first league match was againt Inverkeithing- time to put into practice some of the lessons learnt during our recent coaching session. A little daunting playing against a more seasoned team but KCDC put up a good fight and even had them worried in the first few ends! The final score was 13-6 and we were told that it did not really reflect the level of play. Praise indeed for a team ably skipped by Alan!
After a few last minute sub-ing issues teams A and B got onto the ice with 4 players each. Alan skipped for team A whilst Gill G took the skip role for team B. Well done to both these players for patiently indicating where they would like the stones and remaining calm when there were some wayward deliveries. The stones were certainly swinging a lot, there was a lot of sweeping and some very close ends.
Last night 11 members arrived for the Bonspiel. It wasn't perhaps the easiest number to organise a game plan for but George and Alan stepped up to play pairs whilst the rest of us played in teams of three. There was no hiding from being skip as we played positions in rotation. There were plenty of competitive ends with some keenly played stones throughout. There were no winners or losers though George and Alan did seem to command their sheet and the team comprising of Sheila, Graeme and Ann P were happy enough to win a couple of ends as did Richenda's group. A good evening was had by all.
If this was the mark of things to come I'm sure there will plenty more really enjoyable time on the ice in the months to come.
George, Kirsty and Graeme headed to Braehead for the Opening Virtual Bonspiel. They nobly played a three man game, or should that be person game, due to a late call off in the middle of the week with no sub available. The intrepid 3 worked hard, Graeme responding to the guidance and support of the other two 'old hands'. A two shot penalty every game for only having 3 players was an uphill challenge but they still produced some magnificent stones to beat teams from Fife and Stirling very convincingly. The loss to a Braehead team was suffered only because of the penalty. Two other games were played but lost. The whole day was described by Graeme as 'a grand day out' . It tested their strength and fitness as well as curling skills.
The Team of Three
Today we had our first coaching session. There was a healthy turn out of people with plenty of pairs of new shoes plus Richenda with her amazing new crutch. Graeme was way ahead of the rest of us after all his play yesterday.
Tomorrow, Monday 12th September is our Opening Bonspiel. (On the ice at 8.20pm). We are anticipating a fun evening ably led by George who has agreed to come along and help coordinate the whole event. Thank you in anticipation George!