Haggis Bonspiel 2017 – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017
The annual Haggis Bonspiel at Greenacres attracted fewer entries in 2017, but the competition was just as hard fought as usual.
After two rounds of three in the two sections on Saturday there was still all to play for going into Sunday morning. There was an all-England clash in the Red Section between the two London rinks of Jamie Malton and Greg Dunn which the latter won 6-3 to take him and his team through to the Low Road semi-final. Partick CC’s John Summers downed John Sharp (Reform CC) 10-5 to go through to the High Road semi-final along with John Sharp, while last year winners skipped by Ken Horton went out, going down narrowly 5¬-4 to the Welsh team skipped by James Pougher which allowed the latter to qualify for the Low Road semi-final.
In the Blue Section Jack Steven tied 5-5 with Ireland’s women champion team skipped by Ailsa Anderson, the latter qualifying for the High Road semi-final, along with Steven. Veteran John Brown scared Ben Fowler, skipping Andrew Woolston’s new English team 9-4 to go through to the Low-Road semi-final spot. Dalry CC’s Drew Gemmell edged past John Furey (Ireland) to grab the other Low –Road semi-final spot.
In the semi-finals of the Low Road, John Brown was comprehensively defeated 8-12 by Dunn and Drew Gemmell edged past Sharp 6-5 recovering from a 5-2 deficit after 6 end with a pair of deuces in ends 7 and 8.
The High road saw the Welsh team through to the final with a 10-5 count over Jack Steven while Ailsa Anderson and her Irish women easily beat Summers 11-2.
So to the finals…. Greg Dunn was always a shot or two ahead of the Gemmell team and won 8-5 after 7 ends to gain a well-deserved victory in the Low-Road. The High Road game was a tighter affair after the Irish women came back from a 4-0 deficit after 2 ends to lead James Pougher and his Welsh team 6-4 after 5 ends. Although Pougher got a point back in the 6th end the loss of two in the 7th gave the Anderson team a three shot advantage coming home in the 8th end which was enough to allow victory and winners of the Greenacres Haggis Bonspiel 2017.