The Greenacres Haggis Weekend opened this morning with a strong win for James Russell and his Irish team over the young team of Jim Whittle. The score was 11-3 in favour of Russell. A first visit to Greenacres after many years for Stephen Hinds and his team from London proved profitable in the first game when they recorder an 11-2 victory over the Uplawmoor Curling Club team of John Scott.
The other two games were closer. Andy Woolston and his reigning English champions went down to the evergreen Derek Brown (Reform Curling Club) by a 7-4 count. Three shots in the sixth end proved to be the turning point. A 9-9 tied game was fought out between Andy Taylor (England) and Garry Coombs and his Welsh team.
James Russell (Ireland) 11 – Jim Whittle (Reform CC) 2;
Derek Brown (Reform CC) 7 – Andy Woolston (England) 4;
Garry Coombs (Wales) 9 – Andy Taylor (England) 9;
Steven Hinds (England) 11 – John Scott (Uplawmoor) 2
The Blue Section opening games brought a big victory for Drew Gemmell (Dalry Union CC) with Alex Wilson skipping. They defeated England’s Jonathan Havercroft team 13-5 which included a steal of five points in the sixth end. The Gemmell team top the Blue Section after the first of their three games in the Schenkel format.
A 10-3 victory for former English champion Andrew Reed and his new team left them in second spot behind Gemmell. This year Reed is playing with Michael Opel, Jamie Malton and Tom Jaeggi. They defeated the local team of Kim Thomson from Between the Sheets Curling Club. A similar score was achieved by Stewart Sutherland with James Carswell skipping. They won over Stuart Baird and his team visiting from Kinross. The last match gave John Sharp a narrow 10-9 victory over Vic Canata and his Gourock CC team.
Andrew Reed (England) 10 – Kim Thomson (Between the Sheets CC) 3;
Stewart Sutherland (Reform CC) 10 – Stuart Brand (Kinross CC) 3;
John Sharp (Reform CC) 10 – Vic Canata (Gourock CC) 9;
Alex Wilson (Dalry Union CC) 13 – Jonathan Havercroft (England) 5
The game of the next session was that between Drew Gemmell and Andrew Reed, Neither team could score more than a single point through the first seven ends and it came down to the eighth with the Reed squad holding last stone advantage. When Alex Wilson, playing last stones for Gemmell just failed to out-count two Reed shots just biting the four-foot circle with his last shot, Andrew Reed did not require to play his final stone and ran out the winner 5-3 to remain undefeated after two games.
Also undefeated was John Sharp who won 11-4 over Stewart Sutherland, so Sharp will meet Reed in the top place shoot-out tomorrow. In the other two games Stuart Brand and his Kinross foursome won 11-5 over Vic Canata and Kim Thomson went down to a second defeat of the day losing to London’s Jonathan Havercroft.
Stuart Brand (Kinross CC) 3 – Vic Canata (Gourock CC) 9;
Andrew Reed (England) 5 – Drew Gemmell (Dalry Union CC) 3;
Jonathan Havercroft (England) 17 Kim Thomson (Between the Sheets CC) 2;
John Sharp (Reform CC) 11 – Stewart Sutherland (Reform CC) 4