25 Oct 18
Round 4 of this year's Superleague had all the makings of a "domestic" on sheet 1 with Gail Thomson taking on Rab Clark whose rink also included her brother Murray Stevenson. After 3 ends Gail was up 3-1 but then the roof fell in with Rab picking up a big five. Singles were traded over the next 4 ends leaving Gail 5-8 down and Rab getting the silent treatment on the way home !
A tight game was always on the cards on sheet 2 where proud new dad, Billy Morton, was up against Dougie Paton's rink and so it proved. A two for Billy in the first was immediately cancelled out by Dougie in the second but then Billy edged ahead with a single and another two to take a 5-2 lead at the halfway stage. Dougie got a single in the fifth but Billy then blanked the next two ends. In the eighth Dougie needed to steal a two to peel but managed just a single leaving Billy with the win 5-4.
On sheet 3 Neil Sands looked to be home and dry against George McNaughton being 5-1 up after 5 ends with Davie Logan's new curling shoes being a grand excuse but George ensured a nervous finish for Neil when he picked up a three in the sixth. Neil however, saw the game out with a single in the seventh to win 6-4.
Another tight game was taking place on sheet 4 between Bert Andrew's rink skipped by Bobby Ireland and Billy Howat with new Grandpa Morton as high as a kite at third. After 5 ends the scores were locked at three all. In the sixth, Bobby had two stones well protected and Billy's efforts to clear the guards didn't quite go to plan leaving Billy with a dead draw as his best option for his first stone. It didn't draw quite far enough to be hidden and Bobby duly removed it with his shooter left out on the wing to lie three. For Billy's last stone he tried to come in off the winger but his shot drew too much and while he removed the winger, Billy's shooter didn't stay. Fortunately, Bobby's last stone was slightly heavy but it still gave Bobby a two stone lead going into the last end where Billy managed to get his two back to peel the game 5-5.
On sheet 5 it was Team Alexander against Team Hope with Ian Alexander leading to Mark Pieroni and David Hope "rested" with Jim Boswell skipping his rink. Mark started off the stronger building up a 5-2 lead by the fourth end but Jim dug in picking up singles in each of the next three ends to tie the game at five all after seven ends with Team Alexander having the hammer in the eighth. The last end went right down to the last stone when the shot stone was tapped back leaving Mark's rink lying four to win 9-5 and his front end of Ian Alexander and Tom Andrews complaining of sore arms and shoulders due to, in their own words, their power sweeping !
The last game between Davie Mundell and Liam Scott was postponed.