October 25, 2008

European qualifiers 3

It was David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith and Euan Byers against Warwick Smith, Craig Wilson, David Smith and Ross Hepburn this morning. A good first three ends. Warwick jumped ahead with a two in the second, some great play in the third saw David square the score.

But every skip knows that sometimes there is a shot that just has to be made. This was in the fourth. With shots lying against him, Warwick came up just too heavy with his last stone stone draw and his team gave up three against the head. Team Murdoch were never going to give up a 5-2 lead. Although the teams played out the ten ends, Team Murdoch always looked to be comfortable and in charge.

In the women's event, Kelly Wood, Jackie Lockhart, Lorna Vevers and Lindsay Wood, the favourites, set out to avenge last night's defeat by Edith Loudon, Mairi Milne, Claire Milne and Katie Loudon. This turned in to a real nailbiter. The score was tied up going into the last end. Twice during the end, Loudon got the chance to have one well hidden, but Mairi didn't find the line for her guard. Then, with her last stone Edith needed to be round into the four foot. She played it well but rubbed the front stone as it passed, although still finishing in shot position. Kelly was right on target with her takeout.

That's one game apiece.

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