October 19, 2008

Women's mini tour concludes

The seven teams in the women's mini tour played a round robin to find four semifinalists. The first games had been at Hamilton, the conclusion was played out this weekend at the Lockerbie rink. Gillian Howard's side had swept the preliminary rounds undefeated. Sarah Reid and Jennifer Morrison also got safely into the last four. Claire MacDonald's young side, winners in the Kinross Classic recently, sidelined Claire Hamilton's side in a four end tiebreaker for the last available slot in the semis.

The youngsters were no match for Howard in the semifinal, and Reid came through against Morrison. In a close final, Reid, with Kerry Barr, Barbara McFarlane and Laura Kirkpatrick, had the edge coming home 5-4 up with last stone advantage. Facing two, she slipped up with her attempt to hit and stick, and the game went to an extra. Howard, Kay Adams, Linsey Spence and Megan Priestley got the front cover and a shot in the four foot, but Gillian's attempted guard with her first was not good enough. Given this lifeline, Reid took advantage and her team had captured the Colin Galbraith trophy and the mini tour title.

All the mini tour results are here.

Top: Jeanette and Colin Galbraith present the Colin Galbraith memorial trophy to L-R Barbara McFarlane, Sarah Reid, Kerry Barry and Laura Kirkpatrick. Above: Laura and Barbara sweep their skip's stone in the final at Lockerbie. Pics by Bob.

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