14 December 2016

2016 Lanarkshire Farmers Trophy

This years Farmers Trophy was jointly sponsored for the first time by local agricultural merchants Galloway & McLeod and fertilizer distributor Central Farmers Ltd. Thirty teams took part and the only surprise casualty of the section stages was the demotion of last years champion Willie Baird to the Low Road.
The High Road quarter finals produced four very tight matches. Murrayfield's Robin Aitken narrowly defeated Jim Goldie's team skipped by Billy Howat while George Strang and Craig Waddell beat former champions Keith Prentice and Hugh Neilson respectively. Both Games finishing 7 to 5. The real tight game was between Drew Moffat's team skipped by Robert Kirkland and Robbie Stevenson. After 8 ends the score was tied 4 shots each. Robbie's attempted guard with his last stone drew a tiny bit too much leaving Robert a narrow port to come through to win the game. He played the shot perfectly, scoring 7 shots in the process !
In the Low Road There were comfortable wins for Iain Fleming over fellow Douglas member John Trainer and Willie Baird over the Sponsor's team from Galloway & McLeod. In the other games John Duncan and his cue wielding pensioners managed to stay ahead of Douglas Burt and it took a suberb chap and lie from skip Dougie Reid to take the Jim Strang team through against Stirling's Andrew Hemming in an extra end.
The High Road semi-finals were both exciting games. George Strang scored twos in the 5th and 6th ends to beat Robin Aitken 7 - 5 and, in a very absorbing match, the young rink skipped by Craig Waddell  came out on top over Robert Kirkland. In the Low Road Dougie Reid beat Willie Baird 6 shots to 4 while a score of 5 shots in the 5th end was enough to take John Duncan through against Iain Fleming.
In the High Road Final Craig Waddell opened up a three shot lead after 3 ends eventually winning 7 - 2 while the Low Road final came down to the last two stones. John Duncan's guard drew a bit too much and Dougie Reid held his nerve with the take out to win.
High Road Winners 2016
l to r  Katie Allan of Galloway & McLeod, Jamie Allan lead, Craig Waddell skip, Cammy Smith 2nd and Kyle Waddell 3rd
High Road Runners Up
Katie Allan, George Strang skip, Willie Bryson lead, Alan Brown 2nd and Willie Cannon 3rd
2016 Low Road Winners
Katy Allan, Dougie Reid skip, Jim Strang 3rd, Drew Howie 2nd and Willie Craig lead
Low Road Runners up
Katie Allan, Willie Ralston 3rd, John Duncan skip, Duncan Hamilton 2nd and Norman Robertson lead