Honours even in Moray Province East versus West curling quarter-finals
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THE quarter finals of the traditional Moray Province East versus West match-ups finished with two victories to each side and set up a couple of mouth-watering semi-final clashes.
The pick of the games was the 6-6 peel between Aberlour’s Andy Cameron and Dalcross’s Tom Pendreigh.
Pendreigh is a man who has curled and coached near the summits, but Cameron himself is no stranger to mountain tops.
The Aberlour rink were ahead early before Pendreigh’s men hit back with a three and then a single steal to lead 6-4 going into the final end.
A cleverly set up deuce brought the teams level at six shots each and so it was down to which skip could draw his extra stone nearest the button to decide who would advance.
Cameron held his nerve and delivered a beauty, thus setting up a semi-final clash with current trophy holder, Ardclach’s Ally Fraser.
Fraser’s team totally outplayed Elgin’s Bob Stewart, scoring heavily over the last four ends in a 17-2 win.
In the battle of the bakers, shortbread came out on top of scotch pies as Allan Campbell’s team overcame Ali Asher 6-3.
Never behind, the Buckie unit’s pair of deuces in the third and fourth ends were enough to secure their passage to the semi-final and a meeting with Angus Forbes whose Nairn team came from a 6-4 deficit to pip Alan Durno.
A three, and a steal in the last end allowed the Nairn lads to leapfrog the big Clochan farmer.
In the East League Division 1, Kenny OswaId maintained his perfect record with a 6-5 win over Alan Campbell.
This was suitable recompense for last week’s knockout game between the teams, when the score was the same, but was a reverse of the outcome.
Sunninghill’s 11-3 win over Mike MacDonald saw a welcome return to skip by Donald Ross.
A count of five to the hoteliers in the fourth end was the decisive blow.
In the Aberlour club and family battle, it was father Willie who triumphed over son Andy.
Racing to a 7-0 lead after four ends, Cameron senior was never behind as skip Jim Gault steered his rink to a 9-7 win.
In Division 2, Elgin Tennis Club also maintained their 100 per cent record with a convincing 10-2 win over Eddie Milne’s Darnaway team.
Skip Roy Thomson was in scintillating form and the straight sets victory was in the bag as the tennis boys racked up an 8-1 lead after five ends.
Abby Duncan won the Fochabers club bragging rights with an 11-8 victory over clubmate Bill Jaffrey.
In a contest where the lead changed hands several times, the experienced Duncan pulled away with threes at ends five and six for a handsome win.
A count of three at the penultimate end was decisive in Alan Durno’s win over Andrew Allardyce.
Shared counts of one at all the other ends meant that the Elgin rink had to settle for a 6-4 defeat.
Owen Watson and Bob Stewart were vying for second place in Division 3 and it was the old fox Stewart who prevailed over Watson’s young guns.
In a very tight contest, a two at the fourth end and then two single steals gave the Elgin rink the closest of 7-5 victories.
Moray Province Open Knockout, quarter-finals
A Cameron (Aberlour) 6 T Pendreigh (Dalcross) 6
A Fraser (Ardclach) 17 R Stewart (Elgin) 2
A Campbell (Buckie) 6 A Asher (Nairn) 3
A Forbes (Nairn) 8 A Durno (Fochabers) 6
Moray Province East League
D Ross (Sunninghill) 11 M MacDonald (Forres) 3
A Campbell (Buckie) 5 K OswaId (Elgin) 6
W Cameron (Aberlour) 9 A Cameron (Aberlour) 7
A Durno (Fochabers) 6 A Allardyce (Elgin) 4
E Milne (Darnaway) 2 D McPherson (Elgin Tennis) 10
A Duncan (Fochabers) 11 W Jaffrey (Fochabers) 8
O Watson (Moray Juniors) 5 R Stewart (Elgin) 7