Loofie Bonspiel 2018
In a shift from the traditional Loofie Bonspiel being held every March, it was decided at the last AGM to try holding it earlier in the season to avoid some big Saturday events in that month. Clubs were reporting difficulty in getting sufficient players together.
Saturday November 3rd 2018 was selected as the date for the 2018-19 Bonspiel and every club was able to put up sufficient players to cover both sessions. Four clubs were able to field two complete rinks. A considerable relief for the new Secretary experiencing his first Loofie Bonspiel to organise!
Play started promptly at 10.15 am with 9 clubs represented. With 9 games to play in the next 4 ¼ hours rapid play was the order of the day. Each game comprised 3 ends with all players delivering one stone each on ends 1 and 2 and 2 stones each on end 3.
It was apparent, from game 1 that both Methven, the newcomers to this competition, and Crawford Priory were intent on securing victory. Crawford Priory immediately went 9 shots up and Methven 5 shots up. A racing start from both.
Slowly, over the next few ends other clubs started to peg these two back a bit but, by the 8th game, Crawford Priory and Methven (who had both taken their one game breaks) were in contention at the top of the pack once again. Game 8 had the two in their own head to head with Methven emerging the victors by 1 shot. Both lost in the 9th game leaving them tied at 10 shots each up. Leuchars finished the day in 3rd place on 6 shots up, having shown strongly in some of the early games of the day.
It came down to counting who had achieved more ends won to decide the winners, with Methven just scraping it over Crawford Priory with 13 ends won over 12! Now that's how a Bonspiel should end!
Our President Phillip Mould conducted the presentation ceremony, congratulating everybody on their play, thanking frank Gibson, the Secretary for all his work in putting the Bonspiel together and publicly welcoming Methven into the league. Phillip went on to reflect how everybody appeared to have enjoyed the Bonspiel and had played it in the true spirit of Curling fellowship and good humour. He then presented John Doig, the Methven Skip, with the Bonspiel Trophy.
Picture shows John Doig being presented with the trophy by Phillip Mould with, onlooking, his rink of Brian Cruickshank, Anne Younger and Christine Gray.
On a personal note, as the new Secreary of the Loofie League I would like to add my thanks to Bill Rollo for all his work over the last 10 years in running the Loofiie. Only a Secretary knows the headache, lost sleep and stress in making sure these things run smoothly! I am also indebted to Bill for his help on the day of the Bonspiel in assuring me that I had everything in control, his quiet and considered advice and the assertation that the Secretaries decision is final! Thanks Bill and have a great retirement from curling administration.
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