Howie Cup – Match Day 10
Nine appeared to be the magic number on Friday night with the winners of all four games scoring 9 shots.
Craig Reid 3 – 9 Peter Barrett
The curse of the double subs hit second placed Craig this week as Peter and his rink all but secured safety from relegation. In the first end, with Craig laying 2, big Jim Young raised a plant for a double take out. This set Peter up for a steal of 2. The teams then swapped singles for the next four ends despite each having the chance of a bigger score. Further steals of 2 for Peter in the 6th and 9th ends sealed the win.
Jim Kirkwood 3 – 9 David Reid
David started the game with a triple and followed with two deuces and a single when with hammer. In contrast, Jim slowly built up his game with a single, a deuce and a triple. The one blip was giving up a steal of 1 to David in the sixth. With only two games remaining, Jim will finish in the relegation places.
Douglas Reid 9 – 5 Robert Wilson
Having lost a triple in the first end, Rabbie came back with a deuce before stealing a single and another deuce to lead 5-3 after four ends. Rabbie’s rinks heads then dropped as Dougie scored a 4 in the fifth, then stole singles in the next two ends. Rabbie remains firmly at the foot of the league and is also relegated.
David Mundell 9 – 4 Gavin Reid
With Simon Grant sitting in the bar watching (having arrived back from Dublin looking a little worse for wear), the wheels came off Gavin’s juggernaut in this game. In a close game it was tied at 4 each after five ends before David stretched his big legs to take 5 shots in the final three ends.
With both the top two rinks losing, it sets up a really close finish to the season. Three rinks are now tied on 12 points and separated by only 8 shots. Hugh Reid is only two points back with a game in hand and with a better shots difference. Also on 10 points is Dougie Reid and these two play each other on Sunday night.
At the bottom, Rabbie Wilson and Jim Kirkwood are already relegated. Tom Reid must win his remaining three games by a big margin and hope other results go his way to avoid joining them.
In mid table, David Reid and James Whiteford have an outside chance of promotion while Peter Barrett is all but safe from relegation.