Notice anything unusual with the image above (other than Gordie not ferociously shouting for sweeping on Ryan's stone)?
Yep, you guessed it, there are only three Ballindalloch curlers on the ice, this was the theme for both Ballindalloch teams in our early session games on Wednesday night. In the game in question Steve Mcgingle, third for Gordie Kennedy, pulled his calf muscle during the first end of play and had to leave it up to Gordie, Ryan and Tony to carry on without him. This didn't seems to affect the team as they ran out winners over Bill Jaffrey's Fochabers rink in their opening game of the season.
On the centre sheet Stuart Mackenzie had similar trouble, Kyle Mackenzie had to leave the ice in the second end due to ill health forcing the team to also carry on with three members. Like team Kennedy, team Mackenzie held out for their second win in as many weeks.
In the late session team Scott faced Forres' Charlie Watt, with both teams having won their first games it was always going to be a close encounter. Team Scott took the early advantage going up 4-1 after four ends, Charlie pulled it back to peels after six ends, team Scott thought they had wrapped up the win with a big three in the seventh and a 7-4 lead going into the eighth end. Some slack play and unlucky shots by team Scott allowed Charlie to build up a head and eventually take a four, Disaster!! Into the ninth end and Charlie kept things clear, hitting every shot team Scott put into the house. Lynn faced a hit and stick for the peel, which she did with ease to secure a hard fought point.
All three Ballindalloch teams have made a promising start to the season, hopefully we can all resume where we left off when the rink reopens for curling in two weeks.
photo above shows Ryan, Tony and Gordie during their game on Wednesday night.