The former World Champs began their competition with a match against John Summers English Senior hopefuls at Murrayfield yesterday. The line up of David Hume, Neil Fyfe, Bill Gray and Johnjo Kenny started with a whimper, losing 8-5 but gaining 4 important ends in the process. Going 4 down after 2 ends, both with the hammer, was not the best way to start but the guys stuck to the task despite some good play from the English who it has to be said had their fair share of rubs.
The 4 game schenkel system is not to the Big Man’s liking and despite the old adage of ‘if you’re going to lose a game in a schenkel, lose the first one’ the team realised that a second game against Gary MacFarlane was going to be a stern test. This turned out not to be the case as the revised line up of Neil, David Whyte, Bill and Johnjo raced to a lead of 8-2 after only three ends thanks to a superb big 5 in the third end. The men in green were always in control from this point and ran out comfortable winners by 11-5 again winning 4 ends. This was a much more satisfactory result which left the team ranked 4th in the section on ends.
Two more games today will hopefully see the boys qualify for the quarters on Sunday morning.