In the quarter finals Tom overcame Hazel Smith whose girls fought well to tie the game going into the final end. In the semi he then faced another ladies team led by Hannah Fleming who had convincingly beaten Kyle Smith's favoured side in the quarters. Tom took an early three pointer and, although Hannah pushed Tom all the way, the men made no mistakes in the closing stages of the game and won their way to the final.
David's quarter final against local Lee McCleary ended in a reasonably comfortable win for the Aberdeen side. In the last quarter final Lee's brother Ross made short work of Gina Aitken's girls. Like the other semi an early three to team Edwards was crucial. Ross fought back to level after five ends, before Edwards blanked the 6th and 7th and cleaned up to win the final end.
The final lived up to its billing and there was little to separate the sides throughout. David had the hammer in the last and was looking for a two for the game. The end set up well for Team Edwards with lots of stones in play. With his first David played a good shot to remove two Brewster counters and lie three stones fully guarded. All seemed lost for Brewster who ultimately opted for a extremely thin in-wick take-out. Tom played it perfectly replacing the yellow stone on the button with his red. It was the stone of the tournament and a 1 in 20 shot by Tom's own admission. David was left with nothing. He attempted a flat double off a winger but it wasn't to be and shook hands. There will be new names on the trophy this year.
|Thomas Muirhead, Hammy McMillan, Tom Brewster and Glenn Muirhead.|
Congratulations to Doug Ritchie and the organising committee for running a very successful event.
All photographs by Andy R Macpherson www.AndyMacArt.co.uk.