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Junior curlers impress as Moray Province curling season resumes from holiday break

By Bill Jaffrey

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The Moray Province curling season resumed after the October holiday break.

There was a full Division 3 and Division 4 programme and what a fine pair of results it was for the two Moray two juniors’ rinks.

Katie Gordon notched up her second win of the campaign with a very tight win over the Forres rink of Linda Hardie. The Forres girls edged ahead to lead 3-2 after three ends but Gordon’s team held firm and three single-end pickups were just enough for the juniors to hold out for an excellent 5-4 victory.

Juniors’ mentor Janice Rankin and her strong Moray Firth Ladies also made it a brace of current season wins, overwhelming Andrew Allardyce’s Elgin crew.

The ladies were imperious in the first four ends and led 8-0 before their Elgin opponents finally managed to make a scoreboard entry with a deuce and then a single steal.

A last end single shot gave the ladies an impressive looking 9-3 win in the end.

Jim Gault’s Aberlour made it three teams with full points in a crushing 13-2 win over Helen Downey.

To rub in further salt to the wounds, the Elgin team’s two shots were gathered off the ice as penalty shots rather than hard won on the ice sheet.

In Division 4, Gemma Forgie made it a winning double for the Junior Club as her rink of Robert Macandie, Isla Ure and Erin Bryceland gave John Key’s gateway team a harsh lesson , scoring at every end in an 11-0 victory.

Credit must be given to both these teams who are both new to competitive curling and who are very quickly learning the game.

In the Buckie club derby, bragging rights were grabbed by Jim Walls as his slightly more experienced team overcame Jodi Best with a fine 9-1 victory.

Jodi picked up her only score in the fifth end and a final end 3 was the cherry on the top of the Walls’ cake to propel his team to the top of the Division 4 table.

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