Match Secretary’s Report – 16.06.19

In the Wemyss & District League, the Seniors game on Wednesday afternoon was against Balgonie 2. In the home game, B.Marchbank, D.McKillop, B.Bell and T.Young (skip) were level at the halfway stage, but finished strongly to win by 20-11. In the away game, L.McAlllister, J.Hay, P.McTavish and J.Dewar (skip) were never in any trouble, always being in the lead and eventually won their game 18-9. This gave victory to Markinch by 5 points to nil. There was a trip to Coaltown of Wemyss B.C. on Friday evening for the Division 1 game, with Markinch aiming to continue their challenge for the Div 1 title. On rink 1, M.Dewar, P.McTavish, T.Pettigrew and R.Crawford (skip) led throughout their game and were never in trouble, running out comfortable 17-11 winners. On rink 3, M.Comrie, D.Whyte, Jamie Cameron and T.Young (skip) were also in excellent form and although they led by only 10-8 after 10 ends, they still held out for a 17-12 victory. On rink5, B.Drysdale, T.Dewar, J.Davies and C.Falconer (skip)were leading 10-8 after 13 ends played, but lost counts of 4 shots on consecutive ends before ending up with a 10-18 defeat. This gave Markinch another win, this time by 6 points to 2 to keep the Division 1 challenge on track. On Thursday evening, the first round of the Fife Top 10 had Markinch playing against Lundin Links B.C. At Markinch, in the Single Hand, R.Crawford had a comfortable win to secure the first two points, while in the Fours, B.Drysdale, M.Dewar, T.Pettigrew and C.Falconer (skip) followed that up with another win. In the away games, the Pairs, with S.McFarlane and T.Young (skip) and the Triples with M.Comrie, K.Bunting and Jamie Cameron (skip) also returned with victories. This gave Markinch an overall win to progress into the next round, where they will compete against St Monans B.C on Thursday evening. On Saturday afternoon there was a very pleasant journey to Dunfermline for the friendly fixture, which is possibly the best friendly game in the Markinch season. In a game played in the friendliest, but competitive manner, there were wins for P.McTavish (15-12) and B.Bell (15-13), unfortunately, losses for D.Baldie (16-23) and J.Hay (13-18), giving victory to Dunfermline by 66 shots to 59. On Sunday the Crosbie Matthew Invitation Competition was played with ten Mixed Fours taking part. The format of Single Hand, Pairs, Triples and Fours games has made this a very popular competition, especially with the sponsor’s money up for grabs. It was incredible that with three games to play, there were three teams with 12 points, one team on 10 points, two teams with 9 points, one team with 8 points and the rest only one or two points behind. The last three games proved decisive and the scores had to be checked several times to ensure the final positions, which came down to shot difference. In 5th place with 15 points and minus, 5shots was Amy Blyth, Jean Westwater, Havana Clark and Judd Clark. In 4th place, with 15 points and plus 9 shots was Catriona Sword, Dave Baldie, Bill Bell and Stewart McFarlane. In 3rd place with 15 points and plus 10 shots was Adele Gunn, John Marshall, Alex Blyth and Bill Cowan The runners up with 16 points were Mary Carle, Alan Carle, Dennis Smith and Jim Cameron from Crieff B.C. The winners of the competition, who take great delight to come to Markinch to pick up winners money, were Amy Comrie, Scott Thomson, Ross Thomson and David Graham from Methilhill B.C.  On Monday, the Senior rink of M.Comrie, J.Cameron, T.Pettigrew and T.Young (skip) will do battle against Windygates at Cupar B.C. at 1pm for a place in the District 7 Senior Fours final, which will be played on Friday at St.Andrews B.C. on Friday at 1pm. We wish them the best of luck.