Murrayfield Curling, 13th January 2013
Coming into this fixture the university team had incredibly low expectations. Having lost 15-1 in the previous meeting with Carrington this season they knew that even matching that score would be something of an achievement. Unfortunately that was all that they managed and despite the result, the teams remained friendly on the ice with Carrington encouraging the inexperienced Edinburgh team and bemoaning any bad luck.
A slow start did little to help the Edinburgh cause and by losing 8 shots in the first two ends the team knew it would be a difficult afternoon and a repeat of a story that had happened all too often this season. Edinburgh could never string a sequence of good stones together so never threatened to make it onto the scoreboard despite from some promising front end play including some very consistent draws coming from 2nd. Despite this, and admittedly partly due to the graciousness of the opposing skip, the University team finally scored their only point after McCrossan’s well hidden draw could not be removed. McQuistin did try his best however to promote an opposition stone and leave Edinburgh running out of ends in which to score.
This thankfully was not the case and the team played an improved final end to come away with an exact repeat of the season’s previous encounter: a 15-1 defeat. The team came off the ice dejected, feeling as though there was very little to be taken from such a performance but the opposition were full of encouragement and sympathy.
I left the rink with the words of the Carrington skip echoing in my head, “The last time we stuffed you, you went on to win the next one…” Who knows what’s around the corner…