Murrayfield Curling, 14th October 2012
Edinburgh University used this latest match against Aegon to give some complete beginners their first taste of a full-length game. Despite the front end of Tianyu Yang and Yves Krayenbuhl having barely 10 hours experience between them, they coped well and, most importantly, enjoyed themselves.
As the linescore suggests, Aegon frequently stole points but always 1s and 2s – testament to the University’s damage limitation against a comparatively more adept outfit.
Aegon’s ability to play front of tee meant that the University’s skip, Ted Edmunds, was seemingly always left with very little to play with. Raises on guards were bravely attempted but the best that came of them was a reduction in Aegon’s score from 3s and 4s to 2s.
The most memorable moment came in the fourth end when Yang, Krayenbuhl and third Schuyler Ward had managed to fill the house with University stones for the first time but still didn’t lie shot. Edmunds faced a ‘Hollywood’ shot with the hammer – a cross-house double to incredibly lie six. He hit the first and rolled across the house but narrowly flashed past the second Aegon stone to concede another steal.
Determined to get on the scoreboard, the University team seemed to pick up their game at 11-0 down. Good build up play left Edmunds a draw to the button for a single which he executed well. The final end saw a further single stolen by the University after some well placed guards from the front end.
Yang and Krayenbuhl can be proud of their first appearances for the University, how well they carried themselves against a stronger team and the part they played in preventing a demoralizing defeat without score.