Murrayfield Curling, 18th November 2012
Edinburgh University came into their next Linlithgow League game, hoping to build momentum following on from their first win of the season against DAFS. Things certainly started well with debutant Keatinge drawing the button with only her second ever competitive stone. However with the more experienced Ward and Stockton both struggling to find their weight the Vets successfully used their last stone advantage to take a 2. And in a much tighter second end, a well guarded draw from the Vets couldn’t be removed allowing them to steal a one.
However Edinburgh were now spurred on by this, with Ward producing a perfect draw sneaking in between two central guards and with the Vets unable to remove it, Skip McQuistin was able to draw in to bring Edinburgh right into the game with a 2. The fourth end remained tight with Stockton sitting on the Vets stones at the back of the house. However the Vets’ skip was able to tap one of his guards forward to lie slightly closer. Despite this, McQuistin played a very impressive draw sneaking behind to lie shot which would eventually win the end to level the match.
The fifth end was just as competitive and with the front of house cluttered with stones, it required a very good draw from the Vets to take the lead again. However the University team were still confident and kept the sixth end just as close, however a couple of lovely tap-ups from the Vets meant McQuistin was left with a very tricky hit and roll which he only narrowly missed.
Unfortunately the efforts of the previous sixth ends had worn the students out and with concentration dropping, important takeouts were missed, allowing the Vets to take full advantage despite Keatinge drawing the button again.
The score line certainly does not do the team justice, with their opposition admitting afterwards, that they were worried until the sixth end. However, there certainly were positives to be taken away and if performances can be kept to such a high standard then the team will certainly start picking up more results.