Murrayfield Curling, 17th February 2013
Edinburgh University fielded one of their strongest teams for this Linlithgow league fixture with only the skip differing from the usual SSS team, with Fiona Spain joining Fraser Stockton, Jayne Stirling and Gavin McQuistin. The strength of the team, as well as the fact that only the night before the team had played on the ice as part of the club’s 40th anniversary celebrations, meant that they entered this match with a great deal of confidence.
However, this confidence would take a whack early on with Stockton successfully hogging the first stone of the match. With no one in the team quite able to judge their weight in the first end, Aegon exploited this and their hammer advantage taking a three in the first end. However the students improved greatly with Stirling drawing accurately and McQuistin successfully clearing up Aegon’s stones. Had Spain’s final shot not been slightly too heavy they would have evened the game .
The university team continued their good form into the third end with McQuistin and Spain’s stones forcing Aegon to take a 1 with the hammer. However Aegon were to up their game with their back end coming into the game and despite one or two pieces of luck they deservedly stole three in the next two ends.
Despite this, Edinburgh University were to get back into the game with some lovely guards by Stockton followed by some good work by Stirling and McQuistin meant that Spain was able to draw in for 2 and bring the team back into the game. The next end the students continued to improve most notably with Spain putting a draw through a seeming impossible gap which Aegon’s skip could not replicate.
With only a point in between the two teams in the final end confidence was high within the student team. An exemplary performance from the students headed by some excellent skipping by Spain meant that the Uni team sat with three in the house with Aegon’s last stone of the game to go. However, the pressure got to Aegon’s skip as he missed his take-out allowing the students to win.
There can be no doubting the effort put in by the team to come back from 7-2 behind to win and claim their second victory in the Linlithgow League this season which is in fact a new record for the club. They will undoubtedly be hoping to add to this however in their final few games before the end of the season.