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Saturday, 4 February 2017

E.L. Knockout 2017

Congratulations to Haddington for winning our Knockout Competition, they will go on to represent us at the National Province Championships at Greenacres next year.
An eye witness reported on the semi finals and finals below:-
The Haddington team of skip James Pate, third Dave Munro, second Sandy Nicoll and lead Andy Aberdein played Athelstaneford (Johnny Shedden, Douglas Scott, Frank Ross and Roy Black) in the semi final. From the start Haddington managed to control and dictate the game and even when an end looked like drifting away James Pate would pull out a saving shot and either keep the loss to a minimum or even claim the end. They steadily built a reasonably comfortable lead and Athelstaneford offered their hand in the seventh end to see Haddington through to the final. 
This gave them the opportunity for a brief rest before the final and an opportunity to watch the other semi play out.
In that Semi Yester and Dirleton were having a close battle and Dirleton skip Susan Meikle drew her last stone on the 8th end to gain a peel so their game went to a draw shot challenge. Susan unfortunately threw her stone through the house and Yester skip, Sandy Stewart, with all 4 of his team sweeping as hard as possible, managed to touch the front of the house and scrape into the final.
So it was Haddington against ‘young’ Yester (Sandy Stewart, Andrew ?, Jack Kerr and Zoe Bain) in the final. It was a much more aggressive game than Haddington had experienced in their semi, with more reliance on strikes and less use of guards.  The early ends were very low scoring but from the fourth end Haddington managed to gradually ease away from Yester.  By the time they reached the culmination of the eight and final end, Yester skip Sandy had to try a ‘miracle’ shot which wasn’t really on to force a peel.  He didn’t manage it so Haddington took the trophy for the East Lothian Province Knock Out for the first time in 6 years. 
D.M. (slightly edited)