Fraser Pairs (2018/19) - Competition Report

David Armstrong and Andy Rankin represented Dumbarton in the Jim Fraser Pairs.

It has been a number of years since Dumbarton entered the pairs, a competition organised by Tenth Dunbartonshire Province.  The competition is split over 2 evenings, the qualifiers played on Thursday 28 March and the semi-finals and final the following evening.

Dumbarton were handed a tough draw, starting against Kelvinside Accies, who have already won the Allan Cup and Marshall Challenge this season, Bearsden Ski Club, the defending champions and Cawder House, last years runners-up and this seasons winners of the Denis Kyd Quaich.

First up was Kelvinside Accies, and they got off to a good start scoring a single in the first end.  Accies responded with a 2 in the second, but Dumbarton levelled the scores with a single in the third to go down the final end with scores level.  Accies took full advantage of the hammer in the final end to score another 2 and win the match 4-2.

Next up was Cawder House.  After trading singles in the first 2 ends, Cawder House managed to score a double in the third end for a 3-1 lead.  With Cawder House defending a 2 shot lead against the hammer, they soon put Dumbarton under pressure having a stone in scoring position and blocking the front of the house.  David attempted a difficult double raise with his final stone, but caught his own red stone too thin promoting 2 yellows stones and to concede a 4 for a 7-1 loss.

Their final match was against the defending champions Ski Club, who had won their previous 2 games against both Braehead Rockers teams 8-1 and 4-3.  After scoring a single in the first end, Dumbarton conceded a 2 in the second end to trail 2-1 at the half way point.  After putting Ski Club under severe pressure in the 3rd end, Dumbarton scored a 3 to take a 4-2 going down the last and, and ensured victory in the game by stealing a single in the final end for a 5-2 win.

The difficulty of the task facing David and Andy before the competition began was highlighted as all 3 of their opponents on the night qualified for the semi-finals, with Kelvinside Accies defeating Cawder House in the final.

The full draw and results of this year's Fraser Paris can be found by clicking the following link: http://dumbartoncurling.club/competitions/external-competitions/fraser-pairs

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