Tenth Province Regain Clive Thomson Quaich

The 5th Annual match between Glasgow and Tenth Dunbartonshire Province for the Clive Thomson Quaich was held on Sunday 26 January at Braehead Curling Rink.

With Glasgow being the host Province, John McGovern (President, Glasgow Province) had the honour of welcoming the 64 curlers from both Provinces and also announcing the draw for this year's competition.  

Due to a minor injury to their Skip, David Shanks, Dumbarton were forced to make changes to the playing order with Jim MacDonald playing the 4th stones, David Armstrong (3rd), Peter Baird (2nd) and David Shanks (Skip but playing the lead stones).   On this their 3rd appearance in the Clive Thomson Quiach, Dumbarton were drawn against Glasgow Ladies with Jean McMaster (Skip), Yvonne Chalmers (3rd), Ronnie Gray (2nd) and Sharon Taylor Kerr (lead). 

Dumbarton got off to a good start stealing a single in the first end before increasing their advantage with a steal of 2 in the second end.  In the 3rd end Glasgow Ladies were beginning to build a bit of pressure until David Armstrong took out 2 red stones to leave Dumbarton counting 2.  Jim managed to protect the counting stones for another steal of 2 for Dumbarton.

In the 4th end, Sharon managed to draw 2 well placed red stones into the 4 foot, protected by David's guard at the front of the house.  Peter managed to draw onto them with his first stone, then with his second stone managed to get some separation between the 2 red stones.  David Armstrong took advantage of this separation by playing a heavy weight to force one red stone onto the other clearing both from the house.  Jean McMaster did managed to draw into the house with the hammer, but could only reduce the shot count giving Dumbarton another steal of 2.

The 5th end commenced much the same of the previous 4, with David Shanks playing 2 guards to the front of the house, Sharon Taylor Kerr and Ronnie Gray drawing behind them and Peter coming either drawing onto or knocking out the red stones of Glasgow Ladies.  However it was David Armstrong again who turned the end on it's head.  With Glasgow Ladies having a well placed stone on the button well protected by a yellow stone on the center line a few feet in front of the house.  David playing a peel weight hit the yellow guard on the nose driving it back onto and replacing the red stone on the button, leaving his shooter stone on the center line as guard.  Jim then removed any remaining red stones, forcing Jean McMaster with a difficult draw to the button, which unfortunately wrecked on a guard giving Dumarton another steal, this time of 3 for a 10-0 lead.

Dumbarton kept their iron grip on the match with further steals of 2 and one in the 6th and 7th ends respectively. before Glasgow Ladies recorded a single in the 8th end for a final score of 13-1 in Dumbarton's favour.

Looking at the scores across the other rinks, it was a nervous wait before Tenth Dunbartonshire Province were announced the overall winners by a score of 60-55 to regain the Clive Thomson Quaich.

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