Midlothian delivered an expected win over Highland in their quarterfinal clash in The Hamilton Trophy played at neutral venue Carron & Carronshore in Falkirk; but the East Section champions were hard pressed to clinch a nine shot victoryRead More
The final margin of the 131-122 score was tightened up by Midlothians 10-2 loss across the final end of the six rinks so the cushion effect of a comfort zone suggests a strong display from the victors however Highland played like terriers and might well have upset the odds.
Highland runners up in the North Section made their presence strongly felt with an even 3/3 share of winning rinks and was left frustrated that their 66/60 supremacy over the 126 ends wasnt rewarded by a place in the semi finals. The long distance travellers from The North also came out on top in two of the three phases with a 47-43 capture of the first backed up by a 41-38 edge on the third; but Midlothian laid the foundations of match victory with a commanding 50-34 dominance of the second.
Midlothian continuing their undefeated run in the 2017 campaign thanks to wins delivered on the rinks skipped by Colin Bonner, Colin Walker, and Scott Briggs that covered the minor setbacks inflicted on Graeme Archer, David Peacock, and Danny McDougall. Briggs (12-2) and Walker (11-2) were the high- flying inspirers on that game changing middle phase while an 8-1 contribution from Bonner on the race to the line helped repel the renewed charge of the Highlanders. Bonner first caught the eye with a purple spell patch of 1, 2, 3, (4), 4, 2, (2), 3 to skip Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, and Stuart Roseburgh into an 18-12 lead after 12-ends than his finishing run of 3, 1, (1), 1, 1, 1, 1 clinched a gilt edged 26-17 win over M Thompson.
Walker lost a confidence testing six at his second end but quickly reclaimed it at the fourth and added another for good measure at the 11th to lead 19-12 then went on to skip Willie Rankin, Lindsay Plenderleith, and team captain Ramsay Blair to a 28-10 win over G Thom. Briggs added 2, 2, 4, 2 to skip Andy Wilton, Steven Robertson, and John Stevenson into an 18-11 lead after 14-ends then looked set to deliver a stronger victory than 23-19 having lost a five at the last to S Cruickshank. Archer slipped from16-7 up to a 21-20 defeat from K Beaton; Peacock was piped 19-17 by G Hepburn; McDougall lost 26-17 to S Wyllie. The winning number of ends on each rink were; McDougall 8/13; Archer 8/13; Peacock 9/12; Briggs 11/10; Walker 11/10; Bonner 13/8.