Andy Cameron’s Speyside Curler was awarded the Gammack Bell for Murray County after defeating Steve Rankin in a thrilling final.

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In a repeat of last year’s final, Andy Cameron recovered Jamac Bell in a thrilling final against Steve Rankin.

Murray curler Andy Cameron.
Murray curler Andy Cameron.

Donated by famous Speyside legend Charlie Gama, it was perhaps fitting that fellow villager Cameron got his hands on the bell for the third time.

Skip Andy with his son Gavin and girls Louise Marshall and Susan McKenzie were always ahead after a shot count in the opening end and it looked like a fait accompli as they sat on a 6-2 lead after five ends.

Rankins had second thoughts, however, as he caught three shots in the end of the sixth to rally again with a chance to win.

In the deciding finale, Dad Steve’s last stone fails to hit Cameron’s counter, thus shaking hands with the Elgin family ring, with Cameron not being required to play his last rock.

In Division One of the Murray County Eastern League, the Donald Ross rink at Sunninghill put the proverbial cat among the proverbial pigeons in the title race with a solid 8-4 win over Buckie’s Alan Campbell.

A 7-0 lead after three finishes allowed the Hotel team to go home and put an end to Campbell’s championship aspirations, and the Buckie team is now two points behind Andy Cameron with two games remaining.

Grade 2 driver Abe Duncan suffered his second consecutive defeat, losing 8-4 to a rampant Force team missing out on regular skipper Charlie Watt Jr.

Defending Jordy Kelly drove the circuit home from a 5-0 lead at the end, and to be honest, the four Fochabers were never in contention after that, and now they hold the lowest class over fellow second-place finisher Alain Durno. Speaking of who, when Clochan’s great farmer is at home, the rink often sounds like there might be a cow in obstetric distress as his shrieking notes instruct the sweeper.

Durno was always ahead of Aberlour’s Willie Cameron, and the count of five in the sixth over looked like it might prove decisive until pick four by outrunning Aberlour and passing Jim Gault in the seventh.

Leading 9-7 but with the opposition leading with three solid shots in the final over, Dorno IV player Mike Watt had to call on all his experience and finesse to draw Jamal to the pot cover for a thrilling 10-7 victory.

Mike McDonald kept the Force in the hunt for promotion with a resounding 10-3 victory over Bob Stewart.

Honoring even at threes apiece after four outs, McDonald picked a series of doubles and one steals for his overall victory.


Murray County Mixed Knockout Final:

A. Cameron 6 S Rankin 5

Eastern Murray County League

Section 1:

Ross (Sunninghill) 8 A. Campbell (Bucky) 4

Section 2:

a. Duncan (Focuspress) 4 C. Wat Jr. (Force) 8

W Cameron (Aberlour) 7 A. Dorno (Focuspress) 10

R. Stewart (Elgin) 3 M. McDonald (Forres) 10

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