After what amounted to a two week break due to our opposition’s default last week, we returned to the ice on the late draw on November 2 with all members in attendance.
Vice skip Keith lost the toss for the first time in 2017/18 and perhaps this set the tone. While we struggled with weight and reading the ice our opposition proved adept and, as we had seen in our loss earlier in the year, were simply a higher calibre team.
We each took points while we had last rock and after two ends trailed 2-1. Thereafter however the differences showed more markedly. Our opposition took three in the third end and stole 4 in the fourth end, and we shook hands, being down 10-1 at that point. This leaves us at 3-2 for the year, and we finished second in our level in the first stage of the season. Had we won, we would have been promoted to a higher division, and we all agreed that this could have made for some very quick games and were content to stay in our current division, at least for now.
While we weren’t at our best, our opposition could simply do things for which we didn’t have a response. Whereas we typically play simple shots and aim for consistency, they could match us and could also execute intricate shots when needed.
Next week we are on the early 7:00 draw and as Mr. James has a prior commitment we need a spare. If any of the Taverners are interested please let me know, first come, first to play. Broom and slider will be provided if need be, but you will need clean (not street) shoes for the ice. Cost is $10.