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Fraser comes out on top to win Ross-shire and Sutherland Bonspiel

By Robin Wilson

Belmaduthy Curling Club’s Peter Fraser claimed the Bonspiel Trophy at the Ross-shire and Sutherland Provinces tournament.

Paul Moodie, Mike Paul, Peter Fraser and Bill Main.
Paul Moodie, Mike Paul, Peter Fraser and Bill Main.

Fraser enjoyed two winning results with his rink of Mike Paul, Paul Moodie and Willie Main crushing Dornoch Curling Club’s Iain MacKay 12–3 in their first game.

They then beat his own club’s second rink skipped by Mike Hogg 15–5 in round two.

He finished with a total of four points and +19 shots.

Within the competition there was the Inter-Province challenge for the Bison Trophy which was retained by the Sutherland Curlers for a second year with a convincing 9–3 win over Brora.

The Bonspiel runners up were the Brora rink of Roy Watson, Calum Stewart, Ash Sinclair and Val Murray.

They recorded two wins which included an 8–3 victory over Ross-shire’s Duncan Clark (Killearnan) in game one, and 9-4 over Nigel Murray (Rogart) in round two.

But after his heavy defeat in round one, Iain MacKay with club-mate Hamish MacRae completed his rink with two Ross-shire curlers guesting, Ted Miles (Caberfeidh) and Finlay MacKenzie (Muir of Ord).

MacKay bounced back in round two to beat the Ross Ladies Club skip Ann Gibb 6–3.

It was a result which won them the consolation Low Road section prize.

Although Belmaduthy’s Fraser gave Ross-shire a good start in the Inter Province contest, it was a Muir of Ord skip, Ross Urquhart who gave his province their only other point in the 9–3 rout against Sutherland.

The trophy holders other point earners were Brora.

They managed to beat Killearnan (Duncan Clark) 8–3.

In the other matches, Dornoch beat Ross Ladies lead by Ann Gibb 6–3.

Locheye, following their first round peel, were victors over Killearnan in the second round 13–2 and Rogart beat Caberfeidh (Hugh Mackay) 9–4.

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