|2005 Edinburgh International Winners with Dave as a scrawny, specky 26 year old.|
Dave begged to be allowed outside for the weekend and was finally granted permission so he made his way down to Edinburgh on Friday morning for our first game.
This is how the games on the first day went.
Win 7-2 vs Gulbis
Loss 5-6 vs Sik
Dave was also staying at the Barr household for the weekend and was sharing a bed with Scott in Kerry's old room. On the first evening in the room together, all of the horrible memories Scott had from the European Mixed in Copenhagen came rushing back when he was startled by a sound coming from the other side of the bed. The sound resembled that of an enraged rhino. Thankfully, is was not an enraged rhino, it was only Dave who was snoring ridiculously loudly.
The next day had 3 games in store for us. This is how it went.
Win 6-2 vs Kyle Smith
Win 5-4 vs Hoiberg
Win 12-1 vs Ross McCleary
This qualified us top of our section and we ran into Fraser Hare in the quarter final. It was a tight game and we had an open nose hit for the game in the last end. We made the shot and were then up against Grant Hardie in the semi. We had the hammer and started scoring early which takes a lot of stress out of curling. We kept it clear pretty well and ended up winning 6-1.
In the final we were once again playing Ross McCleary who was competing in his third straight final. Ross had taken out the money teams in the quarter and semis so was obviously on a good run of form. We had the hammer and started scoring early, the key to the match really was the second end where we managed to steal a 3. Much like in the semi, it makes the score line look very one sided, but we are well aware that on a different day the games will be a lot closer. It ended 7-2 after 7 ends and Team Edwards had won their first Curling Champions Tour event......... and the first prize of £5000 which made Scott and John weak at the knees.
|2013 Edinburgh International Winners with Dave as a chubby 34 year old.|
On the way home, John stopped into Burger King as a reward for his hard work and to make his first purchase with one of his pristine £50 notes. Scott received this text from John.
John: First thing to spend a £50 on..... A BK.... They don't like £50's.......
Scott: Haha. Great. Did you have to stick it on your card?
John: Aye! :(
Thwarted at his first attempt.
Also a couple of links from the weekend.
Superstar Colin Campbell
EICC - Dominant performance in the final
Thanks to Bob and Jane for putting us up for the weekend, it is very much appreciated.