The Minor Pairs Championship commenced on the 11th November in windy, sunny conditions and was notable for two excellent games to commence with, firstly Ross Burton and Tony Pignolet vs Terry Morrison and Dave Targett. The game had Dave and Terry pulling away to comfortable leads of 11-3, 16-7 and 17-10 on the 18th end before Tony and Ross gave them an almighty scare coming back to score 7 shots on the last 3 ends to tie and force a 22nd end which they lost by 1 shot going down 17-18. On Rink 16 the situation was a little different with Jim Gaskill and Dave Hickey vs Terry Parker and Warren Brentnall, the match was close all the way tied at 6 all after 8 ends, 15 all after 17 ends with Jim and Dave scoring 3 on the next 2 ends to lead 18-15 and Terry and Warren falling one short winning the 20th and 21st ends to lose 17-18. The semi finals were relatively comfortable wins with Garry Morrison and Barry Roach going down to Terry Morrison and Dave Targett 24-11 after a close contest up till the 10th end, while on the other rink the fancied combination of Mick Taylor and James O’Reilly were overwhelmed with a late charge from Dave Hickey and Jim Gaskill, the match tied at 12 all on the 14th end and Dave and Jim only dropped one end from then on to finish winners 22-14. Quite remarkable that both finalists nearly lost their 1st round match to triumph with the same 18-17 scoreline. The final was to be played on Sunday 19th November, but was unfortunately rained out and was rescheduled to be played on Wednesday 22nd November. It proved 3rd time lucky for Jim Gaskill, who along with Dave Hickey took out the final. The match was close till the 9th end when Terry and Dave had a 9-8 lead, but then Dave and Jim pulled away to lead 12-9 on the 10th end and gradually increased their lead to 24-13 after 19 ends when the match was declared. Congratulations go to Dave and Jim on a first title for both players and especially for Jim who was finally successful after being runner up in both the Minor Singles and Major/Minor Pairs Finals.
Minor Pairs Finalists L-R: Dave Hickey, Jim Gaskill, Dave Targett and Terry Morrison.