Pairs Competition 2018

In the eerily quiet of a near empty Braehead Ice Arena, all that could be heard was the tiny patter of eight little feet, the roar of the occasional stone and the frantic sound of a brush sweeping urgently across the ice.

It was now 10.30 pm and four hours had passed since they had started their first tie.

This was the final of the Giffnock Pairs competition, watched avidly by the Braehead Ice Man who's encouraging words "OK, one more end,  then yer teas oot lads!" echoed around the arena.

And so it was that after Malloy and Corbett (F) had each thrown 48 stones (and swept them all); and their opponents 36... for those slackers Nicholl and Halliday had a bye in the first round; a conclusion was reached.

The pairs champs were Fergus Corbett (skip) and Steve Malloy. And as they turned to acknowledge the massed cheers of the crowd man, at least he was kind enough to take a photo.