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East Tour Diary Day 12

Morning class at 9am without alcohol due to hotel rules! Dougie advised that we will be departing at 10.30 for our 2.5 hour journey to Miramichi , checking in to our hotel before going to the ice rink for our game at 3.30pm followed by a banquet in our No.twos. The Sherrif fined several players for minor offences and the Tammie to Harry Brodie for the second time after many misdemeanours last night. Doddie given to Dalmore and then Jim Kavanagh gave an emotional thanks to all the tourists for the experience and looks forward to seeing us in Ottowa We packed up after breakfast and set off for our 2.5 hour journey, stopping off at a very busy Tim Hortons . We arrived at the Rodd hotel in plenty of time to check in and have some free time before heading to the ice hall ,complete with Jim’s replacement Wayne Tallon ( 2014 world senior champion skip). We were welcomed to the club with a broom arch and then piped onto the ice with pipe music. The Canadian flag bearer was the daughter of the club president and she also delivered the first stone and drawing the button to much applause..

All four games were keenly contested but Dalmore recorded the only win by 5 shots. Jura lost by 4, Fettercairn by 2 and Tamnavulin, in spite of a spectacular shot by skip Doug Wilson in the 7th end, lost by 1 shot. We were then served up with a delicious three course meal by the lady members. Speeches of welcome from Shaun Ingham and Murray from the Scottish Historic Society who support the junior curlers. Hubert then auctioned one bottle of 12 year old Glenfiddich and one Old Pultney for junior funds and this raised over $200. We were then treated to entertainment from a local musician and then we performed our 6 man sketch, tour song, lucky shots and I have a dream.Jim Kavanagh made an emotional farewell and received a standing ovation. Wayne then chased us onto the bus for 9.15pm to return to the hotel.. Dougie confirmed we need to be packed and on the bus for morning class at 6.45am for our journey to Sussex golf and curling club at Cornwall and stopping for breakfast on the way. Time for an early night although some ventured to local bar Doolys which was virtually empty on arrival.