The final stages of the sixth Gray & Adams International Pairs Tournament took place at the Leisure Centre on the 19th and 20th April.
The final 32 players had prevailed from one of three qualifying dates earlier in the year. Teams came from several clubs including: Fraserburgh, Buchan, and Stonehaven. With a total prize pot of £2,160.00, the final 16 teams put on a great spectacle as they tried to win.
On Saturday each team played three high quality games where the winner and runner up from each section qualified for the quarter finals on Sunday morning. The quarter finalists included: B Smith & D Murray (Fraserburgh) v A Bruce & S Murray (Fraserburgh), G Gow & R Clark (Fraserburgh) v H Garvie & P Hay (Stonehaven), G S Young & G M Young (Fraserburgh) v A Thomson (Garioch) & C Milne (Turriff) and N Burnett & J J Robertson (Turriff) v G Forsyth & G Alexander (Turriff).
The first semi-final was contested by Fraserburgh’s Alan Bruce and Scott Murray who beat Neil Burnett and Jeff Robertson from Turriff. The second semi-final included last years Champions, Andrew Thomson from Garioch and Junior Internationalist Connor Milne from Turriff, who beat Stonehaven’s Heather Garvie and Paul Hay. This set up a repeat of last years final which included three under the age of twenty three, one of which is a Junior Internationalist. Last years Champions took an early lead of 8-2 but then lost a 5 to bring the broch pair back into the game. The game remained close but Alan and Scott were unable to take the trophy from Andrew and Connor who triumphed for the second successive year.
The tournament committee would like to express its sincere gratitude to Gray & Adams for once again sponsoring this prestigious event. Thanks also to the program sponsors for their generous contributions. This tournament has grown each year and we must thank all the players who continue to support a local International tournament.