The Bits win big at last

Curling skills . . . Lining up in the final of the Ice Sports Southland Gore Curling Club competition final between the Bits and Arlussa are (from left) Lindsay Stevens, Murray Kelso, Neville Phillips, Brent Perkins, (Arlussa players) Lindsay Tayles, Brian Dillon, Charlie Smaill and Ross McKee. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON.

The Bits were ecstatic to take the top prize at the curling finals last Thursday.

The team played against Ardlussa and won the match 10-5.

Neville Phillips, of the Bits team, said it was nice to win after losing to the Ardlussa team for some years.

“The Ardlussa team were the ones to beat as they have won it for several years in a row.

“For this season we only lost two games so we are pretty ecstatic to win.”

They tried to focus on the good shots and not worry too much about the bad, he said.

“At the end of the day it only takes one stone to win in the end-that’s what it is all about.”

What had helped them with the win was knowing their own players, as well as their competitors.

“Curling is all about strategy but I think it is also about knowing each other’s play as well as being able to pick up how the other team plays.”

The team comprised Lindsay Stevens, Murray Kelso, Neville Phillips, Brent Perkins and Gerald Turnbull (who played as a stand-in).

It was a successful year for the Bits as they won the premier grade division as well as the curling finals.

Ice Sports Southland curling group co-ordinator Brian Dillon said it had been a great season.

As a member of the Ardlussa team, it was great for the Bits team to win, he said.

“We can’t win all the time.”

Ten teams had competed this season and he was looking forward to next season, he said.