Aitken and Bryce Cinched Asham U21 Slam in Kinross
The second Asham Under 21 Slam of the season, the Kinross Junior Classic, took place on excellent ice at Kinross Curing this weekend from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October.
The junior women’s final was contested between Team Aitken (pictured right – Karina Aitken, Rebecca Morrison, Hailey Duff, Laura Barr) and Team McDonald (Amy MacDonald, Ellie Hamilton, Amy Bryce, Layla Al-Saffar). After the halfway break McDonald lead 3-2, however Aitken picked up a three in the sixth end. McDonald fought back with crucial singles in the seventh and last end of normal play to tie the game. In the extra, Aitken picked up the single she needed to take the title, with the final score 6 -5.
In the junior men’s final Team Bryce (pictured below – Cameron Bryce, Robin Brydone, Euan Kyle Frazer Shaw) went head to head with Team Whyte (Ross Whyte, Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack, Duncan McFadzean). A repeat of the 2015 final for the skips, albeit with new team line ups.
On excellent swinging ice, both teams played some excellent shots. With the first two ends blanked, Whyte had a chance at the third end for three but his raised take out was a fraction out and Bryce picked up one. With ones being exchanged over the next four ends, Bryce took a 2-1 lead into the last end. Going down to the last stone Whyte had a chance to force an extra, needing a delicate tap to put his own stone in the one-foot circle. He was a fraction heavy leaving Bryce with a two, a 4-1 win and the Kinross Junior Classic title for the second year running.
The 3/4 games provided a full house of entertaining curling on the Sunday afternoon. In the men’s event Team Barr ran out convincing winners, 11-6 over Team McNay, helped by a five at the third end. In the women’s game Jackson beat Davie 7-3, after losing to them in the round robin stages earlier in the weekend.
Thanks to Dor Borthwick and Angela Wilcox for umpiring, Steven Kerr and his ice team and all the RCCC time clock volunteers – keeping the event running on schedule!
All photos © Tom Brydone