Asham Under 14 Slam – Aberdeen
The Asham Under 14 Slam was held at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday 18th January.
Teams skipped by Ryan McCormack, Callum Kinnear, Beth Farmer & Alister Torrance finished top of their respective sections and qualified for the semi-finals.
Ryan’s Lockerbie team faced Callum’s Perth team in a re-run of the semi-final from the first Asham Under 14 Slam event. It was yet again to be a very close affair with Ryan and his team of Ellie Hamilton, Natasha Kerr & Angus Naysmith looking to seek revenge. It was 3-3 going into the final end with Callum having the hammer. With Ryan’s last stone, he attempted a freeze to a stone of Callum’s sitting on the tee-line in the 4 foot. Ryan finished lying shot but only with a slight corner freeze. Callum had a hit and stick for the game which was slightly wide, removing both shots however he had a 2nd counter lying to win the game.
In the other semi-final, Beth’s Kinross team met Alister’s team of Kerr Waddell, James Craik and Campbell White. Beth’s team took a 3 in the first end and dominated the play with excellent touch-weight shots. The game was played aggressively by both teams and it finished 5-2 in Beth’s favour.
The final was a fantastic game to watch with great shots all round. It was 3-2 to Callum’s team going into the 4th and final end with Beth having last stone advantage. Callum requested centre guards from his lead Mark Watt to set up an attacking end and then managed to get 2 shots covered in the 4 foot. Beth’s team of Kirstin Bousie, Jenny Allan & Scott Barr tried to follow with a come-around shot which just clipped a close guard and got a little help on its way to lie shot. It was then a battle from both sides to get closer to the button and with Beth’s last shot she had a hit on the nose to lie 2. She caught the stone slightly high of the nose which jammed it onto another to leave Callum lying shot for the game with a 4-2 finish.
Congratulations to winners pictured L-R; Mark Watt, Matthew McKenzie, Duncan McFadzean and Callum Kinnear. A particularly special mention is also deserved for Duncan who is the first person to win an Asham Under 14, Under 17 and Under 21 Slam event (and all in 1 season)!