Asham Under 14 Slam
The Asham Under 14 Slam commenced on Saturday at Braehead. 19 teams travelled from across Scotland and all curlers were bright and early for their 8.45am start on the ice.
There were many juniors playing in their first event out-with their home rink and some more established juniors who already compete in the Under 17 Slam. The speed of play was excellent allowing the competition to stay on schedule time-wise and there were some fantastic shots played throughout the day.
The sections were all closely contested, all going to the last game to determine the qualifiers for the semi-finals. Teams skipped by Ryan McCormack (Lockerbie), Finlay Campbell (Kinross), Euan McDiarmid (Forfar) and Andrew Archibald (Forfar) all won their sections. Euan McDiarmid and Finlay Campbell were victorious in their semi-final games and therefore fought it out for 1st place and the maximum of 12 ‘Slam’ points.
In the final, Euan McDiarmid and his team of Ewan Maguire, James Craik and Frazer Smith started well, scoring in the first two ends and going 2-0 up however there was a strong fight back from Finlay’s team who scored 1 in the third end and stole a 2 in the 4th and final end to win 3-2.
Finlay’s team of Kerr Sands, Callum Kinnear and Drew Thomson received their prize of Asham mitts and Braehead vouchers and now go into pole position for the Asham Under 14 Slam event at Aberdeen on 3rd March.
Points for the Slam have been awarded as follows; Finlay Campbell – 12 points, Euan McDiarmid – 9 points, Andrew Archibald – 7 points, Ross Cormack – 5 points, Luke Carson – 5 points, Sandy Scott – 5 points and Scott Lockhart – 5 points.
In addition to the main event, those curlers not involved in the semi-final stages had the option to take part in a ‘Nearest the cone’ competition which was won by Nicola Joiner from Forfar who drew her stone to the exact spot of the cone.