Dumfries triumph at Junior Club Challenge for second year
The Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge Division 1 & 2 took place at Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh from Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th January – when the Dumfries teams managed to retain their title. The competition is open to junior curling clubs and consists of three divisions, clubs are promoted and relegated between divisions depending on performance. Each club entry is represented by two teams who must field a minimum of two females (one of whom must throw third or fourth stones) and the club entry receives a combined score from the results of both their teams.
Division 1. In this closely fought division, Dumfries A and Forfar A were the principal pace setters, but it took until the fourth round of matches for any of the six clubs to drop out of the reckoning for the top spot. Kinross A won one of their games in the final round against Forfar, thereby denting Forfar’s hopes, and, with both Gogar Park A and Stranraer losing both their games, kept its place in Division 1 for 2017. By winning both games against Stranraer, Dumfries retained the title won last season – which was the first time in their clubs 20 year history that a Dumfries team had won the Junior Club Challenge. Forfar finished as runners-up and Gogar Park A and Stranraer were relegated.
Division 2. Forfar B and Gogar Park B occupied the top two places in this division throughout the competition. In the final round of games, the Forfar versus Kinross clash was crucial, as two wins for Kinross and one win for Gogar Park could have resulted in both of these teams overhauling Forfar. Gogar Park and Kinross both achieved one win to keep the pressure on, and it all came down to the Forfar versus Kinross game, the last to finish, to decide the final places. In the final end, Forfar had a lead of one shot and last stone advantage. The Forfar Skip, already lying two shots, had no need to play his last stone but did so anyway, removing the only Kinross stone in the house for a score of three and the Division 2 title. Gogar Park finished as runners-up, and both of these teams won promotion to Division 1 for 2017. Aberdeen and Ayr found the going tough throughout and were relegated to Division 3.
For line scores and more, visit the Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge – Division 1 & 2 event page.
Photographed below are the division 1 & 2 winning teams; Top – Dumfries A, Bottom – Forfar B