Gallacher claims top spot at first Asham Under 14 Slam
On Sunday 9th October the first leg of the RCCC Asham Under 14 Slam took place at Forfar Curling Centre. With 14 teams from all over Scotland taking part Team Gallacher (pictured right) managed to claim the top spot.
There were three sections, two of four teams and one a section of six. Three round robin games were played, each game being 4 ends to determine who would progress through to the high and low road semi-finals.
Once the granite had settled, it was the teams of Carson and Ryder who qualified to the high road from Sections A and B and completing the semi-finals were the teams of Gallacher and Hill from the extended Group C. On the low road side, it was teams Young and Maguire from section A and B with the 2 qualifiers from section C being Gow and McHarg making it through to the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals of the high road the experienced rink of Gallacher proved too strong for the local rink skipped by Fergus Hill who were playing their first competition as a team. In the other it was a closer affair with Ryder prevailing over Carson with a score of 3 -2. The low road semi-finals pitched Maguire against Young with Maguire winning 3 -1 and Gow against McHarg going all the way to an extra end before Gow came out on top 7 – 3.
So the finals were set in the low road 3rd/4th. McHarg this time came out on the right side of an extra end winning 5-3 and with a good tap up for 3 in the fourth end Carson won 5 -4 in the High Road 3rd/4th over Hill.
The two strongest teams of the competition faced each other in the final of the high road. Team Gallacher were in no mood to hang around and exerted a lot of pressure on Team Ryder early on. They scored a four at the first and then proceeded to steal a further one in the second and a two in the third to race to a 7 – 0 lead. With the games only being 4 ends Team Ryder (pictured left) had had enough and handshakes were offered. The Gallacher team consisted of Hamish Gallacher, Scott Hyslop, Jack Strawhorn and Jack Carrick playing out of Dumfries.
Gow got off to a good start with a score of 3 in the first end of the Low Road Final. Maguire pegged them back with a 3 of their own and followed it up with a steal of one in the third. This set up a tense finale. Gow managed to get good stone placement early on in the end and Team Maguire were unable to match it, leaving Gow with the two shots required before the last stone was played, Gow 5 – Maguire 4. Both teams pictured below – Team Gow, Low Road winners (left) and Team Maguire, Low Road Runners Up (right).
A big thank you to all the staff at Forfar Curling Centre who along with the Forfar Young Curlers committee helped organise and run the event. Thanks to Graham Lindsay and Alan Campbell who umpired the competition so efficiently. It was great to see the future of our sport playing it in the correct spirit and friendliness on and off the ice.
For all line scores and more from the competition, please visit Asham Under 14 Slam – Forfar.