Kinnear team Continue Top Form at Asham Under 14 Slam
9 of the 16 teams participating in the second leg of the Asham U14 Slam stayed at North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer the evening before the competition. On Friday evening there were participants to be found in the games room, the swimming pool and the lounge area, all mixing socially and having great fun with their fellow curlers, demonstrating one of the many highlights that curling provides.
The competition format was round-robin with the top team from each of the 4 sections qualifying for the semi-finals. Rinks skipped by Scott Lockhart, Callum Kinnear and Ryan McCormack were unbeaten in their sections and were joined by Jenny Holl’s Stirling rink who qualified ahead of Jake Hawthorn’s Waterfront rink by taking 10 out of a possible 12 ends in their 3 games.
The 3 / 4 playoff was a super game to watch with tricky shots being called and made throughout. Going into the 4th and final end, the score was tied at 3-3. With Ryan McCormack lying shot in the 4 foot and with backing, Jenny Holl played a lovely hit ‘n’roll however it was unclear as to which stone was lying shot! Umpire Bill Scott measured the stones and it was to be Ryan McCormack’s team that fared the best and took 3rdplace. Pictured: 3rd place (front row, top to bottom); Ryan McCormack, Ellie Hamilton, Natasha Kerr & Angus Naismith, 4th place (back row, top to bottom); Jenny Holl, Lisa Dvie, Pippa Skuse & Annabel Skuse.
The final between Scott Lockhart and Callum Kinnear’s rinks was a good game with Callum’s team taking 2 in the first end and dominating the play from then. The final score was 5-1 with Callum’s team winning their second Asham Under 14 Slam event of the season. Winners pictured main top right (L-R); Mark Watt, Ben Cormack, Gavin Hay, Callum Kinnear & Mrs McMillan (presenting)Runners-up pictured right (top to bottom); Scott Lockhart, Kerr Waddell, James Craik & Alister Torrance.
Many thanks to main sponsors Asham for their continued support and to the North West Castle Hotel for their event hospitality.
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