Nail biting finish at Asham Under 14 Slam
The concluding event of the Asham Under 14 Slam was at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday. Of the 16 teams in contention, 15 teams had curled at Braehead in the first event and Callum Jacklin’s team from Elgin played as a one-off event.
The standard of play was fantastic and the section winners were determined by the narrowest of margins. Teams qualifying for the semi-finals were; Finlay Campbell and his team of Kerr Sands, Callum Kinnear and Drew Thomson who were sitting in pole position in the Slam having won the first event; Sandy Scott and his Inverness team of Rhys Smith, Aine MacDonald and Sorley MacDonald (Harry Cormack, age 9 also contributed to the team’s success having subbed in the morning games); Euan McDiarmid, Ewan Maguire, James Craik and Frazer Smith who kept themselves in contention for the Slam through qualification and Murrayfield team Adam Keron, Kirsty Barr, Ewan Barr and Emma Barr.
The winning semi-finalists were teams led by Euan McDiarmid and Finlay Campbell, meaning the final was a re-run of the first Slam event. The game was close and with Finlay’s team 1 up and lying shot in the 4th and final end with only one skip stone left from each team, it looked like it was going to be another victory for the Perth & Kinross boys. However Euan’s stone raised a shot of his own into the 4 foot which was well guarded, Finlay tried unsuccessfully to chip it out and the final went into an extra end. Euan’s team played an aggressive last end and Finlay was slightly heavy with his last draw; the Forfar team skipped by Euan McDiarmid were victorious and scooped up the prizes for the Aberdeen event.
The win for Euan McDiarmid’s team meant that both his team and Finlay Campbell’s team were joint on 21 points for the Slam and a team draw shot was required to determine the Asham Under 14 Slam winners. Both teams had a few minutes to compose themselves and the nerves from parents and spectators, and on the ice was clear to see. Both teams were ready for the challenge and gave 100%; it was very close overall and with a total of 394.2 cm from Finlay Campbell’s team, they came out on top.
In its inaugural year, the Asham Under 14 Slam winners are Finlay Campbell, Kerr Sands, Callum Kinnear and Drew Thomson – well done boys!