Regional Funspiel Under 13 & Under 15 Qualifiers
The South Qualifier was hosted at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Saturday 24th with teams representing Borders, Stranraer, Ayr, Lockerbie and Dumfries. Games were shown live on the webstreaming facility for those at home to follow the action.
The local team from Dumfries faired best in the Under 13 section skipped by Fraser Morton along with his team of Natasha Kerr, Hamish Gallacher and Mollie Milligan (pictured right).
South U15 qualifiers; Euan Kyle, Stewart Kyle, Andrew Gilmore & Lauren Smith (pictured left).
9 teams arrived at Forfar Indoor Sports to take part in the North Qualifier. Hotshots took place on the spare sheet of ice and a scavenger hunt was carried out for each team whilst on their bye so everybody was kept busy. The Under 13s was a close affair but it was Forfar to fair strongest after the last round. The Under 15s was equally as good as the Under 13s, with good shot making. The last round game between Forfar and Aberdeen proved to be the decider as both teams were unbeaten but it was to be a Forfar winner.
In the Hotshots Inverness U13 and Aberdeen U15 scored 38 points and the scavenger hunt was another draw, with Aberdeen U15 and Elgin U13 winning 12 out of 15 points.
A massive thank you from Forfar Curling Officer, Jill Donald, to all who helped on the day but most importantly to every junior for demonstrating brilliant sportsmanship and etiquette.
The East Area Funspiel qualifier at Dewars was a great exhibition of young curling from Stirling, Kinross, Edinburgh and Perth Junior Curling Clubs.
The section games were close with Perth triumphing in both U13 and U15. The U13 team was Callum Kinnear, Duncan McFadzean, Mark Watt and Calum Robertson and the U15 team was Kerr Sands, Mili Smith, Iona Reekie & Angus Todd
The Hotshots event scores were again close with Kinross’ U13 team missing out by 2 shots to the U13 team from Stirling; Jenny Holl, Lisa Davie, Pippa Skuse & Annabel Skuse with 42 points and Kerr’s Perth team won again with 54 points.
Thanks to Lynn Robertson and Iain Cormack for their help with the scoring and supervising a friendly match which ran alongside the main event with more curlers from Perth Junior Curling Club and Kinross
Teams from Braehead, East Kilbride, Hamilton and the Waterfront, Greenock took part. A late call off in the U15 group meant there was a team short but in the spirit of the Funspiel, the voluntary coaches stepped up to the mark by agreeing to take on each of the other teams in a 3 match challenge. The idea was that the coaches with their vast experience and better knowledge of tactics would be able to show the youngsters how the game should be played however it did not work out that way as the coaches lost all three games!
The Hotshots competition for both age groups was played throughout the day and ended up with wins for Hamilton U13s and East Kilbride U15s.
The main competition started at 10am with the U13s and in a very close game Hamilton just managed to edge out the Waterfront team by 3 shots to 2. The other game was won convincingly by Braehead against a very young team that included 9yr old Abbie who did not know she was playing until Saturday morning. There was an extra prize given to Abbie for playing especially as she had to wear elastic bands over her very small shoes to ensure she was safe on the ice.
Hamilton U13s went on to win their other 2 games against Braehead and East Kilbride to win the U13 age group. The Waterfront team also won their other 2 games and finished in the runner up spot.
As there were only 3 teams in the under 15’s competition it was decided to increase each game to 5 ends and the team sitting out would play the coaches in a challenge game and also take part in the Hotshots. All the teams thought this was a great idea and clearly enjoyed taking on the coaches especially as all teams won the challenge game! The 1st U15 game was Braehead v East Kilbride and turned out to be the closest game of the day; the final score was 3-3. The best game of the day turned out to be the final game in The U15s with an all girls East Kilbride team winning the 1st four ends and leading by 4 shots to nil going into the last end. However, the four boys from Hamilton were not giving up and managed to score a five in the last end to win the game and of course the West Funspiel.