Skills Awards Challenge 2013

Despite the snow falling heavily on Sunday morning, all 12 teams arrived on time for the start of the Skills Awards Challenge at Dumfries.

Two sections played 3 x 4 end games in a schenkel format to determine the finalists. Section A was closely contested with the 3rd game between teams skipped by George Ballantyne (Hamilton) and Frazer Shaw (Stranraer) acting as a section final; the Ballntyne rink found their draw weight quickly and their aggressive play proved successful.

In Section B, Luke Carson, Iain Waddell, James Strang & Ann Fleming (Hamilton) were victorious in all three games, securing their place in the final.

There was some friendly local rivalry in the final with both teams contesting for bragging rights as well as the prizes. George Ballantyne’s team took an early lead with the Carson team levelling the score going into the final end. Luke narrowly missed a wick-in with his last shot of the game and left George in shot position.

Congratulation to the winning team (pictured) L-R: George Ballantyne, Sandy Scott, Ross Muir & Matthew Griffin.

Whilst the final was taking place, there were some additional timed team challenges for other participants, requiring good team work and communication. Craig Joiner, Iain Wallace, James Craik and Angus Redford (Forfar) won the Team Challenge displaying some excellent team skills.

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