Stranraer Team’s Take Top Spots at Asham Under 14 Slam
The second round of the Asham Under 14 Slam took place on Sunday 23rd October at Stranraer Ice Rink and at 9am 32 young curlers took to the ice.
With three of the four games being close the early leaders were team Stewart who took an early lead in the second end against Team McHarg winning 5-2 after four ends. Team Dumfries 1 had a close game over the four ends, winning 4-3 against Team McGuire. The third game of the section saw Hamish Gallagher’s rink take a 4-2 win against Team Young, the final game in the early section was Team Ryder against the second Dumfries rink, however it was a home win with Ryder 4-3 up against the Dumfries 2 rink.
After the early cobwebs had been blown away the second games got under way, with the young Carson rink taking on team Gow, Gow got off to a three shot lead in the first end, however the young Carson rink fought all the way and took a two in the fourth end. However it wasn’t enough with Gow taking the win 7-2. Both of the local Stranraer rinks took to the ice with Stranraer 1, skipped by Matthew McCrone, taking an early lead with four in the first end against team Mitchell and coming out on top with a 6-1 win. The second Stranraer rink, skipped by Robyn Munro, saw off their opposition with a convincing win against Team Hill 9 shots to 4. The last game in that round saw team Barr win 6-3 against the Furey rink.
In the second round robin games the parents were treated to some fine games of curling which saw some big wins but also some tight games. The third round saw Hamish Gallagher’s rink take on Niall Ryder’s rink.
The first Under 14 Slam in Forfar a few weeks ago saw Niall shake hands after the third end of the High Road Final against Gallagher. With both rinks winning their first two games it was this game that would see the top rink in section B progress to the high road. Ryder had the hammer in the first end but failed to take the advantage and saw it blanked. However he took a two in the second end, Hamish replied with a two in the third giving the hammer in the last end back to Niall. Ryder had one stone in the house scoring from the lead, before playing his last stone, however drawing up short with his second stone took his one winning shot, with final score 3-2.
The High Road semi-final saw Matthew McCrone’s Stranraer 1 rink play off against Niall Ryder, after four ends the result was 4-1 to the home rink. In the other semi-final Robyn Munro’s rink had a convincing win with 7 shots against the Stewart rink’s 2 shots, making it a home final with both Stranraer rinks through.
The Low Road semi-final saw Hamish Gallagher’s rink take a clean sweep with 6 shots against the young Hill rink. The second semi-final in the Low Road saw Gow win 8-1 against the Mcharg rink.
The Low Road Final saw Hamish take two against the hammer in the first end, Hamish forced Gow to a one in the second end, Hamish took a four in the third end and with a blanked fourth end, Hamish (pictured left) won 6-1.
With it not only being a local Stranraer darby but also a family darby in the High Road final all eyes were on rink 2 where Robyn Munro with Robbie Lyon, Finlay Aldred and Iona Irving took on the other Stranraer rink of Matthew McCrone, Kaleb Johnstone, Kerr Lyon and Thomas Hay.
Robyn, with the hammer in the first end, got off to a great start with a three, Matthew fought back with a two in the second end which gave Robyn the hammer back which she took advantage of with a one in the third end, with Robyn lying four shots to Mathew’s two in the final end, Matthew required a two to peel and go to a fifth end, however holding her nerve Robyn waited and stole a one, giving Robyn a 5-2 win (both teams pictured below with Gail Munro).
With the presentations over it was Robyn who thanked her rink for playing so well, the sponsors Asham, her mum Gail Munro for the good ice, McMillan Hotel staff for the food, her opposition and everyone for coming to Stranraer for the competition.
For line scores from the weekend and the leaderboard, please visit the Asham Under 14 – Stranraer page.
Report: Jim Ryder