Success for Local Teams at the 2017 RCCC Funspiel
The annual RCCC Funspiel took place on Sunday 19th March, at Dumfries Ice Bowl. With twelve teams competing in both age groups at the RCCC Funspiel, each team got to play three games, with the top team from each group and the best runner up progressing to the semi-final. All the curlers played exceptionally well in the group stages and the time management of the teams was impeccable all day in a packed schedule!
In the Under 13 event Dumfries 1 topped Section A, with Lockerbie winning Section B and Stranraer 1 Section C, while Dumfries 2 qualified as highest runner up. It was an all Dumfries semi-final with Team 1 managing to hold their nerve and make it to the final where they would play Stranraer 1 who had defeated Lockerbie in the other semi-final.
The Dumfries (Orrin Carson, Logan Carson, Archie Hyslop and Charlie Gibb) team got off to a great start in the final. Orrin making a tough draw to the 4-foot for a one in the first end and then stealing the next two ends to take a commanding lead which they would not give up. Stranraer 1 (Robyn Munro, Finlay Hare, Rory Dodds and Ben Kyle) fought hard in the last end and almost got back into the game. A somewhat fortunate rub in the last end sent Dumfries last stone in behind cover and left Stranraer with a difficult raise take-out for three. It was not to be and Stranraer scored the one in the last end to leave Dumfries (pictured left) 3–1 winners
In the Under 15 event Lanarkshire topped Section A with Dumfries 2 and 3 topping Sections B and C and Perth making it through as highest runner up.
Dumfries 2 met Lanarkshire in the first semi-final and controlled the match winning 4-0 while Dumfries 3 played Perth in a nail bitter resulting in a 3-1 win for the local team.
In an all Dumfries final between Dumfries 3 (Nevin Harmjanz, Finlay Kennedy, Andrew Murray, Ollie McLellan) and Dumfries 2 (Hamish Gallacher, Scott Hyslop, Jack Strawhorn, Jack Carrick) the two teams put on a great display trading single shots in the first 3 ends. Dumfries 3 skip Nevin was forced to drawing the 4-foot to tie the game and force an extra end after some clinical clearing from Dumfries 2. The extra end showed more quality curling, and it was Dumfries 3 (pictured right) who emerged winners after managing a steal of 1 in the extra end.
While the semi-finals and finals were taking place all the other curlers were invited to take part in a Hotshots Challenge which would see them go head to head with their fellow competitors. They would have to play 4 different types of shots and be scored on each attempt with a possible 8 points up for grabs.
In the Under 13 event Rory MacLeod (Dumfries) just missed the maximum scoring 7 out of 8 and won the hotshots while Tom Harper (Dumfries) was the next best score with 4 finishing in second place. The Under 15 event was closely contested with Niall Ryder (Stranraer) winning with a score of 5 out of 8 points closely followed by joint second placed curlers Emily Muir (Dumfries) Iona Irving (Stranraer) Harry (Kinross) and Logan Hare (Stranraer) each with a score of 4 points.
The prizes were presented by 2017 Scottish Curling Junior Champion skip and local curler Sophie Jackson. Thanks were given to the Ice Bowl, ice staff, umpires, Dumfries Junior Club Committee, all the teams as well as the parents and coaches who travelled to support all the teams.
For line scores from the weekend, click RCCC Funspiel.
Images provided by Dumfries Ice Bowl.