Team Kinnear retain Under 17 Asham Slam title

Twenty-four teams of junior curlers from all over Scotland descended on Dewars Centre in Perth this weekend for the Perth Junior Open, the fifth and final event of the Asham Under 17 Slam for the 2016/17 season.

Six groups of four played a round robin on Saturday with Teams Craik, Kinnear, Gallacher, Farmer, Morton and Kennedy winning their respective sections and progressing to the knockout stages on Sunday, while the second placed teams played in the low road.

Craik and Kinnear topped the rankings – progressing directly to the semi-finals, leaving the other four teams to contest the quarter-finals. Gallacher outplayed Kennedy and Morton edged Farmer in the quarters.

The semi-finals saw Gallacher take on Craik and Morton play Kinnear. Both semi-finals followed the round robin ranking, with Craik and Kinnear progressing to the final. Team Kinnear controlled the final, coming out 9-3 to the better and taking the Perth Junior Open title.

As the top ranked of the second-placed teams Haswell and Gow progressed straight to the low road semi-finals – leaving Henderson, Blair, Davie and Lyon to contest the quarter finals. Davie and Lyon edged out Blair and Henderson respectively, which placed them into two extremely close semi-finals, both going down to the last stone with Gow beating Lyon and Haswell overcoming Davie, both games by a single shot.

So the low road final also followed the round robin ranking, with Haswell and Gow contesting the final. Haswell started strongly and went on to dominate the final, in the end comfortable winners of the low road, final score 11-3.

As this was the last event on the Asham Under 17 Slam for the 2016/17 season there were prizes to be awarded for the outstanding performances for two teams. Team Farmer (Beth Farmer, Kirstin Bousie, Katie McMillan and Alexandra Mackintosh) were crowned the Top Female Under 17 team for the 2016/17 season, while Team Kinnear (Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack, Duncan McFadzean and Matthew McKenzie) crowned Scottish Under 17 Asham Slam winners. The boys have been formidable at this age group for the last two years in junior curling – this year winning all four events they entered, as winners of the Slam they have earned the right to attend the World Curling Federation Junior Curling Camp in Fussen, Germany.

For all line scores from the weekend, click Asham Under 17 Slam – Perth.

Pictured top: Team Kinnear – Perth Junior Open winners and overall Asham Under 17 winners
Pictured middle: Team Craik – Perth Junior Open runners-up
Pictured bottom: Team Farmer – Top Female Under 17 Team

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