Team Kinnear Take Asham Under 17 Slam Lanarkshire
Team Kinnear made it two Asham Under 17 Slam events out of two with another win at Lanarkshire on 1st November.
With 24 teams involved the ice was full of new and more experienced teams all looking to make their mark in this season’s competition or increase their point’s total in the overall competition which boasts the coveted top prize of secured places at the World Curling Federation Camp in Fussen, Germany for the overall Slam Winner.
The league match results unsurprisingly saw the more experienced teams move into the later knockout stages with James Craik & Lisa Davie going directly to the High Road Semi Finals and Ben Cormack & Susie Smith going to the Low Road Semi’s.
This meant an early Sunday morning start for teams Kinnear, Lockhart, Gilmour and Findlay in the High Road and teams, Farmer, Hamilton, Gallacher and Barron in the Low Road. The two standout matches at this stage were the extra end matches between Kinnear and Lockhart (HR) and Gallacher and Barron (LR) where hammer in the extra end proved crucial for teams Kinnear and Gallacher in taking them to a Semi Final place.
The High Road Semi Finals were a perfect example of just how good these young teams have become with the inform Craik team blanking the first two ends against team Gilmour before taking a three at the third, forced a single to the Stranraer rink on the forth and closed the match out with another three at the fifth to book a final place against the winner of the Kinnear, Davie semi-final. This proved again the importance of having the hammer in an extra end game with Callum Kinnear again using the advantage to draw the house with his last stone and move into the final. The Final was perhaps the least stressful of the Sunday matches for team Kinnear although with the number of ends increasing to eight there is more chance to recover from an early poor start. With team Craik holding the hammer the first end was blanked and Kinnear managed to steal a single in the second. Craik managed his two at the third end but immediately lost a three at the fourth followed by another steal this time of two at the fifth and team Kinnear were firmly in change of the High Road Final to win 7-3.
The Low Road Final saw two Dumfries based teams skipped by Hamish Gallacher and Ellie Hamilton battle it out. Hamish and his team just seemed to get better and better as the Sunday progressed and unfortunately for Ellie and her team they chose the final to struggle with their line and weight for the first time all weekend and team Gallacher ran out 9-2 winners.
The Asham Under 17 slam now moves to Greenacres for the next round on 28-29 November 2015.
Winners pictured: Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack, Duncan McFadzean, Mathew McKenzie.