Team Kinnear win second Asham Under 17 Slam
The second Asham Under 17 Slam of the season took place Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th October, at Lanarkshire Ice Rink. Twenty four teams took part, split over six sections, the final knock out stage of the competition took place on Sunday afternoon with the High and Low Road finals, with Team Kinnear (pictured right – Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack, Duncan McFadzean and Matthew McKenzie) coming out on top for the second time this season. The RCCC also held a successful development seminar for parents, coaches, and club co-ordinators on Saturday, which was delivered by sportscotland.
The final of the High Road saw Haswell (pictured left – Blair Haswell, Adam Keron, Cameron Paterson and Adam MacDairmid) who won the Low Road final at the first Asham Under 17 Slam of the season, come up against Kinnear who won the High Road Final at the previous Asham Under 17 Slam. Team Haswell started strongly with two in the first end and one in the second. However Team Kinnear settled down and played a steady game – taking the next four ends with 3, 1, 2 and 1 giving them a lead of four with two ends to play. The strength of Team Kinnear’s play in those ends was very good placing of their guards. Team Kinnear then concentrated on protecting their lead, blanking the last two ends. All players in both teams delivered some excellent stones.
Team Henderson (pictured below left – Fay Henderson, Andrew Robson, Katie Jackson and Stuart Robson) and Team Lyon (pictured below right – Karlyn Lyon, Lauren McCulloch, Nicola Joiner and Robyn Munro) were the qualifiers for the Low Road final. In the final Team Lyon started the scoring with one shot in the first end, but team Henderson quickly replied with three in the second end. Team Lyon took single shots in the next two ends, the fourth end being close enough for a measure, to level the score. Team Henderson took the next two ends with two and one. Team Lyon got two in end seven, so going into the eight end Team Henderson had a lead of one. Team Lyon with their last stone got a lovely little tap up nicely behind a guard. Last stone from Team Henderson just trickled a little too far to the back of the house. The game was a draw at six all after eight ends, so an extra end had to be played and Team Henderson took one to win an excellent game.
For more from this competition, including team lists and line scores, please visit the Asham Under 17 Slam – Lanarkshire event page.
Report: Norman Whitfield