Team McNay Wins Asham Under 17 Slam Forfar
Forfar Young Curlers hosted the latest leg of the Asham Under 17 Slam at Forfar Ice Rink from 28th to 29th December. 20 junior teams, split into 5 groups of 4, took part in a very competitive but always friendly tournament.
The round-robin group stages took place on the Sunday with lots of quality curling on show for the large audience to enjoy. It was standing room only for most of the day with parents, grandparents and friend watching anxiously at every decision, shot or near miss made by their youngsters the ice. At the end of the day and after some complicated maths from head scorer, George Paterson, the qualifiers were announced as follows:
High Road:- McNay, Shaw, Drummond, Carson, Aitken, MacDonald
Low Road:- Kerr, MacDiarmid, Al-Saffar, Gilmore, Smith, Lockhart
And so to the quarter finals on Monday morning, in the High Road it was Carson v Aitken and Drummond v MacDonald whilst the Low Road would be Gilmore v Smith and Al-Saffar v Lockhart. It was excellent to see three all-girl teams amongst the quarter finalists. In the High Road the boys teams of Carson and Drummond overpowered the girls teams to make their way to the semi-finals, both scores being 7-2. In the Low Road, Smith had a convincing 9-3 victory over Gilmore and Lockhart won 4-2 against Al-Saffar in the other game.
In the High Road semi-final Drummond took an early 3-0 lead after 2 ends against McNay, but McNay fought back, winning all the remaining four ends and the game by 5 shots to 3. In the other High Road semi, things were all even after three ends; Shaw took a 2 in the 4th to go 5-3 up with 2 to play. Luke Carson decided to blank the 5th and try his luck for a 3 in the 6th. Team Carson had a number of stones in the house with plenty of guards when Frazer Shaw came to play his last. Frazer played a good weight draw but clipped a guard on the way in, leaving Luke a draw for a 3 and the game. Luke was up to the task and won the game, progressing to the final against Cameron McNay. In the Low Road semi finals, MacDiarmid and Lockhart progressed to the final with relatively easy victories against Smith and Kerr respectively, Lockhart picking up a 6 in the 3rd making their job all the easier.
The Low Road final was a tense affair with the young and exuberant Lockhart team building up a 4-1 lead by the 5th end. However the more experienced MacDiarmid team fought back with a 4 in the 6th and a 2 in the 7th and eventually running the young Lockhart team out of stones in the 8th to win the Low Road Final 7-4 (pictured left).
The High Road Final was between the two experienced teams of Luke Carson and Cameron McNay. Both teams still in the running to win the overall Slam Title and the coveted trip to Fussen provided they won this final. This was always going to be a close and tense game, and so it was with one’s being exchanged in the early ends. By the 5th McNay had built up a 4-2 lead. Carson blanked the 6th perhaps hoping to save the hammer for the last end like he had done in the semi-final earlier in the day. However he was forced to take his 1 in the 7th leaving the McNay team one up with the hammer going down the last. Team McNay duly took a one in the 8th to win the game 5-3 and take home the Forfar Young Curlers Trophy (pictured top). This now leaves them as the sole challengers to Ross Whyte in the final Slam of the Season in Perth at the end of February.
Report and photos courtesy Ian Taylor