Team Whyte Wins Asham Slam in Perth
The final Asham Under 17 Slam of the season, the Perth Junior Open took place at Dewars Centre, Perth from Saturday 28th February to Sunday 1st March. There was a very high standard of curling throughout and no doubt we got a glimpse of the stars of the future.
Teams McNay, Whyte, Carson and MacDonald qualified after securing the top two spots in the High and Low Roads, which meant they got a longer lie and straight to the Semi-Final matches on Sunday.
Also in qualifying through to the knockout stages this also meant that the MacDonald team (Mairi MacDonald, Lucy Morton, Leeanne McKenzie and Nicola Joiner pictured left) gained enough Slam point to win the Ladies team prize.
Teams Shaw, Dakers, Morton, Drummond, Cormack, Keron, Moodie and Lockhart had to battle it out in the Quarter Finals. In the end it was Teams Lockhart, Cormack, Drummond and Shaw which progressed to the Semi-Finals.
The overall Slam winners was going to go right down to the wire with both Whyte (the Asham Under 17 Slam leaders going into the last weekend) and McNay (second placed team going into this game) qualifying to the High Road knockout stages and progressing to battle it out in the Final with winner taking top spot, not only for the weekend but for the Asham Under 17 Slam title itself. It was a very close game and great shots played by both teams. Team McNay (Cameron McNay, Ryan McCormack, Alistair Middleton and Angus Bryce pictured above right) played some great freezes in the 8th end to create a score of 2 and take the game into an extra end. The extra end needed a lot of discussion by the Whyte team as stones gathered around the 4 foot circle. It all came down to some touch shots by the skips stones. Cameron McNay went for a corner freeze with his last stone. It just glanced the guard and allowed Callum Kinnear to sweep it just enough behind the tee and ensure the victory for Team Whyte (Euan Kyle, Kerr Sands, Callum Kinnear, Ross Whyte pictured top right).
In the Low Road Semi-Finals it was Teams Carson and Lockhart which successfully negotiated their way to the Low-Road Final. This was also be a very close match which again went down to the last end. Carson’s lead Duncan McFadzean set things up for his team by playing a lovely tic shot with his second stone and the Lockhart team could not find the cover they needed and so Team Carson (Duncan McFadzean, George Ballantyne, Iain Waddell and Luke Carson pictured left) were crowned the Low Road Champions.
Photos by Barry Mckenzie