Weekend Review: 14- 16 October
At Forfar Indoor Sports, both the Scottish Women’s Tour and the Forfar Open took place over the weekend, making the newly refurbished rink a busy venue with a high standard of curling on display over the weekend. In the Scottish Women’s Tour, Hannah Fleming and her rink of Lauren Gray, Alice Spence and Abi Brown had qualified top of Section A with a round robin game still to go but in Section B it was all still to play for going into the final game as Kerry Barr and Hazel Smith were both still in the hunt for the top place in the section. Hazel Smith and Kerry Barr won their final games but it was to be a Smith versus Fleming final as Hazel Smith and her team of Naomi Whyte, Louise Mansion and Eilidh Templeton had handed the Barr side their only loss of the competition on Sunday morning.
Lockerbie’s Team Fleming came from behind in the final, scoring 4 points in the fourth end, on their way to a 6-4 win over Team Smith of Lanarkshire.
The Forfar Open was closely contested with eight qualifiers progressing to the knockout stages on Sunday morning. Teams skipped by Gary Cannell, Graham Sheddon, Kyle Smith, Duncan Menzies, Mike Ferguson, Ally Fraser, Paul Stevenson and Sandy Reid contested in the quarterfinals with Teams Sheddon, Fraser, Smith and Stevenson progressing to the semifinals. Both semi finals were one sided affairs with big scores in both games. Kyle Smith and his team of Thomas Muirhead, Gordon Craik and Fergus Corbett defeated Graham Sheddon 9-2 while Ally Fraser had an good 8-2 win over Paul Stevenson. Ally Fraser and his team of David Reid, Ruairidh Greenwood and Calum Greenwood took a three in the opening end of the final against Team Smith and were able to keep their noses in front to win the Forfar Open and the third leg of the Scottish Curling Tour with a score of 5-3.
Ally Fraser and Kyle Smith share the top of the overall leaderboard of the Scottish Curling Tour with 17 points followed by Frazer Hare and Paul Stevenson who sit on 10 points.
Sarah Reid and her team of Lorna Vevers , Barbara McPake and Rachael Simms reached the semifinal of the South Western Ontario Charity Women’s Charity Cashspiel. The Scottish side qualified through the C road to reach the quarterfinals where they defeated Cathy Auld before losing out narrowly to Susan Birt in the semifinal.
Eve Muirhead and her team have reached the final of the Meyers Norris Penny Charity Classic. Team Muirhead will take on Team Webster of Calgary in the final in a contest of the only two undefeated teams in the competition (with both finalists coming from the A road).
Featured Image: Forfar Development Officer Jill MacDonald and Development Manager Judith McFarlane present Team Fleming with their prizes after a successful competition at the Scottish Women’s Tour in Forfar. Photo courtesy of Skip Cottage Curling