Weekend Review: 4-6 November
Hannah Fleming and her team of Lauren Gray, Alice Spence and Abi Brown won the Ottawa Junior Superspiel on Sunday with a 8-5 win over Team Kreviazuk in the final. The Scottish Junior Girls team opened the competition with a loss to drop into the B Road before stringing together consequtive wins on their way to winning the championship title. This win gives Lauren Gray back to back victories at the Ottawa Junior Superspiel as she skipped her team to success in 2010. Jay McWilliam and his team of Colin Dick, Grant Hardie and Billy Morton also competed over the weekend but failed to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The Inverness Skins proved to be a fun weekend for all involved as the event on the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour attracted twenty-four teams from around the country. The final was between Ally Fraser and his rink of David Reid, Ruairidh Greenwood and Tom Pendreigh Jr against Neil Macarthur, Dean Clark, Grant Fraser and Jamie Greenwood. The game was a lot closer than the prize money reflects with Team Macarthur coming out with £230 compared to Ally Fraser’s £70.
At Dumfries Ice Bowl, ten junior teams participated in the Royal Club Skills Awards Challenge. The Skills Awards Programme has 6 levels; Red, White, Blue, Bronze, Silver & Gold. For the purpose of the Challenge, no player higher than a Bronze award level is eligible and teams are compiled to a maximum of 10 points on the following basis; Red award level = 1point, White award level = 2 points, Blue award level = 3 points and Bronze award level = 4 points
4 x 3 end games were played on a Schenkel basis. In the 4th game, Braehead beat Hamilton 2-1 to secure a place in the final against Hamilton who had won their previous 3 games; a re-run for the Final was to take place! The Final did not go the same way; the Hamilton team of Luke Carson, Ian Waddell, Kathryn Johnson & Alistair Torrance took 3 shots in the first end and stole a 2in the 2nd end making the score 5-0, and the Braehead team decided to shake hands then.
The winners are pictured above: L – R:-Kathryn Johnson, Luke Carson (behind), Alistair Torrance & Ian Waddell.
Whilst the Final was taking place, the other 8 teams undertook a series of 4 timed team challenges; points were awarded for each person in the team that successfully completed the challenge in hand! Two teams finished in joint first place with 80 points however, when taking game ranking into account, it was the local team from Dumfries that was to come out on top.
The Team Challenge winners are pictured below L-R: Frazer Kingan, Natasha Kerr, Shaun Milligan & Ellie Hamilton.