Weekend Round-up – 15/12/2017 – 17/12/2017

Asham Under 21 Slam – Lockerbie Junior International

15th-17th December – Lockerbie Ice Rink

The Asham Under 21 Slam series drew to a close this weekend with the Lockerbie Junior International. After a group stage that included a touch of international flair, the women’s semi-finals were set with an all-Scottish clash of Team Davie vs Team Bryce and an all-international match with the teams from Latvia and Denmark. The Danish team won to set up a final against Team Davie who scored a 2 in the 8th end to edge a close final, 6-5. Team Bremane from Latvia won comfortably over Team Bryce 6-1 to take third place along with the gratitude of many teams as they provided a sub on 3 separate occasions across the weekend.

The men’s competition saw the main contenders for the Asham Slam Series joined by Team Denmark in the semi-finals. Team Kinnear scored a 4 two ends in a row to ease into the final over Team Craik 9-2. They were joined by Team Denmark who saw off Team Baird thanks to their own score of 4. The final saw Team Kinnear start strongly, taking an early 3-0 lead. They were pegged back by the Danes but a score of 3 in the 7th end enabled them to run their opponents out of stones and take the title, winning 6-3.

With their second title of the season: Lisa Davie, Kirsty Barr, Anna Skuse and Emma Barr have secured the overall slam series along with the grand prize of £1,000. They reached the final of all the Asham Under 21 Slams and run out deserved winners. A first slam title of the season for Team Kinnear was not enough to hold off Team Craik from securing the slam series. In an open season with 4 individual winners, the team of James Craik, Angus Bryce, Mark Watt and Niall Ryder were the only team to secure points at every slam and edge Teams Baird and Kinnear to lift the crown. All thoughts now turn to the Johnston Carmichael Scottish Curling Junior Championships in 5 weeks, these teams will be hoping to turn slam success into national junior glory.


Dumfries Challenger Series

14th-17th December – Dumfries Ice Bowl, Goldline Scottish Curling Tour and World Curling Tour Event

Local favourites Team Mouat emerged victorious at the Dumfries Challenger World Curling Tour Event this weekend. After an unsteady round robin, Team Mouat made it to the quarter finals thanks to their draw shot average and were joined by domestic rivals Teams Hare and Marshall but Teams Brewster and Bryce were somewhat surprising casualties in the group stage. The playoff stages were completed by 4 Swiss teams and 1 team from Denmark.

After a controlling win in the quarter finals, Team Mouat were the sole Scottish team left standing and the scrambled from 6-2 down in the 7th end to win the semi final over Team Krause from Denmark 7-6. The final against Team Hess of Switzerland saw singles traded back and forth before a steal of 2 swung the game decisively in Team Mouat’s favour. A final takeout ran their opponents out of stones and sealed a 5-3 victory for the Scots and their 4th title of the season. Skip Bruce Mouat was happy to end 2017 on a high: “The team and I are hoping to continue this form going into the Scottish Curling Championships in February. We are all looking forward to a bit of a break over Christmas and the new year”.

(Team Mouat photograph courtesy of British Curling)

(Featured image photograph courtesy of quickleft.com)

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