Jodie’s juniors retain title

Jodie Milroy (seconf right) and her teammates after their success at Inverness
Jodie Milroy (seconf right) and her teammates after their success at Inverness

Newton Stewart junior curler Jodie Milroy was one of the girls rink that retained the hotly-contested Inverness Asham Under 21 Slam event at Inverness Ice Centre last weekend.

Playing lead stones for Katie Murray from Stirling, the draw for the semi matched the Murray quartet against Gina Aitken from Murrayfield.

The two RCCC Academy sides had met in the qualifiers where a last end steal saw Aitken squeeze home. The rematch was a different affair.

A cat and mouse opening saw three blanked ends before Murray opened the scoring with a two in the fourth end.

Aitken was forced to a single in reply before a triple in the seventh effectively sealed the deal for Murray, though as expected of a side of Aitken’s class, they took Murray to the tenth.

In the final, Murray’s team of Sophie Jackson, Laura Ritchie Jodie Milroy played Lesley Young’s team from Forfar.

The title holders appeared to be cruising when they stole the seventh end to lead 6-2.

However Young declined to give up hammer in the eighth and manufactured a triple in the ninth to take the game all the way.

With her last stone Murray faced two in the twelve foot and opted to hit and lie. However the stone rolled out and Young had forced an extra end.

In the decider Young’s team got early cover and Murray rather than hit for home opted to defend her opening counter in the four foot.

A high strategy end left Lesley Young with an angled double raise to lift the Murray counter and leave Murray’s team in trouble. The stone looked perfect but the lifted stone could only feather the counter and the Murray team had retained their title as Inverness Junior International Champions.

The competition featured a prize fund of £1,800.00 and a strong field of teams.

Girls Pictured top – Katie Murray (skip); Sophie Jackson; Laura Ritchie; Jodie Milroy; Barbara McPake (team coach).