The Junior Easter Curling Bonspiel, played at Stranraer Ice Rink last week nwas won by Euan Kyle (skip), Andrew Cannon, Gillian Downie, Star Birkhead.
The competition is organised by the Coaching and Development Association and was sponsored by Ayr Audi, of Ayr, and is open to any junior curler aged 17 years and under and 64 juniors registered and took part.
At the first session on Monday eight teams played three games of five ends under a modified Shenkell system and the top four teams qualified and moved to the final stages on Tuesday. The second session of eight teams played a similar system with the top four teams moving to Tuesday’s finals. The eight finalists teams were skipped by Andrew Gilmore, Chloe Dunn, Beth Jamieson, Euan Kyle, Harry Glasgow, Katie McMillan, Robyn Munro and Lauren Smith.
The final day followed a similar format playing three games of five ends. After the third game the team skipped by Euan Kyle topped the table with six points, closely followed by teams skipped by Andrew Gilmore and Katie McMillan, each on four points. The other five teams were on two points each. In the final game Euan’s team held their lead finishing top of the table to win the Easter Bonspiel. Andrew’s team also won to retain the second place position. Third and forth place went to teams skipped by Katie McMillan and Harry Glasgow. All games played were close with some excellent curling.
Bill Scott, Coaching and Development Chairman, presided at the prize giving and thanked Ayr Audi for their generous support of the junior competition and introduced Derek Lyon, Head of Business with Ayr Audi, and explained that without such support a competition such as the Junior Easter Bonspiel attracting 64 junior curlers would not take place. Bill congratulated all teams taking part and remarked on the excellent standard of curling played over the two days. he commented that the final stages were exciting and it was not until the last stones were played that the winners were decided. He congratulated Euan Kyle and his team on emerging as winners and Andrew’s team as runners up. Derek Lyon handed over the Easter Bonspiel Trophy to Euan Kyle and engraved curling plaques to each member of the top three teams. The winners also received Audi Sports bottles and the winners and runners up were also given Audi skip hats. All players taking part were given chocolate Easter eggs.
Derek said that Audi were pleased to again sponsor the Junior Easter Bonspiel and said that he had enjoyed watching the boys and girls demonstrate their curling skills. He thanked the organisers for an excellent competition.
Euan said that he was pleased to have won the trophy and thanked his team for playing well over the two days. He also thanked Ayr Audi for their sponsorship and all who had helped make the competition a success.
Winning Team - Euan Kyle (skip), Andrew Cannon, Gillian Downie, Star Birkhead.
Second -Andrew Gilmore (skip), Harry Hay, Robbie Lyon, Robert Smith
Third - Katie McMillan (skip), Thomas Hay, Emma Drennan, Lauren Pirrie.
Fourth - Harry Glasgow (skip), Lauren McCulloch, Kathryn Topping, John Jolly.