Junior curlers are champs

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IT’S off to Sweden for eight Stranraer young curlers for the second year in succession after retaining their Scottish Junior Challenge title at Murrayfield Ice Rink at the weekend.

The two rinks who travelled to Edinburgh for the junior challenge went thorugh the 10-game round-robin undefeated.

Team 1: Vicky Wright, Bobby Lammie, Jodie Milroy and Euan Kyle beat Greenacres 6-3; Gogar Park A 7-3; Forfar 7-5; Hamilton 9-4; and peeled 5-5 with Gogar Park B.

Team 2: Gregor Cannon, Neil Topping, Calum Lammie and Alison Fyfe beat Greenacres 8-5; Forfar 7-6; Gogar Park B 7-4; and peeled with Gogar Park A 5-5 and Hamilton 5-5.

The will now travel to Stockholm in April to take park in the Bill Ross Cup.

Junior Bonspiels

The third Junior Bonspiel of the Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club’s 2012/13 season was played at the North West Castle Hotel last Saturday. Thirty two young curlers in eigtht teams competed in this competition which was again generously sponsored by Mrs. Maureen Parker.

The eight teams were skipped by Naomi Brown, Lauren Smith, William McQuillan, Andrew Gilmore, Katie Wright, Brendan Todd, Rhory Hendry and Dion McGuire. Each team played three five-end games to decide the winner on the basis of points scored, ends won, shots up and total shots. By the finish of game two, only two teams had won both their games – those of Naomi Brown and Katie Wright. Four teams had recorded one win and one defeat. Katie and Naomi were drawn to play off to decide the winner. Mathematically any of the four teams on one win had a chance to be runners-up. In an exceptionally close game, the Brown and Wright rinks peeled their game to finish equal on five points to ensure sharing the spoils as no other team could score more than four points. Both Katie and Naomi recorded nine ends won, so the decision depended on the highest shots up scored; the Wright rink had seven shots up against four by the Brown team giving the victory to Katie Wright and her rink, with the Naomi Brown rink having to settle for runners-up.

At the presentation, Hugh Parker, Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club president, praised the quality of curling as well as the sportsmanship. Hugh introduced his wife, Maureen, who was sponsoring the competition, to present the valuable monetary prizes. Both Katie and Naomi thanked sponsor Maureen and their teams.

Winners: Katie Wright (skip); Blair Haswell (third); Robbie Stewart (second); Frazer Taylor (lead).

Runners-up: Naomi Brown (skip); Christopher Henry (third); Beth Jamieson (second); Tamzin McGuire (lead).

The fourth junior bonspiel of the Stranraer Ice Rink Curling Club season played was on the North West Castle Hotel’s Ice Rink last Sunday.

This competition, sponsored by Hew Chalmers, involved eight teams (32 players in all) skipped by Rhory Hendry, Kara Compton, Christopher Henry, Andrew Gilmore, Brendan Todd, Fraser Sweeney, William McQuillan and Blair Haswell playing off in three games.

By the end of the second game only the teams of Andrew Gilmore and Christopher Henry were unbeaten; these two squared off in the deciding contest. The Henry team were on fire and Gilmore could not conjure the form that had seen him win his first couple of matches. Christopher and his rink ensured a decisive victory. Brendan Todd and his team, who won their last game, giving them two wins and a peel (draw), were runners-up by virtue of having an extra point over the Gilmore team.

Presenting, Hugh Parker, thanked Hew Chalmers for sponsoring and congratulated the young curlers. Hew Chalmers presented the monetary prizes and spoke of the importance of these competitions in developing skills. For the competition winners, Christopher thanked Hew for his sponsorship and his team for playing so well.

Winner: Christopher Henry (skip); James Stewart (third); Alan Oxley (second); Mairi Lammie (lead). Runners-up: Brendan Todd (skip); Peter Cochran (third); Callum McQuillan (second); Tamzin McGuire (lead).