Stranraer Academy win Scottish Schools Championships

Winners of the Scottish Schools Curling Championships Stranraer Academy 1  Stewart Kyle, David Henderson, Euan Kyle, Katie McMillan and Brendan Todd
Winners of the Scottish Schools Curling Championships Stranraer Academy 1 Stewart Kyle, David Henderson, Euan Kyle, Katie McMillan and Brendan Todd

The Scottish Schools Championship held at Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh last weekend was won by a rink for Stranraer Academy skipped by Euan Kyle.

Twenty-four teams took part in the competition which saw some excellent quality of curling throughout.

In the quarter-finals it was Forfar Academy, Stranraer Academy 1, Wallace Hall Academy and Perth High School which progressed to the semi-finals.

Stranraer Academy 1 (Euan Kyle, Stewart Kyle, Katie McMillan and Brendan Todd) took on Perth High School in the first of the semi-finals. After the first end was blanked, Stranraer opened their account with a two in the second, before limiting Perth High School to a single in the third. Then in the fourth end with Stranraer Academy lying two, Perth High School skip Duncan McFadzean attempted a hit and stick with his last but it only just glanced the Stranraer stone before sailing through. This left Stranraer with a draw for three which they readily completed to increase their lead to 5-1. Perth managed to mount a comeback in the fifth end taking a two and reducing Stranraer’s lead to 5-3 and they put further pressure on Stranraer in the sixth end when lying two against, Euan Kyle, Stranraer Skip, was faced with a draw to the button to take the end. His draw was inch perfect extending Stranraer’s lead to 6-3. Stranraer managed to steal one in the seventh end and with the score line at 7-3, Perth High School offered handshakes to confirm Stranraer’s place in the final against Forfar Academy who beat Wallace hall in the other semi-final.

In the final Stranraer were held to one in the first end as Forfar put pressure on from the start. After the second was blanked, Forfar Skip Hailey Duff clipped a guard with her first in the third end to allow Stranraer to put up a guard. Then with her last she attempted the raised take out but it was unsuccessful and so Stranraer went into a 2-0 lead with a steal of one.

With Stranraer lying one in the four foot in the fourth end, a lovely raised double take out from Hailey Duff with her first saw Forfar lying shot amongst a cluster of stones. Euan Kyle then played a shot into the guddle of stones to promote one of his own stones onto the button and leaving Forfar with a difficult raised take-out for the end. The shot was successful and Forfar were straight back in the game with a score of two, tying the game at 2-2.

After the fifth end was blanked, Stranraer was forced to take a single in the sixth with a hit and stick with their last. Then with Forfar lying one on the button behind cover in the seventh end, Stranraer Academy attempted a raised promotion on their own stones but they did not get enough of it and only succeeded in disrupting one of the Forfar stones at the front of the house. This meant that Forfar now had the opportunity to draw for two and move into the lead but the draw was heavy and they only managed to secure the single going into the eigthth end with a score of 3-3 and without hammer.

Stranraer went into the eigth end with the hammer and only requiring the single and in the end Stranraer Academy was left with a hit and stick on a Forfar stone at the front of the house for the win. Euan Kyle kept his nerve and Stranraer Academy 1 won the Scottish Schools Championship 2015.