Stranraer juniors win Dumfries slam

The Stranraerteam that won the Asham Under 14 slam
The Stranraerteam that won the Asham Under 14 slam

A Stranraer junior team, skipped by Niall Ryder, won the Dumfries Under 1 slam at Dumfries ice Bowl last weekend.

The second of three Asham Under 14 Slam events this season took place at Dumfries and saw the Stranraer 3 team, Niall, Harry Hay, Robyn Munro and Iona Irving, come out victorious. Twenty-two teams took part and the competition was run on a Schenkel system of play. With a tight schedule of play the teams from section A took to the ice at 9am. Games were scheduled for four ends, with every result being important in determining who would play who in the next game.

Section A was closely contested with one point splitting the top six teams and ends determining the ranking. Stranraer 3 played Strawhorn in the final game of the section to determine who would finish top of the section and play in the final. The game finished a draw and both teams were tied on five points from three games. On the umpires count back Stranraer 3 edged Strawhorn to first place in the section by three ends and were watching closely to see who would emerge from section two as the other finalist.

Section B drew a rematch of the first Asham Under 14 Slam of the 2015/16 season back in October where Team Bryce came out on top against Team Gallacher. This was a closely played match with Bryce just having the upper hand and getting that important first win. Team Bryce controlled section 2 winning all 3 games and finishing clear at the tops.

As the snow started to fall at Dumfries the teams enjoyed a little bit of fun between games with snowball fights.

The final was an excellent game with the Stranraer team just managing to keep team Bryce a fingertip distance away. Taking singles in the first two ends team Bryce hit back with a two in the 3rd making the game tied in the deciding fourth end. Team Bryce threw everything at the Stranraer team and looked like they might manage the great escape and steal the last end. However the Stranraer team had other ideas and showed some real composure. Niall Ryder playing skip was left facing a few counters and elected to play a hit a roll inside the counters on what was described as a shot worthy of winning any final and he played it to perfection to claim the second Asham Under 14 Slam event and keep the Under 14 slam closely contested until the final event to be held in Perth later in the season. On the other sheet, Strawhorn beat Stranraer 2 to claim third place.

John Smith the RCCC Area Rep kindly presented the prizes to the winners and all the parents were thanked for their support and bringing the teams to Dumfries and wished a safe journey back home in the snowy conditions.