Stranraer Young Curlers slam dunk

Winning rink L/R  Iona Irvine, Robyn Munro, Robbie Lyon, Finlay Aldred
Winning rink L/R Iona Irvine, Robyn Munro, Robbie Lyon, Finlay Aldred

The second round of the Asham U14 junior curling slam was played last Sunday, and hosted by Stranraer Ice Rink, saw nine Stranraer curlers take the top three places.

Round one of the round robin in section B on the Sunday morning saw Niall Ryder skip with Robbie McCormack 3rd, Jake Hathaway 2nd and Ross Craik lead, take on a Dumfries rink, after the four ends Niall took the two points win with four shots and two ends to Dumfries three shots.

Section C round one saw the first Stranraer Rink skipped by Matthew McCrone, Kaleb Johnstone 3rd, Kerr Lyon 2nd and Thomas Hay lead play the Stewart rink from Dumfries, Matthew took a four in the first end followed by a one in the second, dropped a shot in the third and took a one in the fourth giving Matthew the win six shots to one shot.

The second Stranraer Rink skipped by Robyn Munro, 3rd Robbie Lyon, Finlay Aldred 2nd and Iona Irving lead play their first game against the Forfar rink skipped by Fergus Hill, Robyn without the hammer in the first end dropped a one and then took a six in the second end, lost a three in the third end and came back with a three in the fourth giving Robyn a nine shots to four win.

After a shot break, round two saw Niall’s rink play the Aberdeen rink skipped by Katy Young, Niall won his game four shots to two. Matthew’s Stranraer 1 rink then took on the young Dumfries rink skipped by Struan Carson taking a three shots to two win.

Robyn was next with her Stranraer 2 rink and took on the Harry Cormack skipping a Kinross rink. Robyn also won this game by five shots to three.

Round three of the round robin qualifiers saw Stranraer 1 take on the Gow rink from Perth, however, Matthew McCrone on the day, took his rink to a four shots to three win.

Robyn with her rink then played Nathan Furey from Greenacres in her last game and sailed through with a six shots to three win.

The third round saw Niall Ryder’s rink take on Hamish Gallagher’s rink from Dumfries. In the first round in Forfar a few weeks ago, Niall shook hands after the third end of the High Road Final, however he took a two in the second end this time, but Hamish replied with a two in the third, giving the hammer in the last end back to Niall. Sitting with one stone in the house scoring for the Stranraer side, Hamish tried to take this stone out with his first shot and just missed, Niall guarded with his first stone, leaving a nose hit for second shot. Niall played his last stone light and took the one, winning by three shots to two.

The leader board after the three round robins read:-

Niall Ryder top of section B played 3 points 6 ends 7 S/U 4 T/S 11

Stranraer 1 top of section C played 3 points 6 ends 7 S/U 7 T/S 13

Stranraer 2 top of Section D played 3 points 6 ends 6 S/U 10 T/S 20

This saw all Stranraer curlers through to the High Road semi-finals.

The High Road semi-final saw Matthew McCrone’s Stranraer 1 rink play off against Niall Ryder, after four ends the result was four shots to one win for McCrone.

In the other semi-final Robyn Munro’s rink had a convincing 7-2 win against the Dumfries rink skipped by Erin Stewart.

The High Road final was not only a local Stranraer ‘derby’ but also a Lyon family ‘derby.’ All eyes were on rink two where Robyn Munro with Robbie Lyon, Finlay Aldred and Iona Irving took on the other Stranraer rink of Matthew McCrone, Kaleb Johnstone, Kerr Lyon and Thomas Hay.

Robyn with the hammer in the first end got off to a great start with a three, Matthew fought back with a two in the second end which gave Robyn the hammer back which she took advantage of with a one in the third end, with Robyn lying four shots to Mathew’s two in the final end Matthew required a two to peel and go to a fifth end, however holding her nerve Robyn waited and stole a one giving Robyn a 5-2 win.

With the presentations over it was Robyn who thanked her rink for playing so well, the sponsors Asham, her mum Gail for the good ice, McMillan Hotels staff for the catering, her opposition and everyone for coming to Stranraer for the competition.

The Asham U14 Slam overall leader board after Sunday’s second round stands:

Niall Ryder, Stranraer, top with 34 points, Robyn Munro, Stranraer, with 21 points and Matthew McCrone, Stranraer, with 18 points.