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Forfar Young Curlers vs. Latvia Men 2
 
18th October 2014 A team of Forfar Young Curlers took on the Latvia 2 Men's Team at Aberdeen. Craig Joiner, Adam Flint, Iain Wallace and Layla Al-Saffar had a very close game against the Latvia Men. It came down to the last stone and Latvia made the draw to win the game.
Latvia
   
 
Livechannel Cup - Harnosan, Sweden
 
10-12th October 2014

Forfar Young Curlers were represented in Sweden this weekend by Stuart Taylor, skip of the Performance Foundation Team Taylor. Stuart Taylor (FYC) Skip, Bobby Lammie 3rd, Gregor Cannon 2nd, and Ross Fraser Lead.

Against Team Ali of Russia, Taylor won 10-8, followed by a victory over Team Majiet of Sweden 4-2, Stuart Taylor's rink then beat Team Riteice of Sweden 4-3, Austria's Team Wunderer followed by Team Oppdalsbanken of Norway 5-3 to qualify for the semi finals.

In the semi final Team Taylor lost in a very close game 7-6 to Team Zip-Up from Sweden. The 3rd/4th play off is never easy to play after such a close semi final, and Team Taylor lost to Team Riteice of Sweden 7-2.

Team Taylor finished the tournament 4th overall. The winning rink was Team Nepstad of Norway.

Team Taylor
   
 
Under 14 Slam - Aberdeen
 
11th October 2014

Congratulations to Forfar Young Curlers James Craik and Campbell White who won the first Under 14 Slam event of the season at Aberdeen.

James Craik (FYC) Skip, Angus Bryce 3rd, Campbell White (FYC) 2nd, and Sorley MacDonald Lead finished the round robin top of their group with 3 wins from 3. over Waterfront, Holl and McPherson.

The semi-final saw Kerr Waddell meet James Craik. James faced two shots playing his last stone in the final end and cut his opposition down to 1 and take the game to an extra end in which his team scored 4.

The first end of the final saw a measure for one which went in Team Craik’s favour. Facing one shot against, Lisa Davie played a super hit and stick to take 2 and edge ahead after two ends. The all-girls team of Holly Turner, Sophie McDougall, Annabel Skuse and Lisa Davie got a stone hidden in a good position but a lovely raised-take out by James Craik with his last stone saw the boys take 2 shots and go 3-2 ahead. In the fourth end, Team Davie had a hit and stick for the game but Lisa hit and rolled out to take the final to an extra end. The extra end was kept open and the boys’ team of Sorley MacDonald, Campbell White, Angus Bryce and James Craik secured the win with a score of two.

Alex Mackintosh (FYC) Skip, Caitlin Jones 3rd, Freddie Wilson and Ross Craik (FYC) Lead had 1 win vs. Baughan 3-2, and 2 losses vs. Davie 2-5 and Waddwll 0-8 and did not qualify for the knockout stages.

Shannon Whatley (FYC) Skip, Clair Kirk (FYC) 3rd, Katy Kirk (FYC) 2nd, Inca Maguire (FYC) Lead drew 1 game vs. Torrance 4-4, and had 2 losses vs. Thomson 1-8 and Murray 1-5 and failed to reach the knockout stages.

Team Craik - Under 14 Winners
   
 
Under 21 Slam - Kinross
 
5th October 2014

Congratulations to Forfar Young Curler Thomas Halder, playing with Team Brydone who won the U21 Slam at Kinross. Also congratulations to FYC players Craig Paterson and Adam Flint playing for Team Sands who also made the final. Team Bryce were awarded 3rd place as Team Carson conceded.

RCA Team Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) playing lead, lost to Barr 4-6 but had wins over McIntyre 9-4 and Johnston 8-4 in the group stages to qualify for the quarter finals 2nd in the group. Team Brydone beat Team Carswell 7-3 at that stage. In the Semi Final, the Brydone quartet beat the Hamilton team skipped by Luke Carson 8-3. The final was a tight affair against Kerr Sands team. It was 2-0 to Brydone after 5 ends. The game turned in the 6th where, Kerr Sands, with the 8ft circle to draw to for the 1, was heavy and lost 2 against the head. At 4-0 down with 2 ends to play, it was going to be difficult for Sands, and so it proved with Team Brydone running Team Sands out of stones in the 8th to end the game 4-1. Well done Team Brydone.

Grant Barr skipping with Robert Fawns (FYC) 3rd, Fraser Thomson 2nd and Neil Sutherland lead, beat Brydone 6-4, McIntyre 8-4 and Johnston 13-2 to top their group. In the quarter finals Team Barr were beaten 6-4 by Team Sands.

Kerr Sands (Skip), Craig Paterson (FYC) (3rd) with Adam Flint (FYC) playing 2nd, and Drew Thomson playing lead, had wins vs. Cormack 8-5, and Whittle 7-5, but losses to Carswell 6-9, Team Sands finished 2nd in their group and qualified for the Quarter Finals. A win over Grant Barr 6-4 saw the team progress to the Semi Final. In a very close game, Kerr Sands with his final stone made an outstanding shot to take a 3 and the the game 6-5. The final against Team Brydone was a very tight affair. It was 2-0 to Brydone after 5 ends. The game turned in the 6th where, Kerr Sands, with the 8ft circle to draw to for the 1, was heavy and lost 2 against the head. At 4-0 down with 2 ends to play, it was going to be difficult for Sands, and so it proved with Team Brydone running Team Sands out of stones in the 8th to end the game 4-1. Well done Team Sands for reaching their first final of the season.

James Hay (Skip) with Gregor Bousie (3rd), Ross Cormack (2nd) and Bruce Keillor (FYC) (Lead) had a win vs. McLean 9-5, and 2 losess to Carson 4-5, and Whyte 5-7. Team Hay did not qialify for the knockout stages.

In the Women's section: the team of Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead had wins vs. McDonald 9-4 and Farmer 12-5 and 1 loss to Morrison 5-6. Team Murray qualified for the semi finals top of their group. The Murray team had a very close game against Team Sarah Wood, but failed to make the required steal at the last end, losing 5-6. In the 3rd/4th playoff, Team Murray beat Team K. Aitken 7-3 with a last stone double takeout to take 3rd place overall.

Lesley Young (FYC) Skip, Amy MacDonald 3rd, Louise Joiner (FYC) 2nd and Beth Dandie (FYC) Lead finished the round robin on 2 wins vs Farmer 10-5 and Morisson 6-4, and 1 loss to Murray 4-9 to finish 3rd in their group with the same points and ends as Team Morrison, but heartbreakingly 6 shots worse off and did not qualify.

The Ladies Under 21 Final was between Team Rebecca Morrison and Team Sarah Wood. In a high quality final, and the scores 5-4 in Wood's favour going into the last end, the Morrison team played a fantastic end of precision curling to take a 3 and the win.

Team Brydone
   
 
Under 17 Slam - Lockerbie
 
29th September 2014

Congratulations to Forfar Young Curlers Euan MacDiarmid and Bruce Keillor who made it all the way to the final of the High Road at the Under 17 Slam event at Lockerbie.

Euan MacDiarmid (FYC) Skip, with Drew Thomson 3rd, Bruce Keillor (FYC) 2nd and Ross Cormack Lead, won all 3 games to finish top of their groupvs. Gilmore 5-4, Dakers 14-2, and Morton 15-0. In the High Road Semi Final Team MacDiarmid triumphed against Team Cormack 7-2. IN the High Road final, Team MacDiarmid were up against the formidable Team Whyte. Getting off to abad start, Euan lost a 3 at the first end, took a 1 at the second, before losing another 2 in the third. The teams swapped singles and the 6th was blanked. Unfortunately Team MacDiarmid could only take a 1 at the 7th end to get the score to 6-3 and that is how the game ended.

Mairi MacDonald (Skip), Lucy Morton 3rd, Leanne McKenzie 2nd, Nicola Joiner (FYC) Lead had 1 win vs. Moodie 10-3 and 2 losses vs. Davie 3-4, Shaw 2-8. Team MacDonald finished 2nd in the group and qualified for the Low Road knockout stages. In the Low Road Quarter Final Team MacDonald was narrowly beaten by local Team skipped by Cameron McNay 5-4.

Ellie Hamilton (Skip), with Layla Al-Saffar (FYC) 3rd, Alex Mackintosh (FYC) (2nd) and Jodie Duff (Lead) played their first U17 slam as a new team at Lockerbie this weekend. They had 1 win vs. Beattie 8-4 and 2 losses vs. Drummond 3-4, Carson 2-10. Team Hamilton finished 3rd in the group only missing out on qualification for the knockout stages by 2 shots difference.

Scott Lockhart (Skip), with James Craik (FYC) 3rd, Kerr Waddell (2nd) and Alistair Torrance (Lead) had 1 win vs. Hamilton 6-3, 1 Draw vs. McNey 7-7 and 1 loss 1-6 to White. That left Team Lockhart on 3 points along with Team McNey, but the Lockerbie team had the better ends Team Lockhart finished 3rd in the group and did not progress to the knockout stages.

Team Whyte won the Under 17 Slam High Road Final.

The Low Road Final was won by Team McNay with an 8-3 win over Team Gilmore.

 
   
 
The Cardwell Braehead Open - Braehead, Glasgow
 
28th September 2014

Several FYC players were involved in the Cardswell Garden Centre Braehead Open this weekend which began with a full compliment of 32 teams.

The best performing FYC player was Stuart Taylor (FYC), playing with his Performance Foundation Team making it all the way to the High Road Final losing a tight final to Podium Team Tom Brewster 5-2.

Duncan Menzies (FYC), playing for Team Smith (current World Junior Silver Medallists), were beaten in the High Road Quarter Finals by Team Taylor 4-2.

Angus Dowell (FYC), playing for Team Mouat were knocked out of the High Road last 16 stage in a tight game vs. Team Howie losing 4-5.

Hailey Duff (FYC), playing for Team Jones, were knocked out of the High Road last 16 when after a level game at 4-4, a draw shot decider to 15cm of the button by Team Jones was beaten by 3cm by Team Wilson who progressed to the Quarter Finals.

The final was contested between Team Brewster (Scotland) vs. Team Taylor (Scotland). Team Brewster won a closesly contested battle.

 
   
 
European Junior Curling Tour - Braehead
 
21st September 2014

Congratulations to Forfar Young Curlers Duncan Menzies and Angus Dowell part of the winning Men's team (Team Mouat) at the European Junior Curling Tour - Scottish Leg.

Bruce Mouat Skip, Duncan Menzies (FYC) 3rd, Derrick Sloan 2nd, Angus Dowell (FYC) Lead qualified through the round robin stages with 3 wins and 1 loss to finish 2nd in their group beating Waddell (Sco) 7-3, a loss to Schwaller (Swi) 3-4, a win vs. Nyman (Swe) 7-5, won vs. Bryce (Sco) 7-2

Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) lead lost to Taylor (Sco) 6-8, won vs. McIntyre (Sco) 9-2, won vs. Hess (Swi) 5-4, Won vs. Lottenbach (Swi) 5-3

Stuart Taylor (FYC) skip Bobbie Lammie 3rd, Gregor Cannon 2nd, Ross Fraser lead. had wins Brydone (Sco) 8-6, Hess (Swi) 5-3, and Lottenbach (Swi) 4-3 and a loss to McIntyre (Sco) 5-6

In the Play Off games Team Brydone (Sco) was beaten by Team Bryce (Sco) 4-5, while Team Mouat (Sco) beat Team Hess (Swi) 7-2.

In the semi final battle between previous team mates, Team Mouat (Sco) beat Team Taylor (Sco) 5-3. Team Mouat progressed to the final, while Team Taylor went on to the bronze medal games.

In a close Bronze Medal match. Team Bryce (Sco) narrowly beat Team Taylor (Sco) 6-5

In the final Team Mouat of Scotland were up against Team Schwaller of Swizerland, the current World Junior Champions. It was 3-3 after the regulation 8 ends, but importantly, Scotland had the hammer in the extra end. This was put to good use, and Team Mouat took the 1 to win the game and the Championship 4-3.

In the Women's section Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead had wins vs Brunner (Swi), Aurell (Swe) but losses to K. Aitken (Sco) Stern (Swi) and G. Aitken (Sco) and failed to make the playoffs.

The Women's championship was won by Scotlands Team G. Aitken with a 6-5 win over Team Stern of Switzerland.

EJCT Braehead
   
 
Greenacres Under 21 Masters Slam - Greenacres
 
14th September 2014

Congratulations to Hailey Duff (FYC) on being part of the winning team (Team Murray) at the Greenacres Under 21 Slam Women's Event.

In the Women's section: the Academy team of Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead played as a team for the first time at this event. In the round robin, Team Murray were undefeated with a draw vs. Spain 6-6, and wins vs. Morrison 8-5, Wood 6-4 and Al-Saffar 14-3. Katie Murray took her new team to the final of the Greenacres Junior Masters with a 5-2 win over the Lanarkshire side skipped by Mairi MacDonald. The final saw Team Murray take on Team A. MacDonald. Murray took their two in the first end but Team Amy MacDonald responded with 1 and 2 shots scored consecutively to edge ahead. Team Murray took control of the game from the fourth end when Hailey Duff played a fantastic hit and roll onto the button behind 2 guards, followed by a draw on top of it, leaving her team to guard up for the rest of the end.  Young had no route to the button and Murray took 3 shots and a 5-3 lead.  The fifth end was an open end and Young opted to blank with her final stone but Murray stole 2 shots in the sixth end to go 7-3 ahead.  A pressure shot for Team MacDonald against 3 Team Murray counters saw Lesley Young tap her stone into the 8 foot to take one in the seventh end.  Team Murray kept the eighth end clear to head towards victory.  MacDonald lay 2 shots when Murray played the last stone of the game, making a double to clear the house and blank the end.  The final score was 7-4.

Lesley Young (FYC) Skip, Amy MacDonald 3rd, Katherine Spain 2nd and Marron Nicoll Lead finished the round robin on 2 wins vs Al-Saffar 13-3 and Wood 9-3, 1 Draw vs. Morrison 5-5 and 1 loss to Spain 3-10 to finish 4th and qualify for the semi finals. Team MacDonald beat RCA Team Aitken convicingly 8-1 in the semi final to get to the final. Team MacDonald played well but lost out to Team Murray 4-7.

Layla Al-Saffar (FYC) Skip with Alex McIntosh (FYC) 3rd, Rachel Flint (FYC) 2nd, Jodie Duff (FYC) Lead had 4 losses. vs. Aitken 2-14, A. MacDonald 3-13, M MacDonald 5-9, and Murray 3-14. Team Wylie failed to progress to the knockout stages.

Mairi MacDonald Skip with Lucy Morton 3rd, Leanne McKenzie 2nd, Nicola Joiner (FYC) Lead had 3 wins vs. Spain 16-5, Al-Saffar 9-5, Morrison 10-7 and 1 loss vs. Wood 4-11 to qualify for the semi finals. For such a young team playing together they did fantastically well, and were very competitive throughtout their semi final, narrowly losing 2-5 in a tight game to Team Murray. In the 3/4th place playoff Team Aitken won by the narrowest of margins 5-4.

In the Mens section

RCA Team Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) playing lead lost to Barr 4-7 Whyte 4-7, and had wins vs. Whittle 7-4, and eventually managed to break the 7-4 scoreline with a 6-0 walkover against Team McLean. In the Quarter Finals Team Brydone was beaten 6-3 by RCA Team Bryce.

Grant Barr skipping with Robert Fawns (FYC) 3rd, Fraser Thomson 2nd and Neil Sutherland lead, beat Brydone 7-4, and McLean 8-5, lost to Waddell 5-6, Whyte 3-6 and Whittle 7-8. This was enough to make the quarter finals where Team Barr beat Team Mc Ney 5-4. In the Semi Final Grant Barr's team beat Carswell 4-3 to progress to the final against Ross Whyte. Team Whyte started solidly in the final, leading 4-0 after 2 ends.  Barr took 2 shots back followed by a steal of 1 in the fourth end after Team Barr’s second player Fraser Thomson, drew the four foot around a centre guard which Team Whyte couldn’t remove. The fifth end was open and Grant Barr was unfortunate not to roll far enough with his last stone allowing Ross Whyte to make a nose hit for 2 shots and a 6-3 lead.  Whyte stole a single in the sixth end and in the seventh end Ross Whyte played a superb shot to pick out two of Barr’s counters in the four foot and leave his team lying 2.  Barr’s final stone of the end came up short of the house and they conceded the game with a score line of 9-3.

Kerr Sands (Skip), Craig Paterson (FYC) (3rd) with Adam Flint (FYC) playing 2nd, and Drew Thomson playing lead, had wins vs. McIntyre 8-3, and Bryce 8-3, but losses to Carswell 1-10, and McNay 3-8 and Carson 4-5. Team Sands narrowly lost out on a quarter final place on Ends scored.

The Men's Final was won by Ross Whyte of Dumfries with an 9-3 win over Grant Barr of Kinross.

Team Murray
   
     
   
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