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Asham Under 21 Slam - Lockerbie - Final Decider
 
21st December 2014

What high drama there was at the final leg of the Under 21 Slam in Lockerbie this weekend. In the last of the 4 competitions, 2 girls teams and 4 boys teams were still in contention to win the Overall Championship Winners Medal.

In the Women's section: Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead had 3 wins, vs. England U21 national team, 4-3, Wright 6-4, Morrison 5-0 and 1 draw vs. Spain 6-6. Team Murray qualified for the semi finals 2nd in their group (on ends) after the round robin. In an extremely important Semi Final against Team Morrison, - the fate of the championship was on the line as the winner of this game would become overall U21 champion for 2015. Team Murray got off to a flyer scoring 4 in the 1st and 3rd ends, either side of a 1 to the opposition to leave Morrison with no chance of coming back. The final score was 9-2 Team Murray's favour. The final was against the England U21 national team, and this was a close encounter with the score tied at 6-6 after 8 ends. In the extra end though Team Murray has hammer and made no mistake to score the 1 and take the Lockerbie slam and the overall Womens U21 Slam title for 2015 along with a cheque for £1000. Congratulations to Team Murray and FYC curler Hailey Duff.

The Men's section was very tight with 4 teams, Barr, Brydone Bryce and Whyte all in with a chance of winning the overall title for 2014.

Grant Barr skipping with Robert Fawns (FYC) 3rd, Fraser Thomson 2nd and Neil Sutherland lead, lost their opening two games vs. Carswell 5-6 and McIntyre 6-9. The third game was a dead rubber as they could not qualify for the knockout stages.

James Hay (Skip) with Euan MacDiarmid (FYC) (3rd) Gregor Bousie (2nd), Ross Cormack (Lead) had 2 losses vs. Brydone 3-5 and Whyte 2-7. Team Hay did not qualify for the knockout stages.

RCA Team Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) playing lead, won all 3 of their round robin games to finish top of their group, vs. Whyte 6-2, Hay 5-3, McNay 9-4. In the quarter finals, Team Brydone won vs. Team McIntyre 6-4. In the Semi Final Team Brydone, in a great game against fellow RCA Team Bryce, won 5-4 when Team Bryce, had a draw to the centre of the house for the game. The sweepers were on it early, and were called off too late and it slipped too deep to leave Brydone with the win.

The final was Whyte vs. Brydone, but due to the accumulated points from previous Slams, if Brydone won, Brydone won overall. If Whyte won and Bryce lost the 3/4 playoff then Team Whyte would win. If Whyte won, and Bryce won, then Bryce would be Champion for 2014.

The final was 4-4 after the regulation 8 ends and an extra end was needed to decide the winner. Team Whyte had the hammer and secured the win with the final stone to put an end to Team Brydone's chance of winning the Lockerbie Slam and the overal title.

At the same time on an adjacent sheet, Team Bryce was in a battle with Team Carswell for 3rd spot - and for Team Bryce their chance of winning the overall title. Again this game went to an extra end, with both teams level on 5 shots each after 8 ends. This time, Team Bryce had hammer in the extra end, and when it came to the last stone there were no other stones in the house. Cameron Bryce played his stone and the sweepers gave it everything until 2/3rds of the way up, when they were called off. Agonisingly, the stone was a little heavy and it slipped out the back along with Team Bryce's hopes of winning the overall title. Team Bryce thought their would then be an extra, extra end as there was no score, but an umpire intervened to state the following from the competition rules "During the knockout stages if a game is tied after 8 ends, one extra end will be played. If the game still is tied, the team without hammer in extra end is the winner, except from the tournament final where additional extra ends will be used to decide the winner". Team Whyte, couldn't believe their luck, they had won the Lockerbie slam and won the overall title of Men's Under 21 Slam Champion 2014, along with a cheque for £1000 - with 3 teams tied on 40 championshp points accumulated over the 4 legs and all those teams involved in extra ends, it was amazingly close, decided by number of tour wins.

Congratulations to Team Murray and Team Whyte, this year's Under 21 Slam Champions and winners of the £1000 top prize.

Team Murray
   
 
Braehead Festive Cup U16 - Glasgow
 
20th December 2014 Scott Lockhart (Skip), with Kerr Waddell (3rd), Alistair Torrance (2nd), and James Craik (FYC) (Lead) lost their first game of this shenkel competition to Keron 2-3, but won the next 2 games convincingly. The last games was vs. James Hare and Team Lockhart knew they needed to win by 4 clear shots and win 2 ends more than Team Hare to win overall. And win it they did. Winning 7-2 with enough ends. Well Done Team Lockhart.
Team Lockhart
   
 
Hay Schools Trophy - Perth
 
18th December 2014

Forfar Academy had two teams entered in this 12 team shenkel event, held over two days in Perth.

Forfar Academy (1). Hailey Duff (Skip), Craig Paterson (3rd), Bruce Keillor (2nd) and Ewan Maguire (Lead) had 4 wins and 1 loss, finishing in 3rd place overall.

Forfar Academy (2). Euan MacDiarmid (Skip), Fraser Smith (3rd), Fraser White (2nd) and Adam MacDiarmid (Lead had 2 wins, and 3 defeats finishing 7th place overall.

 
   
 
Scottish Junior Men's Championships Qualifiers - Perth
 
8th December 2014

9 Junior Men's teams qualified for the Scottish Junior Championship Finals in an 18 team playoff at Perth Ice Rink to decide the finalists who will play to represent Scotland at the World Junior Championship in Estonia. Congratulations to Forfar Young Curlers in the following teams that qualified:

Team Taylor: Stuart Taylor
Team Mouat: Duncan Menzies, Angus Dowell
Team McIntyre: Craig Joiner
Team Sands: Craig Paterson, Adam Flint
Team Brydone: Thomas Halder

Other teams to qualify are Team Bryce, Team Waddell, Team Whyte and Team McNay

 
   
 
Asham Under 17 Slam - Greenacres
 
30th November 2014

Congratulations to FYC players Euan MacDiarmid and Bruce Keillor on winning the Low Road Final.

Euan MacDiarmid (FYC) Skip, with Drew Thomson 3rd, Bruce Keillor (FYC) 2nd and Ross Cormack Lead, was in the "Group of Death" but managed to win 2 from 3 games to finish second in the group vs. White 4-6, Davie 7-1, and Carson 5-3. In the Low Road Semi Final, Team MacDiarmid were up against the Team Hamilton. Team MacDiarmid took this one easily with a 11-3 score. It was on to the final of the Low Road where another all girl team were in Team MacDiarmids way. The FYC team piled the pressure on Team Kerr right from the start, running out 12-3 winners in 6 ends. Well Done Euan MacDiarmid and Bruce Keillor of FYC.

Scott Lockhart (Skip), with Kerr Waddell 3rd, Alistair Torrance (2nd), and James Craik (FYC) (Lead) won all 3 of their group games vs. Al-Saffar 6-5, Waterfront 2, 11-0 and McConnell 10-2 to progress directly to the High Road Semi Final. Up against the experienced Team McNay of Lockerbie, Team Lockhart couldn't really get anything going on the tricky end sheet and lost out 2-5.

Ellie Hamilton (Skip), with Layla Al-Saffar (FYC) 3rd, Alex Mackintosh (FYC) 2n) and Jodie Duff (FYC) Lead, had 1 win vs. McConnell 7-2 and 2 losses vs. Lockhart 5-6, and Waterfront 2, 2-5. Team Hamilton made it to the Low Road quarter finals courtesy of winning 11 ends in the round robin stage which was enough to take the final knockout place. In the quarter finals Team Hamilton raced out to a 7-0 lead after 4 ends. With only two ends to play who could have thought that Ellie Hamilton would be facing defeat unless she made her last tap up of a guard to the 4ft. She made it perfectly to sighs of relief all around. In the Semi Final of the Low Road, Team Hamilton were up against on form Euan MacDiarmid's team. Team Hamilton lost this one 3-11.

Mairi MacDonald (Skip), Lucy Morton 3rd, Jill Strang 2nd, Nicola Joiner (FYC) Lead won all 3 group games vs. Kerr 7-3 vs. Beattie 6-3, and Howat 4-2. Team MacDonald finished on 6 points and qualified for the High Road Quarter Finals. Two loose ends against Team Mc Nay put paid to any progress for Team MacDonald being on the wrong side of a 4-10 scoreline.

Karina Aitken Skip, Mili Smith 3rd, Jane Barr 2nd and Beth Dandie (FYC) Lead won 1 game vs. Morton 10-4 and and lost 2 vs. Shaw 3-8 and McNay 3-9 and did not progress further in the competition.

The High road final was between Ross Whyte and Cameron McNay. Team Whyte won this one comfortably winning 8-1.

Team MacDiarmid
   
 
European Junior Curling Tour - Thun - Switzerland
 
30th November 2014

We had 5 Forfar Young Curlers, with at least one Forfar player in each of the 4 teams representing Scotland in Thun, Switzerland this weekend, in the European Junior Curling Tour. Thomas Halder playing for RCA Team Brydone, Duncan Menzies playing for Performance Foundation Team Mouat, Stuart Taylor playing for Performance Foundation Team Taylor and Hailey Duff playing for RCA Team Murray.

Bruce Mouat Skip, Duncan Menzies (FYC) 3rd, Derrick Sloan 2nd, Angus Dowell (FYC) Lead qualified through the round robin stages with 4 wins and 1 loss with wins over Hess (Switzerland) 9-3, Krupansky (Czech Republic) 6-2, Nepstad (Norway) 4-1, Hosli (Switzerland) 8-4, the loss being to Ali (Russia) 5-7. In the quarter final Team Mouat defeated Team Lottenback (Switzerland) 7-2. In the semi final Team Mouat won over current World Junior Champion Team Schwaller (Switzerland) with a convincing 6-2 win in 6 ends. The final was Team Mouat vs. Team Ali of Russia who had already beaten the Scots in the round robin. Mouat took a 1 in the 1st end, but the Russians hit back with a big 4 in the 2nd. 2's were traded in ends 3 and 4 with Team Mouat being forced to a 1 in the 5th end. In the 6th end Team Ali put a 3 on the board and at that the Scottish team conceded. The final score was 9-4 to Team Ali of Russia. Well done to Team Mouat for taking the Silver medal.

Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) lead had a pretty good weekend after a slow start. They lost their first game vs. Brunner (Switzerland) 3-7, lost vs. current World Junior Champion Schwaller (Switzerland) 2-8, but started to find form with a win vs. Lottenbach (Switzerland) 9-3, followed by a low scoring 3-0 win vs. Taylor (Scotland). In their final game of the round robin Team Brydone won vs. Hindseth (Norway) 10-8. In the quarter finals Team Brydone beat Nepstad (Norway) in a close game 4-3. However in the semi final, just as in Oslo, Norway last month, Artur Ali's (Russia) team ended Team Byrdone's progress . In a close game, Brydone was 5-4 up after nine ends, but crucially Team Ali had the hammer in the 10th and used it with effect to score 2 and take the game 6-5. In the 3rd/4th playoff, Team Brydone were undone by a 4 to Team Schwaller in the 6th end, losing 3-7.

Stuart Taylor (FYC) Skip, Bobby Lammie 3rd, Gregor Cannon 2nd, and Ross Fraser Lead had one win v.s Brunner (Switzerland) 6-5 and four defeats vs. Schwaller (Switzerland) 3-8, Hindseth (Norway) 3-4, Brydone (Scotland) 0-3 and Lottenbach (Switzerland) 3-6.

In the Women's section Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead did not have the best weekend, but most games were very close. Against Wrana (Sweden) the game was 5-5 after 8 ends, but in the extra end with hammer, Wrana secured the win 5-6. A loss followed to Brunner (Switzerland) 3-6. Team Murray lost to Team Keiser (Switzerland) 5-7. In another 7 end game Team Murray lost against Stritt (Switzerland), the game being tied at 7-7 after 6 ends, but in the last (7th end) Team Stritt took the 1 to win 7-8. Finally, in the last round robin game, the Scots girls got a win on the board with a 4-2 win over Baudysova (Czech Republic).

The Girls final was between Wrana (Sweden) vs. Gisler (Switzerland) with Wrana taking it 4-1.

 
   
 
Jockey Jan Bonspiel - Forfar
 
28th November 2014

32 FYC curlers took part in the Jockey Jan Bonspiel this week (in memory of Jan Wilson an aspiring horse racing jockey and junior curler).

8 Teams took to the ice. Some great curling was on show, and 8 very well balanced teams. This was a great opportunity for some of our younger players to play competitively for the first time, and everyone seemed to enjoy the curling. At the end of the 3 game round robin Euan MacDiarmid's team came out on top in group A, with Campbell White (3rd), Ross Craik (2nd) and Clair Kirk (Lead), beating Craig Paterson (skip), Daniel Burnett (3rd), Jodie Duff (2nd) and Rachel Allison (Lead) into 2nd place.

In Group B Layla Wylie (Skip), Angus Redford (3rd), Jessica Kirk (2nd) and Joanna Jones (Lead) were top of the pile with James Craik (Skip), Fraser Crosbie (3rd), Daniel Harrison (2nd) and Drew Morrison (Lead) in 2nd place.

Team Paterson played Team Craik for the 3rd and 4th place honours with Team Craik taking 3rd place.

The Jockey Jan Trophy final was between Euan MacDiarmid and Layla Wylie. Team Wylie took control early on in the game getting an early lead on the board. Although Team MacDiarmid fought back, they just couldn't do enough and ran out of stones in the final end. Congratlations to winners Team Layla Wylie.

A huge thank you to Margaret and Drew Wilson for their continuing support of Forfar Young Curlers and their donation from the Jockey Jan Memorial Fund of £1000 that will allow FYC to continue to support and develop junior curling in the Forfar area.

Jockey Jan 2014
   
 
Skills Award Challenge - Braehead
 
16th November 2014

Forfar Young Curlers won the RCCC Skills Award Challenge in Braehead at the weekend. Congratulations to James Craik (FYC) Skip, Angus Reford (FYC) 3rd, Ross Craik (FYC) 2nd and Katy Kirk (FYC) Lead.

16 teams from all over Scotland took part in the RCCC Skills Award Challenge. Forfar Young Curlers fielded 2 teams of mixed experience made up of players from different levels of the RCCC Skills Awards.

James Craik (FYC) Skip, Angus Reford (FYC) 3rd, Ross Craik (FYC) 2nd and Katy Kirk (FYC) Lead won all 3 of their group games. In the Semi Final, Team Craik prevailed over Hamilton 3. Next up was the final, once again against a Hamilton team. James Craik's team once again came out on top. Winning the final and the competition. Well done team!

Euan MacDiarmid (FYC) Skip, Sam Marshall (FYC) 3rd, Adam MacDiarmid (FYC) 2nd, and Inca Maguire (FYC) Lead won all 3 of their group games. In the Semi Final, Team MacDiamid lost against Hamilton 2. However, back to winning ways in the 3rd/4th playoff, The Forfar team won 3rd place with a win over Hamilton 3.

Forfar Young Curlers came 1st and 3rd out of 16 team. Well done - great effort.

Team Craik
   
 
Asham Under 21 Slam - Inverness
 
9th November 2014

Well done to Forfar Young Curlers Robert Fawns and Lesly Young who both won Silver in the latest Asham Under 21 Slam event in Inverness.

Men's Section

Grant Barr skipping with Robert Fawns (FYC) 3rd, Fraser Thomson 2nd and Neil Sutherland lead, won all 4 games in the round robin to top their group. In the quarter finals Team Barr beat Callum MacLean 8-6. In the Semi Final Team Barr made easy work of Team Carswell and were off after 6 ends and an 8-2 scoreline. In the final, Team Barr were up against RCA Team Bryce. Bryce exploited his last stone advantage in the opening end of the final, clinically finishing off excellent early play from his rink to post a triple. A steal in three and a 2 in five saw Bryce lead 6-1 at the halfway stage. Barr manufactured a 2 in eight but shook after Bryce posted a single in nine for an 8-4 win and the trophy.

RCA Team Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) playing lead, won 3 and drew 1 in the round robin stages to finish top of their group. In the quarter finals, Team Brydone won vs. Team McIntyre 11-4. In the Semi Final Team Brydone were beaten in a thrilling game against fellow RCA Team Bryce in a high scoring 9-10 reverse.

Kerr Sands (Skip), Craig Paterson (FYC) (3rd) with Adam Flint (FYC) playing 2nd, and Drew Thomson playing lead, had 2 wins 1 draw and 1 loss in the round robin stage. Team Sands finished 2nd in their group and qualified for the Quarter Finals. In the quarter finals, Team Sands, lost 4-7 to Team Carswell.

Team McIntyre, with Craig Joiner (FYC) subbing in at 3rd, had 1 win, 2 losses and 1 draw to finish 4th in the group in the round robin stages. In the Quarter Finals, Team McIntyre lost to Team Brydone 4-11.

James Hay (Skip) with Euan MacDiarmid (3rd), Gregor Bousie (3rd), and Bruce Keillor (FYC) (Lead) had 1 win and 3 losses. Team Hay did not qualify for the knockout stages.

Women's section

Lesley Young (FYC) Skip, Amy MacDonald 3rd, Katherine Spain 2nd and Marran Nicol Lead finished the round robin on 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses, and qualified for the semi finals. In the Semi Final Lesley Young's team ran out easy winners against Team Wood with a 9-4 victory. In the Final Team Young's rink got off to a slow start , losing a 2 against the head in the second end following multiple misses leaving them a mountain to climb against a firing Morrison rink. However they hung in and posted a 2 in seven to trail 4-3, forcing a single then squared the game with a 2 in nine. Team Young's front end set up cover and with three stones to go Morrison faced a shot largely hidden in the four foot with a counter of her own on the wing. She played a high quality running tap back to roll a second to the wing and asked the question of Young. Young got the weight on her draw but not the line and her stone lay shot but exposed and Morrison calmly made the hit for 3 for a slightly unreflective 8-5 score line and the title.

Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead had 3 wins and 1 loss. Team Murray qualified for the semi finals 2nd in their group after the round robin. In a close Semi Final against Team Morrison, singles were exchanged with hammer in every end except for the 2nd end when Team Morrison got the only 2 of the game. The final score 6-5 in favour of Team Morrison. In the 3rd / 4th playoff Team Murray beat Team Wood with a steal in the last end to win 6-4.

Team Barr

Team MacDonald

   
 
Asham Under 17 Slam - Hamilton
 
2nd November 2014

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 group vs. Al-Saffar 5-1, Hamilton 8-1, and Cormack 3-2. In the High Road Quarter Final Team MacDiarmid fought back superbly against the all girl team skipped by Karina Aitken, trailing 1-5 with only two ends to play Team MacDiarmid took a 2 in the 5th, followed by a steal of 2 in the 6th end to square the game. In the extra end, Euan, managed to steal again to win the game 6-5. In the High Road Semi Final, Team MacDiarmid were up against the Team Ross Whyte. It was a close game at 1-3 after three ends, but a steal of 1 for Team Whyte in ends 4 and 5, left Ross Whyte hitting for home, and only allowed Team MacDiarmid to take their 1 to end the game 2-5.

Scott Lockhart (Skip), with James Craik (FYC) 3rd, Kerr Waddell (2nd) and Alistair Torrance (Lead) had 2 wins vs. Moodie 6-2, vs. Dakers 5-4 and 1 loss 1-11 to Carson. That left Team Lockhart on 4 points, 2nd in the group and they progressed to the low road knockout stages. In the Low Road quarter finals Team Lockhart lost and knocked out in a low scoring 2-3 game against the experienced Stranraer skip Frazer Shaw.

Karina Aitken Skip, Mili Smith 3rd, Jane Barr 2nd and Beth Dandie (FYC) Lead won all 3 games and topped their group in the round robin with wins vs. MacDonald 10-3, vs. Drummond 6-3, and vs. Gilmore 7-4 to qualify for the High Road Quarter Final. Against Team MacDiarmid, Aitken was looking good at 5-1 up after four ends, but Euan MacDiarmid's team played a great last 3 ends, against Team Aikten, the all girl losing out 5-6 and did not progress further in the competition.

Ellie Hamilton (Skip), with Layla Al-Saffar (FYC) 3rd, Alex Mackintosh (FYC) (2nd) and Jodie Duff (Lead) had 1 win vs. Hamilton 8-4 and 2 losses vs. MacDiarmid 1-5, and a disappointing loss to Cormack 5-8 after being 5-0 up. Team Hamilton did not progress to the knockout stages.

Mairi MacDonald (Skip), Lucy Morton 3rd, Leanne McKenzie 2nd, Nicola Joiner (FYC) Lead had 1 win vs. Drummond 6-5 and 2 losses vs. Aitken 10-3, and Gilmour 2-6. Team MacDonald finished on 2 points and did not qualify for the knockout stages.

Team Carson won the Under 17 Slam High Road Final with a 4- 3 win over Team Whyte.

The Low Road Final was won by Team Shaw with an 11-3 win over Team Drummond.

A special mention to Team McNey who scored an 8 Ender. A rare event. Well Done!

Team MacDiarmid
   
 
Braehead Festive Cup Entry Form - Saturday - 20th December
 
27th October 2014 Please use the entry form that you can download by clicking on the image to the right to register your team for the Braehead Festive Cup being held on 20th December at Braehead, Glasgow. This is a fun competition and a great opportunity for our young curlers who are wanting to play more competitive curling to have a go. There is an Under 16 and an Under 21 section.
Braehead Festive Cup
  Braehead Festive Cup Entry Form
 
No Junior Coaching - Saturday - 25th October
 
23rd October 2014 There is no junior curling coaching this Saturday due to the Scottish Curling Tour Forfar Open.  
   
 
European Junior Curling Tour - Oslo - Norway
 
17-19th October 2014

We had 2 Forfar Young Curlers playing in Oslo this weekend in the Norwegian leg of the European Junior Curling Tour. Thomas Halder playing for RCA Team Brydone and Hailey Duff playing for RCA Team Murray.

Robin Brydone Skip, David Baird 3rd, Calum Greenwood 2nd and Thomas Halder (FYC) lead had a mixed bag of results in the round robin. They won vs. Muskatewitz (Germany) 9-7, won vs. Myran (Norway) 10-6, lost vs. Schwaller (Switzerland) 4-8, Lost vs. Marcus Skogvold (Nepstad) (Norway) 6-2, and won vs. Lottenbach (Switzerland) 6-1. The 3 wins from 5 were just enough to sneak Team Brydone into the quarter finals where they met Team Artur Ali (Russia). The Russians got off to a flyer, leading 6-1 after 4 ends. Team Brydone fought back with a 3 in the 5th end, but a 2 for the Russians in the 7th was decisive and Team Brydone did not progress further, losing 8-4.

In the Women's section Katie Murray skip, with Sophie Jackson 3rd, Hailey Duff (FYC) 2nd and Ellie Fraser Lead won their group undefeated with 4 wins out of 4 beating Aurell (Sweden) 7-4, vs. Brunner (Switzerland) 8-4, vs. Abbes (Germany) 9-2, and vs. Tyulyakova (Russia) 6-5. This qualified Team Murray to the Quarter Finals. The girls did not perform at their best in the early morning draw losing 1-7 to Elena Stern (Swtizerland) and did not progress further in the competition.

2 other teams from Scotland were playing. RCA Team Cameron Bryce (2 wins, 3 losses) and RCA Team K. Aitken (2 wins, 2 losses - then lost a tiebreaker for the remaining quarter final spot). Neither made it to the knockout stages.

The Mens final was between Marcus Skogvold (Nepstad) (Norway) and current world junior champion Yannick Schwaller (Switzerland). It was Team Schwaller that won 7-4.

The Ladies final saw Isabella Wrana (Sweden) take on Melina Patono (Italy). It was the Swedish rink of Wrana that won this one 8-3.

Team Brydone
   
 
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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