Kerr on medal trail

LOCAL curler Kerr Drummond is in the rink to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships, to be held in Ostersund, Sweden in March.

Playing lead in the rink which also included Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead and Kyle Waddell, there was triumph in the finals of the Scottish Junior Curling Championships.

In all, Forfar Young Curlers had nine players through to the Aberdeen finals.

In the men’s section, Kerr Drummond’s rink came through the round robin with only one defeat, that being to the RCCC elite podium squad of Team McWilliam (Stranraer).

In the page 1 v 2 play-off, an unbelievably low scoring game had the only points being scored in the ninth end with a two to McWilliam.

In the 2 v 3 play-off that followed, Team Smith dispatched the thirrd placed team from the round-robin. Team Fraser from Inverness, to set up the final and a third game against McWilliam in two days. However, after two defeats, Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell and Kerr Drummond turned the tables and convincingly beat Team McWilliam seven-two in the final.

Team Smith now go on to represent Scotland in the World Junior Curling Championships in early March.

Congratulations go to Kerr Drummond, already a World junior silver medallist with a different team last year. Can he go one better in March and bring home the gold?

Also in the men’s section was team Menzies (all from Forfar Young Curlers), Duncan Menzies (skip), Stuart Taylor (third), Rober Fawns (second) and Angus Dowell (lead).

The team did not have the ideal preparation, with Duncan being away in Austria for the past two weeks playing for Team GB in the Youth Olympics, only arriving back in the UK the day before the Scottish finals started.

Team Menzies came away from the round robin with a three win and five loss record, and finished the event in fifth place.

It was a first appearance for the all FYC girls team of Lesley Young (skip), Louise Joiner (third), Hailey Duff (second) and Beth Dandie (lead) at the Scottish finals.

This young women’s team hurtled out of the hacks to a four-one win record and were equal top of the board after two days of competition.

However, the team showed a little inexperience against the title favourites Hannah Fleming (Lockerbie) and Jennifer Dodds (Murrayfield), before getting back on the trail with a very close game, eventually losing five-four to Hazel Smith (Murrayfield) and then a final win against Team Wright (Stranraer) seven-six.

Fleming and Smith made it to the final, with Team Fleming winning it nine-two and will now go on to represent Scotland in Sweden in March at the World Junior Championships.

The Forfar rink of Team Young ended the competition with a four win, three loss record and were placed fourth in the Junior Scottish rankings overall, which is a very creditable performance by such a young rink (average age 16).