Ben is Germany bound

Jodie Duff of Forfar Young Curlers ' winner of the hot shots competition at the Under-13 Funspiel held at Forfar Indoor Sports. (Picture by Bob Cowan, Skip Cottage Curling).
Jodie Duff of Forfar Young Curlers ' winner of the hot shots competition at the Under-13 Funspiel held at Forfar Indoor Sports. (Picture by Bob Cowan, Skip Cottage Curling).

A Forfar Young Curler can look forward to a week-long trip to Fussen in Germany, following his success in the Under-17 Curling Slam Event.

Ben Bremner was playing with Team Carswell, who finished top of the rankings after the five-slam event to win the prize of the trip to the World Federation Training Camp.

The fifth and final Under-17 Curling Grand Slam event took place at Forfar Curling Centre on December 27 and 28.

And all the Forfar Young Curlers involved played with credit.

Craig Paterson, Allan Grant, Andrew Archibald and Rory Dowell were in a group of three on the Saturday. All teams in the group won one game each, so it went down to ends to separate the teams.

Unfortunately, after a penalty of three shots and one end given to Team Paterson, they were just short of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Good improvements from the team though, and they will be a team to watch in next season’s slams.

Team Mouat, with Thomas Halder and Angus Dowell of FYC ,came through the High Road of their group unbeaten, but did drop a point in a four-four draw with the Forfar girls Team Young.

Straight through to the semi-finals, they came up against the on-fire James Carswell’s team, who won five-two.

The all FYC rink of Craig Joiner, Adam Flint, Euan McDiarmid and Ewan McGuire qualified for the Low Road quarter-finals after finishing on four points in the group section, winning against Grant Barr of Kinross with a steal in the last, drawing aginst Team Mitchell from Stirling, and drawing against Katie Murray’s all girl rink from Hamilton.

In the quarter-finals the Forfar boys were beaten seven-two by Team Neilson from Hamilton.

Team Young, Lesley Young, Louise Joiner, Hailey Duff and Beth Dandie, all of FYC, won one (Izat, Aberdeen), drew one (Mouat, Murrayfield) and lost one (Brydone, Perth) in their group stage, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Low Road.

In the quarter-finals, they beat Shaun Rennie’s Team from Ayr 11-2.

In the semi-final Team Young beat Gregor Bousie from Kinross six-four, and so it was on to the final against the strong Team Neilson from Hamilton.

This was a close fought game, with Team Neilson eventually just edging it against the Forfar girls four-three.

Ben Bremner of FYC, playing for Team Carswell, who up until the Forfar Slam, won all of their group games to qualify for the High Road semi-final.

In the semi-final they dispatched Team Mouat, before playing a very good final game against the all girl rink Team Hannen from Greenacres.

A four at the sixth end was the difference and Team Carswell won the slam, having dropped only one point all season to claim the top ranking spot and that trip to Fussen in Germany.

Team Mouat finished the season third out of the 30 competing teams. Team Joiner finished sixth overall and Team Young finished 11th overall. (third best all girl team)

Team Paterson finished 25th overall.

In the Under-13 Funspiel held at Forfar Indoor Sports on December 28, the winners were Team Keron from Murrayfield (Adam Keron, Ewan Barr, Callum Wood & Blair Butchart).

Runners-up were the Forfar Young Curlers team of Ryan Barron, Jane Neill, Adam MacDiarmid and Campbell White.

Winner of the Hot Shots competition was Jodie Duff of FYC with a fantastic 24 points, beating Craig Barr (Murrayfield) 18 points, and Gavin Hay (Perth) 14 points.