Great weekend of youth curling

THE WEEKEND saw some top quality curling at the Forfar Open as part of the Goldine Scottish Curling Tour with 24 teams competing.

Red Section

Euan MacDiarmid (FYC), who is playing second for Team Maitland this season, had some interesting games, but unfortunately didn’t make the knockout stages.

Yellow Section

Andrew Callander (FYC) was playing second in the local Forfar rink skipped by Keith Gibbs. In the five-game round-robin, they finished on two wins and a draw, but failed to progress. Craig Joiner (FYC) played with Mike Ferguson and Ron Caithness and finished on one win with a last end steal of one against Tasha Aitken’s rink from Edinburgh.

Murray Young (FYC), skipping his own RCA Gold rink, finished the round-robin on four wins from five, only losing to Tasha Aitken’s all junior girl rink. With eight points from 10, Team Young progressed to the knockout stages. Louise Joiner (FYC) second for Tasha Aitken, in an all girl rink, playing in the men’s section put in a really good weekend performance, ending on five points, with two wins and a draw.

Blue Section (Ladies)

Hailey Duff (FYC) skipping, with Beth Dandie (FYC) playing lead, had a good weekend for this new team in their first season. They had two good wins with a last stone tap back against Kerry Barr and a one shot win over the RCA Gold Team skipped by Maggie Wilson.

Lesley Young (FYC), playing third in the RCA Gold squad with Maggie Wilson skip, Rebecca Kesley second and Rachel Hannen lead, finished the round robin on a one win, four loss record. Team Wilson won the first leg of this season’s event in Glasgow without losing a game, so they will be looking for better results next weekend.

Green Section

Thomas Halder (FYC), playing second in the RCA Silver team with Robin Brydone Skip, James Carswell third (playing skip stones) and Calum Greenwood lead, finished the round robin on three wins including an 8-1 win over Glen Muirhead in six ends, and two losses, and this was enough to make the knock-out stages.

Stuart Taylor (FYC) skipping his own RCA Silver rink ended the round robin on two win, one draw (against his old team mates), two loss record. It just wasn’t quite enough to make the knockout stages.

Duncan Menzies (FYC), playing third, and Angus Dowell (FYC) lead with Bruce Mouat Skip and Derrick Sloan at second finished the five game round robin on five points.

In the quarter-finals, Murray Young lost to Perth’s Glen Muirhead 6-5. Thomas Halder, playing in Team Brydone beat the highly rated David Edwards rink from Aberdeen 7-5.

The semi-finals had Kerry Barr playing Glen Muirhead with Kerr Drummond (Former FYC) and Greg Drummond (Former FYC) in the team. Team Muirhead won that 7-3. Team Brydone lost 7-3 to the Perth rink skipped by current World Junior Bronze Medallist Kyle Smith. Thomas Halder and team Brydone finished third overall with a win over Kerry Barr in the 3/4 playoff.

It was Glen Muirhead against Kyle Smith in a closely fought final that went to an extra end with Glen winning it on the last stone 5-4.