Medal success for Forfar Young Curler

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Hot on the heels of the Winter Olympics more Scottish curlers returned home with medals as Scotland took Silver at the World Junior Curling Championships in Switzerland.

Duncan Menzies of the Forfar Young Curlers was playing lead for Team Kyle Smith, with Thomas Muirhead at third and Kyle Waddell at second.

The Scottish team lost the final by 5-6 to Switzerland. This victory made it six wins in a row for the Swiss, who had come through a tie-breaker against Italy to reach the medal stages.

The Scots had last stone advantage in the first end, and opened the scoring with a single point. Switzerland responded by scoring two in the second end and then built on that in the third when Scotland’s skip Kyle Smith was short with his final draw to give up a single-point steal and push the Swiss lead to 3-1.

Solid Swiss tactics in the fourth end then forced Smith to draw for just one in the fourth end, and this reduced Switzerland’s lead to 3-2. However, the Swiss built on their lead in the fifth end when Switzerland’s fourth player Reto Keller tapped out a Scottish stone for two points and a 5-2 lead.

In the sixth end, Smith was just too thin on a double attempt with his final stone, leaving one Swiss stone in the house, rather than removing it, to give Switzerland a steal of one and a lead of 6-2. In the seventh end Scotland were looking for a big score to bring themselves back into the game, but eventually Smith was forced to draw for one and reduce the Swiss lead by just one point, to 6-3.

Switzerland then blanked the eighth end and, in a dramatic ninth end, Switzerland’s fourth player Reto Keller had a complete miss with his last stone to give Scotland a steal of one point that reduced the Swiss lead to 6-4 and gave the Scots a glimpse of hope. However, Keller made amends in the tenth end when he took out one of two Scottish stones in the house to give his team a 6-5 victory.

Duncan said: “It was really good, we played some great teams. There was certainly a buzz about the place and there was a lot of home support so the arenas were packed.

“That’s the season almost finished now but I’ve still got the Scottish Pairs at Stranraer to go before the summer.”