Bryce family head up Kelso High’s success on the ice

Team pictured with the James Young Trophy  from left to right :- Kyle McLain, Joanna Sutherland, Kirsty Fairbairn, Amy Bryce (Skip), Angus Bryce, Clement Femenais.

Team pictured with the James Young Trophy from left to right :- Kyle McLain, Joanna Sutherland, Kirsty Fairbairn, Amy Bryce (Skip), Angus Bryce, Clement Femenais.

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Kelso High School pupils have been sweeping up on the national curling circuit, with the Bryce siblings once again prominent on the sheets.

Murrayfield ice rink was the destination for the James Young Trophy, which doubled up as the Scottish Schools Qualifiers.

Four teams from the Edinburgh Area, as well as the Kelso High School squad of Amy Bryce (skip), Kyle McLain, Joanna Sutherland, Kirsty Fairbairn, Angus Bryce and Clement Femenais, were competing, with the top three qualifying for the Scottish Schools finals which will be held at Murrayfield on March 13-15.

Each player in the Kelso squad played in at least one game over the two-day competition and after the first three games the young Tweedsiders had two wins and a draw, meaning the final game against Mary Erskine would decide who won the trophy.

Kelso came out on top, winning 7-5, claiming the silverware as well as qualifying for the finals.

While the school team were competing at Murrayfield on the Saturday, Angus Bryce was participating at Stranraer ice rink in the Asham Under-14 slam. His team lifted the whole competition and, having already won the Aberdeen leg of the three-slam series, has now clinched the overall slam for 2014-15. Angus then joined up with the KHS team to play on the Sunday at Murrayfield.

During the same weekend, the eldest of the three Bryce siblings, Cameron, was playing in the Scottish men’s qualifiers at Dumfries, his team winning four out of five games and losing out only to the David Murdoch outfit who are current Scottish champions. Cameron’s rink therefore have qualified for the Scottish finals, which will be held at Dewar’s Rink in Perth, starting on Monday – a superb achievement to qualify in their first season’s participation in this tournament.

In addition, Angus and Amy Bryce have just returned from a full week competing in the Scottish Junior (under-21) Finals in Aberdeen.

Amy had a very successful week, with her team finishing top in the girls’ section after all the round-robin games, and qualifying for the knock-out stages.

They finished the competition in third place overall.

Older brother Cameron was also competing, with his team ending fourth overall, narrowly missing out on the knock-out stages, while Angus was the youngest competitor in the whole competition (12 years old) and was delighted to have qualified for the finals after his team won three of their round-robin encounters.