The future of curling in the region looks to be in good hands as the latest crop of youngsters coming through the Borders Development Program are proving.
In the Inverness Junior Under-21 International, Cameron Bryce from Border Ice Rink and his newly-formed team comprising of Zack Stewart, Fraser Kingan (both Dumfries) and Frazer Shaw (Stranraer) made it all the way to the final, where they were defeated by a well-drilled rink skipped by Bruce Mouat from Murrayfield.
Cameron’s team finished second in their qualifying group, losing only to Mouat. In the quarters they defeated Fraser Ewen’s rink before meeting Team Taylor in the semis, which proved a much stiffer test. With the game going to an extra end, and the whole stadium watching, Cameron had a pressure shot draw to win the game with his final stone, which he duly made.
In the final, Team Mouat took a decisive lead, but Team Bryce then showed what they were capable of with attacking play. Mouat’s rink were always in control, however, and killed the game in the ninth.
It was still a great achievement for a team who only started playing together this season. Cameron would like to thank his team sponsors and Roxburgh Sports Council for all their help.
Elsewhere, the Under-13 and Under-15 South of Scotland Funspiel took place last weekend at Border Ice Rink.
Teams from Borders, Stranraer, Lockerbie and Dumfries participated, with Dumfries (U13) and Lockerbie (U15) taking home the titles. The Borders U15s team (James Brewis, Kirsty Fairbairn, Gregor Young and Murray Bell) played in three very tight games, all of which went down to the last few stones.
The Border U13s (Angus Bryce, Joanna Sutherland, Neil Mallen and Kyle McLain) were runners-up to Dumfries. They then went on to win the Hotshots competition, with Bryce also lifting the U13 prize for most points scored.
Special thanks go to Bert Duncan and his team of volunteer scorers and officials, who made the day run smoothly.