Forfar pick up silver in national competition

Silver medallists, from left, skip Hailey Duff, third Craig Paterson, second Bruce Keillor and lead: Ewan Maguire.
Silver medallists, from left, skip Hailey Duff, third Craig Paterson, second Bruce Keillor and lead: Ewan Maguire.

A team from Forfar Academy has won silver in the Scottish Schools Curling Championships 2014 held at Murrayfield.

More than 60 schools entered this year’s competition in qualifying rounds at regional ice rinks. A total of 24 teams progressed to the finals in four groups of six teams, with two teams from each group qualifying for the knockout stages.

Congratulations to Forfar Academy’s team of Hailey Duff (FYC) skip, Craig Paterson (FYC) third, Bruce Keillor (FYC) second and Ewan Maguire (FYC) lead who won the silver medal, losing to Lockerbie High School in a tense final.

There were five teams entered from this region, with three progressing to Murrayfield.

Webster’s High School had a team represented by -Adam Flint (FYC) skip, with Layla Al-Saffar (FYC) third, Angus Redford (FYC) second and Rachel Flint (FYC) lead. They won two games, vs. Clydeview Academy 13-2, vs. Lockerbie Academy (1) 6-3, and lost three games, vs. Balerno High School 2-5, vs. Stranraer Academy (1) 5-3, vs. Forres Academy 5-3, and did not qualify for the knockout stages finishing in fourth place in the group.

Brechin High School’s Craig Joiner (FYC) skip, Hamish Duff (FYC) third, Nicola Joiner (FYC) second, Rory Allison (FYC) lead won two games, vs. Nairn Academy 6-4, vs. Kinross High School 5-3, drew one game vs. Stranraer Academy (2) 9-9, and lost two games, vs Wallace Hall Academy 9-6, vs. Mary Erskine School 10-8. Brechin High School failed to progress from the group stages finishing just outside the qualifying places third in their group.

Forfar Academy’s Hailey Duff, Craig Paterson, Bruce Keillor (FYC) and Ewan Maguire (FYC) won three of their group games vs. Stranraer Academy (3) 9-4, won against Beath High School by an amazing scoreline of 22-1, vs. Mearns Castle High School 13-4, and lost two games vs. Kelso High School 6-4, vs. Dumfries Academy 8-3. Forfar Academy qualified second in their group for the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals Forfar Academy won against the St Joseph’s College team, skipped by Zac Stewart, 
8-6 with a big steal of three in the sixth end making the difference.

The semi final was all 
Forfar Academy as they dominated Mary Erskine School, skipped by Naomi Brown, winning 9-1 in seven ends.

The final was a cagey affair on tricky ice. Lockerbie Academy (2) got off to a good start scoring two with hammer in the first end. Forfar were forced to take one in the third after a blanked second. In the fourth end Lockerbie took a single to lead 3-1 at the half way stage. The big shot of the game came in the fifth end with Hailey needing to hit her own stone on to an opposition counter to remove it from play to score three, but unfortunately it was a little wide, and on unforgiving ice, never made the curl necessary resulting in a steal of one. Singles were exchanged in the sixth and seventh ends to leave Forfar Academy needing an unlikely three in the last end. Lockerbie were clinical and ran Forfar Academy out of stones to win the title.

Well done Forfar Academy on winning the silver medal.