Forfar Young Curlers heading for World Championships

Team Mouat.
Team Mouat.

Forfar Young Curlers will be represented at the World Junior Curling Championships next month after Duncan Menziez and Angus Dowell qualified for the event.

The duo were part of the winning team at the Scottish Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen last week, joining skip Bruce Mouat and Derrick Sloan.

There were nine Men’s teams and 10 Women’s team competing for the right to represent Scotland in Estonia from February 28 to March 8.

And there was a trio of Forfar ladies on the podium as Lesley Young, Louise Joiner and Beth Dandie finished as silver medallists.

Bruce Mouat (skip), Duncan Menzies (third), Derrick Sloan (second), and Angus Dowell (lead) finished the eight-game round robin on seven wins and one loss.

They finished top of the group after the round robin.

In the first vs second Page Play-off, Team Mouat dominated Team Taylor winning 8-3 and so moved straight to the final.

In the final, Team Mouat were up against a hugely experienced team skipped by Hamilton’s Kyle Waddell.

This went right down to the wire and needed Bruce Mouat to play a dead draw to the one-foot circle with his last stone to win the title.

Bruce held his nerve, and the sweepers did a fantastic job on the sweeping to make it.

Stuart Taylor (FYC) skipping with Bobbie Lammie (third), Gregor Cannon (second), and Ross Fraser (lead) finished on six wins and two losses. This placed them third in the round robin. In the Page Play-off, Team Taylor were beaten by Team Waddell 9-8 after a cruel pick up in the eighth end contributed to a loss of four in that end.

Team Taylor finished third overall.

Lesley Young (skip) with Amy McDonald (third), Louise Joiner (second) and Beth Dandie (lead) won six and lost three to tie for third place in the 10 team round robin.

In the third place tie breaker, Team Young blanked the first four ends, before taking a one in the fifth.

Team Karina Aitken responded with ones in ends six and seven, and ones were swapped in the eighth and ninth end, leaving Team Young one shot down. Lesley Young’s team took a two in the last end to win 4-3.