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Duncan Menzies of Forfar Young Curlers ' will lead Great Britain at the Youth Olympics in Austria next month.
Duncan Menzies of Forfar Young Curlers ' will lead Great Britain at the Youth Olympics in Austria next month.

Duncan Menzies of Forfar Young Curlers has been officially named as Great Britain skip for the Youth Olympics taking place in Austria next month.

The event takes place in Innsbruck from January 13 to 22.

Duncan, playing with Angharad Ward, Thomas Muirhead and Rachel Hannen, together as Team GB for the first time, came third in their group section at the Lockerbie Under-21 Challenge event held between December 16 and 18.

They recorded two wins and a draw and, althought they failed to make the semi-finals, it was a pretty good try.

The rink will continue to practise together until the Olympics.

Also at Lockerbie, Team Young (Lesley Young, Louise Joiner, Hailey Duff & Beth Dandie) all from Forfar Young Curlers, finished third in their group stage, with two wins, and two losses, including a win over Team England (Tunbridge Wells), but failed to make the semi finals.

The winner of the ladies event was Hannah Fleming’s rink, skipped by newly crowned ladies European champion, Anna Sloan (Lockerbie).

The best performance of the weekend for FYC players at Lockerbie was that of Murray Young, skipping his rink to finish top of Group D undefeated with four wins, including a win over RCCC Performance Squad, Team Jay McWilliam.

In the semi-final Murray Young lost seven-four to Stuart Marshall (Greenacres), who had Thomas Halder of FYC playing third.

Team Stuart Marshall faced the Inverness rink skipped by Blair Fraser in the final.

Blair Fraser (Inverness) won the final seven-four.

In the Christmas Cup at Forfar Curling Centre on December 17, Layla Al-Saffar, Ruaridh Lawrie, Jane Neill, Mark Ogg and Graeme Grant won the silverware.

Forfar Young Curler players Robert Fawns, Thomas Halder, Craig Cameron and Ben Bremner won the Hay Trophy Schools competition (for Arbroath High) in Perth on Tuesday and Wednesday. There were 16 teams from all over Scotland, including a team from Brechin High, so perhaps they can get Forfar Academy, Webster’s High, other local schools on board for next year.