Young Curlers come of age on global stage in Elite Men’s Class challenge

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Young local curlers Angus Dowell, playing lead, and Duncan Menzies, playing at third, played in Bruce Mouat’s team that had a successful run in the Gatineau Challenge in Quebec which finished last Sunday.

They competed in the Elite Men’s Class.

Duncan has just aged out as a junior while all the rest of the team are still juniors.

They performed well above what might be expected of such a young team, overshadowing many more experienced teams such as world champions David Murdoch and Niklas Edin to reach the semi-finals of the a competition that attracted a quality field from throughout the world.

Duncan and Angus were both members of Forfar Young Curlers.

Angus plays with Evenie Water Curling Club while Duncan’s Mother Club is Letham Grange.

The other members of the team are Bobbie Lammie and Gregor Cannon.

Murdoch, Edin and other fancied team fell by the wayside before yesterday’s quarter-finals, but the Mouat team made its mark in the elite senior ranks after their world junior bronze last winter, winning five straight matches to book their last eight spot.

They then repeated Saturday’s victory over Toronto’s highly rated John Epping, going through 5-4 before losing 6-3 in the semis to the world’s in-form player and Olympic Gold medallist Brad Gushue.

The Newfoundland skip has already won three tournaments this season and was always in control after going 3-0 up at the opening end, but the young Scots can be proud of themselves after coming of age as world-class curlers.