It is not easy to get a new competition off the ground. Mike Ferguson's idea to bring superleague champions from rinks all over Scotland together at Forfar Indoor Sports was certainly innovative, and by all accounts it was all a great success with some great curling on the ice. The results can be found here.
The final matched the local rink of Duncan Menzies (skip), Gordon Craik, Stuart Stark and Angus Dowell against Ewan MacDonald (skip), Tom Pendreigh, Neil MacArthur and Tom Pendreigh (jnr), Inverness. Going down the last, Duncan had to draw against two counters, and he did this successfully for the win.
Duncan had beaten Ayr's David Mundell and Ewan had won over Murrayfield 1's John Hamilton in the semifinals.
Mike Ferguson says, "A great weekend, serious on the ice but fun off it, just as curling is meant to be. We look forward to building this into one of Scottish curling's 'to be at' events. Ideally ice rinks will view this competition as an great way to reward their superleague teams and enter them in to the competition as a prize for winning the local league or competition. It might also encourage some local teams to enter or form a local super league with the potential of a reward at the end for their efforts. We will certainly be hosting the NSL Finals again next year."
The winners L-R: Angus Dowell, Stuart Stark, Duncan Menzies and Gordon Craik.
Runners-up L-R: Tom Pendreigh jnr, Ewan MacDonald (skip), Tom Pendreigh, Neil MacArthur.
Photos © Mike Ferguson