Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Forfar Under-17s Semifinals

We're at Forfar Indoor Sports today for the playoff stages of the Forfar Under-17s, and to find out the outcome of the U17 Slam. All the results are here.

That's Rachel Hannen above, definitely a nomination for the 'Player of the Competition' so far. Her team got the bye to the semis, and faced the Gregor Cannon team this morning.

That's Bobbie Lammie in the head, Christopher Henry and Connor Ballantyne are the sweepers, and skip Gregor Cannon has been encouraging them on the draw. The Cannon team had already played in three U-17 events, and hoped to improve on their average with the James Carswell team hot on their heels for the big prize.

But first Team Cannon had to get past their semifinal opposition, the Hannen side.

Lauren McIntyre (2nd) and Alison Fyfe (lead) are the sweepers on their skip's stone in this pic. Rachael Halliday is in the head.

And here is Rachael, explaining to her skip Rachel, what a small margin there is between winning and losing! (Other captions are available!)

"What are you saying, big man?" "It's rude to point."

So, what happened? Gregor was two up at the last, missed his last stone, allowing Rachel to draw for three, and the win!

Meanwhile, Bruce Mouat's side was up against James Carswell's team in the other semi. High standard game, this one!

James encoourages his front end of Peter Dagen and Ben Bremner as he draws against four Mouat stones. Third George McConnell joins the sweeping.

Calum Greenwood delivers. Angus Dowell and Thomas Halder are the sweepers.

The Mouat team in action again. Despite all their efforts, they came second this morning!

So, this afternoon's final will be between Hannen and Carswell.

There's a low road, too. Lesley Young (above), Louise Joiner, Hailey Duff and Beth Dandie came through their semifinal this morning ......

...... against Gregor Bousie, Callum McFarlane, David Kettles and Drew Thomson.

This is the other low road semi. Don't you often wonder what skip and third say to each other? Gavin Barr and Fraser Ewen discuss options. Their front end is George Sinclair and Hamish Logan. The Murrayfield team came up second this morning.

Gavin was against Andrew Neilson, with John Ballantyne, Graeme Allan and Mark Guthrie. Here are the skips in the house.

And here are Andrew and third John. You can decide the caption!

Team Neilson will meet Team Young in the low road semi this afternoon.

Photos © Skip Cottage.