Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scottish Juniors: The Semis

Blair Fraser, Thomas Sloan, Hammy McMillan and Struan Wood, having finished third in the rankings, had awaited their chance to play for a place in this afternoon's Scottish Junior Championship final. Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell and Kerr Drummond, had lost their Page 1-2 game against the Jay McWilliam side in a low scoring game, and were now on their second life, to reach the championship game.

The linescore is here.

The game was tied at six ends. Smith nosed in front in the seventh with a pair, and was still one up with the hammer coming down the tenth. Blair got one in near perfectly frozen, but Kyle was right on target with his run back to clear the Fraser stone away. Team Smith it will be in this afternoon's final for a rematch of the Page 1-2 game against the Jay McWilliam side.

Jennifer Dodds, Becca Kesley, Vicky Wright and Mhairi Baird were on their second life too, having lost their Page 1-2 game last night. Hazel Smith, Naomi Whyte, Sarah Wood and Eilidh Templeton were their opposition this morning.

Hazel had her draw weight perfectly, and this was a main factor in Team Smith being two ahead in the eighth. Coming down the last, they were still one up, with the hammer. Having had draw weight in her pocket all game, Hazel was just heavy with her last stone for the win, and it was into an extra!

Needing to steal, Jennifer's last had good weight, but wasn't hidden. Hazel's clearance slipped past the guard and removed the shot for the win! It will be Team Smith v Team Fleming in the final.

Photos © Skip Cottage. More to follow.