Sunday, April 04, 2010

Dumfries Junior International

Twenty-four teams took part in the fifth Dumfries Junior International this weekend. I love this competition. It has something for everyone, and, at the end of the season, it is just so much fun. As well as a strong foreign presence, the Scottish teams usually mix together, and the organising committee, headed up by Graham Sloan, always involve many of the younger members of the Dumfries Junior Club.

The main event though is for the Globe trophy. This was won by Grant Hardie, Kyle Smith, Ruariadh Whyte and Hamish Geyer, seen above with Fiona Hardie, representing the main sponsor, David Hardie Engineering Ltd. Hardie's team beat Mads Neorgaard's Danish side in the final.

Here are a few pics from the final day, to give a flavour of the event.

Manuela Siegrist brought her junior women's team to Dumfries, and reached the Low Road final.

Local curler Ross Whyte is somewhat of a celebrity down this way, at just eleven years old. He got the call to substitute today...

... and ended up playing in the final with Mads Neorgaard, Daniel Poulsen and Nikolaj Maergaard!

Roger Gulka is Swiss, Leo Makela is Finnish, Mhairi Anderson Scottish, and made up the Tasha Aitken team which finished third in the High Road.

I think 'Romance of the Rings' might be the best caption for this pic. That's Kyle Smith ignoring the opposition behind him.

A junior men's team from Poland won the Pot Lid trophy.

Here's Maggie Wilson with Carlos Glasbergen, who with Lauren Baxter and Ezra Wiebe made up another 'international' team!

Here Jennifer Dodds' stone is swept by Fiona Telfer and Naomi Whyte, with Kirsten McNay in the head. This team finished in fourth place.

Grant Hardie

Hamish and Ruariadh work on Grant's stone in the final

Action in the head.

Mads delivers with Daniel and Nikolaj ready to sweep.

Graham Sloan is master of ceremonies as sponsors are ready to present all the trophies and prizes. Well done to him and his organising committee. It's a great event!

Photos © Skip Cottage