Dumfries Young Curlers high as kits after victory in Ayr
Dumfries Young Curlers travelled to Ayr Ice rink at the weekend to compete in the Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge Division 3 having already secured the club’s position in Division 1 and 2 earlier this year the club were looking for promotion from Division 3 with their third squad. This would see the Junior Club go head to head with Stirling, Lockerbie, Ayr, Braehead and Aberdeen. The top two teams would secure promotion for next season.
The event requires each club to field two teams whose results are combined over the course of five games where the Division 3 champion would be found.
First up for Dumfries was Aberdeen. Dumfries won both their games 7-5 and 14-3 gaining two points for each win. After round 1 Dumfries were the only club to win both games leaving them top of the table on 4 points. Next up for Dumfries were Lockerbie Young Curlers which proved to be a close affair, Dumfries winning the first game 9-4 after showing some great team character. In the other game it went to the wire with the game tied going into the last end. The Young Dumfries team battled to a great victory stealing a single shot in the last end to win 5-4. These results again generating 4 points for the club and keeping them top of the table. It was to be a long day at the Ice rink with all junior clubs having to play three fixtures. The third game saw Dumfries come up against the host club Ayr. Both teams pulling out two fantastic games winning 18-1 and 12-1 to be the only club undefeated on day one with 12 points.
After a long day, the teams returned the following morning with Dumfries playing a top of the table clash against Stirling Young Curlers who were on 10 points. This game had mixed fortunes with one win 9-3 and one narrow defeat 6-8. This result kept Dumfries at the top of the table and also secured promotion with one round to spare.
After lunch and a good chat with the Coaches the Dumfries Teams set about winning Division 3 where the faced Braehead in the final round. Two wins or a win and a draw would make Dumfries Young Curlers Division 3 Champions. Team 1 were fast out of the blocks racing in to an early lead and never looking back finishing 13-6 winners. Team 2 showed great character and fighting spirit after losing 4 shots in the opening end fighting back to level the score only to find themselves 9-4 down after five ends, with a big score of 4 in the sixth end and a steal of two shots, in the seventh end they found themselves 10-9 in front going into the last end. With some cleaver shots they reduced Braehead to only being able to score a single point and tie the game at 10-10. This result giving the extra point that Dumfries needed to secure the Division 3 Championship title.
Finishing with 17 points out of a possible 20, Dumfries Young Curlers maintained the top spot from Round 1 all the way through to Round 5 with Stirling finishing in 2nd place on 14points. Dumfries Young Curlers will now have two squads represented in Division 2 and 1 squad in Division 1 next season which will take place in Murrayfield.
Curling Development Officer Graham Sloan who travelled with the team said “The teams worked there socks of on day one and deserved to be sitting top of the table overnight. The attitude shown on the second day was tremendous. The players were all tired but they worked very well as a squad and were worth winners of the league. We put a lot of preparation into the teams for this event and had a squad of players some who didn’t travel to Ayr but were still part of the process & preparation. We have a great bunch of juniors to work with and as the experience level increases we will see big things from some of these players, its exciting times ahead for Dumfries Junior Curling, the hard work is paying off as the juniors are heading in the right direction.”