January 16, 2008

Junior championship gets underway

Twenty-one junior men's teams play off at Ayr this weekend to find the top eight who will contest the Scottish Junior Championship, February 5-10. The winners then will be Scotland's representatives in the World Junior Championship in Ostersund, Sweden, March 1-9.

At Ayr the teams have been seeded into four sections, two to qualify from each. The draw is here. Junior curling is notoriously hard to predict, but it should be fairly safe to say that Jamie Dick and his team of Andrew Noble, Colin Dick and Andrew Williamson (pictured here) will get though to the finals. Jamie was runner up to Logan Gray last season. Logan is now too old for juniors, having taken the title three years in a row, although his younger brother Lindsay will be looking to be in Perth for the finals again this season.

Glen Muirhead's side of Scott Macleod, Scott Andrews and Gordon McDougall have been the most successful of all the junior teams so far this season. See them here. Their goal at Ayr is to make sure of qualification for the finals. Greg Drummond, James Dunn, Thomas Pendreigh and Greg Drummond are the other RCCC National Academy team and are expected to qualify too.

Only eight junior women's teams entered for the Scottish this season and all are through to the finals next month at Perth.

Jamie Dick's photo from last season's Scottish Championship is by Richard Gray. Gordon McDougall, Glen Muirhead and Scott Andrews discuss options in the final of the Lockerbie Junior Invitation last month. Photo by Bob.

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