I wasn't able to get up to Curl Aberdeen this weekend where nineteen junior men's teams are playing off for eight places in the Scottish Junior Championship finals. I've been thinking about them, and following the results on the Royal Club's website here.
I was doing some tidying up yesterday (a rare but necessary activity) and found the programme (above) from the days when bank and bankers were not the swear words they are today, and we had respect for our financial institutions. The Bank of Scotland supported junior curling for many years. Who was playing in 1992, and are any of these young curlers still competing today? Some certainly are! See for yourself.
February 5-9, 1992, Galleon Centre, Kilmarnock. The Finalists were:
(1) Laren Gillespie (Atholl)
(2) Alan Smith (Galleon Centre)
(3) Graham Cormack (Inverness)
Peter de Boer
(4) Chris Hunter (Gogar Park)
(5) Duncan Bertram (Letham Grange)
(6) John Muir (Hamilton)
(7) Allan Lyburn
(8) Iain Powell (Brora)
And here are the girls' teams:
(1) Kirsty Addison (Greenacres)
(2) Moira McConnell (Greenacres)
(3) Moira Hastings (Lockerbie)
(4) Julia Ewart (Forfar)
(5) Gillian Barr (Gogar Park)
(6) Catriona Weir (Gogar Park)
(7) Lindsay Kilpatrick (Greenacres)
(8) Fiona Brown (Greenacres)
So, how many of the top juniors seventeen years ago are still curling today, even at club level, and how many are lost from the game?
I cannot find how many teams entered the preliminary rounds, but I do know that qualifying playdowns were held in four rinks. For the record, the Scottish Junior Men's title was won by the Allan Lyburn team who finished sixth (with Laren Gillespie as 5th player) in the World Juniors in Oberstdorf. The Scottish Junior Women's title was won by Gillian Barr and her team, who then went on to capture the World Junior Championship title (with Karen Addison as 5th)!
Comments and memories welcome!
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