YOUNG Moray curlers are seeking sponsorship to help sweep them to success on the national ice.
Members of the Moray Junior Curling Club have been taking part in the Asham under-21 slam, a series of competitions played across Scotland with the aim of developing young talent.
But with most events played in the central belt, the cost of competing at this level is a high one.
Curling will soon be high up the sporting pecking order, with the Winter Olympics in South Korea taking place early next year.
Scotland has traditionally excelled in the sport and with a strong junior section playing regularly at Moray Leisure Centre, it raises the possibility of this area producing a future Team GB curler.
Three Moray girls took part last week’s Inverness junior international, by far the most local event in the slam series. Forres curler Amy MacDonald was part of the winning rink in the competition.
An appeal has been made local businesses or individuals who may be interested in offering sponsorship to the young curlers.
A spokesperson for the club said: “The local girls were delighted to be playing this home round of the under 21 slam, as the other rounds are in the central belt with the last round as far as Lockerbie.
“The other rounds push up the expenses with travel, mostly two overnights’ accommodation, ice costs and meals. It makes it expensive over the season, however they have to get involved at that level now to have any chance of progressing to the top of their sport.”
Anyone would may be interested in discussing possible sponsorship of the Moray curlers, with national and local coverage, can contact 07789 988917 for more information.
The Inverness international saw no all-Moray teams involved but Moray’s three representatives shone within the teams they were playing for.
MacDonald played for Rebecca Morrison (Aberdeen) who finished second in their round-robin section to reach the semi-finals. In section B Molly Keen was playing for Amy Bryce (Borders), who did not qualify but another Moray curler, Marran Nicol took part in Rachel Dakers’ rink (Murrayfield) and they won their section.
The two remaining Moray girls faced each other in the semi-finals with Morrison’s rink winning 6-1, meaning MacDonald was through to the final. She duly triumphed in the ladies’ final with her rink, by four shots to one. The consolation for Marran was third place after a play-off win of 10-6 for her Dakers’ rink in the 3rd/4th place match.
In a busy weekend for Moray curling, the Scottish Province Championship at Greenacres was contested by 22 teams including Moray’s Ardclach, skipped by Ally Fraser with Ruaraidh Greenwood, Calum Greenwood and Grant Fraser.
Off to a flying start with a 9-4 win over East Fife on the Friday morning, the Moray rink followed this up with a peeled game against Midlothian (5-5) then a fine 6-4 win over Glasgow.
Unfortunately Ardclach ended their programme with an 8-3 loss to Stirlingshire, who ended up as section winners. The Moray rink finished second with Midlothian on points, however the Edinburgh team won more ends, shots up and total shots so they went forward to the knockout stages, and the Moray lads were pipped at the post.