Bryce siblings flying the flag for Borders

Team Bryce  pictured  with their Asham prizes and the Baljaffray Trophy. 'From left:  Amy Bryce (Skip), Leeanne McKenzie, Jill Strang, Nicola Joiner.
Team Bryce pictured with their Asham prizes and the Baljaffray Trophy. 'From left: Amy Bryce (Skip), Leeanne McKenzie, Jill Strang, Nicola Joiner.

Amy Bryce from Border Ice Rink and her team competed in the Asham Under 17 Slam tournament at Greenacres.

After winning all three of her group games, Amy’s team then contested the knockout stages defeating Team Wood from Murrayfield in the quarter-final by a convincing 8-3. Then a much tougher semi-final against Team Teeedle from Stirling saw Team Bryce win a very close match after and extra end.

The final was a nail-biting affair and it looked like Team Gilmore from Stranraer had the upper hand but Team Bryce fought back to win the 2015 Baljaffray Trophy after anothetr extra end.

This win sees Amy’s team climb to the top of the Girls standings after gaining maximum points and they are now third overall in the Slam competition. What made this win all the more remarkable is that no “all girl” team has won this trophy for many many years and Amy did not have last stone advantage in any of her knockout games which is no mean feat.

While Amy was at Greenacres her elder brother Cameron was competing in the European Junior Tour event in Thun, Switzerland.

The team came a very creditable third overall after topping their group but losing out narrowly in the semi-final to the Italian national team skipped by Pimpini. Cameron was very pleased with his team’s performance which was a good warm up for the Scottish Junior qualifiers in Perth.

As there is no qualifying for the Girls this season, Amy’s two brothers - Cameron and Angus were competing at Perth, both managing to qualify for the Scottish Junior finals which will take place at Curl Aberdeen in January with Cameron remaining undefeated after only having to play four of his five games.

Angus’s team, Team McNay from Lockerbie, are the only non-funded RCCC team to qualify for the finals.