Christine misses out on second Scottish title by a shot

Christine Cannon from Wigtown CC  just missed out last weekend on a second Scottish senior title
Christine Cannon from Wigtown CC just missed out last weekend on a second Scottish senior title

Wigtown curler Christine Cannon just missed out on taking her tally of Scottish senior titles to two last weekend when her rink, skipped by husband Jim, just missed out on capturing the Scottish Senior Mixed Championship at Stranraer Ice Rink.

Christine, who is the current womens’ world and Scottish champion skip, was beaten in a nailbiting final by the brother of her third from her world title winning rink.

The Cannon rink of Jim, Christine, PJD Wilson and Anne Wilson went down by one shot, 5-4, to the Hamilton rink of Archie Craig, Marion Craig, David Hardie (substituting for the injured Robin Aitken) and Yvonne Aitken. The local foursome had gone into a 3-1 lead after three ends. Team Craig, in search of a deuce, blanked ends four, five and six but secured their two in the seventh to tie the game. In the final end the Craig rink got guards up front and the Cannon team could not get through the defences to get to the opposition shot stone and the Scottish Senior Mixed title went to Archie Craig’s rink for a second time.

Archie’s sister Margaret Richardson played sub-skip to Christine when the team won world senior gold in Dumfries in April.

Twelve teams took part in an enjoyable Scottish Senior Mixed played on excellent ice at the rink at the North West Castle Hotel.

Each of the three sections were tightly contested. Section winners and the highest up runner up team would progress to the semi-finals. Team Smellie progressed from Section A, Section B winners were local rink Team Cannon and Teams Graham (section winners) and Craig (highest runners up) progressed from Section C.

The semi-final line up saw Section A winners Bob Smellie take on the highest runners up, Archie Craig, Team Craig progressed with a 7-3 victory. The other semi-final brought together Jim Cannon and Rae Graham, Team Cannon secured passage to the final by capitalising on last stone advantage in the eighth end to take the win.