Christine starts the defence of her world title

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Wigtown Curling Club President Christine Cannon starts the defence of the world senior crown next week when the Scottish Senior Curling Championships get underway at Hamilton.

Christine and her team of Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Janet Lindsay will face stiff opposition from 13 other teams hoping to make it to Sochi in Russia in April as Scotland’s senior representatives at the world championships.

Christine Cannon (second left) and her team celebrate winning the world senior curling title for 2014 in Dumfries'Photograph by WCF/Richard Gray

Christine Cannon (second left) and her team celebrate winning the world senior curling title for 2014 in Dumfries'Photograph by WCF/Richard Gray

Christine said: “I am looking forward to playing in the Scottish Senior Championships again. As reigning champions, we will be the team that everyone will be trying to defeat and we have to accept that. There will be 13 other good teams challenging for the title. We will be trying our utmost to reach the play-off stages and then it is just one game at a time.”

Kate Adams from Portpatrick Curling Club is also in Hamilton competing in the senior finals with her Edinburgh based team.

In the mens section, there are a host of local curlers lining up in various teams. Norman Brown and Hugh Aitken will be hoping to recapture the senior title again after winning in 2013, playing this year with David Hay and Gordon Muirhead from Perth. New to the senior ranks this year is Hammy McMillan who has Dick Adams playing third stones while Andrew McQuistin, another former winner from 2013, has joined up with three Ayr curlers this time round for another crack at the title.

Play gets underway at 9.30am on Wednesday morning and after tie-breaks, if needed, the quarter-finals will be at 7pm on Saturday night, with the semi-finals at 10am on Sunday and both the mens’ and womens’ finals at 2.30pm.