Curling

Gail Munro, Fiona Hardie (presenting) and Hammy McMillan
Gail Munro, Fiona Hardie (presenting) and Hammy McMillan

THE Scottish Pairs title was won by the local brother and sister combination of Hammy McMillan and Gail Munro at Stranraer Ice Rink last Sunday afternoon.

In the morning the semi-finals were closely fought with excellent shots being played by all pairs, the results being in doubt until the final shots were played. After six ends Stranraer, Hammy amd Gail, and Perth, Robin Niven and Graham Shaw, were on three shots each after six ends.

But in the extra end Stranraer took advantage of the hammer to win the game. In the other semi Lockerbie, Scott Hamilton and David Hamilton, took a single in the sixth end to win by one shot over Kirkcaldy, Alan Marshall and Colin Howden.

In the final Lockerbie had the hammer and took a single in the first end followed by another in the second. The third was blanked and Stranraer had a one in the fourth. The fifth end was blanked leaving Lockerbie going into the sixth with a one shot lead and the hammer. At the third last stone Stranraer drew a stone behind a long guard to lie one. Scott Hamilton, the Lockerbie skip tried to drive the guard on to the shot to remove both, but missed narrowly. Hammy McMillan then drew a shot between guard and shot stones to lie two. Scott had a very slim chance to get one. He narrowly failed to do this and the Stranraer pair were the winners by one shot. This was an enthralling final which kept the spectators glued to their seats.

In the absence of an official representative of the President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Bill Scott asked Fiona Hardie to present the trophy and prizes to the winners, Hammy McMillan and Gail Munro of Stranraer and to the runners-up, Scott Hamilton and David Hamilton of Lockerbie.