Pairs put on thrilling curling final

Greenacres' John Furrey and Stranraer curlers Louise Kerr, Neil Fyfe and Alison Fyfe
Greenacres' John Furrey and Stranraer curlers Louise Kerr, Neil Fyfe and Alison Fyfe

Three Stranraer Ice Rink curlers contested a thrilling final of the Irish Mixed Doubles Championships at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries at the weekend.

In the end it was the combination of John Furey and Louise Kerr who just pipped the father and daughter pairing of Neil and Alison Fyfe 8-7.

The Fyfes got into a commanding position, at 7-3 ahead after five ends, but Furey and Kerr plugged on doggedly and scored a two in the sixth, stole a two in the seventh and, in the last end, managed to get a shot stone on the four foot and hidden. Neil and Alison both tried valiantly to get to the button but were thwarted by a wall of guards.

John, who curls out of Greenacres, and Louise will now represent Ireland in the World Mixed Doubles Championships back at Dumfries Ice Bowl from April 23-30.