Vicki Adams, from the Lochans, and her Team Muirhead teammates will represent Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan from 14 – 22 March after winning the Scottish Championships at Perth.
They beat Team fleming, including Abi Brown from Stoneykirk in the final.
After a blanked first end, Team Muirhead were looking good to take a two in the second after Hannah Fleming double attempt failed to remove both counters but Muirhead’s attempted hit and stick overcurled leaving only a single.
This was to be a real tit for tat encounter with the teams exchanging singles for the next three ends with neither team able to build a multiple score, both skips asked questions of their opposition number and both delivered with their last stone. Hannah Fleming faced three opposition stones with her last stone of the fifth and played a hit and roll to the button to score one to level the scores at 2-2 going into the break. Following the restart the game continued in the same vein with the teams trading ones in the sixth and seventh ends.
The turning point of the game came in the eightth end when Team Muirhead capitalised on slack play from Team Fleming despite pick-ups for both teams. Hannah Fleming attempted a triple take out with her first stone but was only able to remove one Muirhead stone. Muirhead left the door ajar when her draw came up light but Fleming’s attempted freeze two Muirhead stones in the eight foot, bounced too far leaving Muirhead an open hit to score three and move into a 6-3 lead going into the 9th end.
Team Muirhead kept the pressure on forcing Team Fleming to draw for a single in the ninth. Team Fleming were unable to get the cover they needed in the final end and Team Muirhead successfully removed one of the open counters to claim the title.
Afterwards Vicki said: “It’s great to win the Scottish Championships again! Hannah and her team played a great game in the final but we played a good end in the eighth to get our three and we never looked back from then.
“We now head to Japan in two weeks for the worlds so there will be no time to rest - it’s straight back to work!”