Wigtown curler Christine Cannon and her rink are heading for the world senior curling championships in Dumfries in April after winning her second Scottish senior total at Hamilton Ice Rink at the weekend.
The popular handicap competition sponsored by Scottish Fuels, attracted sixteen teams. Each player is handicapped either plus or minus depending on the player’s ability and therefore each team starts the competition with plus shots or minus shots, the intention being that teams start on an even footing.
Games leading up to the semi-finals were keenly fought and most games being won by one or very few shots and for the first time a wheelchair team moved into the second round by virtue of their handicap, but were comfortably beaten in the quarter finals. Teams emerging to the semi-finals were teams skipped by James Maxwell; Richard Stevenson; Danny Hair and Peter JD Wilson.
The first semi between Maxwell team and Stevenson team saw the Stevenson team take an early lead by moving to six shots to one shot after five ends. Despite a strong comeback by the Maxwell team over ends six and seven, Stevenson’s team gained a further three shots at the eighth and final end and with the handicapping giving Stevenson four shots his team won 13 shots to five to move to the final.
The second semi between Hair Team and Wilson team had a handicap of one shot advantage to Hair, but the game was played on an equal footing over the first five ends when the score stood at seven shots each. Wilson’s team, however, scored four shots at the sixth end which proved to be the deciding end as each scored two shots over the final three ends making the score 13 shots to nine shots (plus obe) in Wilson’s favour and a place in the final.
The ten end final between Wilson team and Stevenson team gave Stevenson a one shot handicap advantage. Wilson won five shots at the first end, which would normally be a commanding lead, but Stevenson gained four shots over the following two ends to be within one shot. The game produced some good curling over the following five ends when the score stood at eight shots each moving into the final stages. Wilson gained a single over the following two ends, but with Stevenson’s one handicap shot it made the score nine shots each after ten ends, requiring an extra end to decide a winner. The extra end was played with both teams producing some excellent curling and resulting with the Wilson team gaining a single shot to emerge as winners of the R & A Hannay Trophy.
Afterwards, Peter Wilson paid tribute to his young team saying: “The team were superb – especially the semi-final, the girls were brilliant.”
Ice Rink President Peter Lupton presided at the prize giving and gave thanks to Scottish Fuels for their continued support of the R & A Hannay competition. He congratulated the Wilson team for winning the competition after what was described as an exciting final with good curling by both teams and requiring an extra end to decide the winner. He also thanked all who had played in the competition and the many spectators who had supported the games leading to the final.
The President handed over the R & A Hannay Trophy to skip Peter Wilson and prizes of an MP3 Player with Camera to each of the team members. The runners-up, Richard Stevenson’s team, each received a Cheese Board with knives and cheese.
Vice President John McIntyre gave the vote of thanks.
Winning team -Peter JD Wilson,(skip); Megan Arthurs; Lauren Smith; Caitlin McClorey.
Runners-up - Richard Stevenson, (skip); Blair Haswell; Cameron Stevenson; Frazer Taylor.