Vicki takes Scottish title

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TWENTY-one-year old Stranraer curler Vicki Adams can’t put sliding sole wrong at the moment after becoming Scottish Ladies Curling Champion last weekend at Perth Ice Rink.

Already this year she has won the Scottish Junior Championship and collected yet another gold medal at the World University Olympic games in Turkey last month.

Vicki, playing second stones in Anna Sloan’s rink, alongside team mates Claire Hamilton and Rhiann Macleod beat Hannah Fleming’s rink 7-4 in Sunday morning’s final.

The team will now travel to Esbjerg in Denmark for the World Championships from March 18-27.

It will be a busy time for Vicki, a student at the West of Scotland College in Dumfries, as she will go there on the back of playing in the World Junior Championships in Perth from March 5-18.

Vicki’s team had to come through two tie-breakers, including beating her older sister Kay, to make the play-off stages before winning the Scottish title for the first time. But there was heartbreak for another Stranraer curler, Abi Brown, who as lead for the Hannah Fleming rink went undefeated through eight games - the round-robin stages, and the 1 v 2 play-off - before losing the final.

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tie-breaker stages to the eventual winners, Sloan.

A rather stunned Vicki spoke to The Galloway Gazette to admit her latest success had not sunk in yet.

She said: “It’s a bit surreal to be honest. We always knew we could do it and beating Eve (Muirhead) in the three-four play off was a big thing. We got off to a slow start and at one stage, when we had only won two games we thought we would not get through.

“When we got through the tie-breakers we knew winning the title was within our capabilities. Although we had lost to Hannah Fleming in the round-robin we felt we should have won that game so we weren’t worried about playing them again in the final.” Looking forward to her first world championships, she added: “It will be a good experience. If we put in a good solid performance in the round-robin we have the potential to medal.”

Lyburn trophy

LAST Thursday saw the finals of the Stena Line sponsored Lyburn Trophy Competition at the North West Castle Hotel’s curling rink.

This all ladies competition is one of the most prestigious of the curling season and has been sponsored by Stena Line Ferry operaters for many years and was played over most of the week.

The finals played on the Thursday afternoon saw a close game played in the low road between Ann-Maree Davidson’s rink and Ena Smith’s. By the sixth end the Davidson team were ahead by only a single shot at eight to seven.

The seventh end was the decider when the Davidson rink scored a four and Ena Smith could not make it up on the eighth and final end with Ann-Maree Davidson’s rink finishing winners by thirteen shots to seven.

The high road final saw Fiona Hardie’s team run away with the match after three ends when the two sides stood at two shots each. The Petrie rink conceded after the sixth end at two shots to nine.