Stranraer Ice Rink could have yet another world champion in their ranks this weekend with Bobby Lammie and his Scottish teammates closing in on the world mixed curling title.
Eighteen-year-old Bobby, is playing second in the team with skip Cameron Bryce, third Katie Murray and lead Sophie Jackson.
This young team have been so dominant they didn’t lose a game in their group until this morning when the USA got the better of them by nine shots to three.
Up till then it had all been one way traffic with wins over Belarus 12-1; Brazil 13-2; Estonia 12-4; Hungary 11-3; Japan 4-2 and Turkey 9-2.
However, Scotland’s loss to USA means that the Scots needed a win against Austria this afternoon and for the Americans to lose against Brazil, in their last games of the round-robin stages, to secure the first place position and their automatic space in the quarter-final stages at 8pm tomorrow night. Whatever the outcome though, Scotland has already done enough to guarantee them a place in the qualifying round. Should Scotland finish second in the group, they have to face the third placed team in Section C at 2pm on Friday afternoon.
In one of the most highly anticipated games of this first ever World Mixed Curling Championships, held in Bern in Switzerland, Scotland beat top of the D Group table Hungary on Wednesday afternoon.
After Hungary took a two in the first end, Scotland continued in the same style that they have played all week and built a considerable lead in the early stages, moving 10-2 ahead by the fourth end. Hungary did try to find a way back into this game, but after only managed to take a single in the fifth and Scotland grabbing a single of their own in the sixth, Hungary decided to offer handshakes and the game finished 11-3 in six ends.
Against the USA, Scotland had the upper hand in the first half of the game but they gave up four in the sixth end and conceded at 9-3 after seven ends.
A total of 36 teams are competing for the world title with the semi-finals at 10am tomorrow and the final at 3pm.