Curlers in hunt for gold in Sweden

Scotland's Norman Brown'Photo credit - WCF / Celine Stucki
Scotland's Norman Brown'Photo credit - WCF / Celine Stucki

Wigtownshire curlers are still well in the hunt for the medals at the world senior curling championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

At the time of going to press, the Scotland women’s team, with Wigtown’s Christine Cannon at third, remained unbeaten and topped their group, having qualified for the semi-finals.

The team had still one game to play in the section against the USA yesterday afternoon. Christine previously won senior gold for Scotland in 2014 in Dumfries.

The Scotland men, with Stranraer curlers Norman Brown and Hugh Aitken ant third and lead, were sitting in second place in their group behind the USA. Having beaten Wales 9-5 yesterday morning they have to win their last section game this morning against Switzerland. Victory for Scotland will give them a play-off position while defeat could see them involved in a tie-breaker. In yesterday’s home nations game against Wales the lead changed hands four times with Wales opened with a score of two in the first end. But the Scots responded with a score of three in the second. Another two shots by Wales in the third saw them take the lead again, at 4-3. The Scots could then only take one from the fourth end to put the game into the half-time break tied up at 4-4.

The second half was a different story. Scotland stole two in the fifth end and, in the sixth, it was Wales’ turn to only be able to score one. A further score of three by the Scots in the seventh was enough to seal a crucial victory.

Fellow Stranraer-based players in the green of Ireland secured a qualifer game against germany today with the winner going to this evening’s quarter-finals. Peter Wilson, PJD Wilson and Neil Fyfe finished third in their section behind Canada and Sweden. An extra end win in their last game against Japan yesterday afternoon saw them gett through.

Neil Fyfe has been playing in both the seniors and the world mixed doubles with his daughter Alison. The Fyfe duo have battled theoir way into the last 16 by winning a tie-breaker agaisnt Itiay then taking a two in an extra end agaaisnt Turkey. Thry are currently on the ice against Finland. Their aim now is to get a top 12 ranking in the world which will give them Olympic points.