Three Stranraer junior curlers are Copenhagen bound next month, looking to add the world title to the Scottish Junior titles they won at the weekend.
Bobby Lammie from Leswalt and Gregor Cannon from Wigtown won the boys’ Scottish junior title playing with skip Bruce Mouat and lead Angus Dowell while Naomi Brown from Stoneykirk won the girls’ title for a second year running, but with new skip Sophie Jackson.
Gregor’s win was a special moment for the Cannon family from Redbrae Farm, Wigtown as the 21-year old student was following in the footseps of his father Jim, who, 35 year before, won the Scottish junior title in 1981. Mum Christine, a former world senior champion, was also there to cheer on both Gregor and his sister Jenni, who played in the girls competition.
The Junior Men’s Final saw Team Mouat; Angus Dowell, Gregor Cannon, Bobby Lammie and Bruce Mouat, a team who were unbeaten in the round-robin take on Team McNay. Team Mouat are a hugely experienced team, and were on top form from the start, taking a 4-0 ahead after 2 ends. Team McNay got onto the leaderboard with a well executed draw to the four foot by Cameron McNay with the final stone of the third end. The fifth end saw Team Mouat continued to pile on the pressure and skip Cameron McNay faced 4 opposition counters with his final hit which he made perfectly to limit Team Mouat to a 3 shot lead. The tables turned in end 6 and a great drawing end from Team McNay saw them lying 3 shots but opposition skip Bruce Mouat kept his composure and played a triple take-out with his first shot and a hit and roll with his final shot to blank the end. Having retained the last stone for the seventh end, Team Mouat ensured they took advantage and took a score of 3 and a 6 shot lead of 8-2. The eighth end was kept simple by Team Mouat and although Cameron McNay drew the four foot to score 1, his team decided the hill was too steep to climb and offered hand shakes with a final score of 8-3.
In the ladies final, Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday and Rachel Hannen met team Murray in the final and it was a tight affair from the start. Team Murray narrowly missed a hit and stick opportunity for a score of 2 in the third end, scoring just 1 to level the game at 1-1. In the fourth end, skip Sophie Jackson executed her final draw perfectly to score 2 but Team Murray fought back, scoring 1 in the fifth end and securing a steal of 1 in the sixth end when Katie Murray played a perfect draw around centre guards which opposition skip Sophie Jackson just couldn’t beat. The seventh and eighth end saw duos exchanged and the score level at 5-5 going into the ninth end. Team Jackson made good use of a corner guard in the ninth end and scored 2, giving them a 7-5 lead going into the final end. The tenth and final end saw Team Jackson clearing stones until they ran their opposition out of stones, final score 7-5.
Team Mouat and Team Jackson will now prepare to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships being held in Taarnby Curling Club in Copenhagen, Denmark from 5-13 March.