Galloway Province curlers held the first mixed doubles competition ever played at Stranraer Ice Rink on Monday evening.
Five out of the seven clubs in the province took part, totalling 12 teams, and the overall winners were Jak Kane and Jenni Cannon from Wigtown Curling Club, who were 11 shots up. The runners-up were father and daughter pairing of David and Maura Wilson from Kirkmabreck Curling Club at seven shots up.
The teams were spilt into two sections and each section played five ends.
Afterwards, Galloway Province President Jim Cannon commented at the presentation of the prizes that the new format had been enjoyed by all those taking part and he thanked international mixed doubles coach Peter JD Wilson who had given up his time to help the players understand the rules of Mixed Doubles, very different from pairs, as there are stone in play before the curling starts and players can swap positions with each other! Officially, there should be a male and a female curler but as this was a taster session, any two curlers made a team!
Jim asked Peter to present chocolate prizes to the winners and the runners-up and then asked his wife Christine to present a gift of a Christmas pudding to Peter for helping the teams out. Jim also thanked Gail Munro for taking the time to put makers into the ice for the competition, to Jak Kane for making up information cards and to Galloway Province secretary Louise Kerr for organising the evening.
1st session - Jak and Jenni 11 Graham and Callum 0; James and Rachel 1 David and Maura 8; Kerr and Eilidh 6 Bill and Drew 3.
2nd session - Hugh and Elliot 2 Frances and Stuart 8; Jim and Christine 3 James and Louise 5; Graeme and Helen 2 Peter and Alison 4.