Scotland’s mixed champions, including Stranraer’s Bobby Lammie, claimed a bronze medal at the world mixed championships in Kazan, Russia, with a decisive 8-4 victory over Korea.
The team of Cameron Bryce, Katie Murray, Bobby and Sophie Jackson started the competition as part of group A, other teams in their section included defending champion nation Norway, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Belarus and Romania. The Scots got through the group stages undefeated, and met the USA in the final 16. After forcing a one in the first, and taking a three in the second they kept the lead for the rest of the game, with the USA blanking the fifth, sixth and seventh ends, and finally running out of stones in the eighth end; final score 4-1 to Scotland.
Next up were the quarter-finals, where Scotland were matched against Canada. It was a close game from the start, and after the seventh end the score was 5-4 to Canada, but Scotland had the hammer. A two secured a place in the semi-finals for Scotland, where they came up against Sweden. This was to be the first and only defeat of Scotland’s campaign, when they shook after seven ends with the score 8-2.
The team bounced back for the bronze medal game, although the first half of the game went in Korea’s favour, Scotland dominated in the second half. A stolen two in the fifth was followed by forcing Korea to take a one in the sixth. The Scots were limited to one in the seventh but a steal of three in the eighth was a strong way to finish and left the end score at 8-4 to Scotland.
Skip Cameron Bryce said afterwards: ”It’s good. It’s always good to bounce back after a defeat in the morning. We wanted to make sure we went home to Scotland with a medal. Initially we wanted to go in, get the early score and put the pressure on Korea, but we started off slow so we had to it the difficult way and steal our way through. We had a couple of good steals in the fourth and fifth that really helped us. We played really good and Bronze is good now, but we were really disappointed this morning. After a couple of days we’ll be really happy with our Bronze.”