No joy for Hugh at wheelie worlds

A Stranraer wheelchair curler has been involved in a battle to keep Scotland out of the relegation zone at the world wheelchair curling championships in Lohja, Finland.

Scotland needed a win on Wednesday morning to keep their play-off hopes alive and they achieved this as they edged their USA opponents 4-2.

Scotland skip Aileen Neilson said: “It went right down to nearly the last stone so we had to dig deep. We knew we had to put a win on the board and we’re so happy that we have!”

Scotland got off to a fantastic start defeating Germany 12-2 in their first game and then Sweden 6-2 in the second. They then lost to China 6-4; Norway 6-2; Russia 6-3; Canada 6-4; Slovakia 6-5 before beating the USA on Wednesday before going down 8-4 to Finland in the afternoon session.

Wigtown’s Christine Cannon got off to an excellent start in the defence of her Scottish Seniors curling title at Hamilton Ice Rink with three wins out of three. Christine and her two-time defending champions of Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Janet Lindsay beat the 2012 champions skipped by Barbara Watt 8-2 and Carolyn Nicoll 14-0 on Wednesday and Christine Ross 9-8 yesterday morning. Kate Adams from Portpatrick Curling Club is sitting on two wins having beaten Enid Brown 7-6 and Barbara Watt 6-4.

Draw for the Kinnear Trophy, sponsored by Kinnear for Carpets, to be played at Stranraer Ice Rink on Friday, February 20:

2.40pm - Mrs Debbie Johnstone, Wigtown v Miss S Prentice, Leswalt; Mrs Elsie McKillop, Glasserton v Mrs Beryl Niven, Loch Connel; Mrs Pam Woods, Penninghame v Mrs Gail Munro, Castle Kennedy; Mrs Joyce Maitland, Minnigaff v Mrs Linda Shaw, Logan.

5.00pm - Miss Louise Kerr, Glasserton v Mrs Beth Parker, Castle Kennedy; Mrs Christine Cannon, Wigtown v Mrs Jocelyn Bell, Limekiln Loch; Mrs Alison Cloy, Kirkmabreck v Mrs Kate Adams, Portpatrick; Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson, Penninghame v Mrs Jane Murray, Stoneykirk

Mixed rinks, alternate play. Ten ends of time.

Entry money - £4 per rink.