Pride of Stoneykirk is Scottish Junior Champion

Naomi Brown (left) from Stoneykirk was in the winning rink in the Scottish Junior Curling Championships.'Picture by Tom Brydone
Naomi Brown (left) from Stoneykirk was in the winning rink in the Scottish Junior Curling Championships.'Picture by Tom Brydone

Stoneykirk curler Naomi Brown is heading for the World Junior Curling Championships in Estonia next month after her rink retained their Scottish Junior title last weekend in Aberdeen.

The junior women’s final was contested between Team Aitken consisting of Gina Aitken, Naomi, Rowena Kerr, Rachel Hannen and Team MacDonald who had Lesley Young at skip, Amy MacDonald, Louise Joiner and Beth Dandie.

The girls played an aggressive, yet entertaining game for the crowd, which saw them exchange singles for the first six ends and the score was tied at 3-3.

Team Aitken took advantage in the 7th end when Naomi Brown played a perfect hit and roll across the four foot behind guards, which was followed up by a raised take out with Gina’s last stone to score three. A miss with the last stone in the eigth end gave team Aitken a steal of one shot and take a 7-3 lead.

The ninth end was set up well by team MacDonald, with a centre guard covering a single stone at the back of the four foot. Attempts were made by both teams to hit and roll from a stone on both wings throughout the end, but didn’t successfully get fully covered and with Lesley Young’s last stone she had an open draw to make two counters and got the scoreline back to just 7-5.

The final end was well played by team MacDonald to try to get their steal and the coveted Scottish Junior Championship title. There were many stones in play and Lesley Young played a lovely draw into the top of the four foot behind guards with her last shot. When Gina came to play the final stone, she was lying three against but calmly drew down the same line as Lesley had just played to rest against their stone and only give up one shot to therefore retain her title.

Team Aitken will represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in Tallin, Estonia from 28 February to 8th March.

The rset of the Stranraer junior curlers had mixed fortures. In the boys event, Gregor Cannon and Bobblie Lammie lost out in the semi-finals after finishing the round-robin on a 6-2 record. Katie Wright’s all Stranraer team of Lauren Morgan, Rachel Mills and Eilidh Yates finished the competition in sixth on 4-5 round-robin record and Jenni Cannon’s team were fifth on 5-4. Alison Fyfe’s team were seventh on 4-5.

Galloway Province

Draw for the Biggar Cup, sponsored by Penkiln Builders Merchants, to be played at Stranraer Ice Rink on Wednesday, February 4:

12.20pm - Paul Soriani, Glasserton v Graham Adams, Kirkcowan; Jak Kane, Wigtown v David Wilsom, Kirkmabreck; Drew Paton, Penninghame v Andy McClymont, Minnigaff.

2.40pm - James Maxwell, Glasserton v John Cannon, Wigtown; Forsyth Galloway, Glasserton v Kerr Fisher, Kirkmabreck; Dave McArthur, Minnigaff v Bill Scott, Penninghame.

All games 10 ends or time. Highest-up club wins trophy / highest up rink in winning club wins prozes.

Entry money - £4 per rink, payable with the ice money.