Two junior Stranraer curlers faced each other in the final of the Scottish Mixed Championships last weekend with Bobby Lammie getting gold and Jodie Milroy getting silver.
Eighteen-year-old Bobby was playing second in the team skipped by Cameron Bryce from Kelso and they, along with teammates Katie Murray and Sophie Jackson now head to Berne in Switzerland in September for the first ever World Mixed Curling Championships. In Sunday’s final they beat Craig Waddell, Heather Morton, Cammy Smith and 20-year-old Jodie 7-4.
Nine teams, split over two sections competed in the round-robin stages of the Scottish Mixed. The last of the round robin games saw Team Waddell top section A with Team Bryce in second spot. Section B was rather different with three teams Brewster, Craik and Hardie ( with another Stranraer curlers Abi Brown at lead), tied on two wins and one loss. With each having lost to one of the others the LSD average rankings had to be used. Team Brewster topped the ranking with Team Hardie and Craik having to play a tie breaker, which team Hardie won in a keenly fought game.
Team Hardie then met team Waddell in the semi-final which saw team Waddell take a 4 – 1 lead after four ends but lost a three in the 5th end to tie the game. Waddell took a one in the sixth and stole a one in the seventh for a two shot lead going into the last end and with Hardie only scoring a one, Team Waddell made the final.
In the other semi-final Team Bryce met Team Brewster. In a very competitive close game with Brewster taking a single to finish the eighth end all square and go into an extra end. With Bryce having last stone advantage and Brewster lying two in with one in the four foot and guarded, Bryce played a magnificent angled raise double on Brewster’s stones to blank the end and force a second extra end. Another close end and with stones in play Brewster drew the shot with his last stone but Bryce played a controlled take out to take the single required.
Team Bryce’s dominant form continued in the final when he played Waddell. Waddell blanked the first and took a two in the second end.
Bryce blanked the third and with a superb split, took a five in the fourth and then stole a one in the fifth for a 6-2 lead. Waddell fought back with a two in the sixth but with Bryce scoring another one in the seventh and then keeping the eighth end clear, Waddell conceded the game with two stones left to play.