Stranraer Ice Rink junior curlers Bobby Lammie and Gregor Cannon have had a steady start to their campaing to win a World Junior Gold medal in Copenhagen.
Playing third and second stones for the Scottish team, which also includes skip Bruce Mowat and lead Angus Dowell, they won their first game 7-4 agaisnt Norway.
The Scots opened strongly, using last stone advantage to score two in the first end. Norway blanked the second end and could only score one in the third end, and after this, the Scots were never to fall behind.
They added a single shot in the fourth end and forced a single-shot steal in the fifth, to extend their lead to 4-1 at the halftime break.
Norway scored just one in the sixth end to reduce Scotland’s lead to 4-2. After this, the teams swapped twos in the seventh and eighth ends and Scotland built their lead again in the ninth with one shot for 7-4. Mouat knocked out a Norwegian counter with his last stone of the tenth end to finish the game off and give his team a winning start.
In their second game this morning the Scottish boys went down 7-6 after an extra end to the USA.
The Scots had a strong start, scoring two in the third end for a 3-1 lead and then stealing another shot in the fourth end. But the USA scored two in the fifth end to reduce the Scots’ half-time lead to 4-3.
By skip Bruce Mouat’s own admission after the game, the Scots got sloppy in the second half, and after Mouat blanked the sixth end, they gave up a single steal in the seventh when Mouat’s stone rolled on after a hit, to let USA level the game, at 4-4.
Scotland nosed ahead with a single score in the eighth but in the ninth, USA’s skip Kory Dropkin had a draw for two and s 6-5 lead. In the tenth end, Mouat could only score one shot, with a nose-hit, to level the score at 6-6 and go into the extra end without last stone advantage. Although Mouat played a nice hit and roll with his last stone of the tenth, Dropkin held his nerve to deliver a last stone draw that finished inside the Scottish counter to score one and take a 7-6 lead.
The team play Canada this evening.
Twenty-one year old Wigtown curling Club member Gregor Cannon is hoping to emulate his father Jim who won a world junior curling gold for Scotland in 1981.