Stranraer curlers Philip Wilson and Kate Adams won the Scottish Mixed Seniors title at Stranraer Ice Rink last weekend, with two Edinburgh-based culers Billy and Elspeth Johnson.
For Philip, after many years of trying, it was his first Scottish title, but for Kate it was her second Scottish Senior mixed gold medal.
The competition was played with an entry of fifteen rinks in three sections of five – with the three teams who topped their sections, as well as the best runner-up, playing in the final stages.
In the round-robin sections the great majority of games were very competitive and played in a good spirit as is usual in this competition. The standard of curling was high as we have grown to expect. By Saturday evening there were only two games which would not have influenced the outcome of their section. The rinks involved opted not to play. This allowed a later start and earlier finish on the Sunday, which was much appreciated by all participants! These sections were tightly contested and the finalists not determined until almost all ends were completed.
The semi-finals took place at 2pm on Sunday; on sheet 2, David Hardie played Philip Wilson. Wilson gained an early advantage with a three in the first. Hardie came back to level with a two, then one, but Wilson managed a four in end four. Hardie came back with singles in the fifth and sixth ends, but after Wilson got a one in the seventh they shook hands.
On sheet four, Keith Prentice and Ken Horton swapped advantage to be six-all at the seventh. Horton, with last stone, took a one to qualify for the final.
In the final Wilson took an early lead, which he gradually extended until he took a four in end five to lead by eight shots to two, when Horton, with his rink of Beth Aitken, David Ramsay and Liz Horton conceded.
The RCCC President, Clive Thomson, presided at the prize giving, thanking all involved for contributing to the event and making it a success. He invited Fiona Hardie to present the prizes on behalf of McMillan Hotels.
Winning skip Philip replied on behalf of his team praising them and his opponents, before thanking hotel and ice staff for their excellent contribution to the weekend’s success.