LOCHANS supercurler Vicki Adams became a three-time Scottish Champion last weekend with team-mates Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton and will now head to Riga in Latvia next month for the womens world curling championships.
They beat the recently crowned Scottish Junior Champions - Hannah Fleming’s team, with Stoneykirk’s Abi Brown at lead, 8-4 in Sunday morning’s final to secure their spot at the worlds and boost their chances of being chosen to represent Great Britain at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Twenty-three year old Vicki said: “The final was definitely a game of two halves! At the start of the week we really came out firing so we were always waiting for the first setback but it’s better to lose the one-two playoff than the final.
“We head off the to the Worlds in Latvia in three week so until them it will just be on the ice every day and intensive training as we have no competitions.”
The team went through the seven game round-robin undefeated before going down 7-6 to Fleming in the 1v2 playoff. Team Muirhead then rolled over Kerry Barr’s team 7-1 in the semi-final before the rematch with Team Fleming in the final.
The challengers got off to a great start and forged into a two shot lead by the half way stage. But the defending champions are competitive as well as talented and their determination to hold on to their title saw then score six shots without reply over the next four ends to secure the Scottish Championships.
Other Stranraer curlers involved in the finals had a disappointing championships. Gail Munro, last year’s runners-up, didn’t win a game and Vicky Wright, playing with Jennifer Martin ended the campaign on a four wins-three loss record.
Vicky has some consolation in that she is currently in Sochi with the Scotland Junior Ladies team as their fifth player for the World Junior Championships which start tomorrow.
Former champion Gail Munro said: “We have no excuses. It just didn’t happen for us. We had close games that just didn’t turn our way. It was only an eight team round-robin so losing the first few games meant that we were effectively out of the running early on.
“With automatic qualification it meant that we turned up not having played any of the teams who were there at all this season. There were a few different teams from last season and the standard I’m pleased to say was good. A long week but an enjoyable one.”
In the mens championships, Stranraer ship Hammy McMillan had a torrid time with one win from nine games. Hamilton McMillan fared better than his dad playing with fellow Stranraer curler Jay McWilliam in Grant Hardie’s rink, they finished with four wins and five losses.