Borders curlers to tour Sweden

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A TRIO of female curlers from Borders Ice Rink have made their way into the Scottish touring squad which travels to Sweden tomorrow.

Nina Clancy (St Boswells), Liz Cullen (Earlston) and Margaret Robertson (Ayton Castle) will join the 16-strong squad whose mission is to gain more shots than their hosts over a competitive 10-day period.

Clancy, who is also vicepresident of the ladies’ section at Border Ice Rink, is playing the ‘Stuart Hogg’ role on the tour, as she is the youngest of the ladies in the squad.

Cullen’s tour to Sweden will complete a family double as her husband, Jim, represented Scotland on the Strathcona Cup tour to Canada in January. Jim helped the Scots come home with the trophy, so local curling development officer Liz will be under a bit of pressure to repeat the feat.

Robertson hopes to cap a fantastic year with victory in Sweden. In February, she was part of a rink that won the Scottish Ladies Senior Championships before going on to represent Scotland at the World Senior Championships in New Brunswick, Canada.

The ladies have had three practice sessions on the ice so that they don’t arrive in Sweden as individual curlers, but as part of a team.

The tour itself will take them from Stockholm to Uppsala, Gävle, Karlstad, Jönköping and finally Norrköping before returning to Stockholm where they will compete in one game per day.

A blog site has been set up to allow people to follow the tour and can be found by going to http://swedentour2013.blogspot.co.uk. Updates will also be available on the Border Ice Rink Facebook page.