Borders curling trio keep their cool to take top prize

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While Eve Muirhead and co have been sweeping all before them in their European Championship quest, local curlers have been tasting success at home.

Indeed, a trio of Borders curlers were successful at the Edinburgh International Senior Championships at the weekend.

In the men’s tournament, Keith Prentice from Hutton and Linton’s Tommy Fleming, who both curl at Borders Ice Rink for Ayton Castle, took home the prize.

Sixteen teams including one skipped by former US champion Russ Armstrong were entered. The tournament is played in two four-round leagues, the top two from each league progressing to the semi-finals. The leagues produced some exciting play and some very tight games.

Prentice (skip), Lockhart Steele, Robert Anderson and Fleming are a formidable outfit at this level as their record in the Scottish Senior Championship demonstrates.

They started off their final with a one, and then a stolen two and they never let Graeme Adam, Drew Howie, Stuart Naismith and Jean Lesperance (from Glasgow) back into the game.

A stolen two in end six effectively sealed the win and though the seventh end was played out team Prentice were worthy winners of the Championship.

The team was sporting some Saltire trousers for the competition, which gave them a striking appearance on the ice.

Next stop for the team is the Scottish Men’s Senior Championship in February, where they will be red-hot favourites having won four times in the past.

Keith and Tommy’s wives Gwen and Rhona also had a successful week curling at the Border ice rink. They won the Henderson Bishop trophy along with Roberta Ann Forrest and Liz Martin and will go on to represent the Borders at the national finals at Dumfries next February.

In the ladies’ competition, Margaret Robertson from Berwick took home the title in her first attempt. In the final, Margaret’s team, skipped by Christine Cannon immediately took control of things over Christine Hamilton’s team and scores of two, two, one and one in the first four ends effectively sealed the Championship win for them.

Try as they might, Hamilton and her team just could not get it together and when they managed to get on the board with a two in the sixth end, they sportingly congratulated their opponents on a fine performance.

So, a great first-time win can be recorded for Christine Cannon, Margaret Richardson, Isobel Hannen and Margaret Robertson, who can go forward to the Scottish Senior Championship with great confidence after a dominant performance at Murrayfield.