Extra coaching for Scottish champions

Scottish Schools winners from left: Lorna Shaw, Neil Sutherland, Cameron Bryce Skip, Callum Potts and Amy Bryce
Scottish Schools winners from left: Lorna Shaw, Neil Sutherland, Cameron Bryce Skip, Callum Potts and Amy Bryce
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A TEAM of young curlers from Kelso High School have been selected by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Talent programme for extra coaching.

The quintet of Cameron Bryce (skip), Lorna Shaw, Neil Sutherland, Callum Potts and Amy Bryce are all members of the ‘Monday Club’ at Border Ice Rink.

They competed in the Murrayfield Scottish Secondary Schools Competition recently and won all three games against Edinburgh schools for a straight road to the final.

The other schools had to play-off the following day to decide the other finalist, which was Mary Erskine School.

In the final, Kelso lost two shots at the first end, then went on to win the next seven ends and lifted the James Young Trophy, winning by 10-2.

Ice rink spokesman Jim Buchanan told TheSouthern: “All our coaches are absolutely delighted with such a magnificent performance.”

The team will are now preparing to contest the Scottish Schools’ Championships at Murrayfield on March 16-18.

Another youngster from the town has also tasted success on the ice recently.

Lewis McCran, 16, stepped up to the mark when called into the Borders Ice Rink Open Pairs competition to partner Jim Lawson (skip).

Having won through their opening round and semi-final ties, the duo met Jim Cullen and Wendy Henderson from Earlston in the final. The match went down to the last stone, with Lawson and McCran clinching the title and receiving the trophy from president Harry Dodds.