With curling at the Olympics now under way, two Borders men have yet again tasted victory on the Scottish national stage.
Kelso’s Tommy Fleming and Berwickshire’s Keith Prentice, skip, became Scottish Senior champions on Sunday for a record-equalling fifth time and now go on to represent Scotland at the World Senior Championships.
The final was a repeat of the Edinburgh International final in November (which they also won), taking on Graeme Adam’s rink from Glasgow.
They had beaten team Adam in the earlier group stages and were determined to do the business again.
In the final, team Prentice were one shot down after the second end, but managed to take three shots at the third.
They stole a shot in the fourth for a 4-1 half-time lead and then another steal in the fifth stretched their advantage. Team Adam managed to pick up a single in the sixth end, but when team Prentice took a two to go 7-2 up with just one end remaining, Graeme Adam conceded the game.
Qualification for the world seniors this season is extra special, as they are being held in Dumfries at the end of April.
They will be hoping to match their success of 2007, when they won the World title in Canada.
Prentice told The Southern: “I’d like to thank my team who played so well throughout.
“We’re looking forward to going to Dumfries because how many times do you get the chance to represent your own country, in your own country? It doesn’t happen a lot.
“I’d like to thank Graeme and his team for the game, very sporting as usual, much appreciated, and all the rest of the teams that we played against too.”
Once again the side was starring in their Saltire trousers, which have now become something of a trademark for them. Prentice and Fleming’s wives, Gwen and Rhona, also took part in the ladies’ senior competition, but were knocked out in the group stages.
Back at the Border Ice Rink, attention will turn to the 9.15 league where the two senior champions are currently sitting top of the standings along with team-mates James Dixon and Dave Prentice.
With the final two rounds of games to be played, these clashes will determine if they finish in the top two, which would mean they qualify for the National Super League finals next season.
If you have been inspired by the success of the men or are enjoying watching the Olympics on TV and fancy giving curling a shot, then why not sign up for a try curling session at Border Ice Rink.
Details are available at www.bordericerink.co.uk or www.trycurling.com. Bookings must be made in advance.