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Curler Abi reaches world semis

Abi Brown and Jennifer Dodds sweep for Hannah Fleming

Abi Brown and Jennifer Dodds sweep for Hannah Fleming

Stranraer curler Abi Brown helped her Great Britain women’s rink reach the semi-finals of the Trentino 2013 World University Winter Games yesterday (Thursday).

Stranraer curler Abi Brown helped her Great Britain women’s rink reach the semi-finals of the Trentino 2013 World University Winter Games yesterday (Thursday).

But despite their superb effort, Abi and her team lost out against Russia in their bid to reach the final.

Abi and her rink were defeated 7-2 by Russia. The girls played well, but the Russians made almost no mistakes. In fact. Abi and her team were huge underdogs as the Russian side was their Olympic team.

Both Great Britain’s men’s and women’s teams qualified for the semi-finals, in both cases their progress sealed by nail-biting wins over Switzerland.

Abi, a student at Dundee University, and her colleagues had played a series of round-robin matches against all of the other sides in the tournament, with the top four in each standings table making the semi-finals.

The women’s team, skipped by Hannah Fleming, from Lockerbie, lost to Russia (who won all of their round-robin matches) in their tournament opener, but responded with five consecutive wins against China, Japan, Canada, Sweden and Italy.

A loss against a defensively-minded Republic of Korea saw their momentum falter somewhat, and added greater significance to their meeting with the Swiss, who had lost only one game up to that point and whose skip had never tasted defeat against the GBR team in other competitions.

GBR’s deliveries were sound throughout, and they took an 8-5 lead. But Switzerland were not for giving up, and got three points back to level the game going into the 10th end.

The Swiss sought to clog up the end to nullify GBR’s hammer advantage, but with their final stone GBR made the breakthrough and a crucial victory had been secured with just 52 seconds of their allocated time remaining.

The women’s rink is made up of Abi, Jennifer Dodds, Hannah (skip), Lauren Gray and Alice Spence, also from Lockerbie.

 

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