Stranraer curlers go head to head in Canada

Scotland’s men’s team at the World Senior Curling Championships here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, lost their first game to Ireland when the Scottish skip’s last draw was heavy.

Both teams had a strong Stranraer connection, with three-quarters of both team from the ice rink. Norman Brown, Andrew McQuistin and Hugh Aitken represented Scotland, while Peter Wilson, P J Wilson and Neil Fyfe turned out for Ireland.

The final score was Ireland 5, Scotland 4.

The Irish men’s team had struggled with weight control on the very fast ice over the first few ends, and the Scots capitalised with a three in the second end. The Irish could have levelled the score at 3-3 in the third, but skip Peter Wilson’s last stone was heavy. It stayed at 4-2 for the Scots until the seventh end, when Wilson hit and stuck when trying to blank the end. One down and chasing the game, the turning point in the last end was the Irish skip playing two great draws under pressure. His first drew to top eight behind a covering stone.

Scotland’s skip David Hay tried for both stones but just lifted the first one. Wilson then drew back four, at seven o’ clock, tucked in behind his first draw. Hay was then heavy with his last stone, gifting the Irish the steal of two and the win.

The Scots lost their next game to new Zealand before recording a big win against Japan.

Ireland’s men lost 5-4 to Switzerland in the second draw but got the show back on the road with a wonderful last end 6-5 victory over a tough New Zealand quartet, all expat Canadians.

Wigtown’s Christine Cannon, skipping the Scotland ladies’ team, has had a good start to the seniors, winning both her games. They downed the Czech Republic 8-3 on the first day and got a big four in the seventh end against Australia yesterday to win 7-2.

Gazette reporter Louise Kerr, playing for the Irish ladies, had a torrid time as the team lost both their games against – admittedly two of the strongest teams in the competition. The went down 8-2 to Canada and 11-2 to the USA.