Curlers keep their cool to win Edinburgh Seniors

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A brother and sister were successful at the Edinburgh International Senior Curling Championships at the weekend.

Margaret Robertson from Berwick was a member of the winning ladies side, whilst Keith Prentice from Hutton won the men’s title with his rink.

In the ladies competition, Robertson, who has just returned after a successful tour of Sweden with the Scotland ladies team, took home the title in her very first attempt. The tournament had 12 teams entered, and was played in two four-round schenkel leagues, the top two from each league progressing to the semi-finals on Sunday morning.

In the final, Margaret’s team, skipped by Christine Cannon, immediately took control of things and scores of two, two, one and one in the first four ends effectively sealed the championship win for them.

Margaret, who lives in East Ord, curls out of the Ayton Club at the Borders Ice Rink in Kelso and the other members of her team included Christine Cannon, Margaret Richardson and Isobel Hannen.

They now go forward to compete in the Scottish Women’s Senior Championships where they will be hoping to achieve further success.

Earlier this year Robertson was a member of the Scotland team who contested the World Senior Championships in Canada, where she just missed out on a bronze medal.

In the men’s tournament, Keith Prentice from Hutton and his team took home the prize. Prentice, Lockhart Steele, Robert Anderson and Tommy Fleming are a formidable outfit at this level as their record in the Scottish Senior Championship demonstrates. As they were defending champions there was some pressure on them, but they went through the whole competition undefeated.

There was an entry of 16 teams, including former US champion Russ Armstrong, and the competition was played in the same format as the ladies. The leagues produced some exciting play and some very tight games. The final went to seven ends, but a stolen two at the sixth virtually sealed their success.

Prentice’s wife Gwen also had a successful week curling at the Border Ice Rink where her rink won the Henderson Bishop Trophy.