Robertson out for revenge on Scots’ Swedish tour

Scotland curling team
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Berwick curler Margaret Robertson is gunning for revenge when she travels to Sweden next week as part of a Scottish touring team.

Margaret, who curls with Ayton Castle at the Border Ice Rink, will be part of a 16-strong ladies team who have been invited to tour by the Swedish Curling Association.

And as she was a member of the Scottish side who lost out to Sweden in the bronze medal match at the World Senior Championships in Canada earlier this year, she will be looking to get one over her hosts.

As a member of the team which won the Scottish Senior Championships in February, Margaret qualified with the Scottish rink to contest the World Seniors in New Brunswick in April.

“We lost out to Sweden in the bronze medal play-off game,” said Margaret, “so it would be nice to go out there and exact some revenge.”

Margaret also skipped a Border ladies rink to victory in the Scottish Masters championships, the first time a Borders team has won this event.

Margaret is one of three Borders Ice Rink curlers who will form part of the Scottish team - the others are Liz Cullen from Earlston and Nina Clancy from St Boswells.

Liz’s selection will complete a unique family double, as her husband Jim represented Scotland on the Strathcona Cup tour to Canada in January. Jim helped Scotland come home with the trophy so Liz will be under a bit of pressure to repeat the feat.

Liz is kept very busy as the Border Ice Rink’s curling development officer. She is now into her third year in that post and is anticipating a big year with new curlers wishing to try the sport with the winter Olympics coming up in February.

Nina is taking absence from her new role as chief executive of RSABI, Scotland rural charity for helping people who have depended on the land. Nina is also vice president of the ladies section at the Border Ice Rink .

The tour which lasts 10 days, will take them from Stockhom to Uppsala, Gävle, Karlstad, Jönköping and finally Norrköping before returning to Stockholm. During the tour they will spend some nights in hotels and some nights in the homes of their hosts thus getting a real feel for Swedish life. As well as having at least one game of curling a day, the ladies will be attending various receptions and receive guided tours of local attractions.