Scots curler Robertson on top of the world

Margaret Robertson World Senior Curling championships
Margaret Robertson World Senior Curling championships
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Margaret Robertson from Berwick was celebrating last week after winning the world senior curling championships with Scotland.

Robertson, who comes from East Ord, was a member of the five-strong Scotland squad who won the event for the first time since 2005 on home ice at Dumfries.

They finished on top of the world after beating Canada 6-5 in a closely contested final, ironically after losing their only group match to the Canadians in their opening fixture.

Scotland were drawn in Group B alongside Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, Italy and Russia.

But after losing their opening game against the Canadians, who went on to win the group with a 100 per cent record, they bounced back to win their five remaining matches.

They beat Australia 7-2, Russia 8-2, Finland 10-3, Switzerland 6-3 and Italy 8-2.

In the quarter-final play-offs they faced Slovakia and won through 8-4.

In the semi’s they edged out the USA 5-4, with Canada seeing off Sweden 6-5.

That meant a rematch against the Canadians in the final, and in the early stages it didn’t look good as they slipped 0-3 behind.

The Scots finally got on the scoreboard at the fourth end, but they then fell 2-5 adrift, only to fight their way back to 4-5 down going into the last end, where they stole two shots to land the championship and the gold medals.

The Scotland team was skipped by Christine Cannon and Robertson, who was an ‘alternate’ was joined in the side by third Margaret Richardson, second Isobel Hannen and lead Janet Lindsay. The coach was Jackie Lockhart.

Five of the team had also played in last year’s world senior championships in Canada when they just missed out on a medal after winning all six of their group games.

Following their Dumfries success, Robertson said: “This is undoubtedly the highlight of my curling career. To be a world champion in any sport is the pinnacle of your career.

“As the number five I didn’t actually get to play on the ice, but I still had a job to do and the medal means so, so much to me. It certainly makes up for the heartache of last year when we blew it in the semi-finals.”

Robertson’s brother, Keith Prentice from Hutton was skip of the Scotland side who played in the men’s competition.

They had qualified after winning the Scottish championships earlier this year.

They won five of their seven group games against Russia 7-2, Finland 6-3, Hungary 5-3, England 8-7 and the Czech Republic 8-4.

They finished third in their group behind England and the USA, and that earned them a place in the quarter-finals, where they faced Canada, who had won all eight of their qualifying group games.

In another close game they were edged out 6-5 by the Canadians, who went on to win the championship with a final win over Sweden in the gold medal game.