Experienced Keith skips senior rink to success

Seasoned curler Keith Prentice has skipped his senior team-mates to success in the Scottish Championships – just months after it seemed injury might finish his career.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 3:50 pm
From left, John Davie , Keith Prentice, John Dowell and Robert Anderson with, inset, Mike Ferguson.

Farmer Keith, of Hutton Mains in Berwick, teamed up with his rink at Hamilton in Lanarkshire recently for the Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championships, having come through the qualifying stages undefeated at Ayr.

He was joined by Robert Anderson of Ayr (lead), Forfar’s John Dowell (second) and John Davie of Stirling (third), while alternate, Mike Ferguson (Forfar), played in the qualifiers.

“It was not easy but we managed to win them all,” said Keith, adding the team had played extremely well.

The winners were due to play next weekend in the World Senior Curling Championships in Kelowna BC, Canada, but the trip was cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus.

In 2011, they missed the world competition in Russia, when all flights were grounded by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

However, Keith (65) has skipped his team to six Scottish Senior Curling Championships, winning gold in 2007 in Canada and bronze in New Zealand in 2009.

This latest victory was all the more remarkable as he suffered a severe leg break last year in a freak skiing accident in Italy, when he and a pal collided while going to help another friend who had fallen.

After two sessions of surgery, the second of which was last summer, Keith was unsure abouthis curling future.

“I was really struggling – I had to play lead and couldn’t slide very well at all. But I got better,” he said.