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Five clubs are eye­ing up a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion at the sec­ond phase of the SIBA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships at Coat­bridge this week­end, and three are in the frame to re­tain ti­tles, writes Anne Dun­woodie.

Blan­tyre’s Iain Mclean and Craig and Brian Irvine con­tinue the de­fence of their triples crown against a strong Mid­loth­ian team skipped by Colin Walker. Lorna Cameron’s Whiteinch rink, who won the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship at Swansea two weeks ago, tackle Iso­bel Laing’s El­gin four­some as they at­tempt to hold on to their Scot­tish ti­tle.

And Bal­bardie’s Sharon Leitch and Lor­raine Mal­loy, who also won in 2006, meet Pais­ley’s Ann Marie Fletcher and Cathy Hous­ton as they at­tempt to be­come the first three-time cham­pi­ons in the women’s pairs.

Blan­tyre, El­gin, Mid­loth­ian, Ar­broath and the host club all line up in two events. El­gin are also in the men’s pairs where Andy Barker and Mike Step­ney, win­ners in 2006 and 2010, open against Paul Foster and Alex Adrain from Prest­wick. The win­ners will face East Fife or Cum­ber­nauld in the final to­mor­row.

Mid­loth­ian’s Stacey Laid­law and Carol Ashby meet Ar­broath’s Leanne Furye and Caro­line Rux­ton in the ladies pairs. The Ar­broath two­some are then in­volved in the triples, while Coat­bridge line up in both triples com­pe­ti­tions.

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