CURLING: KING AN AND STIRLING SWEEP UP SCOTTISH MIXED DOUBLES CROWN IN ABERDEEN
Fraser Kingan, of Dumfries, and Stirling’s Jayne Stirling recovered from a poor first end to win the Scottish curling mixed doubles championship title in style at Curl Aberdeen
Kingan and Stirling, who topped Section 3 in qualifying, were 3-0 down to Stranraer’s Bobby Lammie and partner Rachel Hannen, from Hamilton, after the opening end of the final. But they gradually fought their way back into the game by winning a point in the following three ends to level the match before sweeping the fifth end 4-0 to take a 7-3 lead.
Lammie and Hannen, who came through a tiebreaker after finishing third in Section 1 en route to reaching the final, won two points at the sixth end to reduce the deficit but a 3-0 advantage in the seventh end gave Kingan and Stirling a 10-5 victory with an end to spare.
Yesterday’s success will see the pair represent Scotland at April’s world mixed doubles championship in Sweden.
DOUBLE JOY: Fraser Kingan and Jayne Stirling are all smiles after their triumph at Curl Aberdeen.