Norway Win Inaugural Stirling Wheelchair International
The eight team inaugural Stirling Wheelchair Curling International was played out at Braehead Curling rink due to the temporary closure of The Peak, Stirling curling hall. After 3 days of round robin competition Norway remained unbeaten on 6 wins and faced the Paralympic silver medallists Russia in the final round. Russia on 5 wins and a draw made this a winner takes all game. Peels going into the last end, Russian skip Andrey Smirnov’s last stone was just too long leaving Norway lying 2 shots and Rune Lorentsen not requiring to play his last stone.
Team Norway skip Rune Lorentsen commented ”We beat the silver and the Bronze Paralympic medallists Teams, Russia and GB—we are happy!”
Both Norway and 3rd placed Switzerland go on to Lillehammer in 2 weeks to contest the World Qualifying event to gain a place in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2015 in February in Finland.
Scotland 1 finished in 6th place with Scotland 2 in 7th. Full standings and line scores can be found at Stirling Wheelchair International
Photos: Leslie Ingram Brown