Star Refrigeration National Wheelchair Pairs Championship 2011

This ever popular event was played at Braehead last week end with 19 Pairs competing in great atmosphere and camaraderie, evident from the banter as a good crowd  stayed on to watch the last session on Saturday afternoon – well worth the wait to see excellent play.  There were flashes of colour on the ice thanks to the fabulous outfits sported by Angie Malone and Neil Hogg earning them the nickname ‘Raspberry Ripples’!

In the last of the round robin games Tom Killin and James Brown, aiming for a Championship hat trick, were just pipped to a High Road semi final slot by one end. The teams who progressed to the High Road semi finals were Angie Malone and Neil Hogg who played Mike McKenzie and Jackie Cayton, and Michael McCreadie with Russell Shanks playing Gregor Ewan with Jim Gault.  Both games came down to skips last stones with team McKenzie and team McCreadie winning to meet in the High Road final.

The Low Road semi finalists were Aileen Neilson with Ross Hatten playing Rosemary Lenton and Daniel Cowan, Alex Harvey and Angela Higson who played Team Killin. Team Lenton had a good start winning the first two ends and although team Neilson replied scoring a two at the third end, Team Lenton was the victor.  Team Harvey was on form taking a three at the first end and kept control to win the game against Team Killin.

The Low Road final was won by Alex Harvey and Angela Higson when a tricky last stone double take out from Rosemary Lenton just failed to give the three shots needed to force an extra end.

The High Road final was won by Mike McKenzie and Jackie Cayton.  Team McCreadie scored a single in the first end but Team McKenzie proved just too strong winning the next three ends to take a lead which was out of reach for Team McCreadie.

After words of thanks by SWCA Chair Judy Mackenzie to the on-ice helpers, umpires Ian Addison and Elaine Turnbull and all the work by Chris Noble and his ice team, National Coach Tony Zummack presented the prizes.  On behalf of the winners Jackie Cayton gave a vote of thanks to those who had organised a great event and praised the super ice.



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