The Star Refrigeration National Wheelchair Pairs Championship 2011 was held at Braehead at the weekend. Margaret Cathcart has sent this report:
"Nineteen pairs competed 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 semifinal slot by one end. The teams who progressed to the High Road semifinals 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 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.
The Low Road final was won by Alex Harvey and Angela Higson."
Top: National Coach Tony Zummack presented the trophy to Mike and Jackie. Photo courtesy of Margaret Cathcart.