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On top of the world

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CURLERS from the region are storming the world stage, with a series of wins over the last week.

Lockerbie’s Ryan McCormack is playing as alternate in Dumfries curler Ross Whyte’s undefeated Scottish side at the men’s junior event in Liverpool, Canada.

The team has won all five of their round robin games since their campaign began on Saturday.

They opened play with a comfortable win of 11-4 against Team Sweden and yesterday trounced Italy 12-1 after just six ends.

Skip Ross said: “We reached the top of the table last year too and we managed to hold it there.

“Hopefully we can do the same this year and try to get some good wins over more teams.

“We’re feeling really good, we’re making nearly everything, so we just want to keep that going.”

Meanwhile, Dumfries junior skip Sophie Jackson won the Scottish women’s title at the weekend.

Normally the prize for the achievement is representing Scotland at the women’s world event.

But in a controversial decision, Scottish Curling announced that Sophie and her young team would not be going and the honour would instead be given to Olympic medallist Eve Muirhead and her team.

The move caused uproar amongst the grassroots curling world and was challenged by Team Jackson, pictured above with coach Tom Brewster.

Following a two-day review, British Curling and Scottish Curling conceded and allowed Team Jackson the chance to compete at the worlds in Silkeborg, Denmark.

In a statement online, Scottish Curling explained Team Jackson had committed to represent Great Britain at the World University Games (WUGS) as their priority goal for the season, and this gave a challenge regarding preparation for the World Championship.

The authority said: “This has been a complex issue to resolve and we did not want to rush the judgement.

“The Scottish Curling board has supported Team Jackson and found in favour of Rule C.12(b) “The winning team shall represent Scotland in the world curling championship”, which supersedes all other considerations.

“We would like to thank our members and all those involved for their patience during this time.

“We wish Team Jackson the very best of luck at the Championship, we are in no doubt that they will be exceptional ambassadors for Scottish Curling.”

Picture by Tom Brydone.

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