Sunday, 23 December 2018

Scottish Mixed Doubles Success for Gina Aitken

Gina Aitken and new partner, Scott Andrews are currently World Number One in Mixed Doubles Curling.  Read that last sentence again!  I dare say that that's the first time such a sentence has been written about a member of Currie and Balerno Curling Club.

Unfortunately for Scott, he had pulled a hamstring, and although he felt that he was just about recovered, he took the sensible decision to rest it for the weekend, so regular substitute Duncan Menzies took his place in the team.  And how well Duncan  played in Scott's place.

Team Aitken/ Andrews went through their group session undefeated and thus qualified to miss the quarter-finals and go straight to the semis, where they came up against the strong pair of Waddell and Spence.

They were 5-4 up with hammer playing the eighth end and managed to score a one to win that game 6-4.

It was fitting that their final was against the reigning Scottish Mixed Doubles Champions and the only other undefeated team to date in the competition, Team Kingan/ Stirling.  Again, the first few ends were tight with the lead swinging one way and then the other.  A decisive stolen two in the fifth end, crucially holding their opponents to one shot in the sixth and then scoring another two in the seventh gave them a strong three-shot lead going into the final end, where they ran their opponents out of stones.

A great weekend's curling and many congratulations to Scott, Duncan and Gina on their success.

Successful on-ice Scottish Mixed Doubles Champions 2018-2019
Duncan Menzies and Gina Aitken

At the official presentation in the Braehead club room, it fell to Royal Caledonian Curling Club Ladies President and, of course, Gina's C&B clubmate, Margaret Nicol to present the prizes and trophy to the winning rink.  Many congratulations from everyone in C&B to Gina, Scottish Mixed Doubles Champion and World Number One!

Scottish Mixed Doubles Champions 2018-2019
(from left): Duncan Menzies, Royal Caledonian Curling Club Ladies President, Margaret Nicol,
Gina Aitken and Scott Andrews
(Thanks to Norman Nicol for this picture)

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