Sunday, 13 January 2013

Junior Skips Combine to win Mixed Doubles

Just 2 days after returning from the EJCC in Prague, the skips of the two junior teams, Ben Fowler and Hetty Garnier, combined to win the ECA Mixed Doubles Championship at Fenton's.

Undefeated through the round robin they then had to play a final against the team ranked second - Alan MacDougall and Lana Watson. In previous years a win in the round-robin would have been enough, but as from this year the ECA have said that every Championship will have a final unless the team finishing top of the round-robin has won all their games and is two clear wins ahead of the team ranked second.

MacDougall / Watson (M/W) grabbed an early lead in the final being 3-0 up after 2 ends. Fowler / Garnier (F/G) got 2 back in the third end and were looking in trouble in the 4th end as there were 4 M/W stones in shot positions with one more stone to come from each team. A great draw by Hetty gave Alan no shot to play and so they only scored a 1 when more had seemed likely.

The teams exchanged singles for the next 3 ends and going into the last end M/W were 5-4 up with last stone. An early attempt by Lana to open up the front only succeeded in propelling a second F/G stone into the house to join the shot already lying in there and from then on they stayed there and F/G stole the 2 required for victory.

So well done to the juniors and the next step is to get to Fredericton in Canada for the World Championships in April.

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