Braehead Junior International: Scots on the podium

The Braehead Junior International kicked off this season’s European Junior Curling Tour – with Teams Jackson and Mouat claiming top three places for the host country.

There were 24 teams at the competition this weekend, 10 of them Scottish.

Teams Brydone, Joiner and Whyte (boys) and Aitken, Bryce, Murray and Young gained some good experience but were unable to win their section or claim a playoff place.

Team Bryce (Cameron Bryce, Zack Stewart, Fraser Kingan, Frazer Shaw) managed the latter thanks to a fine opening day which saw them win three from three.

However, they were denied a place in the semi finals in a narrow loss to Team Hess of Switzerland.

Team Hess then went on to edge out Team Mouat in the semis, before winning the boys event overall, with a 4-2 victory over fellow Swiss side Lottenbach in the final.

But Team Mouat (Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell) were not done – they were back in action in the third/fourth playoff against Norwegians Team Ramsfjell.

They gave up a couple of steals to trail 4-0 after three ends… but came roaring back with a score of 4 in end four, then steals of 3 in ends six and seven – giving them an 11-4 victory and third spot.

As for Team Jackson (Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday, Rachel Hannen), they cruised into the last four of the girls competition with four wins and a draw.

There, they claimed another win to set up a final clash with Team Gauchat of Switzerland.

After a 2 in end two they were pegged back to 2-2 in end four. Undeterred, they scored 2 in the fifth end and stole 3 in the sixth for a 7-2 triumph.

See photos from the event here (Friday), here (Saturday) and here (Sunday).

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