Uplawmoor Curlers Take to the Ice in European Seniors International
Buff Scott and her team of Charlotte Tierney, Jan Howard, Alison Lees and Ann Hutchison received a late invitation to the European Seniors International at Greenacres joining a field that included some of the top senior sides in Europe including World Seniors Champion Christine Cannon.
Team Scott put on a highly credible performance, coming within a single shot of beating Sweden's Marie Henriksson who went on to win the women's final, and only just losing out to Finland's Kirsti Kauste.
Buff said: "I was really proud of the way we played, considering the quality of the opposition and the fact that we didn't even have the chance of a practice match. "Charlotte, Jan, Alison and Ann played their hearts out, and we are all still kicking ourselves for not seeing out the match against Marie Henriksson after going into the last couple of ends with a four shot lead. But that was typical of the quality and experience we were up against."
Team Scott lost their fist couple of matches against Switzerland and England as they made the adjustment to curling at this level, and their final opponents Christine Cannon and her rink proved too strong in their last match.
Charlotte Tierney said: "We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in these championships, and felt we gave a good account of ourselves, especially given the pressure of coming in at the last minute with virtually no time to prepare"
Meanwhile Charlotte's other half Tony made it through to the finals having made the amicable switch from Johnjo Kenny's team to join Robin Gray, Peter Wilson and PJ Wilson. (See below from L to R with Tony on the extreme left)
Team Gray put down a marker with a convincing win against Scottish Champions Keith Prentice's rink in the round robin stages, and then finishing strongly to get the better of Keith and his rink in the final and clinch the title.
Tony said: "It was a great to hang in there for a win in the final. We had a really close match in the semis, against Switzerland's Karl Grossman, which went to an extra end, and then a quality final against Keith in the final."
All in all a good weekend for Uplawmoor on the European stage.