It was well worth braving the snow to be at Curl Aberdeen this afternoon for one of the finest games of wheelchair curling that I've seen! The opponents in the final were the teams skipped by Angie Malone with Ian Donaldson, Gill Keith and Jim Taylor, and Aileen Neilson with Michael McCreadie, Bill Masterton and Gerald Pocock. All are members of the Braehead Wheelchair CC.
Malone counted three in the fifth to be 5-3 up coming home. She looked to have the game won, keeping the Neilson team to a single. But Aileen played a delicate takeout, squeezing past the guard to get the inside edge she wanted to wick into the four foot, for the second of the two shots she needed to force the extra end.
And when it came to the last stone of the game, Angie played a hit through a port to take out the Nielson counter for the Championship win. Who needs sweepers? Great stuff. Good ice, good curling, and it seemed that the unanimous view was that a return to Aberdeen for next season's championship would be a popular decision.
A full report in the May Scottish Curler. All the results are here.
Top: Angie delivers with Gill Keith her buddy.
Above: L-R Ian Donaldson, Angie Malone, Jim Taylor and Gill Keith. Pics by Bob.
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