ENGLISH SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dumfries Ice Bowl was the venue for these Championships in December and for the first time we had a women’s Championship alongside the men. Last season’s women’s team at the Worlds had split into two separate teams and added some extra players including the return of Joan Reed who had played for England at the Senior Worlds in 2003 -2005 and 2007 and 2008, winning a bronze medal in 2003.
This best of 5 Championship went all the way to a 5th game before Judith Dixon (skip), Joan Reed, Val Saville and Debbie Higgins (pictured below) finally subdued Jean Robinson, Susan Young, Jackie Orr and Wilma McIntyre. For Val in particular it was an amazing experience – she had first approached us in Dumfries at the Worlds, back in April, as an English curler living in Stirlingshire and she was quickly embraced by the ECA as a possible member. Now here she was winning the right to represent England at the World Championships just a year later!
Having come so close last year (the 6th end of the 5th game when he lost a 6), John Summers won the men’s Championship this year, beating Tommy Campbell by 3 games to 1. He and his team of Charles Jackson, David Sillito and Andrew Taylor will therefore join the women in Sochi in April.