Kelly McDougall wins British Isles junior singles title

Kelly McDougall kisses the trophy
Kelly McDougall kisses the trophy
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Kelly McDougall of Midlothian is the new British Isles Junior Singles Champion.

The Eskmills club player beat England’s Commonwealth Games player Sophie Tolchard in an absorbing final in Jersey.

McDougall – holder of the Scottish title – employed a long-jack tactic to great effect as she added 2, 1, 1, 2 to forge into a 16-9 lead and she retained a sharp focus to clinch a commanding 21-13 victory over the England champion in 22 ends.

“Once I had made the break from 10-9 I became unaware of the pressures as my concentration was centred on making each delivery count against a dangerous opponent.”

The 25-year-old was also tactically wise as knowing Tolchard’s reputation as an expert converter she protected herself against losing big counts by putting in back-bowl insurance cover.

“This was the last-chance saloon for me in the Junior grade of the sport so winning this individual title is the biggest moment of my career so far and I am thrilled to bits. I bow out of the Under-25 level with the privilege of captaining Scotland in the international series in Ballymena Ireland next month and winning that team title would certainly ice my cake.”

McDougall is also celebrating the fact that her Midlothian colleague, Stacey Laidlaw of Dalkeith BC, joined her on the British Isles success list by skipping Laura Welsh of Garrowhill BC to the Junior 2 Bowl Pairs title.