Curling: Colin Campbell wins Edinburgh International

Colin Campbell, pictured with the the gold medal he won at the European Curling Championships in Prague in 2009. Picture: Dan Phillips

Colin Campbell, pictured with the the gold medal he won at the European Curling Championships in Prague in 2009. Picture: Dan Phillips

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Capital curler Colin Campbell celebrated one of the biggest wins of his career as he helped to lift the Edinburgh International title on his home ice at Murrayfield yesterday.

Campbell played lead for Aberdeen’s David Edwards in their quarter-final and semi-final victories over Stranraer’s Frazer Hare (5-4) and Dumfries skip Grant Hardie (5-1). Double world champion and pre-tournament favourite David Murdoch lost 5-4 to Ross McCleary in the last eight, but the Kinross curler was unable to add to his recent Scottish Tour titles in Forfar and Inverness.

Edwards and Campbell dominated the final, picking up two stones at the opening end and three more at the next to build a winning lead. McCleary battled on to the penultimate end before calling it quits while trailing 9-3.

“This is the first time I’ve won my home event after coming so close in 2009 when we lost the final to David Murdoch,” said Campbell last night. “We didn’t play to our full potential during the group stages but managed to win four games out of five to qualify. The quarter-final against Frazer Hare was a very tight game and came down to last stone, but we played really well in the semi-final against Grant Hardie and it was all over after six ends.

“We had already beaten Ross in our last group match on Saturday, and we brought our best game to the ice for the final. We took an early lead, then never gave them a chance to get back into it.”