Curling: Edinburgh quartet lay claim to final berths

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Capital curlers John Hamilton, Ross Hepburn, Colin Dick and Colin Campbell have all qualified for next month’s Scottish Championship finals, but Struan Macnee narrowly failed to join them after losing a sudden-death tie-breaker in Perth yesterday.

Murrayfield’s Hamilton won all five of his weekend qualifiers to top Section A with ex-world champion Ewan MacDonald. Macnee found himself in a three-way tie for the final qualifying spot, only for Inverness skip Blair Fraser to end his challenge with an 8-6 victory.

Hepburn enjoyed a perfect 100 per cent record with David Smith’s Perth rink while Dick also progressed from Group B and Campbell recovered from last week’s stuttering start to go through in Pool C.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s ladies went out in yesterday’s quarter-finals of the the Glynhill Ladies International in Glasgow, losing 4-2 to the rink of Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni. Edinburgh Annie Laird set out the match in favour of European champion Eve Muirhead.