Silver for Gina Aitken; bronze for Bruce Mouat at world juniors

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Edinburgh curler Gina Aitken had to settle for silver despite a valiant effort in yesterday’s World Junior Championship final in Tallinn.

Defending champion Kelsey Rocque was the overwhelming favourite after winning all ten games this week, including two 9-2 victories over Aitken, but the Scot matched the Canadian skip in the first three ends. Rocque then counted three stones at the next end and three more at the seventh to wrap up a commanding 8-2 win.

Silver was still a notable achievement for Aitken and her team after losing six matches out of nine at last year’s event in Switzerland.

Murrayfield curler Bruce Mouat finally got the better of Swedish skip Fredrik Nyman to grab a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Tallinn yesterday.

The former Heriot’s pupil twice lost to Nyman last week, including Friday night’s 7-6 play-off defeat, but Mouat got it right when it mattered.

Nyman’s blunder at the third end put Mouat 3-0 up, and another error at the eighth left the Swedes 7-3 down, and they conceded when trailing 8-3.

Canada’s Braden Calvert took gold after beating Swiss defending champion Yannick Schwaller 6-3 in yesterday’s final.