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British Curling’s Bobbie Lammie and Rachel Hannen teamed up for the Scottish Mixed Doubles and proved to be a successful combination as they reached the final of the national championships hosted at Curl Aberdeen, only to lose out 10-5 to Fraser Kingan and Jayne Stirling who claimed the title for the first time.

Lammie and Hannen were one of many British curling programme pairings in the field experiencing the discipline which has been included in the Winter Olympic programme at PyeoncChang next year for the first time.

Finalist Lammie said after the tournament: “The competition was a new one for Rachel and for me but we managed to get into the new format pretty quickly.

“We enjoyed our weekend and it was very competitive because of the strong field which made it more interesting.”

Reflecting on the final he added: “We got off to a good start but our stone placement in the latter half cost us and we didn’t fully get to grips with our draw weight and we missed a few chances.”

Lammie who plays second for Team Mouat has enjoyed considerable success already this season with his regular team mates, winning back to back titles at the Stu Sells and Oakville Classic. However this weekend saw his skip Bruce Mouat and his Doubles partner Gina Aitken among the spectators at the final, having been knocked out at the quarter final stage. It was all the more disappointing for the Aitken Mouat duo as they had been the only team with a 100% winning record going into the knock out stages, where their first loss saw them unable to defend the title they had won four times in the last five years.

Gina Aitken said:”It was a great final to watch, Fraser and Jayne have obviously been on great form all weekend and they didn’t give away many chances to Bobby and Rachel.

“It has been good to see more people trying this discipline and I think with the inclusion in the Olympics now there will continue to be significant interest in this event in years to come which I think is great.

“Obviously Bruce and I are hugely disappointed with the result this weekend. We won all five of our matches only to then lose the first important game past the group stages.”

Team Aitken Mouat lost 8-5 to Lee and Judith McCleary, runners up last year and the only other former national Mixed Doubles Champions in the field, who went on to lose their semi final 7-3 to the eventual title winners.

Aitken added, “Bruce and I have been involved in our new teams this season and have played less Mixed Doubles and it is a different mindset and you have to recognise different opportunities and the shots you play are more about touch weight and lots of power play.

“However we both really enjoy this and love playing together so we will be back and will be even more determined.”

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