WORLD TITLE ON ICE?

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LOCAL curler Greg Drummond will compete in his first World Championships in Canada this April, after winning the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship at Perth on Sunday.

Twenty-two-year-old Drummond, part of Team Brewster and his line-up of Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews, beat Forfar’s Sandy Reid five-four in Sunday’s final.

“We made the key shots when it mattered, put the opposition under pressure and made less mistakes than they did,” said Drummond, the beaten finalist in last year’s event.

To win, Brewster had to come from behind, only moving into the lead in the sixth end when he scored two with a good double take-out.

Reid reverted to a blanking tactic for the next two ends, and, when he was looking good for the big score in the ninth that would put pressure on to Brewster, wrecked on a front guard with his first stone, forcing Reid to take just a single to level the game at four-four.

A tense tenth end finally came down to a precision draw by Brewster, who put his stone just short of the button to win the title.

“I’ve been in a final before so we knew what to expect,” said Drummond. “It’s good to win one at such an early age because so many great players have never won the competition.

“I went as a fifth player in the Junior World Championships in 2007 and it’s brilliant to get to the World Championships; that’s what we work for all year.

“To be going to Regina in Canada will be brilliant. It’s such a big curling province, there will be some pretty big crowds there and it would be an amazing experience.”

As a member of curling’s Scottish Elite programme Drummond is supported by sportscotland’s institute of sport network in Tayside & Fife.

The institute’s expert teams work together to support Scottish governing body-identified athletes, delivering essential support services locally in sports medicine, sports science, strength and conditioning and career and lifestyle guidance.

“I’ve been doing strength and conditioning with the institute for over five years,” said Drummond. “It plays a big part in the sport and most of the top teams in the world have bought into the strength and conditioning programme.

“Everybody realises you have to be fit and I have two gym sessions a week in addition to on ice sessions.”

Team Brewster plan to get together for at least one training session before heading for Canada.

“We’ve got a month before we fly out to Canada so the most important thing is that we keep throwing,” added Drummond.

“We will put a training session together on a weekend and if there is an event we can play in then maybe we’ll do that.”