Curlers score a ‘hole-in-one’ at Braehead rink

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A TEAM of curlers from Newton Mearns, led by the brother of Olympic Gold medalist Rhona Martin, pulled off a rare ‘eight-sider’ – the curling equivalent of a golfing hole-in-one in a match at Braehead curling rink.

Drew Howie, the older brother of Scots curling star Rhona, was skip of the team playing at the intu Braehead curling rink that achieved an ‘eight ender’ – a rare event whereby all eight stones thrown by a team in a single end each score a point.

The foursome – Drew and his wife, Lorna along with Mark and Cienwen Lombardi – are members of the Minerva Curling Club and were playing in a club league match against Bill and Rosemary McKean, Maggie Bridges and Maggie Martin.

The team that recorded the perfect score for an end of curling is set to receive a plaque and certificates from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in recognition of their achievement.

Drew, 52, from Newton Mearns, said: “Everything just fell into place during that end. I realised after our fifth stone landed in the house that the eight ender might be on.

“But you can never take anything for granted, as all it takes is for one stone from the other team to stop you.

“When I placed our final stone in the house, our opponents were very gracious and shook my hand.”

Bruce Crawford, chief executive officer of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club said: “This great achievement is quite a rare occurrence and could be compared to a hole-in-one in golf.

“Only around ten eight-enders are reported on average each year and the RCCC presents an award to all member clubs that achieve this great feat.”