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    The Scots were trounced at their own game when Canada won the world's top amateur curling competition for the third successive year at Aviemore in Scotland on Friday (12 March).

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    The Scots were trounced at their own game when Canada won the world's top amateur curling competition for the third successive year at Aviemore in Scotland on Friday (12 March).

    Curling - a traditional Scottish game started on the frozen lakes of the Highlands is still known to the locals as Bonspiel. During the game each team heaves eight massive stones down the ice in a series of tactical placings - moving the 42 pound stones over a distance of 42 yards to place them in a 12 foot diameter scoring circle.

    By the end of the game a team has shifted 6,720 pounds of stones. All the stones used in the game are quarried from a small island called Ailsa Craig off the west coast of Scotland.

    This year teams for Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland and Canada took part as well as a team from Ivory Coast, in Africa.

    The exciting final between Scotland and Canada came at the end of the Highland Week of Curling at Aviemore. Since the tournament started in 1967 Canada has won the title six times so last week's win was not totally unexpected.

    After the first two ends the team of Canadian servicemen under skipper, Don Scheidegger of Alberta, was four up against the hardy Scots from Perth, captained by Willie Macintosh.

    Masterminding every move of the Canadian team Scheidegger never looked like losing control of the game even when the Scots pulled back to 4-3 after four ends.

    In the fifth game Scheidegger put his final stone through the scoring ring to ensure the final throw in the tenth game but as it happened this was not necessary when the Scottish skip conceded with two stones to come in the tenth game.

    The 7-5 win for the Canadians was a morale booster. Their national team is scheduled to play in the World Championship Silver Broom competition in Duluth, U.S.A. at the end of this month.

    SYNOPSIS: The curling rink at Aviemore, Scotland, where the finals of the world's top amateur curling competition were played on Friday.

    The Canadians, using the longer brooms, were quick off the mark.

    The stone arrives leaving the Scottish stone in. And it's a point for the Scots.

    The Scots again as they send down their stone.

    The local team was skippered by Willie Macintosh seen here urging the stone in. And Scotland scores again.

    A Canadian player sends a stone down.

    The Canadian stone knocks the Scottish stone out - a point for Canada.

    Excitement runs high among the crowd as the Scottish stone is delivered.

    It goes right through the scoring circle - and a vital point missed by Scotland.

    The Canadian skipper, Don Scheidegger, this time. He delivers the stone and follows it through.

    The stone goes into the circle and it scores another two for Canada - vital points which virtually ensure them of a win.

    There is always keen spectator interest in this game - a traditional Scottish game known locally as Bonspiel.

    And at the end its a convincing seven five victory for the Canadians.

    The Canadian win wasn't totally unexpected - it's their third successive win in this annual competition which this year drew teams from Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, United States and a newcomer to this year's event - a team from Ivory Coast in Africa.

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