Brian wins British Open

Brian Eddie with British Open trophy and runner-up Nigel James.
Brian Eddie with British Open trophy and runner-up Nigel James.

Stonehaven’s own Brian Eddie has become the first Scotsman and the youngest person ever to win the British Open Quoiting.

Last Saturday, Dunnottar Quoiting Club hosted the British Open Quoiting Championship at Mill Lade, Stonehaven.

Players travelled from Scotland, England and Wales to play in this prestigious event in the Quoiting calendar.

Four Scottish players – Andrew and Brian Eddie, Sandy Chalmers and Boyd Falconer – and four Welsh players – Nigel James, Russell Owen, Pugh Jones and Brendon Lloyd – reached the quarter finals resulting in one all-Welsh semi-final and an all-Scottish semi-final.

In the semi-finals, Nigel James defeated Brendon Lloyd 21 – 16, and Brian Eddie defeated Boyd Falconer 21 – 20, after being down 16 – 20.

Both Brian and Nigel had never won this championship before, and they both had everything to play for in the final.

With Brian taking an early lead, Nigel quickly picked up his game and at eight-all, it was promising to be a close and exciting match.

As the game progressed to 18 – 12 in Nigel’s favour, hopes of a Scottish win were slowly fading away.

However, Brian pulled the score back to 18 all, and with some excellent quoiting in the closing stages of the match from both players, Brian succeeded in winning the game 21 – 19.

The result meant that Brian became the first Scottish player to win the British Open Quoiting, and also the youngest winner of the championship to date.

Organisers would like to thank the Stonehaven Sea Cadets, who provided hot food and refreshments throughout the day.

Next year, the championship will be held in Wales.