Bridge success for academy pair

Young players: Jake Milne and Iain Graham (front) are pictured with some of the former and current Montrose Academy pupils who attend Montrose Bridge Club (from left) Scott Rennie, Daniel Waghorn, Ronan Valentine, Liam Trzaska and Daniel Strachan.'Contributed photograph

Young players: Jake Milne and Iain Graham (front) are pictured with some of the former and current Montrose Academy pupils who attend Montrose Bridge Club (from left) Scott Rennie, Daniel Waghorn, Ronan Valentine, Liam Trzaska and Daniel Strachan.'Contributed photograph

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YOUNG players from Montrose Bridge Club recently represented Scotland in one of the country’s top bridge competitions.

Following their successful selection at recent trials, Iain Graham and Jake Milne took part in the Junior Camrose bridge competition in Manchester and were delighted to be chosen to represent Scotland in the annual blue riband, home nation and Ireland contest for under-25s.

They were part of a six-strong squad and although they did not play in all matches, the pair had a successful start to international competition, winning two of their matches and drawing a third. This year, winning the Camrose was not possible on the weekend but the Scotland team was strong enough to claim second place overall.

Jake and Iain, who joined the club as part of Montrose Academy’s enrichment programme, now hope to be part of next year’s team next year and are aiming to go one better next time.

Since the enrichment programme began four years ago, the Montrose pupils have won the Mixed Schools championship each year they have competed and Jake and Iain now actively support the teaching programme at the academy. The next challenge for the pair is to continue to train this year’s team to a level to defend their titles.

Sarah Williams, bridge club secretary, said: “This was a great achievement for Iain and Jake. They are themselves a little disappointed that they didn’t win the Camrose Trophy, but all at the club are very proud of their accomplishments.

“A lot of our newer members have come through the Academy programme and it is great to see young people doing so well locally and nationally. All local bridge players are looking forward to the results of forthcoming schools championship, and all of us wish the best of luck to the Montrose team”.