Weekend Curling 25-27 January

While there may not be too many events happening this weekend, they are big ones nonetheless.

The Scottish Junior Curling Championships began at Curl Aberdeen on Wednesday and they will conclude this Sunday.

Eight junior men’s and eight junior women’s teams are competing for the title:

Junior Men: Kyle Smith (defending champion), Robin Brydone, Ross Whyte, Stuart Taylor, Bruce Mouat, Fraser Thomson, Frazer Keil, Grant Hardie

Junior Women: Jennifer Martin, Gina Aitken, Alison Wood, Rebecca Kesley, Lauren Baxter, Hannah Fleming (defending champion), Katie Murray, Tasha Aitken

So far, Grant Hardie and Hannah Fleming are the only undefeated teams – Hannah and her team have already qualified out of the junior women’s draw.

Full team lists, draws and scores are available here.

The penultimate stop on the Curling Champions Tour this season is the German Masters in Hamburg this weekend.

Scottish interest lies with Team Brewster who are playing as Team Murdoch in this competition – skip Tom Brewster is in Aberdeen working at the Scottish Junior finals. This being the case, David Murdoch is skipping Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow over in Germany.

Twenty teams from across Europe are playing – you can follow the event on the official homepage (in German) here. As with many of the CCT events this season, Laola1.tv is showing some live games – take a look here. Murdoch v. Baumann is on right now.

Seeing as it’s Burns Night, here’s an old post on the Curling History Blog and here are some lines to get you in the mood for supper…

When Winter muffles up his cloak,
And binds the mire like a rock;
When to the loughs the curlers flock,
Wi’ gleesome speed,
Wha will they station at the cock?
Tam Samson’s dead!
When Winter muffles up his cloak,
He was the king o’ a’ the core,
To guard, or draw, or wick a bore,
Or up the rink like Jehu roar,
In time o’ need;
But now he lags on Death’s hog-score-
Tam Samson’s dead!

Tam Samson’s Elegy, Robert Burns