Weekend Curling 1-3 February

Happy new month everyone – is it really February already?

The Scottish Curling Tour for 2012/13 comes to an end this weekend with the Petrofac Aberdeen City Open at Curl Aberdeen.

Play got underway today (Friday) with four teams still in with a chance of being overall tour champions for the season. The event, and indeed the tour, concludes on Sunday.

Read about the event on the SCT blog here and be sure to check the official event page here during the weekend.

Fans of Canadian curling should turn their attention to the 2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships that begin tomorrow (Saturday) in Fort McMurray, Alberta. This event runs until Sunday 10 February – check out the event website here and read a preview here.

There is a new format for this year’s competition and a new team as well – Nunavut are making their first ever appearance at the Canadian Juniors.

Keep an eye out for Alberta’s skip Thomas Scoffin – he is making his record seventh consecutive appearance in these championships. He also holds the record for being the youngest ever skip at the juniors as he was just 12 when he competed in 2007. Scoffin skipped Canada to a bronze medal at the Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria where I was volunteering on the ice crew. I was thoroughly impressed by Scoffin and his team and believe he will go a very long way in our sport.

Aside from upcoming events, I am delighted to report that Scotland have won the Strathcona Cup. The tourists beat their Canadian hosts by a total score of 2876-2620. Congratulations to all involved – read all about it here. You can also read what Robin Copland makes of the tour here. The tourists return to Scotland tomorrow (Saturday) so before you ask them all about how the tour went, take a look at this video to get an idea.

If you want to do some forward planning or light reading this weekend then this next part of tonight’s post is for you…

The World Curling Federation has announced the schedules of play for this year’s World Championships. The men’s is here and the women’s is here. Scotland’s women will kick-off against Canada on Saturday 16 March while the men face Japan on Saturday 30 March.

The Curling History Blog had some new posts in January about a Grand Match and a belt buckle. Read them here.

Tickets went on sale today (Friday) for the 2014 Continental Cup in Las Vegas. Find out more here.

And finally, I came across this song and music video about our sport. It is part of a charity bonspiel that takes place in Manitoba, Canada.

Don’t forget to check back at the start of the week for a roundup of the weekend’s curling. Also, if you weren’t already aware, my site has a Facebook page, YouTube channel and a Twitter feed for you to keep up with what’s happening in the world of curling.