Weekend Curling 8-10 February

Just one piece of domestic curling to enjoy this weekend, the Scottish Senior Championships. The winners will represent Scotland in the World Senior Championships in Canada in April.

Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton has been hosting this event since yesterday morning (Thursday) where twelve senior men’s and twelve senior women’s teams are competing.

The RCCC has a preview of the event here.

The draw, team lists, and latest scores are here. By Sunday afternoon, we will know Scotland’s senior champions for 2013.

The Canadian Junior Championships finish this weekend as well. The event website is here.

Sticking with Canada, Gordon Addison has been in touch with some news of how Musketeers Curling Club got on during a recent trip:

The world’s oldest continuous amateur sporting event held its centenary event last week in Quebec City.

The QIB 2013 is a curling bonspiel based in the sumptuous Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. It was held over 20-25 January in temperatures plummeting to minus 40C in four ice rinks and 84 teams from the USA, Switzerland and Canada competed.

For the first time ever, a Scottish team was invited. Musketeers CC, represented by Alan Chalmers, John Munro, Gordon Addison and Andrew Penker played in the event.

It is the grandest, best organised and friendliest, (though keenly contested) curling event.

John Munro was voted Rookie of the Year!

The team won the Chateau Frontenac Trophy having won all of their games in the A road!

We were welcomed with great affection and honoured at the Grand dinner by the introduction of a pipe band and singing of the national anthem.

The Scots did themselves, their club and their country proud enjoying what must be amongst the best sporting experiences in the world.

Thanks to Gordon for the news of Scottish success abroad – congratulations to the Musketeers.

Yesterday (Thursday) marked one year until the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. I can’t wait for this time next year when, presumably, my site will be busier than ever before and our sport will be getting its quadrennial bit of exposure. The curling venue for the games, the Ice Cube, had a special visitor recently – read about it here.

These are the last few days before the Scottish Championships begin in Perth – a full preview is on the way. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend and let the predictions begin…

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