Weekend Winners

The weekend saw the conclusion of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, Canada.

None of the ‘home’ nations made it to the podium at the end of the week.

Here’s a rundown of what happened.

In the Mixed Doubles gold medal game, Hungary won their first ever world curling title as they defeated Sweden 8-7 in an extra end.

The bronze game was won by the Czechs, 8-1 against Norway.

Hungary – World Mixed Doubles Curling Champions 2013: Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa

There were 27 teams competing in the Mixed Doubles – here’s how the ‘home’ nations fared:

7th – Scotland (W6 L3)
25th – England (W0 L8)

In the Seniors, it was a Canadian double on home ice as the men beat New Zealand 6-4 in the gold medal game and their counterparts in the women’s event saw off Austria in style, 13-1. This was Canada’s sixth Senior Women’s gold in a row.

For the trivia fans, Tom Brewster’s mother-in-law, Carolyn Morris, was Team Canada’s third.

The men’s bronze was won by Switzerland, 7-2 against Sweden and the women’s bronze was taken by Sweden, 9-8 against Christine Cannon’s Scotland after an extra end – we were so close to seeing a Scottish medal in Fredericton.

Canada – World Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Champions 2013: Team Robert Armitage and Team Cathy King

There were 20 teams competing in the Senior Men’s – here’s how the ‘home’ nations got on:

5th – Scotland (W6 L3)
9th – Ireland (W5 L4)
14th – England (W3 L6)

And in the Senior Women’s where 14 teams were playing:

4th – Scotland (W6 L2)
11th – Ireland (W1 L5)

Overall, a good if medal-free week for the teams especially for young Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken – what an experience and I hope we see them again in the future.

The Curling Champions Tour came to an end this weekend in St. Gallen, Switzerland with the European Masters.

The event was won by Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson. Scotland’s Team Brewster finished fourth out of eight with three wins and two losses.

Team Muirhead saw their season out at the Players’ Championship in Toronto, Canada and they couldn’t have finished an already excellent season in more style.

Eve and her World Champions Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton beat Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson 8-5 in Sunday’s final, four weeks on from defeating the same Swedish team in the World gold medal game.

This result makes Eve’s team the first world champions to win the Players’ Championship and the first European team ever to win a Grand Slam event – they have had quite the season.

Not a bad way for Eve to celebrate her 23rd birthday on Monday either.

One final piece of event coverage that I have been meaning to get up for a while is from a competition that took place earlier this month – the Scottish Student Sport Universities Open.

I was kindly sent a report and pictures by Eoin McCrossan, Secretary of Edinburgh University Curling Club:

The traditional season-ending event for all the university clubs took place on the weekend of 5-7 April at North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. 12 teams took part from six universities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Robert Gordon.

The competition took the form of a Schenkel with two groups of six and when all was said and done the teams were split into a high road and low road.

In the high road, Heriot-Watt overcame Strathclyde 2 and Edinburgh 2 to reach the high road final. There they would meet Strathclyde 1 who beat Strathclyde 4 in their semi-final. The final was conceded by Heriot-Watt’s Colin Howden after five ends when Strathclyde’s Grant Hardie took an unassailable 8-3 lead.

In the low road, Edinburgh 3 beat their club mates Edinburgh 4 to set up a meeting with Glasgow who mounted a superb comeback to beat Aberdeen in their semi-final. This final was a much tighter affair and came down to the last stone with Edinburgh 3 eventually prevailing 6-5, having come from 4-1 down after four ends.

A big thanks to everyone at Stranraer and SSS for making the weekend such a success.

Scottish Student Sport Universities Open Champions 2013 – Strathclyde 1 (L-R): Mark Munro, Andrew Ballantyne, Billy Morton, Grant Hardie

Scottish Student Sport Universities Open Low Road Champions 2013 – Edinburgh 3 (L-R): Jayne Stirling, Eoin McCrossan, Rory Williams, Emma Wheeldon

So that’s it.

Curling is over for 2012-13 and I plan to write a review of the season in the weeks to come.

It has been an absolute pleasure to spend my time photographing and writing about our sport for the past eight months or so and I intend to carry it on for next season with lessons learned and a tremendous amount of excitement as the Winter Olympics get ever closer.

Like I said, I will officially round off TVFTH for the season with a look back on the high and lows, things you can expect to see from me next season and, hopefully, ways to keep those curling cravings at bay over the summer.

Until then, goodnight and good (summer) curling :)

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF, Scott Gibson and Hilary Nigrosh 2013