Well, my Masters dissertation is complete and I have been relaxing somewhat but that doesn’t mean that my excitement about the coming curling season has taken a back seat.
I would have liked to have had more content up over the summer and rounded off last season a bit more neatly but some things are more important than curling. Just…
Before I get the site into season-ready mode with a new calendar and previews here is some curling news you might have missed.
For world champions Team Muirhead, their season has already begun with a World Curling Tour event in the USA.
Last weekend they were competing at the Fort Wayne Summer Cash Spiel in Fort Wayne, Indiana where they were up against eleven women’s teams from the USA, China and Canada.
Eve and her team were in Pool A and made the playoffs with a W3 L2 record but lost out to eventual winner Bingyu Wang of China in the semi-finals.
You can see all the scores and other information about the event here.
Not a bad start for Team Muirhead – I’m sure we will see plenty more of them in the season to come.
Speaking of the season to come, the highlight will surely be the Winter Olympics.
Team GB’s winter athletes have been taking part in team-building exercises including a snowball fight in Bath(!)
There was a familiar face on a video to accompany the event on the BBC website – Scott Andrews.
You can watch the full video here. How many curlers can you spot?
The episode of Songs of Praise that featured curling is also available to watch here on the BBC website – our sport features from around 11.15 in the clip.
As you will be aware, Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games next year and via Facebook I saw that the baton for the Queen’s Baton Relay incorporates some Ailsa Craig granite. Looks like curling will feature after all…
EDIT: Sandy Morton tells me that the baton will also feature wood from Millport – one of the founding clubs of the RCCC. The club will be celebrating 175 years this year.
The RCCC have announced the draws for some of their upcoming competitions including the Scottish Senior Mixed and the Scottish Senior Men’s Qualifiers. Full details are here.
Finally, the third New Zealand Winter Games is currently underway.
This multi-sport event is held every two years for athletes from around the world – the official website is here,
The WCF has details of the curling results and standings here.