Scottish teams were both sides of the Atlantic this past weekend – here’s how they got on…
The Curling Champions Tour’s latest stop was in Switzerland for the Curling Masters Champéry.
Three Scottish teams were in attendance, those skipped by Logan Gray, Grant Hardie and Kyle Smith.
All three put in a great showing to win their respective groups with four wins and one loss.
In the playoffs, Teams Smith and Gray were eliminated in the quarter-finals but Grant Hardie and his team made it to the semis where they lost to eventual winner James Grattan of Canada – Team Grattan won every game they played in Champéry.
A great effort from Scotland’s representatives.
All the scores from the event can be found here.
Last season’s Scottish champions Team Muirhead and Team Murdoch were playing in events in Canada.
Eve Muirhead and her world champions were in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Women’s Classic.
They won the first grand slam of the season but it was not to be in the second as they finished their tournament with three wins and three losses, not sufficient to make the playoffs.
The event was won by Winnipeg’s own Team Jennifer Jones with a devastating 7-0 win over local rivals Jill Thurston after just four ends.
All the scores from Winnipeg are here.
Team Murdoch were in Brooks, Alberta at the Cactus Pheasant Classic.
Like Team Muirhead, they also picked up three wins and three losses, missing out on the playoffs.
The final was another one-sided affair with Team Mike McEwen seeing off Sven Michel and his Swiss team 8-0 after five ends – some real statements of intent from the Canadian teams so far on the tours.
Scores from Brooks are here.
Remember I said to look out for Stranraer’s Allan Lyburn who plays third for Team Rob Fowler? Not only did they see off Team Murdoch in the event and make the quarter-finals but I was informed of another curling connection over the weekend.
Drew Lyburn (older brother of Allan) pointed out via Twitter that Allan is a second cousin of Billy Morton and Jay McWilliam who were both playing for Team Hardie in Champéry.
The curling world really is a small one…
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