Weekend Roundup 4-6 April

I can only apologise for the lack of content of late – things are busy just now despite the season coming to a close.

My last post was heading into the final weekend of the World Men’s and I was on my way to Elgin to play in the Moray International.

This weekend, I am south of the border to attend the English Curling Association’s AGM so I will try and keep you updated where I can.

Anyway, back to last weekend.

The World Men’s Curling Championship came to an end in Beijing, China on Sunday and here are some pictures of the medal winners:

2014 World Men’s Curling Champions – Norway (L-R): Thomas Ulsrud (Skip), Torger Nergård (Third), Christoffer Svae (Second), Håvard Vad Petersson (Lead), Markus Snøve Høiberg (Alternate), Pål Trulsen (Coach)

Norway saw off Sweden in Sunday’s final 8-3 in eight ends to claim their first World Men’s gold since 1988 – a very popular win and great to see Ulsrud’s team on top of the podium.

Silver Medallists – Sweden (L-R): Oskar Eriksson (Skip), Kristian Lindström (Third), Markus Eriksson (Second), Christoffer Sundgren (Lead), Gustav Eskilsson (Alternate), Mathias Mabergs (Coach)

Completing the all-European podium were Switzerland who defeated Canada 7-5 in the bronze medal game – this is the first time since 2001 that Canada have not got a medal at a Men’s Worlds. Back then it was Sweden (gold), Switzerland (silver) and Norway (bronze) who occupied the podium spots – sound familiar? It will to Pål Trulsen who was skip of that Norwegian team 13 years ago…

Bronze medallists – Switzerland (L-R): Benoît Schwarz (Fourth), Peter de Cruz (Skip and Third), Dominik Märki (Second), Valentin Tanner (Lead), Claudio Pätz (Alternate), Claudio Pescia (Coach)

Scotland’s own Ewan MacDonald received the Collie Campbell Memorial Award, voted on by all players in the tournament, for best displaying a spirit of sportsmanship and the values of curling.

Ewan accepts the award from Chief Umpire Rae Kells (Canada)

Meanwhile in Elgin, 20 teams from all over Europe were enjoying the 6th Moray International Bonspiel.

This well-organised, sociable and thoroughly enjoyable event began on Friday afternoon and concluded on Sunday evening.

For the record, the team I was playing in came fourth in the Low Road and won a pair of whisky miniatures each for our efforts!

Credit has to go to Andy and Kirsty Cameron and their team for an excellent weekend – I highly recommend the event for any interested teams next season.

We even had an eight-ender – the first I have ever seen in the flesh. Congratulations to Team Yeats skipped by Steve McGingle:

2014 Moray International Bonspiel Winners – Team Oswald

Greenacres was hosting the Newcomers Trophy on Sunday 6 – a competition aimed at curlers aged 16 or under who are new to competitive curling.

An impressive tally of 18 teams were taking part consisting of 71 youngsters from 12 different rinks.

A full report is available here where you can find out about Hannah Beattie’s High Road victory and also the Low Road champions who were skipped by Lisa Davie.

The Dumfries Junior International was taking place over the weekend and you can find all the scores from this one here.

It looks like Ross Whyte’s local team defended their title from 2013.

Photos are © WCF/Richard Gray 2014 and Kirsty Cameron 2014