Monthly Archives: September 2012

European Mixed Curling Championships 2012

The first major international event of the season, the European Mixed, got underway today in Erzurum, Turkey. The official website is here. Be aware that the same website is being used to host information about the upcoming European C Group competition as well.

England, skipped by Bryan Zachary, are in the blue group alongside Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and hosts Turkey.

Robin Gray’s Ireland and Ewan MacDonald’s Scotland both feature in the red group with France, Italy, Russia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Ewan’s team of Eve Muirhead, Euan Byers and Karen Barthelemy earned the right to represent Scotland after winning the Scottish Mixed title at Curl Aberdeen back in April.

As yet, the Schedule & Results page of the site remains blank but scores can be found on the homepage. Best of luck to everyone involved.

Slam Results

The first of this season’s slam events is over – full results and line-scores are here.

Congratulations to Ross Whyte’s team who won the high road final 6-5 against James Carsewell and to Lynn Paul’s team who won the low road final 7-3 against Craig Joiner.

EDIT: Photos are here on the RCCC website.

The next slam event will be the Under 14s at Perth on 21 October.

Lockerbie Slam

Lockerbie Ice Rink is hosting the first slam event of the season this weekend. 24 teams of Under 17s are taking part and you can follow their progress here from 9am tomorrow (Saturday).

Diary Date: British Open

Logan Gray has been in touch with an appeal for entries to this season’s British Open. The Albert Bartlett British Open 2012-13 takes place at The Peak, Stirling from 26-28 October. It is being presented by Stirling Curling Group and here’s what they have to say about the event:

Dear Curler,

You are invited to enter a team for the 2012-13 British Open Curling Championships which will take place at The Peak at Stirling Sports Village.

This year we wish to bring a new look to the competition. For the first time, the competition will take place on a weekend. There will also be a new format containing prizes for a high road, middle road and low road. The top prize for our British Open Champions will be £660 (depending on the number of entries). Prizes will also be available for the best ladies team, best club team and best junior team. We look forward to running a competition that truly has something for everyone.

The entry fee for rinks taking part will be £180 per team. Teams can be made up from any four curlers. This guarantees every team a minimum of four games and up to six games if you reach the finals. Games will be 8 ends and start on Friday evening at 5.30pm. Please let us know if you require a later first draw when submitting your entry.

We will accept the first 24 teams and entries thereafter will be placed on a reserve list. Entries should be received no later than Monday 30 September.

Entries should be returned to:

Stirling Curling Group
The Peak
Stirling Sports Village
Forthside Way

Yours sincerely,
Stirling Curling Group

Here’s a picture of last season’s winning team, skipped by John Davie:

 Thanks to Logan for the details and be sure to get your entries in soon.

Braehead Open Draw / Curling History

Looking to the future, The Scottish Curling Tour blog has published the draw for the next stop on the tour, The Braehead Open. Full draw details are here.

Looking into the past, meanwhile, I would like to draw everyone’s attention to a fellow curling blog that I have included on my Links page.

The Curling History Blog is a fascinating resource, looked after by curling historian David B Smith and the man who inspired TVFTH, Bob Cowan. If you don’t already have it bookmarked I would recommend it. A new post has appeared about an American tour to Scotland in the 1950s. Have a read here.

Finally, back to the present and this story on the Canadian Curling Association site. How long until we see Shona Robison doing the same at Dundee Ice Arena I wonder?

Vets 8-Ender

When I was planning and designing The View From The Hack, I wondered how long it would take for various things to happen – photographing my first big event, reporting on a major Scottish success, my first 8-ender…

It seems that I didn’t have to wait very long for the last thing on that list. At my home rink as well. It was meant to be!

Debbie Kerr, Office Administrator at Murrayfield, got in touch today with what they believe is their first 8-ender of the season. It was scored by the Vets (Veterans Curling Club) against a team who shall remain nameless. Congratulations to Ron Nicol (Skip), Jim Howe (3rd), Gus Ferguson (2nd) and Malcolm Wylie (Lead). Thanks for providing TVFTH with its first milestone.

Odds And Ends

The RCCC website has a report from last weekend’s successful Adult Camp at Kinross available to read here. Great to hear that somebody even made the effort to come over from Spain for the event.

The Scottish Curling Tour site has posted some details of accommodation for those making the journey to Inverness for the Skins at the start of November, Details are here.

2013 Continental Cup – Team News

The Ryder Cup gets underway this Friday but we are already looking ahead to curling’s equivalent, the Continental Cup.

This season’s edition, the ninth overall, takes place in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada from 10-13 January 2013 and the World Curling Federation has today confirmed the teams:

Team World is comprised of teams skipped by Niklas Edin (Sweden), Tom Brewster (Scotland), Thomas Ulsrud (Norway), Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden), Mirjam Ott (Switzerland) and Eve Muirhead (Scotland).

Their captain will be former world champion from Scotland, David Hay. With three-time world champion Peja Lindholm from Sweden, as their coach – the same positions they held last year when Team World won the Cup in Langley.

Team North America will be represented by four teams from Canada – skipped by Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ontario, Kevin Martin and Heather Nedohin of Edmonton, Alberta and Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Manitoba and two teams from the United States – skipped by Heath McCormick of Sarnia, Ontario and Allison Pottinger of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Their captain will be 2000 world champion and 2002 Olympic bronze medallist Kelley Law of Coquitlam while three-time Brier winner and two-time world champion Rick Lang of Thunder Bay will return as coach.

More information from the WCF can be found here and on the official Continental Cup website here.

Greenacres Weekend Winners

The Greenacres Junior Masters was taking place this weekend and I have been sent a report by Hugh and Christine Stewart:

Ten men’s teams and six women’s teams signed up for the Greenacres Junior Masters from 21 to 23 September. Come Sunday it was down to eight teams for the semi- finals, then just four teams were out there on the ice for the finals.

Lauren Baxter from Greenacres and her team Naomi Whyte, Sarah Wood and Eilidh Templeton took on Katie Murray, Sophie Jackson, Laura Ritchie and Jodie Milroy from Stirling in the women’s final.

The Perth team of Robin Brydone, James Carswell, Thomas Halder and Calum Greenwood met David Baird, James Baird, Gavin Barr and Callum McLean from Murrayfield in the men’s final.

In the women’s final Katie Murray’s team were winning more ends but they were scoring singles. A three score in ends three and five gave Lauren Baxter a lead of three after five ends. Murray came back with a single in end six and a steal of two in the seventh to tie the game. The final end was close, Baxter made a great tap up with the last stone to score a single and take the title.

It was a low scoring game in the men’s final but a steal of one in the fifth gave Brydone a two shot lead. The Baird team fought back taking one in end six and stealing another single in the seventh. The teams were tied going into the eighth and final end. Team Brydone made no mistakes, they stole two when David Baird was short with his last stone, final score 5-3 to the Perth team.

(L-R): James Carswell (3rd), Robin Brydone (Skip), Thomas Halder (2nd), Calum Greenwood (Lead)

(L-R): James Baird (3rd), David Baird (Skip), Gavin Barr (2nd), Callum McLean (Lead)

(L-R): Naomi Whyte (3rd), Lauren Baxter (Skip), Sarah Wood (2nd), Eilidh Templeton (Lead)

(L-R): Sophie Jackson (3rd), Katie Murray (Skip), Laura Ritchie (2nd), Jodie Milroy (Lead)

Congratulations to both teams, many thanks to Hugh and Christine for the report and a very Happy Birthday to David Jones, Coach of Team Murray!

Oslo Roundup

The two finals at the Oslo Cup proved to be very contrasting games with Niklas Edin seeing off Markku Uusipaavalniemi after just five ends while the women’s final went the distance.

Team Edin took a three in the second end and a four in the fifth which proved enough for Team Uusipaavalniemi, shaking hands at 8-1. Congratulations to the Swedish team who retain their title from last year.

In last year’s women’s final it was a Canadian team skipped by Jennifer Jones that came out on top and it was another Canadian celebration this evening as Sherry Middaugh, wife of three-time Brier and World champion Wayne, defeated Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson 5-3. They traded singles until the seventh end when Middaugh took a two and then stole in the eighth to secure the win. Congratulations to Team Middaugh.

Next stop, Basel.