Monthly Archives: December 2012

Slam Results And A Look Ahead

Chances are this will be my final post of 2012 but you never know…

The latest U17 Slam finished this afternoon at Forfar. The High Road final was a close affair – David Baird took it 7-6 against Robin Brydone while the Low Road was won by Neil Sutherland, 8-4 over Callum MacFarlane.

Forfar Under 17 Slam High Road Winners (L-R): Callum McLean, Gavin Barr, James Baird, David Baird

Congratulations to the winning teams. Full results are here and the latest standings are here. A review of the event is here.

Thanks to Tom Brydone for the winners’ picture.

Looking ahead to 2013, the first big event is undoubtedly the Mercure Perth Masters.

I will have a preview of the event come the New Year and I am hoping to make it to Perth as well to watch some of the world’s best teams in action.

In the meantime, I received this information from Pete Loudon, Chairman of the Organising Committee, today:

With less than a week to go until the first round of games get underway at Dewars Centre, Perth we can look forward to many exciting matches over the four days of curling. Thirty-two teams from thirteen different countries will gather to enjoy what is generally regarded as the best curling ice conditions in the UK, thirty one of them will try and stop Team McEwen from Manitoba, Canada making it a hat trick of victories!

It is the 20th anniversary of the resurrection of ‘The Masters’ with the main sponsor The Mercure City Mills Hotel, Perth for all these years. The excellent partnership between the committee and the hotel continues to provide the cornerstone for this great curling spectacle.

In addition to the main sponsor, thanks go to Perth Honda, Perth & Kinross Council and Live Active Leisure for their continued support.

Follow the action at as well as via Facebook/Twitter and the Perth Masters iPhone/iPad app.

Thanks to Pete for the information.

Before we say goodbye to 2012, I will be at Kinross for the Hogmanay Pairs this weekend so do come and say hello if you are around – I would love to hear any ideas for New Year’s blog resolutions for 2013…

Final Curling Of 2012

As my calendar shows, there is just one piece of domestic curling action left this year.

The Under 17 Slam at Forfar got underway at 10am today and concludes tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Twenty-two teams are competing and all the scores can be found here.

In between following the juniors at Forfar, have a read of the latest post on The Curling History Blog – it concerns festive postcards and English curling. Well worth a read as always. Take a look here.

Hacky Christmas!

I couldn’t resist that title…

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who follows my site, likes me on Facebook and follows me on Twitter a very Merry Christmas!

I hope the curling Father Christmas bought you what you wanted – comfy shoes, a shiny new brush, fancy clothing, perfect draw weight, better puns…

I know I asked for those last two.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about our sport thus far and I hope that 2013 is just as action packed and ultimately satisfying.

To everyone involved in our sport across the world at any level, Good Health and Good Curling.

Christmas Eve Miscellany

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

This means that there hasn’t been much in the way of curling of late but to keep you going for the final few hours before the big day, here’s what little has been going on.

The European Junior Curling Tour, part of the Curling Champions Tour, was in Italy this past weekend for the Pinerolo Junior International. After much searching, I found the results on a Facebook page created for the event here. The boys’ event was won by Team Pilzer from Italy while the girls’ competition was won by Switzerland’s Team Howald.

Just one event left for the Juniors on the tour now, February’s Junior Masters in Zoetermeer.

The RCCC and Scottish Wheelchair Curling have announced the team to represent Scotland at the Wheelchair World Championship. The team will be Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, Tom Killin and Gillian Keith.

The event is taking place between 16-23 February 2013 in Sochi, Russia. The event website is here.

Finally, I have been sent some more details about January’s Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead:

With the draw for next month’s Glynhill Ladies International being published, Eve Muirhead, silver medalist in last week’s European Championships in Karlstad, Sweden may have the opportunity of gaining revenge after their extra end one shot Final defeat by Anna Sidorova’s Russian rink. The two have been kept apart in the section draw and provided both match the level of performance produced at the Europeans, another head to head in the final in not an impossibility.

Standing in their way however will be some very serious opposition. With the strongest entry ever in this its sixth year, the Glynhill promises three days of truly world class curling. Heading up section A is current World Champion Mirjam Ott and her Swiss rink. As well as facing the Sidorova rink for a place in the quarter-finals on Sunday, they will have tough matches against Jonna McManus from Sweden, Linda Klimova’s Czechs, Daniela Driendil from Germany and the home Scottish rink of Kerry Barr.

Section B favourites on paper look to be Heather Nedohin and her Canadian rink, Bronze medalists at the last Worlds. Their most serious challengers however could be the Swiss rink of Silvana Tirinzoni, and the experienced Scots rink skipped by Jackie Lockhart.

Section C is headed up by reigning double Olympic champion Anette Norberg from Sweden, who has brought her local Karlstad rink over to compete for the first time.

Her greatest challengers could be either the regular World finalists rink of Lene Nielsen from Denmark, or the new Scottish rink put together by Lorna Vevers, although the Czech girls of Anna Kubeskova can never be written off.

It is in section D that the greatest intrigue, and local interest will be focused with Eve Muirhead and her rink still smarting from that extra end loss of their European crown to Sidorova’s Russians. They will face a tough challenge from 2009 World Champions Bingyu Wang and her Chinese rink, and it could be the outcome of that game on the Friday night that will determine which team heads the group.

For further information contact Alan Sloan on 0141 5776940 / 07710 786719 or Edith Loudon on 07836 388295.

The website is here.

Many thanks to Alan Sloan for the information.

WCF World Rankings

As we come to the end of 2012, the World Curling Federation has released its latest world rankings.

These rankings reflect teams performances at the recent European Curling Championships and the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

The full lists are available here.

Canada are ranked number one for the men while Sweden sit on top of the women’s list.

‘Home’ nation-wise, Scotland’s men are number two and the women are seventh. England’s men are 22nd, the women are 19th. Ireland’s men are 23rd, the women are 30th. The Welsh men are 28th, the women 29th.

Big movers in the men’s rankings are Russia and Turkey who both move up four places while Ireland have dropped five spots.

In the women’s list, Turkey and Kazakhstan have gained four places while Netherlands have dropped four.

Final Word From Karlstad

What a busy week it has been.

The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden have come to an end and here is my last word on the tournament.

Scotland, skipped by Eve Muirhead, lost the women’s final to a very strong Russian team under Anna Sidorova on the final stone of an extra end 6-5 – it was great to see this team medal two years running but they will be disappointed not to have got back-to-back titles. Congratulations to Eve, Anna, Vicki, Claire and Sarah for their silver.

Team Brewster meanwhile will be grateful just to have got Scotland qualified for the worlds having taken the last available spot after a tough week – they finished seventh overall.

Mike Haggerty’s reports are all here and the official website is here.

Medal Winners

Men’s A Group Gold Medal – Sweden – European Champions 2012 (L-R): Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll, Oskar Eriksson, Eva Lund

Men’s A Group Silver Medal – Norway (L-R): Ole Ingvaldsen, Christoffer Svae, Thomas Ulsrud, Håvard Vad Petersson, Thomas Løvold (back), Torger Nergård (front)

Men’s A Group Bronze Medal – Czech Republic (L-R): Ellery Robichaud, Jindřich Kitzberger, Jiri Snítil, Jakub Bares, Martin Snítil, Marek Vydra

Men’s B Group Gold Medal – Finland (L-R): Aku Kauste, Jani Sullanmaa, Pauli, Jäämies, Janne Pitko, Leo Mäkelä

Men’s B Group Silver Medal – Latvia (L-R): Iveta Stasa-Sarsune, Aivars Avotins, Roberts Krusts, Normunds Sarsuns, Ritvars Gulbis

Men’s B Group Bronze Medal – Netherlands (L-R): Joey Bruinsma, Miles Maclure, Carlo Glasbergen, Jaap van Dorp, Floyd Koelewijn, Shari Leibbrandt-Demmon

Women’s A Group Gold Medal – Russia – European Champions 2012 (L-R): Anna Sidorova, Ekaterina Galkina, Liudmila Privivkova, Margarita Fomina, Nkeiruka Ezekh, Thomas Lips

Women’s A Group Silver Medal – Scotland (L-R): Sarah Reid, David Hay, Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead

Women’s A Group Bronze Medal – Sweden (L-R): Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria Wennerström, Agnes Knochenhauer, Fredrik Hallström

Women’s B Group Gold Medal – Latvia (L-R): Iveta Stasa-Sarsune, Ieva Krusta, Normunds Sarsuns, Zanda Biske, Dace Munca, Una Germane

Women’s B Group Silver Medal – Norway (L-R): Tormod Andreassen, Kristin Skaslien, Ingrid Michalsen, Linn Githmark, Kristine Davanger, Camilla Groeseth

Women’s B Group Bronze Medal – Austria (L-R): Karina Toth, Constanze Hummelt, Andreas Winkler, Anna Weghuber, Marijke Reitsma


Men’s A Group relegations: Germany, Hungary
Men’s B Group promotions: Finland, Latvia
Men’s B Group relegations: Ireland, Wales
Women’s A Group relegations: Hungary, Finland
Women’s B Group promotions: Latvia, Norway
Women’s B group relegations: Belarus, Slovakia

‘Home’ Nation Results

England men – 4th
England women – 7th
Ireland men – 8th
Wales men – 8th

Big Ends

6 (Scored once by Estonian men v. Spanish men and once by Polish women against Austrian women)

The next European Curling Championships will be held in Stavanger, Norway in November 2013.

Until next year…

All photos are © WCF / Richard Gray 2012

Weekend Roundup 14-16 December

The last weekend of big domestic competitions before Christmas is over and here’s what happened:

The Kinross Open, the penultimate Scottish Curling Tour event of 2012/13, was being played at Kinross this weekend.

Team David Edwards came out on top in this one – congratulations to David and his team of John Penny, Scott McLeod and Colin Campbell, They now top the tour standings by just two points. Read more here. Photos from the event are on the Kinross Curling Rink Facebook page here.

Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton was holding the latest U17 Slam. The high road final was won by Luke Carson and the low road final by Fraser Ewan. All the scores are here.

Perth was hosting the Scottish Mixed Doubles. Bruce Mouat/Gina Aitken were playing Graham Shedden/Claire Sloan in today’s final. Bruce and Gina won 9-6 after seven ends. They can now represent Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Canada in April. The report from Perth is here.

Congratulations to all the winning teams from the weekend.

Karlstad – Day 7

Winning a European title is one thing but retaining it is another…

Eve Muirhead (above, with Anna Sloan) and her Scotland team have given themselves every opportunity to do so after a great performance against Sweden today (Friday).

They now find themselves in the final of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships. Last time out in the final it was Sweden – now Russia stand in the way of the first ever retention of a European title by a Scottish women’s team.

Scotland beat Margaretha Sigfridsson’s Sweden 9-3 in today’s 1v2 game and they looked good throughout. You can read Mike Haggerty’s report here.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SWE* 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X 3
0 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 2 X 9

The final is tomorrow at 0900 UK time – it will be on the Eurosport Player and on the WCF’s YouTube channel. If Saturday is usually your lie-in day then better change your plans because this is sure to be a great final – I can’t wait.

The bronze medal game will be between Denmark and Sweden.

In the men’s draw meanwhile, Jiri Snítil’s Czech Republic team are celebrating their nation’s first ever medal at this level after winning the bronze medal game in convincing fashion, 12-4 over Denmark – huge congratulations to the Czech team.

The men’s final is a repeat of last year in Moscow as Thomas Ulsrud’s Norway face Niklas Edin’s Sweden. These matches are always great viewing so be sure to follow the action after the women’s gold medal game.

In the B group, England’s men couldn’t quite retain their bronze medal from last year, losing out to Netherlands 10-5 in the match for third place. Finland won the gold against Latvia.

The Norwegian women had an incredible run to their final against Latvia – ten straight wins didn’t turn into eleven however, as the Latvians took women’s B Group gold. The bronze went to Austria.

The big ends keep coming – today’s award goes to the Finnish men who scored a five against France in their challenge game. Despite this five, the Finns lost 11-10.

When the dust has settled on the final games in Sweden, I will have a roundup of all the winners and details of promotions and relegations from the groups.

The event website is here.

Eve, Anna, Vicki and Claire – we will be watching. Come on Scotland!

Photo is © WCF / Richard Gray 2012

Odds And Ends

A few things from the world of curling that don’t fit anywhere else…

5pm today (Friday) was the first opportunity to register interest in tickets for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The RCCC website has full details here.

It has been announced that the 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Saint John last held the event in 1999 – they also hosted the men’s that year when Scotland won gold. Read more here and here.

John Brown’s blog Toothy’s should be one of your curling bookmarks. In one of his latest posts he talks about the European Curling Federation’s AGM that has been taking place during the European Championships in Karlstad. Following on from what was discussed at the WCF’s Congress, the process of winding up the ECF has now begun. Read about it here.

Finally, Robin Copland’s blog Behind The Glass is a great source of comment on Scottish curling – get it bookmarked. Given the disappointing result that the men came away with in Karlstad, his latest post will no doubt get the curling community debating this already contentious issue further.

PS – I am aware that my line-scores don’t display ‘0’s any more – they were there earlier in the week but now they have disappeared. No idea how. One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to find a simpler format for scores. If anyone’s seen my blank ends and ‘0’s then do let me know…

Weekend Curling 14-16 December

I will be bringing you the very exciting news from Karlstad shortly but first, here is a preview of all this weekend’s domestic curling action.

The Scottish Curling Tour makes its final stop of 2012 at Kinross this weekend for the Kinross Open. You can follow the penultimate leg of this season’s tour on the event website here. The Scottish Curling Tour website is here.

Perth is hosting the Scottish Mixed Doubles Championship this weekend. Sixteen teams are competing – the winners will play at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in April. The draw is here and all the scores are here.

Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton is holding the latest U17 Slam event. The draw is here and scores will appear on the RCCC website after the event so look out for those in my weekend roundup.

Best of luck to all the teams competing this weekend.