Weekend Winners 25-27 January

Hannah Fleming and Kyle Smith successfully defended their Scottish Junior Curling Championship titles at Aberdeen this weekend.

Hannah and her team of Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds and Abi Brown defeated Tasha Aitken 10-4 in Sunday’s final. It should be noted that Team Fleming won nine straight games in winning this year’s junior women’s title – congratulations to Hannah, Lauren, Jennifer and Abi.

Kyle Smith’s route to the junior men’s title was not as straightforward however. Kyle’s team came second in the round-robin standings behind Grant Hardie who won all seven group games, including a 5-4 victory over Smith.

In their playoff game, Team Hardie again came out on top winning 9-2 but the final was a case of third time lucky for Kyle Smith and his team of Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell and Cameron Smith as they defeated Team Hardie 5-4 – congratulations to Kyle and his team.

Both teams will now represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia that get underway at the end of February.

You can see all the scores from the competition here and read a report here.

There was good news from the German Masters in Hamburg this weekend as Team Brewster (who were Brewster in name only) won Sunday’s final in convincing fashion 6-1 after six ends against Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne.

David Murdoch was skipping the team of Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow while Tom Brewster was working at the Scottish Juniors in Aberdeen – congratulations to the team who picked up their second Curling Champions Tour title of the season.

You can find all the results and reports (in German) here. I see on the homepage that the event will return in 2014.

Just one stop left on the tour now – the European Masters in April. The Tour website is here where you can see how Scottish teams are faring in the rankings.

Finally, Greenacres was hosting the Tulloch Haggis Weekend. Here’s a report from Christine Stewart:

22 teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales entered the Tulloch Haggis weekend at Greenacres Curling Club.

They made up two sections, one of 12 teams, the other 10. Over the day and evening of Saturday and Sunday morning the teams battled it out for their spots in the high, mid and low road semi-finals.

And of course between sessions they had their share of haggis.

Come 2pm on Sunday the scene was set for the semis – Andrew Reed from England met Scotland’s Graeme Adam in the high road, Alan Mitchell, Ireland and Greenacres own Drew Gemmel made the other high road semi.

In the mid road Ian Gillespie, Greenacres, met England’s Fiona Hawker, John Brown, with an international team, Scottish, English and Welsh, took on local team Matthew McConnell.

The low road semis featured Ireland’s Bill Gray against Eddie Binks, Greenacres and Kim Thomson, Greenacres against England’s John Sharp.

Reed and Mitchell made it to the high road final, Hawker and McConnell went to the mid road final, and Ireland’s Bill Gray took on the English team skipped by John Sharp.

Team Reed dominated the final from the early ends, they had a three shot lead after three ends, the Mitchell team, down to three players, couldn’t find a way back into the game, after six Reed led by five shots. Mitchell got two shots in end seven but ran out of stones in the final end – Alan McDougall, Andrew Reed, Andy Woolston and Tom Jaeggi had won the 2013 Tulloch Haggis Weekend.

The mid road final was tight in the early ends, the teams tied at three all after four ends. Then the game was all Matthew McConnell’s, he stole four shots in end five, then two in the sixth. That was enough for the team skipped by Fiona Hawker, final score 9-3 to Matthew McConnell and his team Fraser Murray, Peter Dagen and Josh McNab.

In the low road, fortunes swung back and forth between the teams – John Sharp led, Bill Gray caught up, Sharp went ahead again, but the game was tied at eight all after seven ends. But John Sharp had the advantage of last stone and made the perfect draw to score one shot to win the game 9-8. John and his team Lorna Rettig, Nigel Patrick and Alison Hemmings won the low road.

Thanks to Christine for the report and to Hugh for the following pictures:

High Road Winners (L-R): Alan MacDougall, Andrew Reed, Andy Woolston, Tom Jaeggi

High Road Runners-up (L-R): John Furey, James Russell, Craig Whyte, (Tom Roche retired hurt)

Mid Road Winners (L-R): Mathew McConnell, Peter Dagen, Fraser Murray, Josh McNab

Mid Road Runners-up (L-R): Gary Tapp, Angharad Ward, Mark Wilkinson, Fiona Hawker

Low Road Winners (L-R): Alison Hemmings, John Sharp, Lorna Rettig, Nigel Patrick

Low Road Runners-up (L-R): Tony Tierney, Bill Gray, David Whyte, David Hume

Photos are © Hugh Stewart 2013

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