Monthly Archives: February 2013

Perth Pictures – Men’s Final

Here is my second batch of photos from Perth – this time it’s the men’s final and the presentations. All the reports are here and here and the scores from the men’s competition are here.

Logan Gray during practice – lead Richard Woods is at his side

Ross Paterson and Alasdair Guthrie before being piped onto the ice – Team Gray’s trousers added a great splash of colour to the final

And so the stage was set – Tom Brewster v. Logan Gray for the Scottish Men’s title

Tom Brewster delivers with Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond the sweepers

Team Gray cleaning the ice – unfortunately, the final featured several pick-ups

Logan and his team having fun during a break between ends

Tom Brewster watches his stone

And then calls for some assistance

Alasdair Guthrie, second for Team Gray, shows what he thinks of his shot

Ross Paterson, Logan Gray’s third, calls the sweepers off

Tom Brewster showing off his curling stone belt buckle while Richard Gray photographs the other end of the sheet

Logan is joined by Michael Goodfellow, lead for Team Brewster, as they watch his stone

I’ve beheaded Michael in this one – apologies

David Murdoch and Tom Brewster decide the next move in the seventh end while Logan looks on

Here’s Logan delivering with Richard Woods and Ross Paterson the sweepers – great to see so much colour on the Sunday afternoon

David Murdoch, skipping Team Brewster, settles in the hack

Ross Paterson delivers in the eighth and final end. Richard Woods and Alasdair Guthrie are the sweepers

David Murdoch watches his big clearing shot that left Logan to take his one and concede the game

Scott Andrews ran down from the spectators’ area to celebrate with his teammates after they beat Team Gray 8-4 in eight ends

Michael Goodfellow talks to Dougie Vipond after the game

Logan Gray, losing skip, considers his team’s performance with Dougie

And here are the presentation pictures from Sunday evening – Team Muirhead and their coach David Hay

Team Brewster and the presentation party

Caught in the act! Michael Goodfellow away to celebrate early?

Team Brewster – Scottish Men’s Champions 2013 (L-R): Michael Goodfellow, Scott Andrews, Greg Drummond, Tom Brewster, David Murdoch

Photos are © Ted Edmunds / TVFTH 2013

Perth Pictures – Women’s Final

Following on from my catchup post from last night, it’s about time I posted my pictures from the finals of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships that took place in Perth on Sunday 17 February.

The first batch is from the women’s final. All the reports from Perth are here and here while all the scores from the competition can be found here.

Sunday morning’s final was between Hannah Fleming and Eve Muirhead

Here are the two skips in the first end

Hannah Fleming watching a peel heading towards a Muirhead guard

Lead for Team Fleming, Abi Brown

Lead for Team Muirhead, Claire Hamilton

Here’s Claire watching her stone

Lauren Gray, third for Team Fleming, fires out of the hack in end two

Lauren keeps an eye on her stone

Scottish Junior and World Junior Champion skip, Hannah Fleming delivers

Eve Muirhead roaring her reigning champions on

Anna Sloan does the same

Team Fleming’s second, Jennifer Dodds, plays a stone in the fourth end

Jennifer watches her stone while Team Muirhead prepare for their next shot

Lauren Gray – her brother Logan was skipping in the men’s final a few hours later

Anna Sloan roaring the sweepers on once again

The magnificent trophy that was being played for

Team Muirhead’s front end of Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton

Team talks between ends

Abi Brown watches her stone with interest

Vicki Adams, second for Team Muirhead, grabs the ice

Anna Sloan and Jennifer Dodds watch intently

Hannah looks on in the latter stages as the game begins to slip away

Anna Sloan delivers in the ninth end. A real game of two halves was in progress – Fleming was 4-2 up at the fifth end break but as the scoreboard shows, Team Muirhead came back strongly

Team Muirhead saw it out and won 8-4 when Hannah Fleming conceded in the tenth end – here they are showing their appreciation to the crowd

Eve Muirhead talks to Dougie Vipond for BBC Scotland

Hannah Fleming reflects on her team’s effort in the final – they can be rightly proud of a great performance all week

Team Muirhead get their hands on the trophy along with RCCC Ladies’ Branch President Jenny Bain

Team Muirhead – Scottish Champions 2013 (L-R): Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead

Photos are © Ted Edmunds / TVFTH 2013

Time For A Catchup

Apologies for the lack of content of late – I realise that a lot has been going on in the curling world recently so here is a review of the past few days.

Starting with wheelchair curling, the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia, came to and end on Saturday.

Scotland finished the round-robin stage in sixth place with a W4 L5 record and then lost out in a tie-breaker to the Russians. The medals were as follows:

Gold – Canada
Silver – Sweden
Bronze – China

You can read the final reports from Sochi here.

Just today (Monday) the WCF announced a new ranking system for wheelchair curling that mirrors that of the able-bodied game. Scotland/Great Britain currently occupy fifth spot and you can read more about the new system here.

The good news from the Great Britain wheelchair curling team is that they have qualified for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games – the full story is here and congratulations to the team.

Dumfries was hosting the Division 3 Junior Challenge this weekend and Aberdeen 1 came out on top in this one – they are now promoted to Division 2 along with Borders. All the scores are here and a report is here.

It was also a weekend of national championships all over the world.

In Canada, the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship was won by Ontario’s Rachel Homan. She beat Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones 9-6 in Sunday’s final. The event website is here.

Back in the British Isles, it was the English Championships at Fenton’s. Alan MacDougall took the men’s title while Anna Fowler was crowned ladies’ champion. Congratulations to both teams and keep an eye out on John Brown’s English Curling Blog for reports.

In Germany, Andrea Schöpp and John Jahr won their respective national titles while the big news from Switzerland is that Mirjam Ott, World Women’s Champion from 2012, will not be defending her title as the Swiss championship was won by Silvana Tirinzoni. The men’s event was claimed by Sven Michel.

The most interesting story of the weekend, however, was surely that of the Norwegian men’s championship – Thomas Ulsrud’s team won the title but without the man himself due to family reasons. Nothing unusual in that you might think but his replacement was Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald! You can read all about this extraordinary turn of events on the Team Ulsrud website here. It remains to be seen whether or not Ewan will be donning the legendary trousers and skipping Team Norway at the Men’s Worlds in Canada come March/April…

Greenacres was hosting the Grand Masters Bonspiel this weekend. Thanks to Hugh and Christine Stewart for sending this report and some pictures:

16 teams entered the 2013 Greenacres Grand Masters Bonspiel 21 to 23 February.

And with all the years of experience behind them it was a hard fought battle for three games as the teams battled it out for a place in the high or low road finals.

Jim Bryson and his team from Ayr met Bill Watt from Stirling in the top game and it was a closely fought match. Neither team was giving anything away, in the end it was the Stirling team who came through to take the title – Bill Watt, Robert Armstrong, John Phillips and Bill Allan are the 2013 Grand Masters.

It was a different story in the low road final, Donnie Shedden and his team from Auchenharvie against the team from Lockerbie. Bob Rae, Matt Murdoch, Bert Duncan and Bill Mitchell dominated the game from the opening ends and ran out the winners on a scoreline of 7-4.

High Road Winners (L-R): Bill Allan, Bill Watt, Robert Armstrong, John Phillips

High Road Runners Up (L-R): Jim Bryson, Jack Kennedy, Jack Brown, Jim Young

Low Road Winners (L-R): Bobby Rae, Matt Murdoch, Bert Duncan, Bill Mitchell

Low Road Runners Up (L-R): John Pringle, Jim Kemp, Donnie Shedden, Fred Passway

All the participants for 2013

Photos are © Hugh Stewart 2013

Finally, the Henderson Bishop Trophy got underway at Stranraer today (Monday) and will run until Thursday. Keep track of all the scores here.

A Gentle Reminder…

Don’t forget to tune in to BBC2 Scotland in less than an hour to see highlights from The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships. Tonight, it is the turn of the men – all the details are here.

While you are waiting for coverage to start, why not read what Robin Copland made of the finals on his blog.

For more light reading, take a look at the latest post on The Curling History Blog. It is all about the 1980 World Juniors and can be found here.

Loose Ends

Don’t forget to watch highlights of the women’s final from The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships tonight (Tuesday) on BBC2 Scotland.

Dougie Vipond presents the hour-long programme at 23.20 and commentary comes from Bob Kelly and Jackie Lockhart – more details here.

The men’s final highlights are at the same time on the same channel tomorrow (Wednesday).

In other news, the RCCC website reports that 16 female curlers from Scotland have been selected for a Tour of Sweden in November 2013. Congratulations to those chosen – more information here.

The RCCC site is also reporting the sad passing of wheelchair curler and two-time world champion Ken Dickson. You can read more about Ken here.

With the Scottish Championships out of the way, it is now the turn of those South of the border. The English National Men’s and Women’s Championships get underway tomorrow (Wednesday) at Fenton’s. You can find out who is competing and all about the event format here on John Brown’s English Curling Blog. Best of luck to all those competing.

Weekend Roundup 15-17 February

My big picture post from the Scottish Finals will be coming soon but until then, here’s what else was happening in the world of curling this weekend.

Zoetermeer, Netherlands was hosting the Junior Masters – the final event on this season’s European Junior Curling Tour. The event was won by Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov and you can find all the scores on the competition website here.

The Canadian Women’s Championship is in full swing across the Atlantic – keep track of things here.

Scotland have made a solid start at the World Wheelchair Championship in Sochi, Russia. They currently have a W3 L2 record with four games to go and you can follow their progress during the week here.

Perth – The Stage Is Set

So this is it. After a week of curling in Perth it is time for the finals of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships.

The women’s final is at 11am tomorrow (Sunday) and will feature Hannah Fleming and her team of Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds and Abi Brown taking on Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton.

Eve is just one win away from retaining her title but Hannah will no doubt make it a tricky task – it should be a cracking final.

The men’s final at 3pm features last season’s champion Tom Brewster and his team of David Murdoch, Greg Drummond and Scott Andrews playing Logan Gray, Ross Paterson, Alasdair Guthrie and Richard Woods.

Tom, like Eve, will be trying to retain his title but Logan and his team will have other ideas – hopefully, another great match is in store.

Andy Macpherson has sent me some more pictures from the week and these feature some of  tomorrow’s protagonists:

Tom Brewster will be going for three-in-a-row

Logan Gray and his colourful team will play Brewster for the Scottish Men’s title

Logan’s sister Lauren plays third for Hannah Fleming, pictured here – can she deny Eve Muirhead a retention of her title from 2012?

Here’s Vicki Adams, second for Team Muirhead – no doubt she will play her part in what should be a great final between two young teams

Photos are © Andy Macpherson 2013

So aside from watching from the side of the ice tomorrow in Perth, how else can you keep track of the games?

Well, assuming the RCCC’s website is behaving then you can follow the men’s final here and the women’s final here. All the reports from the week so far are here.

The BBC website is live streaming the finals here and highlights of each final will be broadcast in two one hour programmes on BBC2 Scotland on Tuesday 19 February (Women) and Wednesday 20 February (Men).

I will be in Perth tomorrow as well, so follow my Twitter page for any updates.

Here’s to a great day’s curling.

Update From Perth

There has been some confusion over what has been going on at The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships in Perth lately due to some problems on the RCCC’s website.

As I type, the site is still experiencing difficulties but fortunately, I have been able to find out the final round-robin standings before we head into the knockout weekend. This picture should explain everything:

I am very grateful to Ben Thomas for sending me this image and for his help in filling in blanks in scores. Through a combination of Ben’s information and the Twitter activity of teams involved in Perth, here is how the event now stands:

In the men’s event, no tie-breakers were required. Tom Brewster plays Logan Gray in the 1v2 game while David Edwards plays Warwick Smith in the 3v4. The winner of Brewster v. Gray goes to Sunday’s final and the loser plays a semi-final against the winner of the 3v4. The loser of the 3v4 is out. Keeping up?

In the women’s event, Eve Muirhead and Hannah Fleming will play the 1v2 game. A tie-breaker was required between Kerry Barr and Jennifer Martin which Kerry Barr won. She now plays Jackie Lockhart in another tie-breaker to reach the semi-final. That semi-final will be against the loser of Muirhead v. Fleming for a place in the final.

Phew. I hope that is clear and, above all, correct. If anyone believes otherwise regarding fixtures and standings then do let me know.

One more picture from Perth before I sign off for the night. Andy Macpherson sent me a picture from the Kerry Barr v. Eve Muirhead game on Thursday afternoon. The end in question concluded with all 16 stones in play – reminiscent of this game last year. My thanks to Andy for the shot of this remarkable end. Enjoy…

Photos are © Ben Thomas and Andy Macpherson 2013

Weekend Curling 15-17 February

An update from Perth is on the way but there are plenty of other events taking place this weekend.

The final event on the European Junior Curling Tour, part of the Curling Champions Tour, takes place this weekend.

The Junior Masters in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, got underway today (Friday) and finishes on Sunday. Just six teams are involved from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Netherlands. The event website is here.

The highlight of the international wheelchair curling calendar begins tomorrow (Saturday) with the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia.

Ten mixed national teams are competing in the event which is the final chance to gain points towards Paralympic Winter Games qualification.

This is the first curling competition to be held at Sochi’s Ice Cube Curling Centre – the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. This year’s World Wheelchair Championships is a test event for Sochi 2014 and will conclude on Saturday 23 February.

Scotland are represented by Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson and Tom Killin. Angie Malone is alternate and Scotland’s coach is Tony Zummack. Bit of trivia for you – Aileen Neilson, who is skipping in her third World Championships, is the only female skip in this year’s tournament. Best of luck to Team Scotland in Sochi (which is four hours ahead of the UK for keeping track of scores).

The event website is here.

Finally, the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship aka the Scotties Tournament of Hearts starts tomorrow (Saturday) in Kingston, Ontario and runs until Sunday 24 February.

Twelve teams are competing – among them, some of the biggest names in Canadian women’s curling.

Heather Nedohin, Kelly Scott and Jennifer Jones will all be there and you can follow their progress here.

Mark Shurek is making the ice in Kingston – here’s a picture of how it looked after the final flood. Very impressive…

Photo is © Mark Shurek 2013

Perth Day 3

It looks like it will take something very special to stop Tom Brewster and Eve Muirhead from defending their titles – they are the only undefeated teams in Perth.

Day 3 of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships saw Eve comfortably defeat her 2010 Winter Olympic teammate Jackie Lockhart this afternoon – Team Muirhead eased past 2002 World Champion Lockhart 10-3 in seven ends.

Team Brewster needed an extra-end steal to see off Warwick Smith 8-7 in a repeat of last year’s final – they scored the same number of shots earlier in the day against Glen Muirhead 8-4.

Elsewhere, there were solid wins for Hannah Fleming who sits in joint second place with Jennifer Martin but last season’s finalist Gail Munro is struggling with no wins and four losses.

In the men’s draw, Hammy McMillan is up and running with his first win this evening against Neil Joss. One game that provided an interesting linescore was David Edwards against Kyle Smith – Smith led 2-0 going into the sixth but Edwards came away with an 8-3 win after eight.

The men’s event page is here and the women’s event page is here.

RCCC reports are here.

Men’s Standings (W-L)
6-0 Tom Brewster
5-1 Glen Muirhead
4-2 David Edwards, Warwick Smith, Logan Gray
3-3 Grant Hardie
2-4 Kyle Smith
1-5 Hammy McMillan
0-6 Neil Joss, Ross McCleary

Women’s Standings (W-L)
4-0 Eve Muirhead
3-1 Jennifer Martin, Hannah Fleming
2-2 Jackie Lockhart, Kerry Barr, Lauren Baxter
0-4 Gail Munro, Gina Aitken