There was plenty going on in the world of curling this weekend – here’s a roundup.
Christine Stewart very kindly sent me this report and some pictures:
On 7 March, 12 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams took to the ice at Greenacres Curling Club to battle it out in the National Masters Finals. Come Sunday, the number had been reduced – Jim Stevenson from Kinross and his team got through to the final to meet George Delgaty from Perth and in the women’s final it was Borders’ Glynnice Lauder’s team versus Annette MacDonald from Stirling.
In the men’s game the teams were tied at three-all after three ends and after six the Delgaty team led by just one shot – it was the seventh that settled the game. The Delgaty foursome dominated this end, Jim Stevenson’s team couldn’t get a look in. The Delgaty team scored six shots, Jim Stevenson and his team Alistair Sinclair, Jim Boswell and Willie Stevenson conceded. George Delgaty, Stuart Smith, Royal Club President Bill Duncan and Ian Lindsay were the 2013 Masters Champions.
The women’s game was a one-sided affair. The Borders team put five shots on the board in the first two ends and Annette MacDonald and her team couldn’t get back into the game. Team Lauder stole two scores in ends five and six, it was too much for the MacDonald team and they shook hands on a scoreline of 10-1. Margaret Robertson, Glynnice Lauder, Venetia Scott and Gillian Smith took the title.
Photos are © Hugh Stewart 2013
The English Mixed Championship was being held at Fenton’s – this was won by John Sharp and his team. You can read all about the tournament here on the English Curling Blog.
The Canadian Men’s Curling Championship was won on Sunday by Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs. He defeated three-time winner Jeff Stoughton 11-4 to claim Northern Ontario’s first Brier since Al Hackner in 1985. Read all about the youngest Brier champion since 1991 here.
Finally, here are some pictures of Scotland’s medal winners from the World Junior Curling Championships that came to an end in Sochi over the weekend.
A fantastic result for Kyle and his team over in Sochi – well done! They claimed Scotland’s first World Junior Men’s gold since James Dryburgh in 1996 with a 6-2 win over Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov.
It wasn’t to be double gold for Scotland, however, as Hannah Fleming’s team narrowly missed out on victory in their final against Alina Kovaleva’s Russia, going down 6-5 after an extra end – a fantastic effort from the girls.
This means that in six of the last seven years of World Junior Women’s competition, Scotland have come away with five golds and a silver – a very impressive record.
Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013