Monthly Archives: April 2013

Loose Ends – 30 April

Some curling news to keep you busy while we all reflect on how long it will be until we can get back into our home rinks and get playing again – at least the sun has made an appearance now.

Curling history enthusiasts will enjoy David B. Smith’s article on Southport’s Glaciarium here on the Curling History Blog.

Robin Copland has posted some final thoughts on the season here on his Behind the Glass blog.

If you are feeling flush with cash then I will point you in the direction of this magnificent trophy that has appeared on eBay recently.

Alex Salmond met Scotland’s medal-winning curlers from 2012-13 last week – read what the First Minister had to say about our sport here.

The shortlist for the 2013 Scottish Curling Awards has been announced. Find out who you can vote for here.

Those of you who follow Canadian curling will probably have heard that John Morris is leaving Team Kevin Martin after seven years, a world title and Olympic gold. Read the full story here.

The World Curling Federation has announced who is to sit on its two new commissions. Scotland’s Michael McCreadie is on the Athlete Commission while England’s John Brown and Scotland’s Hew Chalmers feature on the Competitions and Rules Commission. Find out more here.

The RCCC has announced details of its adult curling camp for 2013. Taking place in Stranraer, you can find out all you need to know here.

The Scottish Curling Tour has confirmed that all eight events from this season will take place again in 2013-14 – check out their calendar page here.

Finally, some dates for your diaries.

RCCC Ladies Branch AGM – Tuesday 7 May, 1400, Murrayfield Curling
175th RCCC AGM – Saturday 15 June, 1400, Dewars Centre, Perth
Royal Highland Show* – Thursday 20 June to Sunday 23 June, Ingliston Showground

*The RCCC will open its doors at the show from the Thursday until the Saturday so if you want to see inside the governing body’s head office, this is a great opportunity.

Weekend Winners

The weekend saw the conclusion of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, Canada.

None of the ‘home’ nations made it to the podium at the end of the week.

Here’s a rundown of what happened.

In the Mixed Doubles gold medal game, Hungary won their first ever world curling title as they defeated Sweden 8-7 in an extra end.

The bronze game was won by the Czechs, 8-1 against Norway.

Hungary – World Mixed Doubles Curling Champions 2013: Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa

There were 27 teams competing in the Mixed Doubles – here’s how the ‘home’ nations fared:

7th – Scotland (W6 L3)
25th – England (W0 L8)

In the Seniors, it was a Canadian double on home ice as the men beat New Zealand 6-4 in the gold medal game and their counterparts in the women’s event saw off Austria in style, 13-1. This was Canada’s sixth Senior Women’s gold in a row.

For the trivia fans, Tom Brewster’s mother-in-law, Carolyn Morris, was Team Canada’s third.

The men’s bronze was won by Switzerland, 7-2 against Sweden and the women’s bronze was taken by Sweden, 9-8 against Christine Cannon’s Scotland after an extra end – we were so close to seeing a Scottish medal in Fredericton.

Canada – World Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Champions 2013: Team Robert Armitage and Team Cathy King

There were 20 teams competing in the Senior Men’s – here’s how the ‘home’ nations got on:

5th – Scotland (W6 L3)
9th – Ireland (W5 L4)
14th – England (W3 L6)

And in the Senior Women’s where 14 teams were playing:

4th – Scotland (W6 L2)
11th – Ireland (W1 L5)

Overall, a good if medal-free week for the teams especially for young Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken – what an experience and I hope we see them again in the future.

The Curling Champions Tour came to an end this weekend in St. Gallen, Switzerland with the European Masters.

The event was won by Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson. Scotland’s Team Brewster finished fourth out of eight with three wins and two losses.

Team Muirhead saw their season out at the Players’ Championship in Toronto, Canada and they couldn’t have finished an already excellent season in more style.

Eve and her World Champions Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton beat Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson 8-5 in Sunday’s final, four weeks on from defeating the same Swedish team in the World gold medal game.

This result makes Eve’s team the first world champions to win the Players’ Championship and the first European team ever to win a Grand Slam event – they have had quite the season.

Not a bad way for Eve to celebrate her 23rd birthday on Monday either.

One final piece of event coverage that I have been meaning to get up for a while is from a competition that took place earlier this month – the Scottish Student Sport Universities Open.

I was kindly sent a report and pictures by Eoin McCrossan, Secretary of Edinburgh University Curling Club:

The traditional season-ending event for all the university clubs took place on the weekend of 5-7 April at North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. 12 teams took part from six universities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Robert Gordon.

The competition took the form of a Schenkel with two groups of six and when all was said and done the teams were split into a high road and low road.

In the high road, Heriot-Watt overcame Strathclyde 2 and Edinburgh 2 to reach the high road final. There they would meet Strathclyde 1 who beat Strathclyde 4 in their semi-final. The final was conceded by Heriot-Watt’s Colin Howden after five ends when Strathclyde’s Grant Hardie took an unassailable 8-3 lead.

In the low road, Edinburgh 3 beat their club mates Edinburgh 4 to set up a meeting with Glasgow who mounted a superb comeback to beat Aberdeen in their semi-final. This final was a much tighter affair and came down to the last stone with Edinburgh 3 eventually prevailing 6-5, having come from 4-1 down after four ends.

A big thanks to everyone at Stranraer and SSS for making the weekend such a success.

Scottish Student Sport Universities Open Champions 2013 – Strathclyde 1 (L-R): Mark Munro, Andrew Ballantyne, Billy Morton, Grant Hardie

Scottish Student Sport Universities Open Low Road Champions 2013 – Edinburgh 3 (L-R): Jayne Stirling, Eoin McCrossan, Rory Williams, Emma Wheeldon

So that’s it.

Curling is over for 2012-13 and I plan to write a review of the season in the weeks to come.

It has been an absolute pleasure to spend my time photographing and writing about our sport for the past eight months or so and I intend to carry it on for next season with lessons learned and a tremendous amount of excitement as the Winter Olympics get ever closer.

Like I said, I will officially round off TVFTH for the season with a look back on the high and lows, things you can expect to see from me next season and, hopefully, ways to keep those curling cravings at bay over the summer.

Until then, goodnight and good (summer) curling 🙂

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF, Scott Gibson and Hilary Nigrosh 2013

Updates From Fredericton / Tours

As we enter the finals weekend of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships, here’s how things are looking.

Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken (above) have had a great week in Canada and finished their round-robin campaign in joint first place on a W6 L2 record.

This gave them a quarter-final place against Sweden who they had already beaten 8-5 earlier in the week.

Unfortunately, it was revenge for the Swedes who came away with a 6-4 victory ending Team Scotland’s run in Fredericton.

Meanwhile Team England, Anna Fowler and Ben Fowler, couldn’t find that elusive victory on the last day of group play and finished their tournament on a W0 L8 record.

This means that the World Mixed Doubles title will be fought for in the semi-finals by Norway, Sweden, Hungary and Czech Republic on Saturday.

At the World Seniors, ‘home’ interest will continue into the last days of competition.

In the men’s competition, England finished their round-robin on W3 L6, Ireland on W5 L4 and Scotland on W6 L3.

The Scots came closest to a semi-final berth but just missed out – Saturday’s knockout stage will feature New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada and Sweden.

In the women’s draw, Ireland finished on W1 L5 while Scotland had a clean sweep and finished on W6 L0 to make the semi-finals.

They join Sweden, Canada and the winner of the Austria v. Japan tiebreaker.

Best of luck to Christine Cannon and her team.

The Mixed Doubles site is here and the Seniors site is here.

Things are going well for Team Brewster at the European Masters in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

They have played four games so far and won three – against Marcus Hasselborg, Rasmus Stjerne and Peter de Cruz. Their defeat came against Sven Michel.

Scotland’s representatives in Switzerland currently occupy second place out of eight.

Follow their progress here and enjoy some streamed games on here.

Team Muirhead are at the Players’ Championship in Toronto, Canada.

They have currently notched up two wins against Shannon Kleibrink and Anna Sidorova and taken two defeats to Michele Jaeggi and Stefanie Lawton which has given them a quarter-final spot.

See how they get on here.

Photo is © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Loose Ends

Once again I have news-in-brief about curling that doesn’t fit anywhere else so here are some things to read and enjoy as we enter the final weekend of curling for 2012-13.

Logan Gray has been in touch to let me know that it’s not all doom and gloom over the summer and that those with off-season withdrawal symptoms have opportunities to curl while the sun is (hopefully) shining.

Hope you’re all game for a bit of curling in the summer. There’s curling ice available at The Peak in Stirling on Mondays and Tuesdays between 22 April and 25 June for you to keep your eye in. Monday 1230-2200 and Tuesdays 1000-1630.

Ice can be booked by contacting our (Active Stirling) Bookings Co-Ordinator Lana Owens on 01786 448308.

Also, the 5th Stirling Summer Skins will take place on Friday 26-Sunday 28 July this year. It’s open to everyone and anyone in any arrangement of four-player teams as always and the format will be similar to previous years. It would be great to see some new faces! Skins is a great way to play curling promoting aggressive curling with lots of stones in play every end! Just how we like it! If you’ve not tried it before what are you waiting for!?

Last year’s winners (L-R): Ross Paterson, Richard Woods, Alasdair Guthrie, Logan Gray

More information is available here.

You may remember that I was looking for details of who won the Moray International Bonspiel a few weeks ago.

Well, I now have some information thanks to Kirsty Harrison:

The event was a huge success this year, 20 teams attending including two from Switzerland, two from Spain, two from Norway and two people from Finland. We also had people travelling from the south of England, Wales, and also from all over Scotland to take part and were able to involve players of all ages and abilities.

The all important Wooden Spoon was won this year by Andrew Craigie who brought along beginners who rotated throughout the games, and were delighted to win one of their five games – they intend coming back next year to defend their ‘trophy’.

The Low Road, Cameron Quaich, sponsored by the event organiser Andy Cameron and myself, was won by Moray Wheelchair Curling Club, Gregor Ewan and his team. Unfortunately not all could be there at the prizegiving but two members of the team accepted their trophy. 

The High Road, sponsored by Ronald Christie of Christies Garden Centre, Fochabers, and Walkers Shortbread, and winner of the 5th Moray International Bonspiel was Sandra Moorcroft and her team of Lorraine Grieve, Jo Ostermeyer and Mike Watt.

Please see the website for details of provisional dates for next year – we have already had interest from Canada and the USA!

High Road Winners (L-R): Lorraine Grieve, Jo Ostermeyer, Sandra Moorcroft, Ronald Christie, Andy Cameron, Mike Watt

High road runners-up were Team McGingle and Team Oswald were third.

Low Road Winners – Team Wheelies (Moray Wheelchair Curling Club)

Low road runners-up were Team Harrikada 2 from Spain and Team Reed were third.

Wooden Spoon Winners – Team Andrew Craigie

As excitement builds for Sochi 2014, it has been announced that the Chef de Mission for Team GB will be curling’s own Mike Hay. Congratulations to Mike – you can read the full story here.

You may have seen the Far From Home video series on YouTube that features behind-the-scenes coverage of World Curling Tour events. The latest one is an interesting look at the work that goes into preparing the ice for a large event – you can view this short video here.

Seeing live curling on television is something that we in the UK do not get to experience very often and so it was with a somewhat jealous eye that I read this article from the Canadian Curling Association about viewing figures across the Atlantic for our sport.

Finally, the Friendship Trophy was being played for at The Peak in Stirling this week and was won by the home team – read the full report here.

Photos are © Tom Brydone 2012 and Kirsty Harrison 2013

Updates From Fredericton / Tour Events

We are approaching the end of the round-robin stages in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships.

The ‘home’ nation teams at the Mixed Doubles are Scotland and England – their records so far couldn’t be more different.

Team Scotland, Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken, were on a fantastic W6 L0 record with two group games to play while the English pair of Ben Fowler and Anna Fowler are yet to record their first victory in Canada and sit on W0 L6.

In the Seniors, the English men are on W3 L4, the Irish men are W4 L3 and Scotland’s men are W3 L3.

Scotland’s women are the pick of the ‘home’ nation senior teams on W5 L0 while the Irish women are W1 L3.

One fascinating game came in the afternoon draw of the women’s seniors where Australia were playing Finland. The Finns were 10-0 up after just three ends but Australia replied with a two in the fourth to be 10-2 down at the break. The Australians then proceeded to steal five ends in a row, including a single in the extra end, to win 11-10 – incredible stuff.

To keep track of ‘home’ teams progress, the Mixed Doubles website is here and the Seniors website is here.

It seems like a while since I wrote about a Champions Tour event.

The last event of the season kicked off on Wednesday in Switzerland with the European Masters in St. Gallen.

This is where the top eight teams according to the season’s ranking play one last tournament. Scotland have interest with recent World bronze winners Team Brewster playing in Switzerland – you can follow the event that concludes on Saturday here.

Eve Muirhead and her World Champions are also competing one last time for the season in Canada at the Players’ Championship.

This event in Toronto, Ontario features some of the best teams in Canada and Europe and you can follow Team Muirhead’s progress here.

World Mixed Doubles / World Seniors

As you can see from my Calendar, the season is all but over.

Before we can all take a break from curling, however, there are a few more big titles to be decided for 2012-13.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada is hosting the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and the World Senior Curling Championships at the moment – play got underway on Saturday and that’s the opening ceremony above.

This is the first time that Canada has hosted the World Mixed Doubles.

The newly built Grant-Harvey Centre is hosting both events in 2013 and there is ‘home’ nation interest in these end of season events.

For the purposes of keeping track of the events, Fredericton is four hours behind the UK on Atlantic Daylight Time.

In the Mixed Doubles, 27 nations are competing which represents over half of all the countries that curl around the world – fantastic stuff.

They have been divided into three groups as follows:

Group A – Canada, China, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland

Group B – Austria, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, Slovenia, USA

Group C – England, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden

Group play will run until Thursday evening.

That’s Anna Fowler and Ben Fowler above – they are representing England in Fredericton.

And here’s Team Scotland – Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat. They have coach David Aitken with them in Canada.

As you can see, the two ‘home’ nations were drawn in the same group and it was Scotland who got the better of England 7-3 when they met on Saturday night.

After the weekend’s play, Scotland currently have a record of W3 L0 while England are on W0 L3.

Best of luck to England, Scotland and also my Slovenian friends from Innsbruck 2012, Tomas and Nadja.

In the Seniors, there is ‘home’ interest in both the men’s and women’s events.

The men are divided into two groups of ten like this:

Group A – Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland

Group B – Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, USA

Ireland’s men’s team is Peter Wilson, Peter JD Wilson, Neil Fyfe, Tom Roche, Johnjo Kenny (Alternate) and coach Anne Wilson.

Scotland’s men’s team is David Hay, Norman Brown, Andrew McQuistin, Hugh Aitken and Gordon Muirhead (Alternate and coach).

England’s men’s team is Michael Sutherland, Tommy Campbell, John Summers, Charles Jackson and Alastair Fyfe (Alternate).

Special mention should go to New Zealand’s Hans Frauenlob who is playing in both the World Seniors and the World Mixed Doubles!

The women are divided into two groups of seven:

Group A – Austria, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, USA

Group B – Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland

Ireland’s women’s team is Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr, Gillian Drury and Christina Graham.

Scotland’s women’s team is Christine Cannon, Margaret Richardson, Janet Lindsay, Margaret Robertson, Marion Craig (Alternate) and coach Isobel Hannen.

The seniors have been enjoying a mixed start to the tournament with the English men on W1 L2, the Scottish men on W0 L2, the Irish men on W1 L1, the Scottish women on W2 L0 and the Irish women on W0 L2.

Group play concludes for the Seniors on Friday.

So that’s seven teams to be following over in Fredericton – two in the Mixed Doubles and five in the Seniors. Best of luck to all involved.

For all the scores, reports, pictures and standings the Mixed Doubles website is here and the Seniors website is here. There has also been some live streaming of the Mixed Doubles too – keep an eye out on the official website.

And finally, spare a thought for the Russian senior women’s team – they lost 21-1 to Canada on Sunday afternoon in just six ends.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013 and WCF 2013

Competition Winners

You may remember that I recently offered three lucky readers the chance to win a brand new Foxglide Shoebag (above).

Thanks to everyone who entered – there were over 30 entries from the UK, Slovenia, Croatia and the USA.

The winners were:

Graeme Fisher from Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Scotland
Emma Hair from Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Marissa Messier from Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Congratulations to all three.

If you recognise the name Marissa Messier, she is one of the Bond Girls Curling Team – Bob gave them some coverage on Skip Cottage Curling here in 2011.

Weekend Words

I feel that after my trip to Norway and the excitement of the World Men’s there is a lot to catch up on so here is a range of news from the world of curling that I haven’t covered in the last week or two.

Firstly, the latest World Curling Federation Rankings have been published – the final rankings for the 2012-13 season. All the details are here.

In men’s curling, here is how the ‘home’ nations finished up this season:

2. Scotland / Great Britain (No change)
22. England (Up one place)
23. Ireland (Down five places)
28. Wales (Down four places)

The big movers were Russia who went up five places and Ireland who went down five places.

And in the women’s game:

4. Scotland / Great Britain (Up three places)
19. England (No change)
29. Wales (Down three places)
30. Ireland (Down one place)

Significant movers here were Turkey and Kazakhstan who went up four places and Netherlands who went down four places.

One of the reasons the Swedish women top their world rankings is because of Anette Norberg (above, far left with her 2011 World Champions) and during the World Men’s she announced that she was retiring from the sport. Norberg is one of the most successful players in curling history with two Olympic golds, three World titles and seven European crowns to her name in a thirty-year international career – read the full story about one of the greatest European curlers of all time here.

It is not often that curling is mentioned alongside crime and bad news but I came across two upsetting stories from Canada during the World Men’s.

Two Hills, Alberta, is currently coming to terms with losing its curling facility due to fire – you can read all about it here and see a video clip here. I’m sure we all wish the community well as they rebuild.

Four-time World champion Randy Ferbey has had his prized curling jacket stolen – it features eight purple hearts from his appearances at the Canadian Championship. See the story here.

The Curling History Blog should be one of your bookmarks – there is an interesting new piece to read here about old curling places in England.

The Herald had an article about our sport this week and, specifically, about Rhona Martin and her role as a coach – find out just how hard our top teams train here.

As you may well have read at the bottom of that article, there is some very exciting news about next season.

It was announced this week that Dumfries will be hosting the World Mixed Doubles Championship and the World Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships in April 2014. This will be the first time that Scotland has hosted the World Mixed Doubles and only the second time it has hosted the World Seniors. Dumfries Ice Bowl is on the lookout for volunteers for what is sure to be a great week of curling – read the full story here.

On the theme of Scotland hosting big events, it has been officially confirmed that Murrayfield Curling in Edinburgh will be the venue for the 2013 European Mixed Curling Championship. All the details are here.

I have to finish with some sad news from Canada.

Clarence Jenkins, known throughout the curling world as Shorty, passed away on Thursday after a long illness. He was 77.

Shorty is widely regarded as the greatest curling ice maker that ever lived and his distinctive pink attire made him a real character – you might have seen him make a cameo in the film Men With Brooms.

He was influential in creating the playing conditions that make our sport what it is today. When I was fortunate enough to work with the team making the ice at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, my Canadian colleagues frequently spoke about ‘Shorty’ and there is no doubt he will be sadly missed.

Read all about the ‘King of Swing’ here and here.

Photo is © WCF / Richard Gray 2011

Victoria – Day 9 (Sunday) / Final Word

Scotland ended the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 with a medal after defeating Rasmus Stjerne’s Denmark in Sunday’s bronze medal game.

The game itself was tight and featured four blank ends but Scotland were patient and went about the game in a professional manner, using the hammer, and picking up a big three in the eighth end that gave them a 7-6 victory.

Afterwards, Scotland skip Murdoch said: “It’s kind of disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But today we were really fired to come out and win that medal. We wanted to make sure we went home with a medal and it’s just rewards for such a good week.”

He continued: “This is the world championship before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right. For us we’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things and we know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone.  We just need to be a bit more consistent.”

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

As for the gold medal game, it was Sweden and Niklas Edin (above) celebrating after beating host-nation Canada 8-6 after nine ends.

The Swedes become the first nation to be European and World champions in the same season – huge congratulations to Niklas and his team. This was the first world title since 2004 for Sweden and their sixth overall.

Afterwards, Edin said: “We had a really good game here. That day of rest yesterday was really important to us. We got to really re-group and play the best curling we could play here in the final. I’m so proud of my team, we executed the plan perfectly, so I’m just super-happy.”

World Champions 2013 – Sweden (L-R): Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll

Silver medal – Canada (L-R): Tom Coulterman, Matt Dumontelle, Ryan Harnden, Eric Harnden, Ryan Fry, Brad Jacobs

Bronze medal – Scotland (L-R): David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow, Greg Drummond, Sören Gran

A great result for Scotland’s men but after their round-robin performace, they will perhaps have been wanting more from the week. Nevertheless, this means that Scotland have a medal from every World Men’s since 2008.

Final Standings
1. Sweden
2. Canada
3. Scotland
4. Denmark
5. Norway
6. China
7. Switzerland
8. Czech Republic
9. USA
10. Russia
11. Japan
12. Finland

With both the men’s and the women’s world championships now complete, the picture for Sochi 2014 is becoming clearer.

Eight of the ten nations that will be able to send men’s teams have been decided. Russia will be there as hosts and other qualification was based on points gathered in the 2012 and 2013 World Men’s Curling Championships.

The seven nations who have qualified are: Canada, Sweden, Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes), Norway, Denmark, China and Switzerland.

The nations that are now eligible to send men’s teams to take part in the inaugural World Curling Federation Olympic Qualification event in December 2013 are: USA, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Germany, Finland and Korea.

The new WCF Olympic Qualifying Event will be staged from 11-15 December 2013, in Füssen, Germany. Two nations will qualify from the event in both men’s and women’s disciplines to complete the Olympic fields of 10 teams.

For the women’s curling competition Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland (whose points are allocated to Great Britain for Olympic purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea and Russia (as hosts) have all qualified directly for Sochi.

Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway are the nations eligible to compete in the women’s Qualification Event in Füssen.

The season is almost over but keep visiting the blog for news of the World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors as well as who won my Foxglide bag competition.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Hugh and Christine Stewart for providing me with so much content from their trip to Victoria – I was emailed a lot more than you saw on the blog so thanks for enhancing my output.

Photos are © Michael Burns / CCA 2013.

Loose Ends

You will probably have heard by now that Scotland’s men won a wonderful bronze medal at the World Championship and I will have a full roundup of the tournament soon but first, here’s news of some other events that have been taking place.

The final U17 Slam came to an end last Thursday in Perth – Craig Joiner and his Forfar team won the event but the overall Slam title goes to Ross Whyte.

Whyte becomes the youngest winner of the Slam to date at the age of just 14 – congratulations to Ross and his team,

All the scores from Perth are here and the full report is here.

Kinross was hosting the iCurl Bonspiel on Friday – this is an open event with an emphasis on the inclusion and integration of players who have a physical or sensory impairment. The event information was here but I am unable to find out who won. Can someone out there fill in the blank?

Similarly, Greenacres was hosting the Newcomers Competition on Sunday – this event is aimed at young curlers who are new to the competitive side of the sport. The information about the event was here and I will try and find out who won in the week. EDIT: The link now contains details of winners – congratulations to Alastair Tweedle and his team.

Finally, the Moray International Bonspiel was being played at Elgin over the weekend. Hopefully, I will find out who won shortly but I gather the event was very enjoyable.