Three events to roundup from the last weekend of curling before Christmas.
The 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy came to an end over the weekend and Great Britain’s curlers are celebrating after picking up a medal in the men’s competition.
Kyle Smith and his team of Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, Cameron Smith and alternate Derrick Sloan made it to the gold medal game against a Swedish team skipped by Oskar Eriksson but despite their best efforts lost 9-5 to the talented Swedes.
Canada beat Norway 6-5 after an extra end to take the bronze.
Hannah Fleming, meanwhile, and her team of Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds, Alice Spence and alternate Abi Brown lost a closely-fought women’s bronze medal game to Switzerland 8-6.
Russia’s Anna Sidorova (who seems to have been curling as a junior/student forever!) and her team took gold with an 8-4 win over Korea.
Curling has been part of the Winter Universiade since 2003 and before this year’s competition Great Britain had two medals – men’s silver in 2007 and women’s gold in 2011.
With their silver this week, Kyle Smith’s team now make it three medals on the all-time list for Team GB – congratulations to Kyle and his team.
The juniors were in Curling Champions Tour action this weekend as the European Junior Curling Tour stopped in Pinerolo, Italy for the International Junior Bonspiel.
There was no Scottish interest in this one as both the boys’ and girls’ events were made up of teams from Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Carole Howald’s Swiss team won the girls’ event while her compatriot Michael Brunner won the boys’ competition – another strong showing from the Swiss juniors on the tour.
Lockerbie was hosting the penultimate Under 21 Slam of the season over the weekend.
16 men’s and eight women’s teams were taking part and it was great to see some entries from England and the Netherlands in Lockerbie.
In fact, it was an English girls’ team skipped by Hetty Garnier who made it to the final against Katie Murray – Murray won this one 9-5 despite Hetty’s team being 4-0 up after four ends.
Robin Brydone and Bruce Mouat are two of Scotland’s best junior men’s teams right now and they contested the boys’ final. Bruce and his team took it 6-2.
Fiona Spain and Robert Fawns came third in their respective events.
With just one Slam remaining, I believe Bruce Mouat has taken the overall title by winning the first three events of the season – on a perfect 45 points his team cannot be caught.
If my calculations are correct then Katie Murray and her team have also claimed the girls’ title by winning in Lockerbie.
A nice early Christmas present for both teams who each claim a cool £1000 and the first-ever Under 21 Slam titles – congratulations to Bruce, Katie and their teams.
All the scores from Lockerbie are here.
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