The Scottish Curling Tour comes to an end this weekend with the Aberdeen City Open at Curl Aberdeen.
There are twenty-four teams taking part, split into two sections of twelve – games began this afternoon (Friday) and continue until the final on Sunday afternoon.
A very exciting finish is in prospect as the top three places in the season’s tour standings are still up for grabs. Here’s how the table looks going into this event:
David Edwards – 47 points
Ross McCleary – 46 points
Martin Lill – 35 points
Grant Hardie – 34 points
With Estonia’s Martin Lill not competing this weekend, the tour title will be won by one of the three Scottish teams above but who?
David Edwards and Ross McCleary look set to battle it out for first place but if results go their way, Grant Hardie’s team can overhaul them both! We should be in for a cracking weekend’s curling.
Remember, it’s 15 points for a tournament win, 11 for the runners-up, eight for the semi-finalists and five for the quarter-finalists.
This year’s event has quite an international feel to it with teams from Korea and the Netherlands among others.
So, going into Saturday how have the contenders fared?
2013 Tour Champion David Edwards has picked up two wins out of two as have Team Grant Hardie (playing as Team McWilliam this weekend) while Ross McCleary is on one win and one loss.
Follow all the rest of the action here.
Who’s your money on?
On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, it’s time for Canada’s best female teams to compete for their national title in the 2014 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship a.k.a. the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Getting underway in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday, this event runs until Thursday 9 February when we will know who is Canadian Women’s Champion and who will be Team Canada at the Women’s Worlds in Saint John, New Brunswick in the middle of March.
Twelve teams are competing for the biggest prize in Canadian Women’s curling:
Allison Ross – Quebec
Kim Dolan – Prince Edward Island
Stefanie Lawton – Saskatchewan
Chelsea Carey – Manitoba
Heather Smith – Nova Scotia
Kesa Van Osch – British Columbia
Allison Flaxey – Ontario
Val Sweeting – Alberta
Andrea Crawford – New Brunswick
Heather Strong – Newfoundland and Labrador
Sarah Koltun – Yukon/Northwest Territories
Rachel Homan – Team Canada (Ontario)
Here’s some trivia for you – Sarah Koltun becomes the first skip to compete in both the Scotties and the Canadian Juniors in the same season.
While I can’t see past Rachel Homan and her team winning back-to-back titles there will be strong opposition from the likes of Stefanie Lawton, Chelsea Carey and Val Sweeting. With Jennifer Jones otherwise engaged in Winter Olympic commitments it’s a great opportunity for a team to make a name for themselves.
You can follow all the action from Montreal here.
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