Weekend Curling 24-26 January

A somewhat quieter weekend of curling is in store compared with the last few weeks but we have some important events to keep track of nonetheless.

None more important than the Scottish Junior Curling Championships that have been underway at Curl Aberdeen since Tuesday.

This event concludes on Sunday afternoon so things are going to get serious over the weekend with the best juniors in the country fighting for the title and a trip to Switzerland for the World Juniors in Flims.

Until Friday afternoon we had some undefeated teams in this one but that has all changed leaving things tight at the top.

Here are the standings going into Saturday:

Junior Men (W-L)
6-1 Kyle Smith
5-2 Stuart Taylor, Robin Brydone, Cameron Bryce, Bruce Mouat
2-5 Ross Whyte, Grant Barr
1-7 Robert Tait
1-6 Andrew Callander

Junior Women (W-L)
6-1 Katie Murray
5-2 Jennifer Martin, Gina Aitken
4-3 Lesley Young, Karina Aitken, Fiona Spain
2-5 Dionne Clark, Amy MacDonald
0-8 Katie Wright

It looks like Kyle Smith and his reigning World Junior Champions and Katie Murray are the teams to beat in their respective draws but there are plenty of teams snapping at their heels.

Saturday sees the final group games and the 1v2 games after any tie-breakers that are required – something tells me we’ll be needing them.

The place to follow all the scores is here.

On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, Liverpool, Nova Scotia is hosting the Canadian Junior Curling Championships – this event also finishes on Sunday.

The playoffs get underway on Saturday. In the junior women’s semi-final Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay takes on British Columbia’s Kalia Van Osch. The winner advances to the final against Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque.

On Sunday, the junior men’s semi-final features Alberta’s Carter Lautner and New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau with the winner taking on Manitoba’s Braden Calvert in the final.

There is also a Mixed Doubles competition taking place for already eliminated players – a chance to enjoy the event some more and regain some pride no doubt.

The event website is here.

While we are on junior curling, take a look at this video of the 1998 World Junior Curling Championship men’s final between Canada and Scotland. Some stars of the future were on the ice that day for sure.

The Curling Champions Tour is in Hamburg, Germany this weekend for the German Masters.

Scotland has two representatives playing in this event in the shape of Team Logan Gray and Team Grant Hardie.

Play got underway on Friday morning and will conclude on Sunday afternoon – so far the Scottish boys have made a solid start.

Logan and his team have beaten John Jahr’s local rink and lost to Norway’s Markus Høiberg and sit fourth out of five in their group.

Team Hardie have two wins out of two against Switzerland’s Marc Pfister and Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson which puts them top of the table.

It’s great to see teams from China and the USA taking part as well.

All the scores from Hamburg are here.

Images are © RCCC, CCA and CCT