Weekend Roundup 31 January-2 February

It’s official, the Winter Olympics start this week!

But more on that later. Much, much more…

The Scottish Curling Tour was making its final stop of the season in Aberdeen over the weekend with the Aberdeen City Open.

With the tour standings incredibly tight at the top, this was always going to be an eventful competition and so it proved.

David Edwards was top of the table going into the event but only by one point – Ross McCleary was right behind in second place.

But when David Edwards was eliminated in the quarter-finals and Ross McCleary progressed, the 2013-14 Scottish Curling Tour had its champions.

Many congratulations to Ross and his team.

But there was still a tournament to be won and it was Grant Hardie’s team (pictured above) who prevailed, beating Ross McCleary 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

All the scores and information from Aberdeen are here on the excellent event website.

Another event being held over the weekend was the 2014 English Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

This was won by the pairing of Angharad Ward and Bryan Zachary – they now go on to represent England at the World Mixed Doubles in Dumfries in April.

For a full report and to find out why this was a significant win for Angharad check out the new ECA website.

Finally, the 2014 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship or the Scotties Tournament of Hearts began over the weekend in Montreal, Quebec.

No real surprises in this one so far as Team Rachel Homan (Team Canada) lead the way with four wins and no losses – they are the only undefeated team and are already looking good to retain their title.

This event runs until Sunday 9 and you can follow the action here.

Did you know that Tournament of Hearts is also the name of a song by Canadian band The Weakerthans? Have a listen here.

We are now just days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and I am preparing a full preview so watch this space for all you need to know about the Games, the curling, Team GB’s playing schedules and much more.

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