Category Archives: European Playdowns

Weekend Roundup 17-19 October

I am out of the country from tomorrow so I thought I’d get in a roundup of this weekend’s action before I go.

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The European Playdowns in Perth proved to be very exciting and we now know which teams will be representing Scotland in Champéry, Switzerland at the end of next month.

The women’s event was won by Eve Muirhead after she won all four round-robin games and then beat Lauren Gray twice in the final round to secure her team’s place at the Europeans.

Hannah Fleming’s team lost all their games in Perth – not something we are used to seeing from the young skip.

The men’s competition, meanwhile, went right to the wire after David Murdoch qualified from the round-robin alongside David Edwards, the latter needing a tie-breaker against Tom Brewster on Saturday afternoon.

So the best-of-three final was between David Murdoch and David Edwards and it was Edwards who won the first game 6-4 before Murdoch took the event to a deciding game with a 5-4 victory on Sunday morning. The teams met for the crucial decider in the afternoon and it was 6-6 after ten ends meaning the place in Switzerland would come down to an extra-end, Murdoch with hammer.

Sensationally, Team Edwards stole a two against Team GB’s Winter Olympic Skip from Sochi and earned themselves a well-deserved place at the upcoming European Championships – well done boys!

All the scores are here and you can read a report with pictures of the winning teams here.

The European Junior Curling Tour was in Oslo, Norway this weekend for the International Junior Bonspiel.

All four teams from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s Academy were in attendance – that’s rinks skipped by Cameron Bryce, Robin Brydone, Karina Aitken and Katie Murray.

Twelve junior men’s and fifteen junior women’s teams from Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Sweden were taking part alongside the Scottish representatives.

Despite Karina Aitken scoring a seven in one of her team’s games it was Katie Murray and Robin Brydone who managed to make the quarter-finals – Karina missed out in a tie-breaker.

Ultimately the quarter-finals proved to be as far as any of the Scottish teams would go but great to see them making the latter stages of these tournaments. Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller took the junior men’s title while Isabella Wranå of Sweden won the junior women’s tournament.

Full results are here.

Finally, Kyle Smith and his team are in Canada just now for the World Curling Tour’s Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

As I type, they are fighting to stay in the tournament against Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg – watch this space to find out how they get on.

Event scores and lineups are here.

Images are © WCF, CCT and WCT

European Qualifiers Underway In Perth

Scotland will be sending two teams to this season’s European Curling Championships in Champéry, Switzerland at the end of November – one men’s team and one women’s team.

With that in mind, the European Playdowns are currently underway at the Dewars Centre, Perth to determine which teams will become Team Scotland for the trip to Switzerland.

Play got underway on Thursday 16 and will conclude on Sunday 19.

Four men’s and three women’s teams are in attendance and expect the competition to be fierce as we have Tom Brewster, David Edwards, Ewan MacDonald and David Murdoch in the men’s draw and Hannah Fleming, Lauren Gray and Eve Muirhead in the women’s.

Full team lineups can be found here.

The format of play is a double round-robin with a best-of-three final for both men and women. Entry is free so get along to Perth if you can to catch the action.

There have been six games so far and all but one of them have been won by just one or two points – David Murdoch and Eve Muirhead are the only undefeated skips going into Day 2.

You can follow all the scores here.

Image is © WCF

Updates From Aberdeen, Oslo And Portage

Eve Muirhead and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton will be Scotland’s representatives at the European Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden in December. Can they defend their title from Moscow in 2011?

They earned the right to play in this year’s championships after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best of five series at Curl Aberdeen against Gail Munro and her team of Lyndsay Cumming, Katie Wright and Jodie Milroy. Team Muirhead won 11-5 last night, 11-4 at noon today and 11-3 this evening to book their place. Congratulations to Team Muirhead – I look forward to following their progress in Karlstad.

In Oslo, Scotland’s juniors are taking on Europe’s finest at the Oslo Junior International. Team Mouat are looking good on W3 L1, Team Martin are W0 L4 and Team Wilson are W1 L3. Follow tomorrow’s knockout stage here.

Finally, Team Brewster find themselves in the ‘C Event’ at the Prairie Classic. They lost their first game, won their second and lost their third. They are currently playing Manitoba’s Terry McNamee and are 2-1 down. Follow the event here.