Category Archives: Scottish Curling Tour

Weekend Roundup 3-5 October

Three Scottish men’s teams were in Basel, Switzerland over the weekend for the Swiss Cup, part of the Curling Champions Tour.

Kyle Smith’s team did not make the playoffs and David Murdoch’s rink lost out to Norway’s Thomas Løvold (7-2 in five ends) in a game that would have seen them make the final stages but for Tom Brewster and his team of Glen Muirhead, Thomas Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Hammy McMillan Jr. their weekend could not have gone any better.

Team Brewster beat Jiří Snítil of the Czech Republic 6-5 after an extra-end in the quarter-finals before seeing off Sweden’s Niklas Edin 5-3 in their semi-final.

This meant that Sunday’s final was between Team Brewster and the Swiss outfit skipped by Sven Michel. After the first end was blanked, Team Brewster stole a two and never looked back from there seeing the game out 5-2 – well done boys!

This means that Tom Brewster and co. have become the first Scottish team to win this event since David Murdoch in 2007.

Team of the weekend for sure and how great to see them adorning the event homepage here.

Be sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page too – this team could go far.

The Scottish Curling Tour was in Dumfries for the Sulwath Open and this event was won by Team David Edwards after they beat David Hardie 4-1 in Sunday’s final.

If you don’t already follow Team Edwards’ excellent and entertaining blog then I highly recommend it – you might spot that they have a new lead for this season in Billy Morton.

Some pictures of the boys with their trophy and smart new playing kit can be seen here.

A report on the event is available on the SCT website here.

The latest leg of the Under 21 Slam, the Kinross Junior Classic, was being played over the weekend and there were prizes to be won for both junior men’s and junior women’s teams.

Robin Brydone and his team of David Baird, Callum Greenwood and Thomas Halder won the junior men’s final 4-1 against Team Kerr Sands while the junior women’s title went to Rebecca Morrison who had Amy Bryce, Carolyn Baird and Becca Baird in her team – they saw off Team Sarah Wood 7-5.

Pictures and a full report are available here.

Images are © CCT, SCT and RCCC

Weekend Curling 3-5 October

There is plenty of curling action to follow this weekend including the start of the European ‘C’ Group Championships but I will cover that in a separate post.

32 of Europe’s top male curling teams are engaged in Curling Champions Tour action this weekend with the Swiss Cup in Basel, Switzerland that began on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.

Eleven of the teams are local but there is good representation from the rest of the continent with teams from Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and, of course, Scotland.

Teams Brewster, Murdoch and Smith are all flying the flag over in Basel and here’s how they have been getting on:

Tom Brewster and his team beat Team Ruch of Switzerland 4-2 and Team Wunderer of Austria 7-3 before losing 4-2 to Norway’s World Champions skipped by Thomas Ulsrud. They have since followed this up with three straight wins (8-4 and 8-5 v. Teams Baumann and Kapp of Germany) and most notably against Team Murdoch 6-4 – no doubt a very satisfying victory for Team Brewster that saw them make the playoffs.

Team Murdoch have been doing things the hard way despite starting with three wins against Switzerland’s Team Attinger (6-4), Team Løvold of Norway (6-1) and Germany’s Team Kapp (4-2). A 7-5 loss to Ulsrud’s Norwegian World Champions was followed up with a win against Team Snítil from the Czech Republic (5-2) but then they lost the aforementioned battle of the Scottish teams. They are currently playing Team Løvold once again to stay in the tournament – it’s 2-2 as I type.

Kyle Smith’s team have unfortunately already been eliminated from the event after collecting just two wins (7-1 v. Team Šik from the Czech Republic and 5-3 v. Switzerland’s Team Hess) and three one-point losses to Team Schwaller of Switzerland 7-6, Germany’s Team Kapp 6-5 and Team Baumann of Germany 4-3.

You can follow the event here and here.

The Scottish Curling Tour is in Dumfries this weekend for the Sulwath Open.

Sixteen teams are in attendance including two from China – great to see I’m sure you’ll agree.

You can find all the latest scores here and more information here.

Finally, the second of this season’s Under 21 Slams, the Kinross Junior Classic, is being played at the newly-refurbished Kinross Curling.

Sixteen junior men’s and eight junior women’s teams are playing and you can follow all the action here.

Images are © CCT, SCT and RCCC

Weekend Curling 26-28 September

The first women’s event on this season’s Curling Champions Tour began yesterday (Friday) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup sees twenty of the world’s best female teams competing in the Swedish capital and apart from the likes of Feltscher, Homan, Jones, Sidorova and Sigfridsson there are two Scottish teams to be found in the lineup.

Eve Muirhead is there with her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid while Lauren Gray skips a team consisting of Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Mhairi Baird.

The teams have been split into four groups of five with the top two in each group progressing to the playoffs.

Team Muirhead began with a 7-3 win over Ontario’s Sherry Middaugh but then lost two games in succession – 7-5 to Switzerland’s Michèle Jäggi and 5-4 in an extra end to Anna Hasselborg of Sweden.

Team Muirhead’s final game was against Sweden’s Jonna McManus and they won that one 6-3.

Lauren Gray’s team started with a 7-2 defeat to Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni but followed this up with a win against another Swiss team, skipped by Melanie Barbezat, 5-3. They then lost 7-6 to Germany’s Imogen Oona Lehmann and 9-2 to Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden.

This means that Team Muirhead finished on W2 L2 and Team Gray on W1 L3 – sadly we will not be seeing either team in the playoffs.

Something that really caught my attention was the game between Olympic Champion Jennifer Jones and Isabella Wranå’s young Swedish team. The local girls had a day to remember as they defeated Jones and her team 8-1 after just four ends – incredible stuff when you consider that this was the Swedish team’s only win of the weekend.

The event website is here where you can find links to live games.

EDIT: The event was won by Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson who defeated Rachel Homan of Canada in the final.

The first event on this season’s Scottish Curling Tour calendar is being played at Braehead this weekend with the Braehead Open.

28 teams from Scotland, Sweden, China, Wales, Ireland and Estonia are in attendance playing in a Schenkel format and there have been some big scorelines already – 18-0 and 21-1 for example.

I’ll let you find out who was on the wrong end of those though! Scores from Braehead are here.

EDIT: Tom Brewster’s team of Glen Muirhead, Thomas Muirhead, Hammy McMillan and Ross Paterson won the event after seeing off Stuart Taylor in the final.

Finally, I should be bringing you details of the Under 17 Slam from Lockerbie but the RCCC’s website appears to be offline at the moment.

Watch this space…

EDIT: Norma Lockhart was very kindly keeping me updated over the weekend while the RCCC’s website was offline – Team MacNay won the Low Road while Team Whyte took the High Road. Full results are here and a report is here.

Images are © CCT, SCT and RCCC

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.

Photo is © Struan Wood 2014
Images are © SCT, ECA and CCA

Weekend Curling 31 January-2 February

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.

Images are © SCT and CCA

Diary Date – Aberdeen City Open

First of all, Happy New Year everyone!

Doesn’t it sound good to say that the Winter Olympics are next month? Here’s hoping that 2014 will be one to remember.

My first post of the year is a call to get involved in an event at the end of January.

Louise Edwards is on the organising committee for the Petrofac Aberdeen City Open which takes place from 31 January to 2 February and she emailed me to let you all know that there are still places up for grabs.

They are looking for a full complement of 24 teams on this Scottish Curling Tour event and Louise tells me that it doesn’t matter if you are not regular participants on the Tour – come and have a go!

The competition is in a Schenkel format with a very popular social event on the Saturday evening.

All you need to know about the event is here.

Images are © ACO and SCT

Weekend Roundup 13-15 December

The Olympic Qualification Event came to an end on Sunday in Füssen, Germany and we now know who will be on the plane to Sochi in 2014.

In the men’s event Germany and the USA booked their places while in the women’s event China and Japan ensured that two more Pacific-Asia teams will be in Russia.

Full details of all the games in Füssen are here.

The Red Sky Challenge event at Braehead was won by Mirjam Ott and her Swiss team – they beat Eve Muirhead and the Team GB girls 11-5 in Sunday morning’s final. In fact, Ott’s team won every game they played over the weekend.

I popped down to catch some of the action on Saturday – pictures to follow.

All the scores are here.

Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken successfully defended their Scottish Mixed Doubles Curling title in Perth over the weekend. They won all their games to earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Dumfries in April.

All the scores are here.

The Kinross Open, the penultimate event on this season Scottish Curling Tour, was won by David Edwards who saw off Grant Hardie 6-1 in Sunday’s final – this now puts Team Edwards top of the leaderboard with one event to go just ahead of Ross McCleary (assuming I’ve done the maths correctly…)

Scores from the weekend are here.

The third Under 17 Slam was being held in Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday – this one was won by Ross Whyte and his team who beat Robin McCall 6-4 in the final.

Cameron McNay won the Low Road final.

All the scores are here.

David Murdoch and his team made the playoffs at the Curl Mesabi Classic in Eveleth, Minnesota, USA over the weekend.

Having won three and lost one in their group, Team Murdoch secured a quarter-final berth against Ontario’s Trevor Bonot. 3-2 down going into the sixth, the Scots lost a big six which killed the game and knocked them out of the competition.

Bryan Burgess beat European Champion Sven Michel 7-2 after just five ends in the final.

All the scores from Eveleth are here.

Don’t forget that Team GB’s curlers are still involved at the 2013 Winter Universiade.

Kyle Smith and his junior men’s team finished the round-robin with a W6 L3 record to make the playoffs – these begin on Thursday and sees GB taking on Canada.

In the women’s event Hannah Fleming and her team also completed the round-robin on W6 L3 to get a playoff spot against Russia.

Follow the action here.

Images are © WCF, Red Sky Management, RCCC, SCT, WCT and FISU.

Weekend Curling 13-15 December

There is a lot happening in the world of curling this weekend and as you may have gathered from my social media posts I have been moving house hence the lack of content of late.

But fear not! I have an internet connection and I am ready to write once again even if I can’t find my favourite curling/blogging mug for now…

We start in Füssen, Germany where the Olympic Qualification Event is taking place ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics.

This competition began on Tuesday and will conclude on Sunday – it’s the first time such an event has been held before a Winter Olympics.

Eight men’s and seven women’s teams are fighting for the last two places in their respective curling events in Sochi in February. Here’s who is in Füssen:

Men’s teams – Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, USA
Women’s teams – China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Norway

They are all playing for the right to join the following teams in Sochi:

Men’s teams – Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Russia
Women’s teams – Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea, Russia

You can follow all the latest from Füssen here on the official event website and you can watch some of the games live here on the WCF’s YouTube channel.

Now for an event that continues with the Olympic theme but one that had little publicity until very recently.

The Red Sky Challenge might not mean much to you and until 10 days ago I had no knowledge of this event whatsoever.

Sounds mysterious I know so I’d better explain what it’s all about.

Red Sky are a sports management company who look after, among others, Eve Muirhead and her team and they are sponsoring a pre-Olympic challenge event at Braehead arranged by Team GB’s 2002 Olympic Champion Rhona Martin.

The event, which began on Thursday and concludes on Sunday, features four women’s teams who are all heading to Sochi – Great Britain, USA, Sweden and Switzerland.

The games at Braehead are mirroring Olympic conditions to give the teams some top-level practice.

With Eve Muirhead, Mirjam Ott, Erika Brown and Cissi Ostlund all here in Scotland to strut their stuff ahead of Sochi you would think that this event would have been given top billing and the curling community informed about a real spectacle but this does not seem to be the case.

Someone who works at Braehead told me that the event was seemingly kept a secret and that they didn’t know why.

So before this turns into a rant about curling not being given the publicity it deserves, get down to Braehead and watch! Or failing that, games are being streamed according to this post on the Curl Braehead website.

I’ll be heading to Glasgow on Saturday to catch Eve and the girls against Sweden – they are on two wins and one loss so far.

More information about the event is here.

The international curling just keeps coming as Trentino, Italy is currently hosting the 2013 Winter Universiade.

Held every two years, this is the 26th edition of the winter equivalent of the World University Games and some of Scotland’s top young curlers are in Italy representing Great Britain.

Thomas Muirhead, Derrick Sloan, Cameron Smith, Kyle Smith and Kyle Waddell are in the men’s event while Abigail Brown, Jennifer Dodds, Hannah Fleming, Lauren Gray and Alice Spence feature in the women’s.

Cate Brewster, Dave Ramsay and Debbie Knox are in Italy as the coaching team – the RCCC has a full rundown of the Great Britain team here.

After three games, both of Great Britain’s teams have two wins and one loss – follow the action here.

Some domestic action now.

The Scottish Mixed Doubles Curling Championship is taking place in Perth this weekend with sixteen teams in attendance.

Last year’s winners Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat are back to defend their title – the winners will represent Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Dumfries in April.

All the information is here.

The Scottish Curling Tour makes its penultimate stop of the season with the Kinross Open this weekend.

Sixteen teams are fighting for tour points – event information is here and scores are here.

One of the linescores from Friday night suggests that Ewan MacDonald beat Kay Adams 21-5 after seven ends! Can anyone confirm this huge scoreline?

EDIT: I had the scoreline confirmed by Stuart Brand although it was Kate Adams not Kay – apologies.

Finally from a domestic point of view, the third Under 17 Slam is taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton.

24 teams are playing in six sections and you can follow their progress here.

Last but not least, Team Murdoch are in World Curling Tour action in the United States just now at the Curl Mesabi Classic in Eveleth, Minnesota.

They are one of three non-North American teams at the event along with Sven Michel and his European Champions from Switzerland and David Misun from Slovakia.

David Murdoch and the boys have won their first two games and are leading Kent Beadle 4-1 after three ends as I type.

Follow their progress here.

I spotted this tweet from David – it looks like the team are enjoying their pre-Christmas trip abroad!

Images are © WCF, Red Sky Management, FISU, RCCC, SCT and WCT

Weekend Roundup 22-24 November

With the excitement of the Europeans just now, it’s easy to forget the domestic action that has been taking place.

Here’s a quick roundup from home and abroad.

Three Scottish teams were in Switzerland over the weekend for the Thun International.

Bruce Mouat’s team were in the boys’ event while Gina Aitken and Jennifer Martin featured in the girls’ draw.

Bruce Mouat and his team made it to the quarter-finals where they lost out to the Swiss team skipped by Michael Brunner. They finished with three wins and three losses and a final placing of joint fifth out of 12. Switzerland’s Michael Hauser won the event.

Jennifer Martin’s team won four straight games to reach the semi-final where they lost to eventual tournament winners Team Corina Mani of Switzerland – Team Martin’s final ranking was fourth.

Gina Aitken and her team made it to the quarter-finals before losing to, yes you’ve guessed it, a Swiss team, skipped by Carole Howald. Team Aitken finished in sixth place out of ten with one win and four losses.

All the final standings and scores for the boys’ event are here and the girls’ equivalent can be found here.

The Scottish Curling Tour was in Lockerbie at the weekend for the Lockerbie Superspiel.

This one was won by Grant Hardie who beat David Edwards 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

All the scores from Lockerbie are here and the current tour standings are here.

With just two more events to go it’s looking tight at the top.

Murrayfield was hosting the Edinburgh International Senior Curling Championships.

The men’s event was won by Keith Prentice and the women’s event by Christine Cannon – full reports and pictures are here.

Saturday saw the end of the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Ottawa, Ontario.

Scotland’s own Kelly Wood was playing in this event as part of Shaun Meachem’s Saskatchewan team – they finished joint-top of the round-robin stage on nine wins and two losses but they lost out to Ontario’s Cory Heggestad in the semifinal.

Alberta’s Darren Moulding skipped his team to the title – all the event information is here.

Images are © CCT, SCT and CCA

Weekend Curling 22-24 November

Stay tuned for my big preview of the Europeans but for now, a taste of what else is happening in the curling world…

The junior section of the Curling Champions Tour, the European Junior Curling Tour, is in Thun, Switzerland this weekend.

The 27th edition of the Thun International Junior Curling Tournament is running until Sunday 24 and features three Scottish teams.

Bruce Mouat is in the boys’ event while Gina Aitken and Jennifer Martin are in the girls’ draw.

Some top junior teams from across Europe are in attendance but the Scottish teams are more than capable of getting something in Thun.

So how are they getting on?

Well, Bruce Mouat and his team of Duncan Menzies, Derrick Sloan and Angus Dowell have had a great start with two wins out of two, 8-3 over Norway’s Ola Hindseth and 9-4 over Marek Cernovsky and his Czech outfit – a six in end three effectively ended the latter.

Jennifer Martin who has Hazel Smith, Vicky Wright and Mhairi Baird in her team are also undefeated thanks to wins over the Czech team skipped by Zuzana Hajkova (9-6), Carole Howald’s Swiss girls (7-5) and a convincing 10-4 victory over Germany’s Maike Beer.

Gina Aitken and her team of Naomi Brown, Rowena Kerr and Rachel Hannen have only played once and sadly they couldn’t make it 100% for the Scottish teams, going down 4-3 to Switzerland’s Elena Stern.

You can follow all the scores (in French and German) for the boys here and the girls here.

The Scottish Curling Tour rolls into Lockerbie this weekend for the Lockerbie Superspiel.

Ten teams are taking part and you can follow all the action here.

We may have already had the Edinburgh International at Murrayfield this season as part of the Curling Champions Tour but now it’s time for the seniors.

The Edinburgh International Senior Curling Championships are underway and feature teams from the ‘home’ nations as well as the USA.

The men’s draw is here and the ladies’ draw is here.

Best of luck to all the teams playing this weekend and here’s hoping the juniors can bring back some silverware.

Images are © CCT and SCT