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Weekend Roundup 10-12 October

There was plenty going on both at home and abroad last weekend but before I come to my roundup some of you may be aware that the ice rink at The Peak in Stirling (above) is currently closed after cracks were discovered in the wall.

If you weren’t already aware of the issue then you can read more about the closure here on the RCCC’s website, here on the BBC and here on the Active Stirling site.

The Peak is without doubt one of the finest facilities we have in Scotland and it is where our top curlers spend a great deal of time training so I hope that we will see the rink up and running again as soon as possible.

A post on the Scottish Curling Forum suggests that Waterfront in Greenock is also without curling at the moment – let’s hope local curlers from both parts of the country can get back on the ice again soon.

So, back to the recent action.

Basel, Switzerland was hosting the latest event on the Curling Champions Tour, the Women’s Masters.

Teams from nine European countries and one from the USA were competing in the ninth edition of this tournament and three Scottish teams featured in the lineup – Teams Muirhead, Fleming and Gray.

Happily, all three teams made the quarter-finals where Eve Muirhead was rewarded with an all-Scottish tie against Hannah Fleming while Lauren Gray faced Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni.

Team Gray were unable to see off the Swiss team and missed out on the chance to face the winners of the Muirhead v. Fleming clash in the semis. As it was, Team Muirhead faced Tirinzoni in the last four but lost out 8-5.

The three Scottish teams won an impressive fourteen games between them over the weekend, only losing seven – our women’s teams would appear to be in good shape just now.

The event was ultimately won by Binia Feltscher and her World Champions in an all-Swiss final against Silvana Tirinzoni.

For all the scores check out the event website.

The Curling Champions Tour’s junior competition, the European Junior Curling Tour, was in Härnösand, Sweden for the Livechannel Cup and two Scottish teams were playing in this one as well – our teams really are getting around this season aren’t they?

Gina Aitken had her team of Naomi Brown, Rowena Kerr and Rachel Hannen in Sweden while Stuart Taylor was there with Ross Fraser, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon and Alasdair Schreiber.

Team Taylor won all five of their group games which earned them a semi-final spot against Sweden’s Team Zip-Up(!) which they lost 7-6 after an extra-end.

The junior men’s competition was won by Norway’s Gaute Nepstad while Team Taylor lost the bronze game 7-2 to Sweden’s Team Riteice.

Gina Aitken’s team won all three group games which also got them a semi-final spot where they won 5-3 against Team Byman from Sweden. They then faced Sweden’s Team Rilea in the final which you can watch in full here.

As you can see (if you watch until the end) the girls lost out 6-4 to the Swedes but should be very proud of their performance – that’s first place and second place so far on the EJCT.

All the scores are here.

Stranraer was hosting the Scottish Senior Mixed Curling Championship over the weekend – the first national championship of the season.

Archie Craig and his team of Marion Craig, Robin Aitken and Yvonne Aitken won the event after beating Jim Cannon’s team 4-3 despite being 3-1 down with two ends to play – Robin Aitken was injured for the final and was replaced by David Hardie.

All the scores are here and a report is here.

The National Super League Finals were being played at Forfar and more information about the event was available here.

Dundee 1 (Cameron Bryce, Frazer Shaw, Callum Macfarlane and David Jones) beat Forfar 2 skipped by Duncan Menzies in the final.

Finally, Aberdeen was hosting the first of this season’s Under 14 Slam events on Saturday.

The final saw James Craik’s team taking on Lisa Davie and it was Team Craik who came out on top 5-3 after an extra-end.

A full report is here.

Photo is © Ted Edmunds 2011
Images are © CCT and RCCC

Weekend Roundup 7-9 March

In no particular order, here’s a roundup of last weekend’s curling action plus a few others you might have missed.

Firstly, some photos and details of winners from the Highland Week of International Curling in Inverness can be found on the Ice Centre’s Facebook page.

The Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship was taking place from 5-7 March at The Peak in Stirling.

Alex Harvey’s team of Eddie Flemming, David Bain and David Telfer comfortably won the final 8-1 against a team skipped by Rosemary Lenton.

All the scores are here and a full report of the competition is available here.

The Morton Trophy was held at Kirkcaldy on Tuesday 11 March and this one was won by Ayr – a full report is here and scores are here.

Greenacres was hosting the National Masters Championships between the 6 and 9 March.

Bryce Smith won the men’s event while Janette Wilson won the women’s – a full report is here and all the scores are here.

It was the Scottish Mixed Curling Championship in Aberdeen over the weekend and Ewan MacDonald was unable to defend his title having gone out in a tie-breaker.

The eventual winners were Kyle Smith and his team of Hannah Fleming, Billy Morton and Alice Spence – they beat Kim Brewster’s team 5-3 in Sunday’s final.

All the scores are here and a report from Curl Aberdeen is here. What a shot from John Penny by the way…

Kyle and his team now go on to represent Scotland at the European Mixed – the venue is, so far, unknown.

The ECA were also hosting their Mixed Championship over the weekend at Fenton’s.

Ben Fowler, Lorna Rettig, Nigel Patrick and Anna Fowler won this one after an incredible final against Bryan Zachary – you can find out how this game went on the ECA’s Facebook page.

EDIT: A full report is now available on the new ECA website.

Lockerbie was holding the final Under 14 Slam of the season on Saturday 8 March and Gavin Hay’s team won this event convincingly with a 7-0 victory over Brendan Todd in the final.

The overall Slam title, however, went to Callum Kinnear and his team of Mark Watt, Matthew McKenzie and Duncan McFadzean – congratulations to Callum and his teammates.

Scores are here and a report is here.

Canada has its Brier Champions for 2014 after Kevin Koe led his Alberta team of Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen to a 10-5 win in nine ends against British Columbia’s John Morris on Sunday.

This is Kevin Koe’s second Brier title and when he won in 2010 he went on to become World Champion too.

The event website is here and you can watch the final in full here.

Finally, don’t forget that the Winter Paralympic wheelchair curling round-robin comes to an end on Thursday and Great Britain have two crucial games to play against the USA (0530) and China (1130).

Canada and Russia have already qualified for the playoffs and there are two more places up for grabs.

Overnight, Team GB are in joint third with Slovakia on four wins and three losses and both GB and Slovakia have a game in hand over the next three teams in the rankings.

To keep track of the scores tune in to Channel 4 or check out the event website here.

I got a message on Twitter earlier today from the IPC asking me to point you all in the direction of Swedish skip Jalle Jungnell’s personal video blog from Sochi – do have a look here.

Images are © RCCC, ECA, CCA and IPC

Weekend Curling 7-9 March

A post about the Winter Paralympics is in the pipeline but first, here’s what else to look out for in the world of curling this weekend.

The finals of the National Masters Championships (for curlers over the age of 60) began on Thursday at Greenacres and will conclude on Sunday.

Twelve men’s and eleven women’s teams were due to take part but given the sad events earlier in the week, the two Murdoch teams have withdrawn.

You can find out who is playing at Greenacres as well as all the latest scores here.

The Scottish Mixed Curling Championship got underway in Aberdeen on Friday and will run until Sunday.

Twelve teams are competing with the winners earning the right to represent Scotland at the 2014 European Mixed Championship.

A list of the competing teams and latest scores are here.

The ECA is holding its equivalent of the Mixed at Fenton’s this weekend with the English Mixed Curling Championship.

Six teams are competing and the best place for scores is the ECA’s Facebook page.

The third and final Under 14 Slam of the season is taking place at Lockerbie today (Saturday).

Callum Kinnear’s team are leading the season’s standings so far but they could still be overhauled. Twenty teams are taking part with everything to play for in this final round – you can keep track of this one here.

Finally, don’t forget that the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, the Tim Hortons Brier, comes to an end in Kamloops, British Columbia this Sunday.

Jeff Stoughton, John Morris and Kevin Koe all completed their round-robin campaigns with nine wins and two losses while the final playoff spot was captured by Jean-Michel Ménard on seven wins and four losses – Brad Gushue just missed out.

John Morris beat Kevin Koe in the 1v2 game to advance straight to the final while Stoughton and Ménard will contest the 3v4.

Follow the final few games here.

Images are © RCCC, ECA and CCA

Weekend Roundup 17-19 January

The Curling Champions Tour was in Glasgow over the weekend for the Glynhill Ladies’ International at Braehead.

Alan Sloan sent a report:

EAST MEETS WEST IN GLYNHILL CURLING THRILLER

The 7th Glynhill Ladies’ International Curling Championship held over the weekend at Braehead Curling Rink reached a thrilling climax on Sunday afternoon when two of the Olympic contenders won through to the Championship final to battle it out for the magnificent silver kettle trophy.

Bingyu Wang and her fellow Chinese team of Yan Zhou, Qingshuang Yue, and Yin Liu, put on a devastating display of precision curling to overcome Switzerland’s representatives, the 2012 World Champions, Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schäfer, Carmen Küng and Janine Greiner by a score of nine shots to four after only six ends.

The contest was one of the best finals ever witnessed at Braehead and was by no means one way traffic. Each millimetre perfect shot was followed by another. Ott opened with a two at the first end but only after a measure had discounted a further two stones. The second end was even closer with five stones looking equidistantly clustered round the centre and by a matter of millimetres, Wang pulled back two to level the match.

The teams were level 4-4 at the half way stage, and two ends of sheer brilliance by the Chinese saw them pull away into an unassailable 9-5 lead, by which time the bemused Ott rink conceded.

Earlier in the day, Wang had beaten the fancied Russian Olympic rink of Anna Sidorova by six shots to five in the first semi-final, and Ott had outplayed the 2013 champion and fellow Swiss rink of Binia Feltscher by five shots to two.

The three Scots rinks competing had mixed results with only Lorna Vevers’ rink of Sarah Reid, Becca Kesley and Rachel Hannen winning through in the Consolation Event to the semi-finals where they lost out seven shots to five on the very last stone to another Swiss rink skipped by Alina Pätz. Pätz went on to secure the Consolation title with a thrilling 11-9 win over Team Albatross from Russia.

The 7th Glynhill Ladies’ International, a Curling Champions Tour event with points counting towards World Rankings, brought together 16 of the world’s best female curling teams and was a precursor to the Olympic championships which will take place in Sochi, Russia next month where GB will be represented by the Scots rink of Eve Muirhead. Muirhead missed the Glynhill event as she was competing in the Continental Cup in Las Vegas this weekend.

(L-R): Yan Zhou, Qingshuang Yue, Yin Liu, Bingyu Wang

Alan Sloan, Chairman Glynhill Ladies’ International Curling Championship (left), Maroulla Nicholas, Principal, Glynhill Hotel (centre), Karen Cromar, GLI Committee (right) with Team Wang

All the scores from Braehead are here.

After the second round of qualifiers for the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship at Dumfries, we now know who will be playing for the national title in Perth in February.

One of the following ten teams will be celebrating come 16 February:

Grant Hardie, Warwick Smith, Blair Fraser, Moray Combe, Lee McCleary, Ewan MacDonald, Logan Gray, Kyle Smith, David Edwards, John Hamilton.

Who’s your money on?

All the qualifying scores are here.

The second of this season’s Under 14 Slams was being held at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday.

This one was won by Callum Kinnear’s team and you can read a report here. What an achievement for one of Callum’s teammates, Duncan McFadzean, to win a Slam at all age levels (U14, U17 and U21) all in the same season.

All the Aberdeen scores are here.

The Irish Curling Association was holding this season’s Four Nations at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton.

England beat Wales to win the Kay Trophy, Scotland beat Ireland to win the Marshall Millennium Trophy, Scotland beat England to win the Tom Ballantyne Trophy, Scotland beat England to win the Connie Miller Trophy, Wales beat Ireland to win the Meikle Trophy, Wales beat Scotland to win the Big Bertha Stone and Ireland beat England to win the Turnbull Cup.

Keeping up?

All the results are here and here and some photos are available here.

Team Great Britain were doing very well in the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association’s British Open, also at Hamilton, but I cannot seem to find out who won the event – keep an eye on the Wheelchair Curling Blog for news.

Finally, you will remember from my preview of the weekend’s action that Scotland’s own Team David Edwards were Moscow-bound for the Red Square Classic – an outdoor Curling Champions Tour event in Red Square, Moscow, Russia.

They made their flight after a quick turnaround from their Scottish qualifying exploits in Dumfries and are currently sitting on a record of one win and two losses which puts them sixth out of eight teams overall and third in their group.

The event website is here – the gallery is well-worth looking at.

Photos are © Leslie Ingram-Brown 2014
Images are © CCT, RCCC and ICA

Weekend Curling 17-19 January

There is a fair bit of curling taking place this weekend at home and abroad – here’s what to be keeping track of.

First of all, don’t forget that the Continental Cup is underway in Las Vegas with Team World currently leading Team North America 9.5 to 8.5.

All the information is here on the event website and games are being streamed live here.

Check out this cheeky video of Eve Muirhead being upstaged by her teammates over in the USA – glad to see the girls are enjoying themselves!

Domestically, we have a lot to enjoy over the next few days as well.

The Curling Champions Tour is back in Scotland for the Glynhill Ladies’ International at Braehead in Glasgow.

Alan Sloan, Chairman of the Organising Committee, kindly sent me this preview of the event:

Three of the teams competing for the ladies’ Olympic Gold medal in three weeks time in Sochi, Russia will be in action this weekend at the 7th Glynhill Ladies’ International Curling Championship being held at the Braehead Curling Rink on Clydeside.

Leading the chase for the 2014 title will be the Swiss rink of Mirjam Ott, World Champion in 2012, European Champion in 2008, and placed 4th at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. Her team will be going for a hat-trick of titles having previously won the Glynhill in 2010 and 2012.

Another favourite for the title and Sochi will be the Russian representatives, skipped by Anna Sidorova, the 2012 European Champion. They are starting to hit top form after making the final of last weekend’s Bern Ladies’ Cup event and return to Braehead looking to make up for their quarter-final exit last year.

Returning to Braehead will be the Chinese team of Bingyu Wang, World Champions in 2009, and hoping to add an Olympic medal to their collection next month. They have already won a title in Canada this year and could be the surprise team at this year’s Glynhill.

In all, 16 teams representing seven countries will compete for the Glynhill title which carries valuable Curling Champions Tour Order of Merit points. The entry is dominated by Swiss rinks, with six teams entered, including last year’s winners Binia Feltscher’s team from Flims. Other teams come from Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Scotland will be without the services of Eve Muirhead and her World Champions, who are otherwise engaged in taking part in the Continental Cup in Las Vegas this weekend. However there will be a strong Scottish challenge from the rinks of Lorna Vevers, a World Silver medallist in 2010, Hannah Fleming’s rink, World Junior Champions in 2012, and the local rink of Jennifer Martin, daughter of 2002 Olympic Gold medallist Rhona.

Play will be initially in four sections starting at 0730 on Friday 17. On Saturday the teams will split into High Road and Low Road Divisions, with the semi-finals (0930) and final (1300) on Sunday 19.

Admission to the Braehead Curling Rink is free for all sessions.

You can follow the event here on the official event website.

I think it’s fair to say that Scotland’s representatives have found it hard going so far – maybe it’s the 0730 start?

Jennifer Martin and Lorna Vevers finished Friday with one win and two losses while Hannah Fleming is sat on three losses after the first day.

After last week’s first round of games at Braehead, the Scottish Men’s Curling Championship Qualifiers move to Dumfries this weekend for round two – the last chance for teams to make February’s finals in Perth.

By the end of this weekend we will know the ten teams who will be fighting for national glory next month.

All the latest scores are here and games are being live streamed from Dumfries as well – take a look here.

Five teams are currently undefeated – Grant Hardie, Lee McCleary, Ewan MacDonald, Kyle Smith and David Edwards.

The second Under 14 Slam is in Aberdeen on Saturday with sixteen teams playing in four sections.

Callum Kinnear’s Perth team currently top the leaderboard but that could all change on Saturday – you can follow this event here.

There is also some international curling taking place this weekend in Hamilton as the Irish Curling Association is hosting this season’s Four Nations on Saturday and Sunday.

Some details and the draw are available here and John Brown posted the English lineups here.

Also taking place at Hamilton this weekend is the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Association’s British Open.

Team GB for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi will be there skipped by Aileen Neilson as well as teams from all over Europe – find out more here.

Fans of Canadian curling should be aware that the Canadian Junior Curling Championships start this weekend in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

By Sunday 26 we will know who will be representing Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland at the end of February.

It’s great to see that Nunavut are competing again in both the junior men’s and junior women’s sections having made their debut in 2013.

Follow all the action here.

And finally, Sunday sees the start of a very special event on the Curling Champions Tour calendar – the Red Square Classic in Moscow, Russia.

At least, I thought it was Sunday (according to the CCT website) but on the official event website here it suggests that things get underway on Monday.

Probably just as well considering Scotland’s own Team David Edwards will be playing in Moscow having not long finished their Scottish qualifying campaign in Dumfries.

If tie-breakers are needed in Dumfries then it looks like a mad dash to the airport for David and the boys!

What a fantastic location to curl in and the very best of luck to Team Edwards.

Images are © WCF, CCT, RCCC, ICA and CCA

October – The Month So Far…

The curling season is most definitely in full swing and it has already proved very successful for some of Scotland’s teams at home and abroad – let’s start with some Champions Tour news.

Three Scottish teams were competing at the Swiss Cup Basel 3-6 October.

Logan Gray, Grant Hardie and David Murdoch all had their teams over in Switzerland.

Team Hardie failed to make the playoffs but an all-Scottish affair between Gray and Murdoch saw Logan and his team advance to a semi-final against Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson which they lost.

Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud won the event – all the details are here.

Next, it was the women’s turn…

The Women’s Masters Basel was taking place from 11-13 October and featured two Scottish teams skipped by Hannah Fleming and Lorna Vevers.

Hannah picked up two wins and three losses eventually being knocked out by fellow Scots Team Vevers.

Lorna came away with four wins and three losses but didn’t make the playoffs.

The event was won by Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni – all the results are here.

Most recently on the tour was the Thompson Curling Challenge in Urdorf, Switzerland.

Taking place from 18-20 October, this event was the first in the Curling Champions Tour’s newly-formed Challenger Series – you can read more about the series here.

The event, which featured no Scottish teams, was won by Switzerland’s Mike Wenger.

I couldn’t help noticing that seven-time European and two-time World champion Andrea Schöpp of Germany was competing in the event despite it being a competition intended for teams who aren’t usually on the circuit to work their way up to major events – perhaps it was just as well that she came third…

Event info is here.

The Scottish Curling Tour had two stops in October – the Forfar Open (11-13) and the Stirling Invitational (18-20).

The Forfar event was won by Ross McCleary who beat Ladies’ event winners Team Kerry Barr in the final.

The report is here and pictures are here.

Team Fraser Hare took the Stirling title against Bruce Mouat – scores are here and a report is here.

There was also some international curling in October at the European C-Group Curling Championships in Tårnby, Denmark.

Taking place from 8-12 October, ‘home’ nation interest was strong as Ireland and Wales featured in the men’s draw alongside Belarus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia all looking to get a spot at this season’s European B-Group competition in Stavanger, Norway.

The women’s group saw just four teams fighting it out – Belarus, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In the women’s group Belarus took gold, Slovenia silver and Slovakia bronze meaning Belarus and Slovenia will feature in Stavanger.

In the men’s group, Alan Mitchell’s Ireland found it tough and finished sixth but Wales can be rightly proud of their curling team as they picked up a superb gold medal to earn the right to go to Norway, beating Romania in the final – Serbia won the bronze, their first ever medal in international curling.

Romania’s silver was their first ever medal too.

So we’ll be seeing Wales and Romania in Stavanger – many congratulations to Adrian Meikle and his team.

The event website is here.

Back in Scotland, there were two ‘slams’ and two events at Stranraer.

Starting with the ‘slams’, the first of the new Under 21 events took place at Kinross 4-6 October with the Kinross Junior Classic.

This was also the first ‘slam’ to feature an English team – Hetty Garnier and her team from Fenton’s.

Bruce Mouat won the boys’ event and Gina Aitken took the girls’ title – these were the two teams who won the Braehead EJCT events back in September, a great start to the season.

All the scores from Kinross are here.

At the other end of the junior age spectrum, Braehead hosted the first Under 14 event on 13 October – this was won by Callum Kinnear and a full report can be found here.

Stranraer held the Unders & Overs from 5-6 October but I have not been able to find any results. Can anyone out there help?

One event at Stranraer we do know the result of is the Scottish Senior Mixed Curling Championship which was won by Team Gary MacFarlane over the weekend of 11-13 October. Full details are here.

The Saturday and Sunday of that weekend saw Murrayfield host the English Curling Association’s Duncan Stewart Trophy.

It was won by Team John Brown (above) who had Ian Paxton (not pictured), Andrew Woolston, Judith Dixon and Alison Barr in his team.

Yours truly was playing for Tommy Campbell’s runners-up. Must try harder…

In wheelchair curling, Kinross was hosting the Kinross Curling International from 15-17 October. That’s Norway’s Jostein Stordahl in last year’s event above.

Six teams who will be representing their countries at the 2014 Paralympics were in attendance along with some Channel 4 television cameras. Watch this space for a transmission date.

Team GB and Scotland’s Aileen Neilson skipped her team to victory over Norway in the final while Sweden claimed the bronze.

A full report can be read here.

Back to the Curling Champions Tour now and its junior incarnation the European Junior Curling Tour – there were two events in October, the first being the Live Channel Cup in Härnösand, Sweden from 11-13 October.

No Scottish teams were present in either the boys’ or girls’ events that were won by Switzerland’s Michael Brunner and Norway’s Nora Hilding respectively.

There was, however, Scottish representation at the Oslo leg of the tour 18-20 October.

Robin Brydone and his team were in Norway along with Gina Aitken and Jennifer Martin.

Team Martin didn’t reach the playoffs with one win and three losses but there was much better news for Brydone and Aitken.

Gina and her team picked up a bronze medal but Robin and his team of Thomas Halder, Calum Greenwood and James Carswell went all the way and beat Switzerland’s Team Hauser to claim a fantastic tour title, trophy and 10,000 Norwegian Kroner!

I would make these boys team of the month, never mind team of the weekend after their performance in Oslo – many congratulations to Robin and his team.

Sweden’s Isabella Wranå claimed the girls’ title.

All the scores are here and a report is here.

Finally for this post, news of Team Muirhead’s recent exploits in Canada.

From 3-6 October, Eve and her team were in Vernon, British Columbia competing at the Prestige Hotels & Resorts Curling Classic.

32 teams from all over the world were competing and Team Muirhead came away with four wins and three losses, losing out to eventual champion Bingyu Wang of China in the quarter-finals.

All the event information is here.

Better things were to come…

Barely a week later, Eve and her world champions were playing in the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Alberta from 11-14 October.

The first Grand Slam event on the tour, 32 of the biggest names in women’s curling were in attendance and I’m delighted to say that Eve along with Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton won seven straight games including the final against Bingyu Wang to win the event – superb stuff from Eve and the girls.

All the details are here and the RCCC gave the victory a mention here.

Beating Jennifer Jones, Bingyu Wang and Rachel Homan (twice!) is worthy of winning any tournament I’d say.

So that’s me right up to date – always great to report on Scottish victories overseas, long may it continue.

Images are © CCT, SCT, WCF, RCCC and WCT
Photos are © Susan Young 2013 and Andy R Macpherson 2012

Weekend Roundup 1-3 March

An update from Sochi will feature in my next post but first, here is what was going on this weekend.

The Dumfries curlers successfully set a new world record for the longest ever game of curling – congratulations! They set a new record time of 73 hours, 6 minutes and 52 seconds. Read all about it here on the BBC website and here on the RCCC website.

The Rink Championship was won by Forfar 2 on home ice – they beat Perth 1 5-1 on Sunday. All the scores are here and a report is here.

The final U14 Slam was held at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday and while the event was won by Scott Lockhart, this wasn’t enough to prevent beaten finalist Callum Kinnear taking the overall title for the season. Scores from Aberdeen are here and the report is here. Congratulations to Callum and his team of Gavin Hay, Ben Cormack and Mark Watt.

One event that wasn’t on my calendar was the National Virtual Club Bonspiel – apologies, it will appear next season. Kinross 1 won the event at Braehead and you can read a report here.

The Brier got underway in Edmonton on Saturday – don’t forget to keep track of this event here. Brad Gushue and Glenn Howard currently lead the way as the only undefeated teams.

Weekend Curling 1-3 March

I’ll write about the World Juniors in a separate post but here is what else is going on in the world of curling this weekend.

Firstly, one event finished yesterday (Thursday), the Henderson Bishop Trophy at Stranraer. The Stirling team skipped by Janette Wilson won the high road final 9-3 against Stranraer while the low road final was won by Murrayfield 1 as they defeated Lockerbie 7-5. All the scores are here and a report is here.

Forfar is hosting the Rink Championship from today (Friday) until Sunday – over 100 clubs entered at the start of the season and now 24 remain for the finals. You can follow the event here.

The final U14 Slam is being held at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday – you can see the draw and rules for the slam here.

Saturday is also the start of the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship or Tim Hortons Brier as it is currently known. Edmonton, Alberta is hosting the event until Sunday 10 March and some huge names from the curling world will be there playing for the famous tankard –  Martin, Morris, Stoughton, Gushue, Howard, Middaugh and more. You can follow all the action here.

Dumfries is looking to regain its world record for the longest curling match that it recently lost to a Canadian outfit – the time they now have to beat is 62h 15m 25s. See the official website here and the BBC coverage here. Best of luck to all involved.

Finally, did anyone see this familiar face on Pointless yesterday (Thursday) evening?

To find out if the contestants recognised Eve Muirhead, you can watch the episode here on the BBC’s iPlayer – watch from around 28 minutes onwards.

I really like Pointless as a format and curling has featured a few times in the past – the nature of the show means that our sport is likely to make an appearance again before too long…

Weekend Roundup 18-20 January

Apologies that it is later than usual but here is my roundup of what was happening this past weekend.

The Glynhill Ladies International was won by the Swiss team skipped by Binia Feltscher – they beat Canada’s Heather Nedohin in Sunday’s final. You can see all the scores and pictures here.

I am very grateful to Hugh and Christine Stewart for sending me this report and pictures:

Binia Feltscher from Switzerland made it to the final of the Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead beating another Swiss team skipped by Michele Jaeggi in the Semi-final.

That put her up against the Canadian team skipped by Heather Nedohin who put Scotland’s Eve Muirhead out of the running in the Semis.

The first half of the game went Feltscher’s way, she led by five shots at the halfway point. Nedohin, 2012 World bronze medallist, hadn’t managed to win any of the first four ends.

It was a disappointing final for Nedohin and her team of Beth Iskiw, Jessica Mair and Laine Peters. They put a single shot on the board when Nedohin drew for one against two Swiss counters.

The game was over after just six ends when once again the Swiss team dominated the play, they scored three shots for a lead of seven. With just two ends left that was enough for the team from Canada, they conceded the game. Final score 8-1 to Feltscher.

Runners-up (L-R): Heather Nedohin, Beth Iskiw, Jessica Mair, Laine Peters

Winners (L-R): Christine Urech, Franziska Kaufmann, Maroulla Nicholas (The Glynhill Hotel), Irene Schori, Binia Feltscher

Photos are © Hugh Stewart 2013

The lineup for The Co-operative Scottish Men’s Curling Championship is now known after the second round of qualifying. Here are the teams who will be fighting for the national title in Perth for 2013:

Tom Brewster
Glen Muirhead
David Edwards
Ross McCleary
Grant Hardie
Neil Joss
Warwick Smith
Logan Gray
Kyle Smith
Hammy McMillan

Read more here.

Callum Kinnear’s team won the latest U14 Slam this weekend at Stranraer. You can read the full report here.

Ayr was hosting the Four Nations – read the review here and see what John Brown made of the competition here and here.

Congratulations to all the weekend winners.

That’s all for now but keep checking back because the Scottish Junior Championships begin in Aberdeen tomorrow (Wednesday).

Weekend Curling 18-20 January

I am actually writing this on Wednesday evening but I have scheduled it to publish on Friday morning – here’s hoping it has worked…

The final Curling Champions Tour event in Scotland this season is at Braehead this weekend with the sixth edition of the Glynhill Ladies International.

One piece of news I have from Alan Sloan is that Norway’s Team Linn Githmark have pulled out of the competition and have been replaced by Iveta Stasa-Sarsune’s team from Latvia.

Four Scottish teams are competing – Eve Muirhead, Lorna Vevers, Kerry Barr and Jackie Lockhart will all be facing some of the very best women’s teams in the world.

All the event information is here on the official website.

Some of the teams arrived midweek:

Last season’s Canadian champions and world bronze medallists, Team Heather Nedohin

Six-time Pacific-Asia champion Bingyu Wang and her Chinese team

Photos are © Hugh Stewart.

It is also the second weekend of qualifying at Perth for The Co-operative Scottish Men’s Curling Championship. Unbeaten teams so far include Glen Muirhead, David Edwards, Warwick Smith, Grant Hardie and Kyle Smith. Follow the remaining games here and here.

Stranraer is hosting the second U14 Slam on Saturday – you can follow the event here.

Finally, Ayr is hosting the Four Nations this Saturday and Sunday. Read all about it here.

I will have a full review of the weekend’s action at the start of the week including a full list of teams who will be competing for the Scottish men’s title.