Category Archives: U17 Slam

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 1-3 March

The final event in this season’s Under 17 Slam was held in Perth over the weekend.

Everything was to play for going into this event with the 2013-14 Slam winners claiming a trip to Füssen, Germany for the World Curling Federation’s Summer Camp.

The event in Perth was won by Ross Whyte and his team and they also won the overall Slam title with 59 points and are on their way to Germany – many congratulations to them.

Katie Murray and her team were the highest placed girls’ team after the five Slam events and they are also going to the Summer Camp – congratulations to Katie and her team.

The full story along with some pictures is here.

The weekend also saw the start of the Highland Week of International Curling in Inverness but the only information I can find is a description of the event here – any news would be very welcome.

Canadian curling attention is currently focused on Kamloops, British Columbia where the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship is taking place.

More commonly known as the Tim Hortons Brier, this event began on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday 9 March.

Twelve teams are in attendance, all hoping to become Canadian Champion and earn the right to wear the maple leaf in Beijing at the Men’s Worlds.

Here’s a rundown:

Jamie Koe (Northwest Territories/Yukon)
Kevin Koe (Alberta)
James Grattan (New Brunswick)
Eddie MacKenzie (Prince Edward Island)
Jamie Murphy (Nova Scotia)
John Morris (British Columbia)
Jeff Currie (Northern Ontario)
Greg Balsdon (Ontario)
Brad Gushue (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Steve Laycock (Saskatchewan)
Jeff Stoughton (Manitoba)
Jean-Michel Ménard (Quebec)

No Kevin Martin, Glenn Howard or Brad Jacobs this year so the field is perhaps a little more open than usual.

That said, some standout contenders for the title are 2006 Champion Jean-Michel Ménard, 2010 Champion Kevin Koe, two-time winner John Morris, three-time winner Jeff Stoughton and 2006 Olympic Champion Brad Gushue.

50-year-old Jeff Stoughton is making his eleventh appearance at the Brier and would be a favourite among many I’m sure. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Koe’s team and I would really like to see them go all the way this year.

So far it’s John Morris who leads the standings with Kevin Koe just behind.

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

Images are © RCCC and CCA

Weekend Roundup 28-29 December

The penultimate Under 17 Slam of the season was being held at Forfar over the weekend – the final slam will be at Perth in March.

In the High Road final Fraser Kingan beat Katie Murray 6-2 to take the Forfar Slam title.

The Low Road was the battle of the Robins and this one was won by Robin Brydone who had a convincing 8-1 win against Robin McCall.

Pictures of all the winners as well as scores are available here.

Last weekend also saw the start of a Curling Champions Tour event in China – the Yichun International Ladies.

In my preview I mentioned that not a great deal of information was to be found about the event but, sure enough, as the competition has gone on more has become available.

Three Chinese teams are in attendance including 2009 World Champion Bingyu Wang as well as teams Gribi and Tirinzoni from Switzerland, Tracy Horgan’s Canadian outfit, Stephanie Nielsen’s Danes and Cissi Östlund’s Swedish team.

One score that caught my eye was Bingyu Wang beating fellow Chinese skip Yu Xinna 16-1 after just six ends in the first draw – a steal of six in the sixth sealed the big win. In fact, all but one of those sixteen points were stolen.

So far it’s Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni setting the pace as her team have not yet lost a game and sit on top of the table.

More on the event can be found here and here.

Images are © RCCC and CCT

Weekend Curling 28-29 December

With Christmas out of the way, it’s time for the curling to return – here’s what to look out for this weekend.

Forfar is hosting the fourth (and penultimate) Under 17 Slam of the season on Saturday and Sunday.

24 teams are taking part in six groups of four – Ross Whyte and Katie Murray are leading the boys’ and girls’ standings just now so keep an eye out for them.

The leaderboard, draw and place to follow the weekend’s scores is here.

With this event’s proximity to Christmas, I wonder how many youngsters will be sporting new equipment?

Now for an exciting event on this season’s Curling Champions Tour.

Normally I would be bringing you a preview of an event in Switzerland, Scotland or Sweden (or a country in Europe that doesn’t begin with S) but this weekend sees a CCT event taking place in China, a real change from the CCT’s European base.

The 3rd Yichun International Ladies is taking place in Yichun, Heilongjiang province from Saturday 28 until Friday 3 January 2014 – what a great way to see in the new year.

Apart from a wee bit on the event here on the CCT website there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information out there.

The Curling Zone website and forums provided a little insight into the event, however. Scores should be appearing here during the competition and I am trusting their finish date of 3 January rather than the 1 January date listed elsewhere.

A post on one of the forums suggests that the teams playing are three from China, two from Switzerland and one each from Canada, Denmark and Sweden.

Hopefully as the event progresses, more information should become available.

Images are © RCCC and CCT

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 29 November-1 December

Team GB’s Paralympic curlers were in Ottawa, Ontario this weekend for the Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel.

Aileen Neilson and her team made it all the way to the final of the main event where they lost out to Team Canada – a great effort from the team and excellent preparation ahead of Sochi.

All the results are here along with some pictures.

Dumfries was hosting the Scottish Women’s Curling Championship – an event that is in a different format to previous years.

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss the whole tournament as the remaining games will be played at Perth in the new year as usual.

With this first part of the competition over, here’s how the teams stand:

Hannah Fleming W4 L1
Jennifer Martin W3 L2
Kerry Barr W3 L1
Lorna Vevers W2 L2
Jennifer Marshall W1 L3
Gina Aitken W1 L3
Gail Munro W1 L3

All the scores from the weekend are here.

Greenacres was hosting the latest Under 17 Slam – the Baljaffray Trophy.

24 teams took part and it was a rink skipped by Luke Carson who won the High Road Final.

The Low Road was won by Neil Sutherland’s team.

All the results are here.

Images are © RCCC

Weekend Curling 29 November-1 December

Don’t forget that as well as all the excitement in Stavanger with the Europeans just now there is domestic curling taking place this weekend.

Let’s start with some wheelchair curling.

Team GB skipped by Aileen Neilson are in Canada for the Cathy Kerr International Bonspiel. Taking place in Ottawa, Ontario this event features sixteen top wheelchair teams including Team Canada, Team USA and Team Slovakia ahead of next year’s Winter Paralympics.

Information about the event is here and latest scores are here.

It might seem like an unusual time of year to be talking about the Scottish Women’s Curling Championship but the competition got underway today (Friday) in Dumfries.

Seven of Scotland’s best are competing in a new look event that comprises a double round-robin and a mini playoff. The first five draws are taking place at Dumfries and the remaining games plus the playoffs will be in Perth in February – the usual venue and time.

The event promises to be keenly fought as Eve Muirhead and her team are otherwise engaged in Norway at the moment and will be wearing Team GB kit when the Perth date comes around. But that’s another story…

All the information about this new look event is here. Scores and standings are here.

Here’s the full lineup of skips:

Gail Munro
Jennifer Martin
Gina Aitken
Lorna Vevers
Hannah Fleming
Kerry Barr
Maggie Wilson

It’s hard to see past Hannah Fleming and her young team this season but expect stiff competition from the experience of Gail Munro and Lorna Vevers. Gina Aitken and her juniors have been having a great season as well so keep an eye on them this weekend.

Full team lineups are here.

Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association are set to show some games live – check in here over the weekend to catch some of the action if you aren’t able to make it to the rink.

The next Under 17 Slam takes place over the weekend with the Baljaffray Trophy at Greenacres.

24 teams from across the country are competing split into six groups with the finals scheduled for Sunday. You can keep track of this one here.

Images are © RCCC

September’s Loose Ends

Going for a much-needed holiday in Spain cost me a few weeks of crucial blogging so here is what was left over from September.

October will follow shortly…

The Scottish Curling Tour was in Glasgow for the Braehead Open 27-29 September.

This was the second event on this season’s tour and, like the opening event in Dumfries, the final was between Estonia’s Martin Lill and Scotland’s Kyle Smith.

The Estonians triumphed in Dumfries and they did it again at Braehead to claim back-to-back SCT wins – read a roundup here on the tour website.

The first ‘slam’ event of the season saw the Under 17s at Lockerbie from 28-29 September.

Angus Shearer and his team beat Katie Murray in the High Road final while Luke Carson took the Low Road title against Matthew McConnell.

All the scores are available here.

Images are © SCT and RCCC

Loose Ends

You will probably have heard by now that Scotland’s men won a wonderful bronze medal at the World Championship and I will have a full roundup of the tournament soon but first, here’s news of some other events that have been taking place.

The final U17 Slam came to an end last Thursday in Perth – Craig Joiner and his Forfar team won the event but the overall Slam title goes to Ross Whyte.

Whyte becomes the youngest winner of the Slam to date at the age of just 14 – congratulations to Ross and his team,

All the scores from Perth are here and the full report is here.

Kinross was hosting the iCurl Bonspiel on Friday – this is an open event with an emphasis on the inclusion and integration of players who have a physical or sensory impairment. The event information was here but I am unable to find out who won. Can someone out there fill in the blank?

Similarly, Greenacres was hosting the Newcomers Competition on Sunday – this event is aimed at young curlers who are new to the competitive side of the sport. The information about the event was here and I will try and find out who won in the week. EDIT: The link now contains details of winners – congratulations to Alastair Tweedle and his team.

Finally, the Moray International Bonspiel was being played at Elgin over the weekend. Hopefully, I will find out who won shortly but I gather the event was very enjoyable.