Braehead Set to Showcase Mixed Doubles Curling
Scotland’s top male and female curling duos will be in action at intu Braehead this weekend as the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship gets underway on Thursday 10th December. The national championship will see eight teams competing for the Mixed Doubles Championship title and the chance to represent Scotland at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden.
Mixed Doubles is an exciting alternative to traditional team curling and was confirmed earlier this year as an additional event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Current champions Judith and Lee McCleary return to defend their title which saw them represent the nation at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Sochi, Russia earlier this year. Despite a strong finish with four wins in succession at the end of that campaign, an earlier run of losses was enough to take them out of contention for the play-offs and they finished sixth in their group (pictured top ©WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik).
Seasoned mixed doubles specialists Team Mouat (Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken, pictured left ©WCF/Richard Gray) are also back to make their bid for the top spot in a championship which they won in 2012 and 2013. Between them, the experienced skips led their own teams to Scottish Junior Championship glory and World Junior Championship podium positions in 2015 so will be looking to bring this form and experience to the mixed doubles forum.
September’s Greenacres Asham Under 21 Slam event winning skip Karina Aitken (Gina’s sister) is also back this year for the second year running playing alongside her father and junior team coach David. They narrowly missed out on a semi-final place at January’s Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship to Team Gray who eventually went on to contest the final (Team Aitken pictured right photo ©Leslie Ingram-Brown).
Also among the field is Team Whyte, comprising of 2015 Asham Under 17 Slam winner Ross Whyte, and 2015 Scottish Mixed Championship winner Sophie Jackson who also represented Scotland at the World Mixed Championship in Switzerland in September (pictured left © WCF/Céline Stucki).
Play gets underway at 2:30pm on Thursday 10th December with the only other session of the day at 5:30pm.
The round robin concludes on Saturday with the Semi-Finals on Sunday morning (13th December) from 10am and Final at 2:30pm.
For full team lists, draw and to follow live line scoring click Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship
Entry is free throughout the weekend, visit intu Braehead for venue information.
Mixed Doubles curling is played on the same sheets of ice as ‘traditional’ curling however, there are some key differences.
- Instead of playing in teams of four, Mixed Doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
- Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
- Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
- Sweeping can be done by both team members.
- Each team receives 22 minutes of Thinking Time and games are scheduled for eight ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for ‘traditional’ curling.