Curling This Week: From 20th October
The Peak, Stirling will host the Stirling Wheelchair Curling International Invitation from 20th to 23rd October.
The competition will host some of the top ranked wheelchair curling teams in the world which include current world champions and 2014 Olympic silver medallists, Russia and teams from USA, Norway, Latvia, Switzerland and England. Team England are an up-and-coming team from the north east of England who have all transferred from wheelchair basketball to curling.
Representing Scotland at the competition will be Team 1 (Aileen Neilson (VS), Hugh Nibloe (S), Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson and Angie Malone), Team 2 (John Doyle, Debbie McKenna, Daniel Cowan, Charlotte McKenna and Gill Keith)
Most international wheelchair curling events are four to six end games, but Stirling Wheelchair Curling International is unusual in that games consist of eight ends, as in the Winter Olympic Games and the World Wheelchair Curling Championship. In addition to this, there will also be umpires, time clocks during games and practice time prior to matches. This has all been done in order to provide the ideal training conditions for the up-and-coming World Wheelchair Curling Championships which will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland in February 2016.
The competition also marks the last competition in the lead up to Scotland’s crucial World Wheelchair Curling Championship Qualifier which will be held in Lohja, Finland from 7th to 12th November 2015.
Wheelchair users are warmly welcomed to the event to watch games and a try curling session will be held a week after the event at 13:00 to 14:00 at the Peak, Stirling on Sunday 28th October.
For more information about the competition go to Stirling Wheelchair Curling International
For results, photos and more from the event go to the Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Facebook page.
Photo: Courtesy of Stirling Wheelchair International
Scotland’s Team Murdoch and Team Mouat will be taking part in the competition which will feature 32 elite men’s teams from Canada and around the world. Among the international competitors are current World and European champions Team Edin from Sweden, 2013 European gold medallists Team Michel from Switzerland, 2010 European silver medallists Team Stjerne from Denmark and 2013 Pacific-Asia Champions Team Liu from China. Leading the Canadian contingent will be Team Gushue, current leaders of the World Curling Tour and winners of the Swiss Cup Basel earlier this month.
For more information on the event including a full list of teams and schedule go to Challenge Chatau Cartier de Gatinea
To follow the event go to the World Curling Tour
Photo: Richard Gray
Two Scottish teams, winners of last year’s Curling Champions Tour, Team Brewster and fellow Podium Potential team, Team Smith, who will be representing Scotland at the European Curling Championships, after winning the European Playdowns at the weekend, will both be taking part in the competition which will feature 24 teams from 12 countries. Competitors include Switzerland’s 2014 World bronze medallists Team De Cruz.
Competing in Team Brewster’s group, are runners up at the Swiss Cup Basel, two weeks ago, Team Van Dorp of the Netherlands and last year’s European Masters, St Gallens winners Team Hess from Switzerland. Team Smith meanwhile will go up against the likes of 2014 World Junior Curling gold medallist Reto Keller and his team.
For a full draw and further information go to Curling Masters Champery
For live scoring visit the SoftPeelR Curling Masters Champery
Photo: Baden Masters / Jacqueline Niggemeier
The Alan Steel Asset Management 2015 Indoor Grand Match, which will see over 2,000 curlers compete in a North versus South clash, will take place this Saturday 24th October in ice rinks across Scotland.
A full preview for this competition will follow shortly.