Curling This Week: From 8th January
The 2015 Mercure City of Perth Masters will be held at Dewars Centre, Perth from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th January. The competition has this year attracted 22 overseas teams along with 10 Scottish entries to battle it out for the coveted title of ‘Masters Champions‘ and a first prize of £6,000.
There are 7 of the top 20 ranked teams in the world with representatives from Korea, Japan, Canada, USA, Russia, Norway, Switzerland Czech Republic, Switzerland and Finland all taking part.
As well as live line scoring, the Perth Masters 2015 iPhone, iPod touch and iPad app will allow you to view live line scores and photos from the competition as it occurs.
For a full list of competing teams, draw, further information and live line scoring go to the 2015 Mercure Perth Masters
The World Financial Group Continental Cup will be held in Calgary, AB, Canada from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th January. A mix of world champions and Olympic medallists from Europe will take on Canada’s best teams in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.
Three men’s and three women’s teams for Team Canada will take on Team Europe in various disciplines during four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties). A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.
Scotland’s Olympic silver-medallist and two time world champion David Murdoch will be competing in the men’s team for Team Europe alongside curlers including reigning world champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway and 2013 world men’s champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Niklas Edin of Sweden. Featuring for Team Europe in the women’s event Scotland’s Olympic Bronze Medallist and 2013 World Champion Eve Muirhead will be alongside Olympic silver-medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden and world championship bronze-medallist Anna Sidorova of Russia. Canada’s team is set to include the likes of Olympic gold medallists Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones.
For a draw, full team lists and to follow the event go to World Financial Group Continental Cup
The Bern Ladies Cup, a part of the Curling Champions Tour, will be taking place from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th of January in Switzerland. Podium potential teams Gray (Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright, Mhairi Baird) and Fleming (Hannah Fleming, Lorna Vevers, Alice Spence, Abigail Brown) are both taking part in the competition along with Performance Foundation team, Smith (Hazel Smith, Laura Ritchie, Heather Morton and Rebecca Morrison). Other teams competing include Switzerland’s Team Jäggi, Feltscher and Tirinzoni, Sweden’s Team Hasselborg and Germany’s Team Schöpp.
For a full list of competing teams, draw and results go to Bern Ladies Cup
The O.V.D Scottish Curling Senior Men’s Championship Qualifiers will be taking place at Ayr Ice Rink and Forfar Indoor Sports from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January. Each venue will host 15 teams each which will compete over three sections of five teams. The top two teams from each section earn their place in the O.V.D. Scottish Curling Senior Championships, which will be held in Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton from 11th to 15th February. The O.V.D. Scottish Curling Senior Championships is open to curlers over the age of 50 and brings together the best teams from across Scotland to compete for the national men’s and women’s senior titles and the right to represent Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia in April.
The Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge Division 1 & 2 will be taking place at Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th January. The competition is open to junior curling clubs and consists of three Divisions. Clubs are promoted and relegated between Divisions depending on performance. Each club entry is represented by two teams who must field a minimum of two females (one of whom must throw third or fourth stones). The winner of Division 1 will receive £600 prize money.
For more information and to follow the event go to Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge