Curling this week: from 8th November
The Tour Challenge – part of the Grand Slam of Curling (GSOC) – will be held in Cranbrook, BC, Canada from 8th to 13th November. The Tour Challenge is one of seven events which comprises the Grand Slam of Curling, a competition which invites some of the biggest names in curling.
The goal of the Tour Challenge is to broaden the field and kick the curling season off with the opportunity for 60 teams on the World Curling Tour to participate in a Pinty’s GSOC event on arena ice. The event will feature 30 men’s and 30 women’s teams which will be divided into two tiers, with Tier I featuring the top 15 ranked teams in the world. Scotland’s Team Murdoch and Team Smith are both a part of this elite list of athletes, which also includes the likes of Canadian teams Jacobs, Gushue, Koe and Epping, USA Team Shuster, Norway’s Team Ulsrud and Sweden’s Team Edin in the men’s competition.
Tier II which also features another 15 men’s and 15 women’s teams, is also featuring a selection of Scottish teams, Team Brewster and Team Mouat will both be taking part in the men’s section which features regional teams from across Canada, while Team Fleming will compete in the women’s section.
The winners of the Tier 1 event receive invitations to the Champions Cup, the final event of the Pinty’s GSOC season that showcases all of the winners from major events in curling. The winners of the Tier 2 event receive invitations to the Canadian Open, another Pinty’s GSOC event, giving them a chance to move up to the elite ranks.
For a full list of competing teams, schedule and to follow the competition go to Tour Challenge – Grand Slam of Curling
Photo of Alice Spence – lead for Team Fleming © 2016 Brian Battensby
Qualifiers for the National Masters Men’s Curling Championship take place at Greenacres Curling Rink from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November.
Twenty-nine teams will be competing across six sections with the top two in each securing their place at the National Masters Curling Championship in February 2016.
The National Masters Curling Championships is an annual event open to curlers over the age of 60 bringing together the best teams from across Scotland to compete for the national men’s and women’s master’s titles.
There are no qualifiers for the women’s event, with both the men’s and women’s National Masters Championship’s taking place at Greenacres Curling Rink from 2nd-5th February 2017.
Line scores will be made available at the end of each session, to view them and to see the draw, click National Masters Curling Championship – Qualifiers