Curling this Weekend: 16-21 January
The ten qualifying men’s teams for The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Men’s Championship will be decided this weekend at Dumfries Ice Bowl from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th January. Last weekend 22 teams competed in the first round of qualifiers at Braehead, with four qualifying places up for grabs in Section A and three from both sections B and C. In Section A Teams Moray Combe and Grant Hardie are undefeated with three wins out of three games. In Section B Ewan MacDonald’s team top the table with last year’s finalist Logan Gray (pictured – Photo Richard Gray) a close second with two wins out of three. World Junior Champions Team Kyle Smith sit joint top of Section C with David Edwards. Play starts at 2pm on Friday 17th.
The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Men’s and Women’s Championships take place at Dewars Centre, Perth from 10th to 16th February. The winning teams will go on to represent Scotland at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China from 29 March to 6 April and the World Women’s Championship in Saint John Canada from 15-23 March.
The next event in the Curling Champions Tour, the Glynhill Ladies International gets underway at Braehead Curling this weekend from Friday 17th January. Sixteen teams from seven countries will be taking part in the competition including three teams which will be competing for the ladies Olympic Gold medal in three weeks’ time in Sochi, Russia.
Leading the chase for the 2014 title will be the Swiss rink of Mirjam Ott, World Champion in 2012, European Champion in 2008, and placed 4th at the Vancouver winter Olympics in 2010. Her team will be going for their third title having previously won the competition in 2010 and 2012.
Another favourite for the title who will also be present in Sochi is the Russian team skipped by Anna Siderova, the 2012 European champion. They have been in fine form having reached the final of Bern Ladies Cup last weekend’s and return to Braehead looking to make up for their quarter final exit last year.
Also returning to Braehead will be the Chinese team of Bingyu Wang, World Champions in 2009, and hoping to add an Olympic medal to their collection next month. They have already won a title in Canada this year and could be the surprise team at this year’s Glynhill.
Entries this year are dominated by Swiss rinks, with six teams entered, including last year’s winners Binia Feltscher’s team from Flims. There are also teams from Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic competing in the competition.
There will be a strong Scottish challenge from the rinks of Lorna Vevers, a World Silver medallist in 2010, Hannah Fleming’s rink, World Junior Champions in 2012, and the local rink of Jennifer Martin (pictured – Photo Tom Brydone).
Play will be initially in four sections starting at 7.30am on Friday 17th January. On Saturday the teams will split into High Road and Low Road Divisions, with the semi-finals (9.30am) and final (1pm) on Sunday 19th.
Admission to the Braehead Curling Rink is free for all sessions.
For a full draw, team lists, line scoring and live web streaming on selected games visit Glynhill Ladies International
The Irish Curling Association is hosting this year’s Four Nations, which is being held at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton from Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th January.
The Four Nations is a weekend tournament between the governing bodies of each of the home nations (England, Ireland Scotland and Wales). This is hosted in turn by each of the four nations and is generally played at a venue in Scotland in January.
For more on this event click Four Nations
The second leg of the Asham Under 14 Slam starts this Saturday, 18th January at Curl Aberdeen.
The one day event features 16 teams in 4 sections with each team playing 3 x 4 end games to determine the section winners who will then play the semi-final knock-out stage. Callum Kinnear’s all Perth team are sitting at the top of the leader-board, having won the first Asham Under 14 Slam event. James Hair’s all boys team includes Fraser Morton, Craig Barr & Angus Bryce who have all been out competing in Under 17 events too; they will be strong contenders in their section. Of the 16 teams, 7 teams are all girls with Jill Strang’s Lanarkshire side sitting 2nd on the leader-board after a good start at Braehead.
For current standings, draw, team lists and line scoring click Asham Under 14 Slam Aberdeen
The SWCA British Open begins this Sunday 19th January at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton. There are 12 teams taking part in the competition which runs until Tuesday 21st January. The athletes who will be representing Team GB at the Paralympics, Aileen Neilson (pictured – Photo Alina Pavlyuchik), Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, and Tom Killin, will be hoping to continue their fine form having claimed a podium place in the last 5 major competitions and taking 3 gold and 2 silver medals. This will be their final competition before Sochi in March. Also taking part in the competition will be Team Scotland, from the World Class Wheelchair Curling Performance Programme. Teams from Russia, Finland and Wales will also be competing, as well as last year’s winners Team Webster and a number of teams from across Scotland. The competition will take a round-robin format with play beginning at 5pm Sunday and finals taking place at 2:30pm Tuesday 21st January.
For a full draw and to follow the competition click SWCA British Open
The World Financial Group Continental Cup began on Thursday 16th January in Las Vegas and runs until Sunday 19th January. The event features nearly half of the teams participating in the curling competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games including reigning women’s world champions Eve Muirhead and her team (pictured – photo WCF) and 2013 World and European bronze medallists David Murdoch and his team (both Scottish teams will represent Great Britain in Sochi). The event runs until Sunday 19th January.