Curling This Weekend: 18th – 20th December
The Asham Under 21 Slam heads to Lockerbie for the final leg – The Lockerbie Junior Invitational – this weekend. International teams will join the Scottish junior men and women who have been competing since the start of the season for the overall Slam titles and £1,000 prize money. Both the Women’s and Men’s titles appear to have already been decided with Team Murray on 39 points and Team Whyte on 37, and the second placed teams not competing in this final event.
However there is still potential for some great curling over the weekend with four of the men’s teams who have recently qualified for the Scottish Curling Junior Championships taking part and in the women’s section recent U17 slam winners Team Bryce will be looking to prove themselves against older teams.
Asham Under 21 Slam overall winner prizes will be presented on Sunday 31st January at the Scottish Curling Junior Championships at Curl Aberdeen. For full team lists, draw and to follow results go to Asham Under 21 Slam Lockerbie.
Pictured, Ross Whyte. Photo credit: Jayne Stirling Photography
The next event in the Curling Champions Tour takes place at the Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend – the Lely Dumfries Challenge Series. Sixteen men’s teams and fifteen ladies teams will be taking part in the event. Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken, who won the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles together last weekend, will each be skipping teams, while Team Smith are competing for the first time since they represented Scotland at the European Championships in Esjberg. The Van Dorp team – who were also at the European Championships, representing the Netherlands – are taking part, alongside other international teams from Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and Latvia. It could also be an interesting competition for Grant Hardie’s rink – who have won two of the four Scottish Curling Tour events so far this season, and will be hoping for a third.
The women’s section has almost doubled in size since last year’s competition – and there’s potential for some very exciting games. Scottish curlers Hannah Flemming, Lauren Gray and Sophie Jackson (pictured) all have teams in ladies section three, so will face each other in the round robin – but only the top two teams from the three sections progress straight to the semi-finals, while the third section winner and three runners up playing quarter-finals.
For more information go to the Dumfries Ice Bowl website
Photo credit: © WCF / Céline Stucki 2015