Curling This Weekend 2nd to 5th January
On the 2nd January 2014 thirty two teams will take to the ice at Dewars Centre for the Mercure City of Perth Masters. This will be the 38th occasion the event has taken place at the Dewars Centre Perth.
Seven of the twelve teams heading for the Winter Games in Sochi see The Masters as a vital part of their preparation prior to the Olympic event in February 2014. The current World, European and World Junior Champion teams namely Team Edin from Sweden, Swiss outfit Team Michel and Scotland’s Team Kyle Smith will compete with teams representing twelve different nations to stop Team Ulsrud from Norway completing back to back victories in Perth.
Some other teams to watch out for are Team GB led by David Murdoch, Team Shuster from the USA who recently clinched their spot in Sochi through a qualifying event and two time Masters winner Team McEwen from Canada. There are also a number of Scottish teams who will be looking to put in a good performance prior to the national championships.
The action starts at 4.45pm on Thursday 2nd January and play continues every day until the final at 3pm on Sunday 5th January. Follow the event www.perthmasters.com as well as via facebook, twitter and the Perth Masters iphone/ipad app.
The Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge will be taking place at Murrayfield Curling from 4th to 5th January 2014. Division 1 and division 2 teams will be competing for the overall prize of £600 for Division 1 winners and £200 pounds for Division 2 winners. The bottom 2 teams from Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2 and the top two teams from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1. Each club taking part in the competition will enter two teams and 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw. The winners of the competition will be the club which has managed to amass the most points between its two teams. At least two of the players in each team must be female, one of whom must throw third or fourth stones. There will be 6 clubs, 12 teams, from across Scotland competing in each division.
For a full draw, line scoring and standing go to Scottish Junior Curling Club Challenge.