Curling this weekend: from 14th January
This year the World Financial Group Continental Cup will be contested in Las Vegas from the 14th – 17th January. Team Muirhead are again taking part as part of Team World, their team mates will include Team Edin from Sweden and Team Ulsrud of Norway. They will be hoping to win back the title after Canada coming out on top last year. Once again, the Canadian teams will pair up with two U.S. teams, bringing back Team North America, who will also have Team Jones – Olympic gold medalists – playing.
This year the singles competition is being eliminated in favour of an additional round of mixed doubles. The decision is reflective of increased interest in the mixed doubles format thanks to its inclusion as a medal sport in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The mixed doubles competition in Las Vegas will feature newly adopted rules that include live music being played between shots, adjusted placement of the pre-positioned rock in the rings (back four instead of back button) and allowing teams to shoot without a player holding the broom.
For more information visit the Continental Cup event website.
Photo: CCA/michael burns
The ninth Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championship takes place on the 14th – 17th January at Braehead, Glasgow. Six of the Performance and Academy teams will line up against some of the best teams from Europe and Asia in the popular Scottish round of the World Curling Tour’s European circuit. Teams Fleming, Gray, Aitken, Jackson, Murray and K. Aitken will all be hoping to bring back the title to Scotland for the first time since Gail Munro won the inaugural event in 2008.
In all, eleven nations will be represented, with rinks from as far afield as Japan. Initial play will be in four round robin leagues of six teams commencing Thursday evening at 5.30pm, with the top two teams in each section going through to the knockout stages on the Sunday. Teams will be playing for a prize fund of £9,000 as well as chasing valuable points in the WCT world and European team rankings.
Visit the Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championship website for more information and intu Braehead for live streaming.
Photo: Richard Gray
The 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. The Scottish Senior Championships winning teams earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden from 16th to 23rd April, making it a highly contested competition.
The Dutch Masters Mixed Doubles takes place in Zoetermeer 15th – 17th January, and has this year been expanded to accommodate 20 teams. Former Scottish Champions and World Mixed Doubles quarter finalists Lee McCleary and Judith McCleary are taking part, alongside some other impressive mixed doubles pairings, including Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa – the World Mixed Doubles Champions in both 2013 and 2015 from Hungary.
The games from the competition will be live streamed on the Curling Champions Tour Youtube channel, with commentary from Shari Leibbrandt, national coach of the Dutch men’s curling team and director of the CCT junior tour.
The Dutch Masters Mixed Doubles website has scoring from the competition as well as more information about the live streaming.
Photo: Jayne Stirling
There are 42 RCCC members taking part in the Four Nations this Saturday and Sunday; a social event played annually between the governing bodies of each of the home nations (England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales). The Four Nations is hosted in turn all four nations and the host nation in 2016 is Wales, and the event will be played at Greenacres Curling Rink.
A number of prestigious trophies will be played for over the course of the weekend, including the Tom Ballantyne Trophy (Scotland men versus England men) which England holds, the Connie Miller Trophy (Scotland ladies versus England ladies) which Scotland holds, the Welsh Stone (Big Bertha) (Scotland men, ladies, mixed versus Wales men, ladies, mixed), which Wales holds, and the Marshall Millennium Trophy (Scotland men, ladies, mixed versus Ireland men, ladies, mixed) which Ireland holds.
Click here for a full list of RCCC members selected to compete.
The second of three Asham Under 14 Slam events this season takes place at Dumfries on Saturday 16th January. The Asham Under 14 Slam was established to satisfy the demand from the growing number of junior curlers in Scotland to offer this age group an incentive to compete regularly and an opportunity for success.
This competition will be a Schenkel system of play, and each team will play at least three games. After those three games the top six teams in each section will play off to determine the top 12 overall positions and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
At the first Asham Under 14 Slam of the 2015/16 season back in October Team Bryce came out on top. They are again competing, alongside Team Gallacher who were the second placed team in Forfar.
All the latest results can be found on the Asham Under 14 Slam event page.