Curling this weekend: from 15th December
The next event in the Curling Champions Tour takes place at the Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend – the Dumfries Challenge Series. Eighteen men’s teams and eight women’s teams will be taking part in the event. The men’s event starts with three sections of round robin play, whilst the women’s teams are all in one section, and will be playing five games in a schenkel.
Goldline Scottish Curling Tour (GSCT) leaders Team Hardie are competing alongside Forfar Open winners Team Fraser, Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken, who won the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles together last weekend will each be skipping teams. Team Mouat were last year’s Dumfries Challenge Series winners and will be hoping to retain their title.
Photo of Gina Aitken © Jeff Holmes Pix
The World Curling Tour event – the Karuizawa International takes place in Japan from 15th – 18th December. It is an annual bonspiel and has been held since the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998, when curling was part of the Olympic programme for the first time since 1924.
Fifteen men’s and fifteen women’s teams are set to take part, including Scotland’s Team Muirhead, Team Brewster and last year’s Karuizawa International winners, Team Murdoch.
For more information, including team lists and the draw, please visit the World Curling Tour website – Karuizawa International.
Photo of Ross Patterson (Team Brewster) © Jeff Holmes Pix
The Asham Under 21 Slam heads to Lockerbie for its final leg, The Lockerbie Junior Invitational, this weekend from 16th – 18th December. A junior women’s team from Latvia will join the Scottish teams who have been competing since the start of the season for the overall Slam titles and £1,000 prize money.
The men’s section leaders Whyte will be looking for a strong finish – but with second placed Bryce not taking part in the final event it would take a big upset to prevent Ross from claiming his third consecutive Under 21 Slam title. Meanwhile in the women’s section things are looking exciting – with leaders Aitken and third placed Jackson both opting to miss the last slam event in order to compete in the Dumfries Challenger Series, it leaves a race to the finish between the remaining teams. Team McDonald have had a change of line up mid-season, and though they are currently ranked second have not yet won a slam event – finishing as runner up at the last two competitions – they will be hoping that this is their time to shine. Team Davie stormed to an impressive victory at the last slam event – the Inverness Junior International – the young team had to beat Aitken in the semi-final and MacDonald in the final to claim the title, and will be hoping to have a similarly impressive performance in Lockerbie this weekend.
Asham Under 21 Slam overall winner prizes will be presented on Sunday 22nd January at the Scottish Curling Junior Championships at Curl Aberdeen after points from all four events have been combined to determine a junior men’s and junior women’s winner.
For full team lists, draw and to follow results go to Asham Under 21 Slam – Lockerbie.