Curling This Weekend: From 19th November
With games starting today, Team Gray (Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Mairi Baird) are out in Canada at the Dave Jones Northbridge Mayflower Cashspiel this weekend. 15 teams are entered in the competition, with Team Gray being the only team from out with Canada taking part. The competition format is round robin pools, with six teams qualifying to later stages of the competition. Last year’s winners, Team Arsenault, are competing and will be looking to retain their title.
To stay up to date with how the competition is progressing, visit the Dave Jones Northbridge Mayflower Cashspiel event website.
Also in Canada are Team Brewster, who are taking part in the DEKALB Superspiel. The entry has been doubled since last year’s event, with 32 teams competing at Morris Curling Club, Manitoba 19th – 23rd November.
It looks to be an interesting international event, with teams entered from Switzerland, Korea, USA and Sweden, as well as the Scottish team of Tom Brewster, Ross Patterson, Hammy McMillan Jr. and Duncan Menzies. Duncan has stepped up to be part of the team for the weekend, while usual team member Glen Muirhead is in Esbjerg at the European Curling Championships as fifth man for Team Smith.
Check the DEKALB Superspiel event page for results.
The Goldline Scottish Curling Tour (GSCT) Forfar Open takes place this weekend with 16 teams playing in 4 sections, 1 comprising all women’s teams. The teams will be battling it out on the ice at Forfar Indoor Sports for the Forfar Open Trophy and prize pot of £400 for the overall winners and £300 for the top women’s team.
5 of the participating teams – skipped by Bruce Mouat, Scott Macleod, Stuart Taylor, Cameron Bryce and Grant Hardie – will all be looking to reach at least the quarter final stage to gain points to support their qualification towards the Scottish Curling Championship. Grant Hardie’s team currently tops the GSCT leader-board with 30 points and is followed by Bruce Mouat in 2nd place (19 points) and Cameron Bryce in 4th place (16 points). The carrot of the GSCT £2000 first prize place will surely now be in their minds and will add to the competition this weekend.
To follow news and results, visit the Scottish Curling Tour blog, or get yourself along to Forfar Indoor Sports to see the action live.
Also being contested this weekend is the Edinburgh International Seniors, which follows on after the Edinburgh International which was recently held at Murrayfield. There are two sections with sixteen teams competing in total. The final takes place on Sunday 22nd November at 3pm, for more details on the draw, visit the Edinburgh International Seniors event page.
The European Curling Championships are being contested in Esbjerg, starting this weekend. There is a separate preview available for this event, you can also find full results, statistics, news and photos from the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 on the WCF’s official event website.
Photos: top Richard Gray, middle Team Brewster, bottom WCF/Katja kiiskinen 2015