Curling this weekend: From 29th September
The 14th Swiss Basel Cup starts tomorrow – Thursday 29th September – with 32 of the best teams from across the world taking part. The Swiss Cup is one of the major events of the 2016/17 Men’s Curling Champions Tour (CCT) and as such there will be ranking points up for grabs at this competition.
Four Scottish men’s teams are taking part in Basel; Team Brewster, Team Mouat, Team Murdoch and Team Smith. All four teams recently returned from Canada, where Team Smith (Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead – pictured right, Kyle Waddell and Cammy Smith) picked up the Oakville OCT Fall Classic. Team Smith placed fourth in the Swiss Cup last season, so will be looking to build on their recent achievement and improve their result in the competition this time around.
Other teams taking part include all three European Curling Championship medallists from 2015/16 – Team Edin (Gold – Sweden), Team De Cruz (Silver – Switzerland) and Team Ulsrud (Bronze – Norway). In addition are current World Silver Medallists Team Stjerne. From further afield are Canadians Team Gushue, who will be hoping to defend their title after winning the Swiss Cup Basel last season.
For a full list of competing teams, schedule and to follow the event go to Swiss Cup Basel.
The second event of the Asham Under 21 Slam takes place in Kinross this weekend from 30th September – 2nd October. The Kinross Junior Classic see’s eight junior women’s teams split across two sections and twelve junior men’s teams split across three sections taking part.
A strong start to the 2016/17 season saw both the junior British Curling teams (Jackson and Bryce) claim the top spots at the first Under 21 Slam event in Greenacres, however both teams will have to bring their A-game if they want to progress to the finals again; Team MacDonald are yet to lose to Team Jackson – having won one game and peeled a second – while Team Aitken, runners up at Greenacres Junior Masters, are also competing this weekend. While Team Whyte – last years Asham Under 21 Slam winners – will be looking to do one better than their second place finish to Bryce at both the first Asham Under 21 Slam event and the Braehead Junior international.
For line scores, team lists and more, visit the Asham Under 21 Slam – Kinross Junior Classic.
There’s more than one Curling Champions Tour event taking place this weekend – with the Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup starting off the women’s section of the CCT from 29th September – 2nd October.
The Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup, will once again be held at Danderyd Curling Arena, Stockholm, with twenty teams from all over the world taking part, and with games commencing at 09:00 CET on Friday. Two Scottish teams are heading to Sweden to take part in the event, Team Muirhead (Eve Muirhead, Kelly Schafer, Vicki Adams – pictured above, Lauren Gray and Anna Sloan) and Team Fleming (Hannah Fleming, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright and Alice Spence). Neither team has won this competition before, so both be hoping to add this to their list of accolades.
Other teams competing include 2015/16 European Champions and World Bronze medallists, Russian Team Sidarova. They will be joined by current World Champions Team Feltscher from Switzerland, as well as Canadian Olympic Gold winner Jennifer Jones and her team.
For a full list of all competing teams and to follow the event go to Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup.