Curling this Weekend: What’s On 28 Feb-4 Mar
The World Junior Curling Championships get underway today (Thursday 28 February) at the Ice Cube Curling Center, Sochi, Russia. After both successfully retained their national titles in Aberdeen earlier this season, Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming will be putting up a stout defence of her world crown and Perth’s Kyle Smith will be looking to improve on last year’s bronze medal. The event runs until Sunday 10th March.
Click for a full preview of the World Junior Championships
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the event on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV
The live coverage schedule is available along with news, live scores and galleries on the event website: http://wjcc2013.curlingevents.com
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s Rink Championship begins tomorrow, 1st March, at Forfar Indoor Sports playing to a conclusion on Sunday 3rd.
The Rink Championship is a competition for local clubs with teams composed only of members of the same club. At the beginning of the season 110 clubs entered the Rink Championship with 24 qualifying for this weekend’s finals.
The finals will be played in four league sections, with six teams in each. Section winners and runners-up will qualify for the final knock-out stages.
The last Asham U14 Slam event of the season will be hosted at Curl Aberdeen on Saturday 2nd March. Callum Kinnear, Gavin Hay, Ben Cormack & Mark Watt (Perth) were winners at the Asham U14 Slam events in Perth & Stranraer earlier this season. Whilst it is impossible for another team to catch them in the Slam, the boys will be looking to finish the season on a high with a third consecutive win.
Layla Al-Saffar’s girls team (Forfar), Lucy Fleming’s girls team (Hamilton) and Andrew Brown’s boys team also from Perth will provide the competition for Callum’s team in the round-robin stage.
In the other three sections teams representing Stirling, Waterfront (Greenock), Kinross, Moray, Borders, Hamilton, Murrayfield (Edinburgh), Aberdeen and Inverness will battle it out for places in the semi-finals.
23 teams in total have competed in the Asham U14 Slam events this season; great participation figures for a competition only in its second year and a great outlook for the future of Scottish curling.
Click for Asham U14 Slam Programme – Aberdeen
Braehead Curling Rink hosts this year’s National Virtual Club Bonspiel on Saturday 2nd March. Virtual Clubs offer a stepping stone between completing beginners classes and joining a mainstream club.
Play gets underway at 8:45am with 16 teams representing Borders, Braehead, Edinburgh, Fife, Highland, Kinross, Lockerbie and Stirling battling it out over two pre-drawn rounds. The top 8 teams will go forward into the high road and the bottom 8 teams will go forward to the low road for the afternoon session. All teams will play two further games of 5 ends based on the shenkle scoring system with the day culminating in Prize Giving from 4:15pm.
Click for National Virtual Club Bonspiel Draw
Photo: Richard Gray