Dundee win National Virtual Club Challenge
The National Virtual Club Challenge took place on 1st April at intu Braehead. The competition is now in its eighth year, and is open to members of any of the Virtual Curling clubs which are spread throughout Scotland. Sixteen teams from eleven different virtual clubs entered to take part but due to a late call it was down to 15 teams. However, in the true spirit of curling and typical of the Virtual approach, two spare players of Braehead Virtual and Edinburgh New Stanes agreed to make up a team.
The sixteen teams were split into four sections and play three games of four ends, in a robin robin format with the top team in each section going forward in a high road while the second place team play in the low road.
Perth 1 and Stirling topped their sections undefeated while Dundee 1 won 2 out of 3 games to win their section. In the last section Dundee 2 narrowly edged out Edinhead, who were on the same points and ends by scoring more shots.
Perth 1 took on Dundee 2 in the first semi-final and opened with a one in the first end but shook hands when they ran out of stones in the fourth end. In the other semi-final Dundee 1 scored a two in the opening end but Stirling came back to win 5-3.
After a short break it was back onto the ice for the final between Dundee 2 (pictured top – Ally Donald, George Dewar, Steven Lafferty and skip Neil MacKintosh) and Stirling (pictured left – Gavin Cross, Archie McNee, Sandra Taylor and skip Ian Golby). Both teams played terrific curling in the final but Dundee 2 managed to prevent Stirling from claiming the title for the second consecutive year, winning 4-1.
Jan Howard, Ladies Branch President, thanked everyone who helped to make the competition a success – including chief umpire Linsey Alison, assisted by John McGowan.
For all line scores from the competition, click National Virtual Club Challenge.
Photos by John McGowan and report by David Horne