Gold for Mouat and Aitken at Braehead
The first leg of the European Junior Curling Tour was contested at Braehead this weekend with teams from Scotland, Switzerland and Sweden. The draw included the current Swedish and Swiss National Champions.
After the Boys round robin it was Scottish teams Bruce Mouat and Grant Barr who went directly to the semi-finals with the 3 Swiss and the Swedish team playing the quarter finals. After both games going to the last stone it was the Swiss Champions Team Andre Neunschwander and another Swiss Team Michi Hauser going on to the semi-finals. Team Neunschwander progressed to the final against Team Mouat who were always in control and it was a conceding handshake in the 8th for the Gold. This was a rematch from the Thun Final last season and this time it was Scotland’s turn to prevail.
After the Girls round robin the Swiss visitors Team Corina Mani topped the section with Performance Team Jennifer Martin and RCA Gold Team Gina Aitken progressing to the page playoffs. Team Mani took the 1-2 game so were waiting in the final for the winner of the 2-3 game which was taken by Team Aitken. Once again the Final was an exciting and aggressive one with the initiative swinging back and forth over the ends. 1 missed hit and roll by the Swiss, didn’t have the legs, and handed the Gold to Team Aitken.
The Girls 2-3 Game and the Boys Final on Sunday were web streamed live with commentary by Robin Brydone and James Carswell.
It was generally agreed that the ice and conditions were excellent and the comment “good sweepers ice” was heard many times. Congratulations to all at Braehead and to the members of the Braehead Development Group for live scores, the website and web streaming.
After presentations by Brad Askew, the Scotland delegate for the EJCT, it was safe home to the teams and see you all again next year.
The EJCT now moves to Sweden and Norway in October and Switzerland in November. Teams Bruce Mouat, Gina Aitken and Robin Brydone will be representing Scotland at these future events.
Report – Brad Askew, Photos – Tom Brydone