Kinross Curling International
The Kinross Wheelchair Curling International took place at Kinross Curling between the 15th and 17th October. 11 teams, 5 of which will be representing their countries at the Paralympic Games this coming March, competed at the 6th Kinross International Wheelchair Curling Bonspiel.
The competition was played in two sections as follows.
After some excellent curling through the section games at the end of the day both section winners and runner up had to be decided by ends and shots up scored.
After section play it was decided by 1 point that GBR would finish in first place while Sweden secured second place in the Black Section.
In the Red Section Norway finished top of the table with Italy finishing in second position. The Final would be contested by GB v Norway and the 3/4th playoff would be Sweden v Italy.
The final was an excellent competitive game. Norway took a 3 at the 1st end and GB immediately struck back with a 3 at the second. Norway took a 1 at the 3rd and GB took 2 at the 4th to lead 5 – 4 at the 5th which was blanked. In the sixth end GB eventually lay game with a stone guarded in the 12ft but Norway just managed to make the draw to the 8ft to take the game to an extra end.
In the extra end it was still anybody’s game until GB skip Aileen Neilson played an excellent draw with her first stone behind a guard in the 4ft.
Norway skip Rune Lorensten could still draw to it but played his last stone a bit heavy and drifted by the 4ft leaving Aileen not having to play her last stone.
Claiming first place again at the Kinross Wheelchair Curling International, Team GB followed up their success in Denmark.
1st place Great Britain
2nd place Norway
Congratulations to Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson and Tom Killin as they continue preparations with the Canadian Open this coming week.
In the bronze medal match Sweden controlled the entire game against Italy to secure their bronze medal place.
The organizing committee would like to thank all the competitors for an excellent competition and display of wheelchair curling.
Thanks must go to all the volunteers and helpers on and off the ice and to umpire Dor Borthwick. Also thanks to Kinross Ice bar staff and to Steven Kerr and his ice staff for the excellent ice conditions throughout the competition.
Thanks must also go to our sponsor Brian Martin of Ailsa Craig Jewellery for his sponsorship and for the beautiful prizes donated for the competition.
Report by Archie Bogie & Tony Zummack
Photos by Andy Macpherson