Kinross Wheelchair Curling International
Eight teams entered the Kinross Wheelchair Curling International this year including Switzerland, Norway, Scotland 1 and 2, Russia and Latvia with two new teams making the trip from Italy and Finland. They soon settled down to produce some excellent curling and close games throughout the two sections with Finland who got off to a slow start in section A putting in a fine performance to finish the section on 3 points. All the teams in section A were tied on 3 points therefore it would go down to ends to determine the qualifiers. Switzerland scored 11 ends to win the section and Finland was runner up with 10 ends scored.
In section B it was close as well but Scotland 2 came out winners of the section on 5 points and Norway battled hard through the section to eventually take second place on 4 points.
The semi finals would be contested by Switzerland v Norway and Scotland 2 v Finland. The two semi finals were contested hard with some excellent curling and shot making and no one looking like running away with the games which would go right to the last ends with Norway coming out on top over Switzerland 5 to 4 and in the other semi final Finland put up a great performance to eventually secure their place in the final with a 7 to 6 win over Scotland 2.
The Final would be an all Scandinavian affair with our first time visitors Finland v Norway. The game was much closer than the score would suggest. Finland played well but just did not get some of the breaks that they deserved and were chasing the game all the time which made life very difficult against the very experienced and powerful Norway team who did not get it all their own way but put in a fine performance to contain Finland and eventually came out winners 6 to 0. (Pictured Norway – L/R – Sissel Loechen, Per Fagerhoei, Rune Lorentsen, Jostein Stordahl, behind – Counciller Ellis, Perth and Kinross).
The ¾ play off would be contested by Scotland 2 v Switzerland. It too was a hard fought game with no one giving anything away with Switzerland taking the 3rdplace spot with a win over Scotland 2 6 to 4. Pictured left – Switzerland L/R – Felix Wagner, Ivo Hasler, Claudia Huttenmoser, Eric Decorvet, Anton Kehrli (behind – Councillor Ellis, Perth and Kinross).
Two tremendous games for the spectators and a credit to the sport of wheelchair curling.