Kinross Wheelchair Curling International 2011 – final round up

Ten teams entered the Kinross Wheelchair International this year Canada 1 and 2   coming in from their success in Norway , Switzerland,  Norway, Scotland 1,2,3  and some new faces this year  with Russia 1,2 and Latvia making the trip.  They soon settled down to produce some excellent curling and close games throughout the two sections with Scotland 2 putting in a fine performance only dropping one point to claim top spot in section A and Switzerland  winning their last two games to take the second place. In section B it was a much tighter affair. Russia 2  winning the section they too only dropping 1 point, but with Canada 2, Scotland 1 and Norway all tied on 4 points, Norway claimed second spot on ends scored.

The 1/ 2 playoff would be   Scotland 2 V Russia 2

The ¾ playoff would  be  Switzerland  V  Norway

In the 3/4 playoff Switzerland and Norway  swapped ends and were tied 4 all in the sixth but  Switzerland stole a 5 in the 7th to give them a 9 to 4 lead and Norway shook hands. Switzerland taking 3 place.

In the 1/2 playoff Russia 2 took an early lead taking singles in the first two ends . Scotland 2 picking up a 2 in the third but immediately lost a 4 in the fourth and it was still all to play for Scotland 2 picking up singles in ends  5 and 6 . Russia replied by taking a 3 in the 7th end to make it 9 -4 going into the last end. Scotland 2 made a spirited attempt to create  some cover but Russia kept it clean to run Scotland 2 out of stones.  Russia 2 claiming the  number 1 spot.

Two tremendous games for the spectators and a credit to the sport of wheelchair curling.

The Kinross Wheelchair Curling International organising committee would like to thank all the teams that competed at the event for coming and making it a very successful competition.

Thanks must also go to the Green Hotel and  the bar staff in the ice rink for looking after our visitors all week. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on and off the ice all week  and to the time keepers  and to Dor Borthwick for umpiring the event . Thanks to Councillor  Kellas  of Perth and Kinross for  providing a reception for the competitors and presenting the prizes at the closing dinner.

It would not be possible to hold such an event without the ice conditions to allow these athletes to produce the form that they strive to achieve and a big thank you must go to Steven Kerr and his ice staff who continually produce ice of an extremely high standard which makes the competition such a popular and successful venue on the world circuit.

Finally we must thank all our sponsors for their support and especially to Brian Martin Ailsa Craig Jewellery for donating the beautiful prizes and for his personal support of the event

1st Russia 2 –  L/R     Boris Gorchakov, Konstantin Kurokhtin, Daria Shchukina,Mikhail Mokretcov, Aleksandr Dmitriev.   Brian Martin  Ailsa Craig Jewellery & Councillor Kellas.

2nd Scotland 2 L/R   Michael McCreadie,Michael McKenzie,Jim Gault,Ian Donaldson,Gill Keith & Councillor Kellas.

3rd Switzerland  L/R  Claidia Huttenmoser,Felix Wagner,Melanie Nadja Villars,Eric Decorvet, Manfred Bollinger & Councillor Kellas.

4th Norway  L/R        Terje Rafdal,Rune Lorentsen,Maria Duncan,Sissel Lochen,Jostein Stordahl & Councillor Kellas.


Thanks must go to Maria Duncan of Kinross Wheelchair Curling Club who filled in at the last minute for  Sissel Lochen who was unfortunately taken ill during the event. We all wish her a speedy recovery.

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