Mixed Doubles returns to Braehead for Championships
Scotland’s top male and female curling duos will be in action at intu Braehead this weekend as the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship gets underway on Thursday 8th December. The national championship will see eight teams competing for the Mixed Doubles Championship title and the chance to represent Scotland at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Canada.
Current Champions Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken return to defend their title, which saw them represent Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Karlstad, Sweden earlier this year. The duo had an impressive run finishing in fourth place, just out of reach of a medal, but claiming valuable qualification points for the Olympics (photo of Team Mouat, above right, © WCF/Hamish Irvine).
Two-time Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Champions (2011, 2014) Judith and Lee McCleary will be hoping to recapture the title again in 2016. The pair missed out in their semi-final game at last year’s championship, although they had an impressive Mixed Doubles season with success at various Curling Champions Tour (CCT) events, and will be ready to put their experience of competing in Mixed Doubles to use (photo of Team McCleary, left, © WCF).
Also returning to compete are Team Whyte, comprising of current Scottish Curling Junior Champion Sophie Jackson and 2016 Asham Under 21 Slam winner Ross Whyte. (photo of Sophie Jackson, right, © 2016 Brian Battensby). Two father/daughter duos also return; Team Aitken (David Aitken/Karina Aitken) and Team Duff (John Duff/Hailey Duff) who will face each other on Friday at 5.30. Karina and Hailey normally play together as part of Team K Aitken, which will only add to the rivalry between these two teams!
Current Scottish Curling Champions Sarah Reid and Ross Paterson (photo of Ross Paterson, below left, © Brian Battensby) have joined forces for this weekend, while Olympic medallist Claire Hamilton has paired up with Scott Hamilton. Completing the line-up at the 2016 Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship is Team Blair (Lucy Blair/Allan Gillies).
Play gets underway at 2:30pm on Thursday 8th December, the round robin concludes on Saturday with the Semi-Finals on Sunday morning (11th December) from 10am and Final at 2:30pm. Entry is free throughout the event.
For full team lists, draw and to follow live line scoring click Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship
Mixed Doubles is an exciting alternative to traditional team curling and was confirmed in 2015 as an additional event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. It is played on the same sheets of ice as ‘traditional’ curling however, there are some key differences.
• Instead of playing in teams of four, Mixed Doubles curling is for teams of two players – one male and one female (no alternate/spare player is allowed).
• Teams have only six stones each (instead of eight) and one of those stones from each team is prepositioned on the centreline before each end of play starts.
• Player one delivers the first and last stones and player two plays the second, third and fourth stones. If they choose to, the two players may swap positions from one end to the next.
• Sweeping can be done by both team members.
• Each team receives 22 minutes of Thinking Time and games are scheduled for eight ends – compared to 38 minutes and 10 ends for ‘traditional’ curling.