Preview: O.V.D. Scottish Curling Senior Championships
The O.V.D. Scottish Curling Senior Championships gets underway at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton on Wednesday 11th February 2015 with twelve senior men’s teams and fourteen senior women’s teams competing for their respective national titles and the chance to represent Scotland at the World Senior Championships in Sochi, Russia later this year.
This annual event which brings together the best over 50 teams from across Scotland will be played out in two round robin sections to determine the top three teams from each that will qualify for the knockout stages.
In the senior women’s event, current Scottish Senior Champions Team Christine Cannon return with the same line that went on to claim the World Senior Curling Championship crown on home soil at Dumfries in 2014 (pictured left photo WCF/Richard Gray). They are looking for their third consecutive Scottish Senior Championship title this year.
Amongst their opposition are last year’s runners up Team Isobel Waddell, semi-finalists Ena Smith and 2012 Scottish Champions and World Senior Silver medallists Barbara Watt.
The senior men’s field includes current Scottish Senior Champions Team Prentice (pictured right at the World Senior Curling Championship, photo Richard Gray) and last year’s runners up Graeme Adam. 2013 Scottish Senior Champions Team Hay make their return to the event after a year out and former Scottish, European and World Champion Hammy McMillan makes his first appearance at senior level skipping his team.
Both Scottish Senior Championship finals will take place at 2:30pm on Sunday 15th February. Spectator entry is free all week including finals, click Hamilton Ice Rink for venue information.
The 2015 Scottish Curling Senior Championships welcomes new title sponsor O.V.D. which is owned by William Grant and Sons, one of Scotland’s few remaining independent family spirits businesses. The drink was first imported into the country in 1838, the same year as The Royal Caledonian Curling Club was founded, and remains the bestselling dark rum in the country today.
The winning Scottish Senior Men’s and Women’s teams will earn the right to represent Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championships which is this year being held in Sochi, Russia from 18-25 April 2015.
Click on the image to the left to download the official event programme.