Preview: World Senior Curling Championships
Play begins at the World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia on Saturday 18 April 2015, with 13 women’s and 24 national men’s teams competing for the world titles.
The Iceberg Skating Palace Training Rink, used by figure skaters to warm up during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, will play host to the senior men’s and women’s championships.
Scotland’s representatives were decided at the O.V.D. Scottish Curling Senior Championships which were held at Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton in February with Team Hay prevailing against the defending champions Team Prentice in the men’s final and Team Gibb securing the women’s title against the 2014 Scottish and World Senior Champions Team Cannon.
Scotland’s men’s team is skip Gordon Muirhead, third Norman Brown, second player David Hay, lead Hugh Aitken and alternate Mike Hay (Jim Cannon pictured second from right played in Scottish Seniors but is not appearing at Worlds)
The men’s teams have been divided into three Groups and the Scots are in Group A alongside Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and Latvia.
The Scottish women are skip Kay Gibb, third Carol Scott, second player Elinor Ritchie, and lead Margaret Archer, supported by alternate Judith Carr and coach Alison Petrie. They are defending Scotland’s World Championship title won by Christine Cannon’s team in Dumfries last year.
In the women’s event there will be two round-robin groups, and Scotland are in Group A, with the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, hosts Russia, and Switzerland.
The men are the first of the two Scottish teams into action. They open on Saturday morning against the Czech Republic and later in the day face Japan. At the same time as the Scottish men’s second game, the Scottish women will open their campaign also against Japan.
At the same time as staging the World Senior Curling Championships, Sochi will also host the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 in the Ice Cube Curling Centre, the venue for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions. Click to preview Scotland at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.
This website will feature reports and up-dates after every game involving Scotland’s teams. click World Seniors Latest to follow progress.
Live scores, results, news and photos from the World Senior Curling Championships 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website
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