Scotland take Gold and Bronze at EJCT Oslo
RCA Team Gina Aitken and RCA Team Robin Brydone were in Oslo for the third event in the European Junior Curling Tour.
Team Robin Brydone were on a 3-2 record and had to wait for the final session to see how many teams would enter the Tie Break round. With four teams tied on 3 wins in the B Section it was down to the cumulative Draw Shot to decide the rankings. Swiss Team Hauser had beaten all the other teams so went straight to the Semi Final, while Team Brydone had the best Draw Shot score of the remaining teams. This meant waiting for the winner of the first 4 end Tie Breaker to see who they would play for the second Semi Final slot. The Tie Break game was a 5-0 victory for Scotland in 3 ends leaving them to stand alone against the 3 Swiss teams who had also qualified.
The Semi Final was a decisive victory against the undefeated Team Schwaller who were the winners of Section A before squaring up in the Final against the team who had beaten them in the Round Robin. Again the pressure was on the Swiss right from the start and in a closely fought match it was a 4-3 victory for the Scottish Boys, cheered on by the Norwegians and Austrians!
With Team Mouat winning the Glasgow EJCT and RCA Silver Team Brydone winning Oslo it is now back to Team Mouat who will represent Scotland in Thun, Switzerland in November to keep the winning streak alive.
On the Girls side of the Draw Team Gina Aitken were on fine form in the Round Robin finishing top of their section with only one dropped game. It was on to the Semi Finals with Sweden, Switzerland and Scotland still hoping for victory. It was a tough Semi Final game that went down to last stones, but it was not to be and Team Aitken were into the Bronze Medal match. This was to be another Scotland/Switzerland matchup and after another close game Team Aitken came out on top. The Swedish team Isabella Wrana were the eventual Gold winners of the girls’ competition.
Team Aitken will join Team Mouat in Thun where a good showing could put both teams on track to win the 2013-14 EJCT and secure them a place in the Mens and Ladies competition of their choice for the 2014 Curling Champions European Tour.
Report and photo by Brad Askew