Scottish Juniors Prepare for Inaugural Championship
The inaugural Scottish Curling Junior Mixed Doubles Championship will take place at intu Braehead from 7th – 9th April. The national championship will see a packed entry of 24 teams competing for the Junior Mixed Doubles Championship title for the first time.
The draw opens at 4pm with a family affair in Section B, where brother and sister duo Cameron and Amy Bryce take on their younger brother Angus – who is playing with Katie McMillan. Cameron skipped the winning men’s team to victory at the Scottish Curling Junior Championships in January and then went on to represent Scotland at the World Junior Curling Championships – it was his second World Championship appearance in the 2016/17 season after claiming bronze at the World Mixed Curling Championship in October.
One of the first Section A games sees teammates Mili Smith and Sophie Sinclair – front end players for the Scottish World Junior Silver medal winning team – come up against each other, along with their partners David Baird and Frazer Shaw. There is another case of teammates being on opposing sides in the second session, where the Section D draw matches the Team K Aitken front end players Laura Barr, who is playing with Gavin Barr, and Hailey Duff, paired with Robin Brydone, against one another, meanwhile their skip Karina Aitken will be playing on the sheet beside them with Zack Stewart.
One of the favourite teams for the title has to be the Jackson/Whyte pair, who will play their first game at 6pm against Naomi Brown and Euan Kyle. Sophie Jackson and Ross Whyte competed in the Scottish Curling Mixed Double Championship in December – making it to the semi-finals and beating eventual winners Aitken/Mouat in the round robin stages. That experience could prove to be the edge the duo need against teams less experienced in the mixed doubles format.
Play gets underway at 4:30pm on Friday 7th April, the round robin concludes on Saturday with the Final being played at 3:00pm on Sunday 9th April.
For full team lists, draw and to follow line scores which will be updated at the conclusion of each session, click Scottish Curling Junior Mixed Doubles Championship.
Top: Ross Whyte and Sophie Jackson © RCCC / Jeff Holmes Pix 2016
Middle: Laura Barr and Hailey Duff © RCCC / Brian Battensby 2017
Bottom: Robin Brydone © RCCC / Brian Battensby 2017
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
- 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