Top Curlers Head to Hamilton for Senior Championships
It’s now Scotland’s senior curlers turn to battle it out for the national titles as they descend upon Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton for the Scottish Curling Senior Championships from 5th-9th February 2014.
Twelve men’s and fourteen women’s senior teams (aged 50 and over) will be competing at this event. Both men’s and women’s Championships will be played out in two round robin sections to determine the top three teams from each that will qualify for the knockout stages.
David Hay’s 2013 Senior Men’s Champions return to Section A with a slightly different line up. 2002 Olympian Norman Brown (pictured top) replaces David Hay as skip with Dick Adams taking up the role of lead. 1980 World Junior Champions Andrew McQuistin and Hugh Aitken complete the experienced squad who open their title defence on Thursday against Willie Jamieson’s 2013 semi-finalists.
In the Men’s Section B, four times Scottish Senior Champion Keith Prentice will be looking to improve on last year’s semi-final placing when his team launch their campaign against another 2013 semi-finalist Team Ken Horton, who topped their qualification group at Forfar earlier this year.
The women’s event begins on Wednesday and 2013 Scottish Women’s Champions skip Christine Cannon returns with Janet Lindsay and Margaret Richardson, the first woman to become Scottish Junior Champion, Scottish Women’s Champion and Scottish Senior Champion. They will be joined by Isobel Hannen who replaces Margaret Robertson.
Competition will also be fierce in Section A with 2012 Scottish Champions and World Silver medallists Barbara Watt (pictured left) and 2013 semi-finalists Gwen Prentice and Elaine Semple. Prentice and Semple will meet each other in Wednesday’s afternoon session.
Both Scottish Championship finals will take place at 2:30pm on Sunday 9th February and admission to the Championships is free all week.
Live game by game line scoring and results coverage is available online at Scottish Senior Championships
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 on home soil at Dumfries from 23rd to 29th April.
Scotland has achieved recent success at the Senior World Curling Championships winning five World Championship medals, including 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in the last ten years. At the 2013 Championships both Scottish rinks missed out on a podium place with David Hay’s men finishing third in Group A and just failing to make the semi finals while Christine Cannon’s women went down to Sweden by 9-8 in an extra end of their bronze medal game.
Photos: WCF and Richard Gray.