Weekend Review: 18-20th March 2011
Over the weekend, the Women’s World Championships got underway in Esbjerg, Denmark where Anna Sloan and her team got their first win in a tight game against Patti Lank’s American team. On Sunday evening, Team Scotland sat in the middle of the pile on 1 win and 2 losses (falling to Double Olympic Champion Annette Norberg and the Czech Republic’s Anna Kubeskova).
The Scottish Schools Curling Championships were held at Forfar Indoor Sports with teams from Arbroath High, Inverness, Millburn, Dollar, Mark Erskine, Garnock1, Forfar Academy and Garnock 2 qualifying for the quarter final stages on Sunday morning. The quarter final games were convincingly won by Arbroath, Garnock 1, Forfar Academy and Millburn. The semi finals saw Forfar take on Millburn in a tight game with the teams tied at 5-5 going into the final end. Milburn scraped the win with a single steal in the final end while Arbroath were able to maintain a good 3-0 start against Garnock 1 to run out 5-3 ahead, booking their place in the final.
In the final, the teams opened the first two ends scoring single shots before Arbroath took a big score of four in the third end to extend their lead to 5-1 and despite the best efforts of the Millburn side, Duncan Menzies , Robert Fawns, Angus Dowell and Thomas Halder of Arbroath were able to hold on to their lead and won the Scottish Schools title with a final score line of 6-3.
At the Scottish Pairs Championship down in Stranraer, the brother and sister duo of Hammy McMillan and Gail Munro were triumphant against Lockerbie’s Scott and David Hamilton in the final. The Stranraer side trailed by one shot after four ends before Scott Hamilton opted to blank the fifth to keep last stone advantage for the final end. McMillan and Munro were able to get their stones in good positions prompting an error from Scott Hamilton allowing a steal of two and the title.
Eleven teams competed at the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championships in Curl Aberdeen over the weekend. After the round robin stages, the semi final match ups saw Gregor Ewan’s Moray side take on South Lanarkshire’s Jim Sellar and Braehead’s Aileen Neilson play Allan Spence of Aberdeen. Both semi-finals were convincingly won by Ewan and Neilson who would play each other for the national title. In the final, both sides played safe in the opening ends before the Neilson side took four shots, taking a 4-1 lead. Ewan and team battled to get stones in play but a further steal of three shots in the fifth end extended Neilson’s lead beyond recovery. Scottish Wheelchair Champions: Aileen Neilson, Tom Killin, Michael McCreadie, Ian Donaldson.