Weekend Review: 7-9 October
The Scottish Senior Mixed Championship was well contested over the weekend with 20 teams competing for the titles. Top qualifiers in each of the four sections progressed to the High-Road knockout stages of the competition. 2010 Champion Archie Craig defeated Jim Cannon 5-1 to progress to the High Road final while Sandy Nelson needed a scored the necessary shots in the final end of his game against Dick Adams to take the other place in the final. In the final both teams were closely matched by their opposition with the score tied going into the final end. Archie Craig and his team of Marion Craig, Robin Aitken and Yvonne Aitken stole a shot in the last end to claim the Scottish Senior Mixed title for a second year running.
The Low Road of the Scottish Senior Mixed was won by Gary McFarlane and his team of Kate Adams, Billy Johnston and Fiona McFarlane, they defeated David Clydesdale 8-4 in the final.
Eve Muirhead and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton curled in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic over the weekend. The triple knockout competition saw most of the top teams in Canada travel to the Calgary Curling Club to compete for the $54,000CDN prize pot. Team Muirhead posted a win in their opening game against Jill Thurston of Manitoba before dropping their next two games and entering the C Road of the competition. A further win against Team Kaufmann kept the Scottish girls in the competition before falling to the mighty Jennifer Jones in their C Road semifinal 6-3. Cathy Overton Clapham won the competition with a win over Amy Nixon in the final.
At the Credit-Suisse Women’s Masters in Basel, Jackie Lockhart and her team took the long route into the playoff’s qualifying through C Road on Saturday evening. Lockhart and her team of Karen Kennedy, Kay Adams and Sarah Macintyre were up against the Swiss National Team skipped by Mirjam Ott in the quarterfinal losing out narrowly with a score of 4-3. The final of the competition was won by Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden who defeated Mirjam Ott to take home the $10,000 CHF cheque.
The Kinross Junior Curling Classic was contested over the weekend with 16 junior boys teams and 8 junior girls sides contesting for the Classic Curling Trophy. The junior boys title was won by Duncan Menzies who defeated Bruce Mouat 6-4 in the final. Lesley Young of Forfar won the junior girls event with a 7-4 win over last month’s Greenacres Junior winner Lauren Baxter. For more information and a selection of photos, go to the event website here.
The European Mixed Curling Championships were won by Thomas Lip’s team from Switzerland with a win over Germany in the final. The Scottish side skipped by David Edwards were defeated by the Swiss in the quarterfinals.
Feature image: European Mixed Curling Champions (Team Switzerland). Photo copyright of Leslie-Ingram Brown.