Weekend Round-up 01/12/2017 – 03/12/2017
The Boys Scottish Junior Qualifiers, 1st – 3rd December, Dewars Rinks, Perth
The Boys Scottish Junior Qualifiers was played on consistent swinging ice allowing some aggressive curling and shot making. The field was narrowed down from the 12 entries to 8 for the finals in Aberdeen in January. Ross Whyte (British Curling PD) skipped the team, now defending their title, to 4 straight wins and automatic qualification without a hitch. Their only close game being against Kinnear (RCCC Academy) who also qualified (4-1); and Gallacher 3-2 and Haswell 2-3 joined them from that section. The other half saw Baird; Carson and Craik the 3 Academy teams progress with the young Gow team from Perth making up the finalists. The four teams losing out all showed glimpses of form but could not maintain enough consistency to convert into wins. Teams Robson and Morton winning one, with Hay and Harmjanz winless after the weekend. All the young teams showed strength and depth. The final this year will be a great event in Aberdeen, the home of the Scottish Juniors for last few years, and such a great venue for our national final. Many thanks to David Imlay and the 2 Grahams’ Lindsay and Prophet, for excellent, well organised, supportive umpiring. Congratulations to all the players for their conduct and competitiveness, not a single warning being required despite the high stakes. Thanks also go to ice crew and all catering staff at Perth for all support and then office for keeping the IT running and score-lines updated.
RCCC Level 1 Coaching Course – 3rd December, Tunbridge Wells
This course was fantastic preparation ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. The aim of the course was to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to enable them to competently and confidently coach new participants to the sport. We are delighted to be working together to support development and growth in curling.
Level 2 Coaching Course, Dundee Ice Arena, Dundee
Not strictly a weekend event – but Dundee Ice Arena hosted a fully booked Level 2 Coaching Course last week, for the first time during the week, with a fantastic response. We took the chance to acknowledge Scotland’s National Book Week in conjunction with Kettins Primary School. Team GB Elite Athletes Hammy McMillan and Michael Goodfellow both attended, and joined in with the action!
European Junior Curling Tour – Austrian Women’s Cup
1st – 3rd December – Kitzbuehel, Austria
Team Morrison continued the great run for Scottish teams in this season’s EJCT events with a win in Austria. The women’s section was made up of 6 teams with the Scots competing against teams from Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Italy. Two comprehensive wins saw the team of Rebecca Morrison, Amy MacDonald, Hailey Duff and Leeanne McKenzie finish top of their section and through to the first playoff game against the German team skipped by Mia Hoehne. The team started strongly and were 6-1 ahead after 5 ends. The Germans bounced back and forced a nervy extra end which saw the Scots take a single point, sealing a 7-6 win and progressing to the final. The Germans fought their way through more playoff games to return and face the Scots in the final. This was a more dominant and assured performance that saw a victory inside 6 ends with a final score of 7-1.