WEEKEND ROUND-UP – 04/01/2018 – 07/01/2018
Dumfries Young Curlers claim the top spot at Junior Club Challenge
6th-7th January – Murrayfield Curling, Edinburgh
The Scottish Junior Club Challenge – Division 1 & 2 took place at Murrayfield Curling this weekend where Dumfries Young Curlers claimed the top spot.
The competition is open to junior curling clubs and consists of three divisions, clubs are promoted and relegated between their divisions based on their performance. Each club is represented by two mixed teams and the club then receives a combined score from the results of both teams.
This season’s winners, Dumfries A, got off to a good start winning both of their opening games. Their success continued losing only 2 games throughout the weekend and ultimately taking home the trophy. Finishing in second place were Greenacres, who were only one point behind the winners. Unfortunately, the weekend didn’t quite go to plan for last season’s winners, Forfar A as well as Kinross B who will play in Division 2 next season.
In Division 2, Gogar Park B had a rocky start but found their feet and managed to top the section with 15 points. Dumfries B were closely behind Gogar Park B on 14 points and both teams will be promoted next season to Division 1. Forfar B and Borders will play in Division 3 next season.
Division 1 Winners: Hamish Gallacher, Scott Hyslop, Jack Strawhorn, Jack Carrick, Sophie Jackson, Fraser Morton, Katie Jackson and Mollie Marley-Milligan.
Division 2 Winners: Adam Keron, Rachel Dakers, Holly Davis, Kate Hall, Andrew Keron, Rowena Steven, Chris Morris and Kara Findlay.
Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championship – Men’s Qualifiers
4th-7th January – Dumfries Ice Bowl, Dumfries and Forfar Indoor Sports, Forfar
The 12 men’s teams who will compete at the finals of the Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Senior Championships are now known after an exciting weekend of competition across two venues: Forfar and Dumfries. After a last minute withdrawal at Forfar, teams MacFarlane, Jamieson and Gray came through section A with one loss each. Section B saw Team Paterson come through undefeated and Team Drysdale stay ahead of those teams tied at 3 wins and 3 losses to get through to the finals. Team Sharp were eliminated from contention on their LSD score, setting up a tiebreak between teams Clark and Stark. Team Clark came through comfortably 7-2 to book their ticket to Braehead. One tiebreaker was also required at Dumfries, also in section B. Section A saw a series of competitive games with Teams G Henderson, Dick and Muirhead securing 4 wins each and qualify. In section B, teams Hogg and Wilson managed to stay ahead of the pack and qualify for the finals but it was Team B Henderson who lost out on their LSD score leaving teams Prentice and Harvey to battle it out for the last place at this year’s finals. A score of 4 in the third end enabled Team Prentice to control the game and win through.
The Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championship finals will take place at intu Braehead from the 21st-25th February 2018. All scores from the qualifiers can be found at the following links: Forfar and Dumfries.
(Photo Credit: Mercure Perth Masters)
Mercure Perth Masters
4th-7th January – Dewars Centre, Perth
Niklas Edin continued his stellar season, sealing his fourth title of the year and continuing his seemingly imperious march towards the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea at Perth this weekend. The Swedish side won all seven of their games including an exciting final beating Peter de Cruz of Switzerland 7-4. There was some domestic success at the event as the GB Olympic team, skipped by Kyle Smith made the quarter finals before losing to Team de Cruz and Team Bryce (Cameron Bryce, Ross Whyte, Robin Brydone, Angus Dowell) qualified for the playoffs losing a close quarter final to the Norwegians, Team Ulsrud. It was a valuable weekend also for Teams Craik and Baird whose entry was funded by the RCCC academy who will have used the top quality ice and competition as practice ahead of the Johnston Carmichael Scottish Curling Junior Championships later this month.