Weekend round-up 05/10/17 – 08/10/17
Scottish Curling Senior Mixed Championship
The Scottish Curling Senior Mixed Championship was contested over the weekend at Stranraer Ice Rink. In a close final which went to the last stone of an extra end, Team Adam won the title. The team (pictured) comprised Graeme Adam, Alison MacLennan, Stuart Wilson and Carolyn Hibberd.
The competition attracted ten entries played in two sections with the winners and runners-up in each section going on to contest the semi-finals. The round robin produced some quality curling and some closely contested matches.
The first semi-final saw eventual winners Team Adam take an early lead over Team McQueen with scores of 2 and the first two ends. Singles were traded at the next two ends and a decisive four at the fifth secured Team Adam their place in the final.
The other semi-final pitched Team Cannon against the undefeated Team Kesley skipped by David Aitken. With the loss of a 3 at the first end Team Kesley bounced back with a 3 at the second. Team Cannon then edged ahead with singles at the third, fourth and sixth ends. Team Kesley gave themselves a chance with a 2 at the seventh but Team Cannon secured their win with a 2 at the last.
In the final Team Cannon stole singles at the first and second ends. A single by Team Adam at the third was followed by steals of 2 and 1 to give Team Adam a 4-2 lead. With singles traded at the sixth and seventh, Team Cannon were left needing a 2 at the last to take the tie to an extra end. Skip Jim Cannon duly obliged but was then unable to fully utilise the guards in the extra end leaving skip Graeme Adam a shot with his last to secure the win.
RCCC President Jim Cullen thanked McMillan Hotels for their generosity and support, umpire Stewart Robertson for ably overseeing the event and the ice staff for the ice, all of which was endorsed by winning skip Graeme Adam in his reply.
Asham Under 14 Slam, intu Braehead
Sixteen teams from all over Scotland travelled to Braehead to play in the first Asham Under 14 slam of the season. This competition showcases the upcoming young talent and quite a few of the players already have their sights set on playing in future Olympic Games.
The 16 teams were split into four sections and play three end games. The four section winners were Teams Mitchell, Carson, Munro and Braehead Rockers.
In the high road semi-finals, Team Munro (Stranraer) beat Team Carson, and Braehead Rockers edged past Team Mitchell. So the high road final was Team Munro ( Ben Kyle, Rory Dodds, Findlay Hare and skip Robyn Gray) against Braehead Rockers ( Heather Walsh, Carys Ross, Cameron Harkins and skip James Bacon)
An aggressive start from Team Munro saw them with two stones in the four foot. However, a great shot from the Braehead Rockers second player promoted one of their stones also into the four foot. This stone was removed by Team Munro and when it came to Braehead Rockers final stone, skip James was facing 3 shots. A slightly heavy draw by James Bacon left Team Munro team picking up 3 shots and an early lead.
The second end started very well for Braehead Rockers but two terrific take outs by Rory Dodds, playing second for Team Munro gave them control of the end and Team Munro stole a score of 1 to lead by 4 shots. At the third end, skip Robyn Munro, showed her experience, by getting her team to draw stone after stone into the house forcing Braehead Rockers to play a defensive end. James Bacon, skip of Braehead Rockers, was facing several stones with his last delivery but did manage to reduce the score to only 1.
In the final end, Braehead Rockers, with some fine play, did manage to score 3 but it was not enough to force an extra end and Team Munro won 5-3.
It has to be said that every member of Team Munro, skipped by Robyn, played to an excellent high standard in the final and throughout the competition. They were worthy champions of the Asham Under 14 slam.
Robyn, was full of praise in her thank you speech to the intu Braehead team but also made special mention of RCCC Umpires, Harry, John and Senga.
Report and photo courtesy of David Horne (CDO, intu Braehead)
Goldline Scottish Curling Tour, Dumfries
The second Goldline Scottish Curling Tour event of the season saw Team McNay edge past Braehead Open winners Team Bryce in a nail biting extra end!
Pictured are winners Cameron McNay, David Baird, Robin McCall and Gavin Barr. For a full report, visit www.scottishcurlingtour.com
Photo courtesy of Graham Sloan (RCCC Development Officer)
Introduction to Wheelchair Curling Coaching
Six coaches attended the course at intu Braehead, at which they had an opportunity to curl in a wheelchair themselves and learn best practice and techniques for wheelchair curling delivery.
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