Weekend Round Up 19/10/2017 – 23/10/2017

Stirling Wheelchair International Invitational, October 17th – 20th, The Peak, Stirling

The third year of the event at the Peak, Stirling, saw the very best of the world’s wheelchair curlers gather to face each other. Eight teams representing the official Curling Associations of their respective countries took part. Norway, current world champions and three times holder of the trophy, would have to fight off the world silver and bronze medalists, as well as two other world top ten ranked teams and three just outside the top ten.

There was a tremendous show of curling skill on show, played on great ice, resulting in an exciting week of sport. It went right to the last game on Friday, when Russia, world silver medalists, overcame a plucky Scottish outfit, world bronze medalists, to emerge victorious at 5 shots to 4 after the very last stone. It was that close. Team Switzerland slotted into third place.

Norway, the defending champs, could only make sixth spot; after a sticky start.

Pictured, the Russian winning team. From left to right as viewed: Andrey Smirnov, Konstantin Kierokhtin, Alexander Shevchenko, Marat Romanov, Daria Shchukino.

On the back row: Anton Batugin (coach), Andy Hemming (SWCII), Christine Simpson (Provost), Sandy Lees (AGL sponsor) and Judy Mackenzie (SWCII).

Curling Masters Champery, Switzerland, October 19th – 22nd – World Curling Tour Competition

There was success for all 3 Scottish teams in this competition: Teams Brewster, Dummond and Mouat all qualified for the playoffs. Team Stirling Gin (Drummond) fended off Team Mouat in an all-Scottish quarter final before going on to face the Dutch Jaap van Dorp who had edged Team Brewster in a close quarter final. Drummond’s team saw off the Dutch, in no small part due to a big score of 4 in the 6th end. They then faced the current European Champions and Swedish Olympic Team, Team Edin. A strong start from the Swedes saw them take a 3-0 lead and from then they controlled the game running Team Stirling Gin out of stones in the 8th end to secure a 6-3 win and another title. An altogether strong weekend for the Scots who will look to build on their success ahead of further trips to Canada.

EJCT: Oslo, Norway, 20th-22nd October – European Junior Curling Tour event

Team Kinnear (Callum Kinnear, Duncan McFadzean, Ryan McCormack, Matthew McKenzie) were victorious in Norway beating out Team Heinimann of Switzerland in the final 6-1. Against an international field with teams from Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and Scotland Team Kinnear posted a 7-1 record. After a tight loss to Heinimann to start the competition, they found their stride, winning 7 games in a row, including comprehensive wins in the quarter and semi-finals. This left them with a rematch against Team Heinimann in the final. Team Kinnear stole 3 of the last 5 ends to complete a memorable weekend and lift the title. On the young women’s side, Scotland was represented by Teams Bryce (Amy Bryce, Molly Keen, Layla Al-Saffar, Jane Barr) and Morrison (Rebecca Morrison, Amy MacDonald, Hailey Duff, Leeanne McKenzie). Both teams finished out of playoff contention with 1-4 and 2-3 round robin records respectively.

Canad Inns Women’s Classic, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada 20th-23rd October – World Curling Tour Competition

Team Muirhead fell just short of the quarter finals in Canada ending on a 4-3 record with some solid wins including one over the newly crowned Swiss Olympic reps, Team Tirinzoni. Ultimately, the lost the C-final to Team Einarson of Manitoba and now look forward to the next grand slam, the masters, which starts on Tuesday.

Arena Challenge de Curling de Gatineau, Gatinaeu, Quebec, Canada 19th-22nd October – World Curling Tour competition

Team Smith struggled in this event finishing with 1 win and 3 losses and out of playoff contention. They also head on to Lloydminister for the masters.

Vision impaired curling coaching at The Peak

Curling with Vision Impaired Curlers, The Peak, Stirling, Saturday 21st October

A very successful ‘Curling with Vision Impaired Curlers’ was held at the RCCC Head office and the NCA, Stirling. Four coaches from The Peak and Murrayfield attended, along with members of the VICKS club and the Forth Valley Sensory Centre. The morning’s discussions focussed on ‘The person, not the impairment’ and included conversations about why people curl and the issues those with a vison impairment face when accessing physical activity. Some of the coaches’ safety concerns were addressed, as well as the development of the game and future plans. Brenda Whyte from the Forth Valley Sensory Centre led a session on sighted guiding. Dottie, Bill and Alan from the VICKS (Vision Impaired Curlers Kinross) led with sessions on the ice where coaches were able to introduce new curlers with a vision impairment to the game as well as coaching experienced vision impaired curlers. The afternoon finished with a game which was hotly contested. The verdict from our newest curlers –‘It was awesome!’ Plans are progressing to provide some curling for those with a vision impairment at the Peak. In the future it is hoped that more coaches and volunteers will join in providing opportunities for people with a vision impairment to enjoy curling.  The RCCC website is in the process of being updated with some resources to help. If any other rinks would like advice on how to get started, please contact Helen Kallow, RCCC Disability Development Officer, at helen@royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org





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