Weekend Round-Up 27/10/2017 – 29/10/2017
Under 17 Slam – Lanarkshire, 28th – 29th October – Lanarkshire Ice Rink (Hamilton).
Team Craik (pictured right) underlined their win at Lockerbie with a second successive Asham Under 17 slam win. With skip, James Craik, back in the team they topped their section before putting in some strong performances in the playoff stages to wrap up the title beating Team McCormack in the final 6-2. A new trophy was presented this year to the winners of the low road.
This salver was presented on behalf of Wishaw Curling Club in memory Scott Lumsden who died last June. Wishaw Curling Club President, Luke Carson spoke of how Scott had helped junior curling at Lanarkshire Ice Rink including himself and how he was proud to present the trophy for the first time. The low road final was a fitting contest. Buoyed by a score of 5 in end 2, Team MacDiarmid ( pictured left) managed to hold off a Team Gow comeback and seal the win 8-7. The next Asham Under 17s Slam is The Baljaffray Trophy at Greenacres, November 25th-26th.
Grand Slam of Curling – The Masters, 24th – 29th October – Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, World Curling Tour competition (WCT).
Team Muirhead achieved back to back grand semi finals with their results in Lloydminster. After a strong performance to beat Team Hasselborg of Sweden the reigning Scottish champions found themselves up against the 2015 world champions skipped by Alina Patz of Switzerland. A tight contest, was edged by Team Muirhead who stole the last end to complete a 5-4 win. Team Muirhead were on the wrong side of a 6-3 semi final loss to Kerri Einarson of Manitoba who went on to lose the final to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Gold Medallist, Jennifer Jones. Team Smith picked up a win over American Olympic hopefuls Team Shuster but were eliminated at the round robin stage. Both teams will be next in action at the European Championships in St. Gallen Switzerland, 17th-25t November.