Weekend Preview: 11-13 November
This weekend, The Peak, Stirling Sports Village hosts the first ever Stirling Invitational Curling Competition, which is part of the newly formed Scottish Curling Tour. Starting today, twenty-two teams, including a number of leading Scottish curling athletes and five top teams from across Europe will be competing for the title and a first prize purse of £2,600.
Teams competing who are part of the World Class Performance Programme include four-time World Junior Champion and European silver medallist, Eve Muirhead, World silver medallist and reigning Scottish men’s champion Tom Brewster, David Murdoch, who along with Eve, recently qualified to represent Scotland in the European Curling Championships in Moscow in December, Sarah Reid, the only other all female team in the competition, David Edwards, Jay McWilliams and Logan Gray. Kyle Smith, who is part of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Academy programme, will also be competing.
Teams from Europe include Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson, who won gold at the World Junior Curling Championships in Perth this year, Stefen Mellemseter of Norway, Goran Carlsson of Sweden, Marco Pascale of Italy, and Mark Neeleman of Holland. Click here for the team list and draw.
At Curl Aberdeen this weekend the 25th Aberdeen Ladies Invitational will take place. Traditionally played in January, this long standing competition has been moved to November due to a number of clashes in the curling calendar.
Louise Edwards, one of the organisers says, “We are delighted to have reached the 25th anniversary of the competition and have some of the previous winners back to see if they can fight it out for the trophy once more. And to mark the 25th anniversary we will be looking back on the history of the competition…and yes photo albums have survived to tell the tale. We will also be looking for some of the teams to revive their entertainment from the Saturday nights of years gone by.”
The competition starts at 5.15pm today, so why don’t you get yourself down to Curl Aberdeen to watch this fun event. Click here for the team list and draw.
The Highland Junior International, which is part of the European Junior Curling Tour, takes place this weekend at Inverness Ice Rink. Twelve junior boy’s teams and ten junior girl’s teams will compete for the title and a share of the £3,400 prize pot. The competition starts at 11am today.
In addition to a strong Scottish appearance which includes seven teams in the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Academy (Bruce Mouat, Duncan Menzies, Gary Cannell, Stuart Marshall, Jennifer Dodds, Gina Aitken and Katie Murray), five teams from across Europe (Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Latvia) will also compete.
Click here for the team list, draw and results.