Weekend Review: 11-13 November
The inaugural Stirling Invitational held over the weekend was won by Jay McWilliams and his junior team of Colin Dick, Grant Hardie and Billy Morton. Winning all their section games, they went from strength to strength in the knock-out stages, beating Logan Gray 7-2 in the quarter-finals and Oskar Eriksson 6-1 in the semi-finals to setup a final against Ewan MacDonald and his team of Graeme Connal, Pete Loudon and Euan Byers. Going down to the last stone of the game, Jay narrowly beat Ewan 3-2.
The Highland Junior International, which is part of the European Junior Curling Tour, proved to be a fun weekend for all involved. Gary Carnell and his team of Jamie Fraser, Daryl Russell and Fraser Thomson, who are all part of the Royal Club Academy programme, beat Meico Oehninger of Switzerland in the final, while Maggie Wilson beat Hazel Smith in the final of the girl’s competition.
The 25th Aberdeen Ladies Invitational which was held over the weekend was won by Kay Gibb’s team of Kim Brewster, Louise Edwards and Laura Mutch.
Louise Edwards, one of the organisers said after the event, “The competition was a great success and the committee were delighted to welcome back some well known faces to Curl Aberdeen along with some new competitors including two of Curl Aberdeen’s own junior players…We would like to thank everyone at Curl Aberdeen, the event sponsors, the umpires and all the competitors for a very enjoyable weekend. Roll on the next 25 years of the competition.”
The winners are pictured below L-R: Laura Mutch, Louise Edwards, Kim Brewster and skip Kay Gibb. Top L-R: Bill Aitken (sponsor) and Albert Middler (chief umpire)
The National Wheelchair Curling Squad attended the 5th Annual Rolli Trophy in Bern, Switzerland. National squad members Aileen Neilson, Angela Malone, Gill Keith, Gregor Ewan, Ian Donaldson, Jim Gault and Michael McCreadie were joined by Michael McKenzie from the Spokes program. There were 7 teams competing in a full round robin with best records determining the final standings. Teams were altered during the event as illness fell one of the players for the final two games. In total the two teams won 9 of 11 games against opposing nations and finished top two in the standings at the end of the competition. The National squad are now preparing for the British Open which begins at the Galleon Ice Rink in Kilmarnock on 25 November.