Around the rinks: December 14th – 16th
Ferguson Olivier Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championships – Men’s Qualifier, 13th – 16th December 2018
Curl Aberdeen and Forfar Indoor Sports
12 men’s teams booked their tickets to Perth for the Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championship Finals this weekend as teams competed in four sections across two venues; Forfar Indoor Sports and Curl Aberdeen. Forfar played host to defending champions skipped by Gordon Muirhead who qualified comfortably winning all seven of his group games. He was joined by Phillip Wilson who qualified with a game to spare. The third qualifying space when down to a tiebreaker as Teams J. MacFarlane and Clark were tied on 4 wins and 3 losses. A tight start saw the teams level after 5 ends before a big score of 5 in the 6th end sealed the win and qualification for Team Clark. The other group at Forfar saw no tiebreakers, although certainly looked like it could head that way. Team Prentice were clear of the pack with 5 wins and 1 loss after their games. Before the final games, 5 teams could have picked up one of the last 2 places but edging out their rivals were teams skipped by Jim Cullen and Alan Chalmers.
Doug Wilson and Willie Jamieson were undefeated in Aberdeen’s section A meaning that they didn’t have to play their final game. The third and final place in that section was taken by a returning Mike Hay who edged out the 2018 Senior Silver Medallists, Team Gray. A tiebreaker was required in the last and incredibly tight section as two wins separated top from bottom. Team Paterson and Dick were ahead of the pack with 4 wins and qualified for the finals. Following them were three teams tied on 3 wins and 3 losses. With a level head-to-head between the three, ranking came down to draw shot average. Team Kinnear were ranked third out the three teams tied which meant they missed out on a tiebreaker. A tight game between Team G. MacFarlane and Sands came down to the wire with Team Sands scoring 2 in the last end and sealing the 12th and final place in the finals.
Teams will now look forward to the Ferguson Oliver Wealth Management Scottish Curling Senior Championships taking place at Dewars Centre, Perth from 30th January – 3rd February 2019. To review the scores throughout the weekend at Aberdeen click here and at Forfar click here.
Grand Slam of Curling – Boost National, 11th-16th December, Conception Bay South, NL, Canada
History was made in Newfoundland this weekend as two Scottish teams faced off in a Grand Slam final for the first time ever as Team Mouat took on Team Paterson. Defending champions, Team Mouat, won through the final undefeated beating current Canadian Men’s Champion Brad Gushue twice along the way and edging out Kevin Koe in a tense semi-final. After an up-and-down group stage, Team Paterson saw themselves directly qualified for the quarter finals with a record of 2-2. There they faced the current number 1 ranked team in the world, Team Edin. A tight game saw Team Paterson edge out in front before sealing victory with a big score of 3 in the 7th end. Their semi-final win went right to the wire as they saw off veteran skip Glenn Howard in an extra end.
The final was a rematch of an earlier group game that Team Mouat had dominated 7-1 – but this final was much closer. Singles were exchanged throughout the game and saw things finely poised in the 8th end. Team Mouat were 1 point down with hammer and looked to score 2 and defend their title. A well-played end saw Team Paterson force Team Mouat to a score of a single point and send things all the way to another extra end. Team Paterson made use of the all-important last stone advantage and, facing two with their last, executed a hit and stick to score the point needed and take their first grand slam title. Team Paterson join Team Mouat and Murihead as Scots to have won Grand Slams and things are finely poised ahead of the Scottish Curling Championships in February.
Team Muirhead had a solid week, qualifying for the playoffs with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. Their journey stopped at the quarter finals stages against Jennifer Jones. You can see pictures, articles and all the scores from The Boost National here.
Dumfries Challenger Series, 13th-16th December, Dumfries Ice Bowl
The Dumfries Challenger saw its first international winner as the Dutch team skipped by Japp van Dorp won the title in a close final against Team Lottenbach from Switzerland. Team van Dorp did a better job using hammer to their advantage and held on for a 5-3 win. They will now look forward to the WCF World Championship Qualifying Event in New Zealand in January. Two domestic teams, skipped by Scottish Mixed Champion teammates Ross Whyte and Robin Brydone, were the only ones to make it to the playoffs. As the draw worked out, they played each other in quarter finals. Scoring in the first two ends, Team Whyte looked on top but Team Brydone kept on the pressure and stole 3 of the last 4 ends played to secure a 6-2 win.
You can review all the scores from the event here.
The next event on the Scottish Curling Tour is the Forfar Curl Fest taking place from 4th-6th January 2019. You can find out more about the SCT here.
Introduction to Mixed Doubles, Ayr Ice Rink, Sunday 16 December 2018
The final coaching course for in 2018 was held in Ayr ice rink on Sunday. The Introduction to Mixed Doubles workshop has been a new item on the coach education programme this season and has proved to be very successful. Nine coaches attended from far and wide. This was a great number considering the awful weather conditions – thanks for your support! Thank you to Ayr ice rink as well for hosting the event.