Weekend Round-up: 23/03/2018 – 25/03/2018
Rink Championship Finals – 23rd-25th March – Forfar Indoor Sports, Forfar
After a long weekend of curling, the Rink Championship came down to a final between Perth 1 (Airleywhite CC) and Ayr 1 (Stewarton Heather CC).
The game started off with 2 blanked ends with the third end being more competitive. Ayr had a double hit to remove two Perth stones but could only manage one – steal to Perth to take the lead.
Fourth end saw Ayr take a one but were thwarted in getting more after a magnificent triple take out by Duncan McFadzean.
Ayr then stole a one in the fifth after an attempted takeout by Callum Kinnear left Craig Reid’s shot remaining as shot leaving them ahead 2-1.
The next two ends, six and seven, went with the hammer and each took a one leaving the score 3-2 to Ayr.
The final end was very tight throughout with Perth trying to draw behind the opposition stones in the latter stages. Eventually Perth got one behind but not beating Ayr’s front stone who then draw to Perth’s stone at the back. Callum Kinnear opted to remove Ayr’s stone at the front of the house leaving their stone as shot. Craig Reid attempts to hit and roll to the centre but goes too far and out of the house. This left an Ayr stone at the edge of the eight foot at the back with a Perth stone behind it. Callum Kinnear played a hack weight hit to remove Ayr’s stone and just passed his own and stay in the house to score two and seal the title. A fantastic shot to finish the game and the competition.
A video of the final shot can be seen on Forfar Indoor Sports facebook page and scores from the whole competition here
National Virtual Club Challenge – 24th March – intu Braehead, Glasgow
Stirling Virtual Club were victorious this weekend in the National Virtual Club Challenge, edging out Braehead 2 in the final. After a competitive group stage of four games each between competitors in their first 2 years of curling, Stirling and Braehead 2 were top of their sections and proceeded to the final. It started excellently for Stirling who stole a 4 and, by holding their opposition to single points secured a 7-2 win. The second placed teams, Forfar and Ayr battled for third spot and despite a strong start from Ayr, Forfar bounced back and won through 6-3.
Winning skip, Gavin Cross paid tribute to an enjoyable day “On behalf of our team I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Virtual Club system which has given us this opportunity to meet and compete against some very talented Curlers from all over Scotland today. The ice was great, the organisation smooth and the competition fierce. After some testing games in the qualifiers we made it to the final against a tough home team from Braehead and I feel very proud to take the trophy back to Stirling this year.”
You can find the scores for this competition here
Newcomers Trophy – 25th March – Greenacres
The Newcomers Trophy was held last weekend at Greenacres Curling rink where Jay Maxwell, Jonathan Blair, Julia Broadwood and Matthew Davis were victorious, topping the section on 8 points. Under some tricky ice conditions, the 6 scratch teams adapted well and kept the section close and ultimately, it came down to the last game to decide who took home the winners and runner up prizes. The winning team edged out the three person team of Cliona Riach, Stewart Kyle and Ewan Jackson. It was a fun day for all the competitors who made new friends and memories.
Grant Hardie (third for Team Mouat) presented the prizes to the winners and runners up and everyone wished him good luck and success as he heads off to Las Vegas this week for the world men’s championships.
Linescores for this competitions are here
Coach Education Courses – 24th March – Inverness, 25th March – Braehead
Inverness was busy with a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course and a newly designed workshop as part of continuous professional development called ‘The Basic Fundamentals of Movement’, looking at the role balance, co-ordination, speed and agility plays in curling. Twelve coaches attended the course and learnt how to apply these skills to warm ups, drills and delivery for both adults and children.
Twenty-two coaches attended the Stick Delivery workshop that was held in Braehead on Sunday 25th March. The course focused on tutoring coaches on how to deliver a stone using a stick, a popular delivery aid for both wheelchair users and those unable to slide. It was tutored by Paralympian Aileen Neilson, recently returned from the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics Games and Michael McCreadie also fresh from commentating on the Games.