Thursday, September 10, 2009

Curling Champions Tour gets underway

The Curling Champions Tour, the series of European events that used to be called the World Curling Tour-Europe, gets underway this weekend with the Baden Masters. This is a twenty team event, played in four sections, leading to quarterfinals. Team GB, skipped by David Murdoch, is in the draw.

The Champions Tour's website above has had a makeover. Its headline news today notes that Scotland's Leslie Ingram-Brown has been asked by the tour organisers to look at the rules for their events to try and produce a unified code of rules for all competitions. Leslie has been asked to chair a committee consisting of Armin Harder, the Executive Director of the CCT, and the two player representatives, David Murdoch and Karolina Pilarova.

Leslie says, "At the present time my work will be fact finding during the current season. I hope to meet with those responsible for the various competitions to discuss the matter with them and seek their views." He emphasises that his role is not to implement any new regulations, but simply to try to get all competitions to have the same playing rules. His title will be CCT Rules Commissioner.

The Baden Masters website, for results, is here. The draw includes three top Canadian teams skipped by Randy Ferbey, Brad Gushue and Mark Dacey. The team list is here.

Eve Muirhead's squad is also in action this weekend. They are competing in the OCT Championships in Oakville, Ontario, an event in the Ontario Curling Tour. Twenty teams play in four sections. Their first game is against Lynne Middaugh of Orillia later today. Follow the results here.