Sunday, October 25, 2009

Scottish Mixed Doubles

I spent today at the Murrayfield rink watching the Scottish Mixed Doubles. It came down to a final between Logan Gray and Rachael Simms (on the left), and Tasha and David Aitken (on the right). So who won the title, and the right to represent Scotland in the World Mixed Doubles in Chelyabinsk, Russia, April 16-24?

The quarterfinals kicked off at 09.00. Here Rachael and Logan grapple with just one of the ends with lots of stones in play against Graeme Shedden and Claire Sloan.

Graham and Claire have the same puzzle!

David and Tasha came from three behind to score four in the last end of their quarterfinal game against Karen Strang and David Mundell.

It was just as tight in their semifinal!

But last years runners-up worked hard to steal the extra end....

... in their game against John Hamilton and Kerry Barr.

Meanwhile, Logan and Rachael were getting past Colin Campbell and Judith McFarlane on the other side of the draw.

Jennifer and Trevor Dodds had gone out in the quarters (just) to Kerry and John.

RCCC Communications Officer Kay Adams shows good style here but her pairing with David Soutar went down to Judith and Colin in the quarterfinals.

Despite yet much more hard work, Tasha and David...

... were not strong enough in the final game against Logan and Rachael, and went down 11-6 in seven ends. Hope you followed all that. If not, the linescores for all the games are here.

The Scottish MDs trophy was presented by Colin Hamilton, with RCCC Vice-President Robbie Scott in attendance. That pic will be on the Royal Club website here.

In my preview, I mentioned the English Mixed Doubles Championship which was also held at Murrayfield this weekend. The holders, John Sharp and Jane Clark, successfully defended their title.

Pics © Skip Cottage