Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Out there in the curling world

I am sure that you will agree with me that the Royal Club's communications and web content officer, Kay Adams, is doing a good job. I think that the Royal Club is fortunate too that Kay still throws a mean curling stone at the top level of the game. The photo above is from the Columba Cream Scottish Ladies' Championship at Aberdeen last weekend.

I rely more and more on the Royal Club's website (see here) for keeping me up to date in all that's happening in the game. I like Kay's weekend previews and summaries, and other newsy items like that about the Borders 8 to 80+ project, and the fact that Brazil is going to challenge the USA again for a place in the 2010 World Men's Championship.

Kay skips the Gillian Howard side these days, and she is in the draw for the ZO International Women's Tournament in Wetzikon this weekend, alongside Team GB, Sarah Reid's side and Claire Milne's team.

At this time of the year, there's almost too much happening to keep track of it all. The last leg of the European Junior Curling Tour is in Thun, and the Under-17s are at Greenacres for the Baljaffray.

Team GB's wheelchair curlers are off today to the 5th Annual Cathy Kerr Memorial Bonspiel in Ottawa.

So, where am I? I'll be at the Murrayfield rink in Edinburgh for the next few days. The Edinburgh International Seniors Championship actually begins this morning, and the International Championship on Friday. The event blog is here.

Now, if you like a good barney, the draw for the men's prequalifying competition at the Galleon, December 4-6, has been posted here, and not for the first time, there is controversy about how the premier event in the men's calendar, the Bruadar Scottish Men's Curling Championship, should be organised. Follow the thread on the Scottish Curling Forum here. Certainly this is a peculiar year, dominated of course by the Olympics. But there will be life after Vancouver. I wonder what it will be like!

Pic of Kay © Skip Cottage