The top four qualifiers for the Bruadar Scottish Men's Curling Championship look to have been decided, to judge by the leaderboard prior to the last round of play this afternoon. But there was the small matter of who would end up in the Page 1-2, and of course fifth place is significant. Should Glen Muirhead win the Scottish Junior Championship next week in Aberdeen, his side would be representing Scotland in Flims, and not available to play in the final stages of the Bruadar, March 5-7.
So, who was playing who this morning? Muirhead was against Loudon, and Glen's team finished off a great week with another victory.
Hammy McMillan faced up to David Murdoch, and Team GB was the stronger today.
Brewster against Smith was a great game, Tom drawing the four foot with last stone for his win.
Graeme Black's team always looked in charge against Scott Hamilton, until Scott posted a four in the eighth to go one ahead. Still, going down the tenth, it all went to plan for Black and he had a draw for two for the game. He played it perfectly. The loss put Hamilton out of any tiebreaker for fifth place.
Sandy Reid was against Neil Joss, with the latter getting the win today.
The final positions: Smith, Muirhead and Murdoch all finished with seven wins. On ranking, it will be Smith v Muirhead for the Page 1-2 in March. Murdoch will play McMillan (6 wins) in the Page 3-4. Tom Brewster is in position 5, waiting hopefully that Glen Muirhead wins the juniors next week.
You can check all the results, linescores and rankings here.
And here are a couple more smiles for down the road:
Team McMillan. This is just crying out for a caption!
Team Loudon plus coach, Bob Kelly. "Bob, I know we've been playing like balloons, but there was no need to emphasize it!"
Photo of the week. Team GB's Graeme Connal with his son Rory.
Pics by Bob