Fourteen sheets await the participants in the World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors' Curling Championships in Chelyabinsk! Well done to the 'ice making department'.
All that is needed now are some players, and the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud has thrown a spanner into travel plans for many teams, including those from Scotland. The Royal Club has this note on the website preview of the events here:
"Many teams, including Team Scotland, travelling to the World Mixed Doubles and the World Seniors Curling Championships have encountered problems due to the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland. The World Curling Federation are currently doing everything they can to accommodate the late arrival of teams."
The photo of the ice pad is by Mark Callan