Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Curling Champions Tour

I see that the dates for next season's Curling Champions Tour are now online here.

MEN's Competitions:
Baden Masters, September 10-12
Radisson Blu Oslo Cup, September 23-26
Swiss Cup Basel, October 1-4
Bern Open, October 22-24
Lucerne Curling Trophy, November 11-14
Edinburgh International, November 26-28
Ramada Perth Masters, January 6-9

There are also plans for a Danish Open in January.

WOMEN's competitions:
Radisson Blu Oslo Cup, September 23-26
RE/MAX Women's Masters, Basel, October 8-10
Grasshopper Women's Masters, Zurich, October 22-24
Stockholm Ladies Cup, November 4-7
ZO Women's Tournament, Wetzikon, November 26-28 more
Bernese Ladies Cup, January 14-16
Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead, January 21-23

Just which Scottish teams will be competing on the Tour next season depends much on which have received support through the Scottish Institute supported Elite and the RCCC's National Academy programmes. I understand that those selected have been notified and that the formal announcement will be made through the Royal Club website soon.

What about the Junior Tour? There is nothing online yet, but word is that there will be three events next season. Five countries were keen to host competitions but the organising committee (which includes the Royal Club's Performance Development Coach Rhona Martin) decided that three events were enough or it would be a struggle to fill them. The countries will rotate. This season's events are in Denmark (August 27-29), Oslo (October 22-24), and Thun (November 26-28).

That means no Junior Tour event for Inverness this year, although Scotland and Germany will host events in the 2010-12 season.