David Edwards, Claire Perras, Dillan Perras and Louise Wood, above, won the Scottish Mixed title at Curl Aberdeen last season and with that the right to represent Scotland at the European Mixed Curling Championship which will be held at Greenacres, Renfrewshire, September 21-28, 2010.
However, the latest is that Claire won't be able to play as she is expecting her second baby in October. Great news for Claire and Dillan of course, but I'm sure Claire is disappointed that she will not be able to be on the ice at the Greenacres Rink.
Kerry Barr (above) has been asked to take Claire's place in the team, and the Royal Club Board has approved the choice. Kerry is third player in Sarah Reid's women's team.
Looking ahead to the Greenacres event, I see the European Curling Federation has published the playing regulations for the competition, see here. For the first time ever, there will be no tiebreaker games at an EMCC. Instead of tiebreakers, teams that are tied on points for playoff places will play a Post Round Robin Challenge. This will take the form of a Draw Shot Challenge in which all four team members will each play one shot.
Doing away with tiebreakers was a suggestion which World Curling Federation delegates voted against, by a narrow margin, at their meeting in Cortina in April. The European body has apparently decided to go its own way despite this.
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