Thursday, October 14, 2010

Women top the bill this weekend

The first of two new women's tour weekends begins tomorrow (Friday) at the Forfar Rink. Twelve teams are lined up to take part. The story of Judith McFarlane's initiative to get these events of the ground following the demise of the old Mini Tour has been told already, see here.

The draw and results for the Forfar event can be found here. The teams will play in two sections, with the first games at 20.15 tomorrow. The final is scheduled for 16.00 on Sunday. The event has received support from Angus Council.

The second of the women's tour events will be at Curl Aberdeen, November 19-21.

Eve Muirhead's elite team would not have been eligible to compete at Forfar, but in any case the team is currently in Canada. You will probably have already read in Kay Adams' weekend report (see here) that in the 2010 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Eve and her team of Kelly Wood, Lorna Vevers and Annie Laird finished on a record of three wins and three losses. This week they will compete in the Meyers Norris Penny Charity Classic, a thirty-two team triple knockout in Medicine Hat. You can follow what happens in this Asham World Curling Tour event here.

Eve of course will compete with her junior team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Rhiann Macleod in the Scottish Junior Championship. But when Eve is committed to her 'senior' team, Anna has pulled Claire Hamilton into her own ladies' team with Vicki and Rhiann. This weekend these four are also in Canada, competing in the Southwestern Ontario Women's Charity Cashspiel, an Ontario Curling Tour event which benefits local cancer research initiatives in London. The event website is here to find the draw and results.

Many of our junior teams are in action this weekend, some at the fifth Dutch Junior Open in Zoetermeer. The event website is here. Others are nearer home at the Dunvegan and Gogar Salver competitions at the Murrayfield rink.