It was a poignant moment at Murrayfield on Saturday past when the Scottish Senior Ladies' Champions lined up on the ice. You see, the girls never had the chance to wear their national colours. The team was all packed up and ready to leave for the Worlds in Chelyabinsk when flights were cancelled because of the Icelandic volcano.
That's Lynne Stevenson, Edna Nelson, Isobel Waddell, Kathleen Scott and Elma McCulloch L-R in the photo above. The disappointment was shared by the Senior Men and Mixed Doubles teams. I doubt that any curling teams have ever had such a frustrating, and disappointing, experience as last April.
Anyway, I mention the Senior Ladies' Champions today because Isobel, Elma, Edna and Lynne are competing in the European Seniors Invitation at Greenacres this week. They won the event last year.
Lined up at the Renfrewshire rink are twelve women's teams including representatives from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia and seven teams from Scotland.
Eighteen men's teams, from Sweden (2), England (2), the Czech Republic, Ireland (2), Netherlands, Finland (2), Russia, Wales, Hungary, Norway and Scotland (4), play in three sections. Karl Nordlund's Swedes are back to defend their title.
The competition gets underway at 08.30 tomorrow morning (Wednesday) with semis and finals scheduled for Saturday. Find the results here.
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