Curl Aberdeen is the place to be this week as the Scottish Junior Championships begin tomorrow (Wednesday). The top eight junior men's teams, and the top eight junior women's teams will fight it out for the junior crowns and the right to represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships which this season are at the Dewar's Centre in Perth, March 5-13.
Now, this blog has been many things, but I think this is the first time it's been a 'Lost and Found' column! John Penny has misplaced his brush. He says, "I was playing at the Perth Masters at the weekend, and my brush has gone missing. Is there any chance you could mention something on the blog that if anyone has ended up with an extra brush at the weekend – that it’s mine. It was a balance plus gold and black shaft with a new EQ curling pad on it."
So, does anyone have John's brush?
John's team of Colin Dick, Colin Howden and Billy Morton of course have more than a fighting chance to take the junior title on Sunday. Mind you, I could say that about all eight teams in the draw for the junior men's competition. The competition this year is as close as I've ever seen.
Ally Fraser is the reigning champion with Kerr Drummond and new to the team this year is Blair Fraser and Thomas Sloan. They start against Bruce Mouat at 13.30 tomorrow.
The women's competition has a massive favourite of course in Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Rhiann Macleod. Mind you, having to face the top team on paper can often bring out the best on the ice. Can anyone stop Team Muirhead this year? The Mhairi Baird team have the first chance to do so, at 10.00 tomorrow.
You will be able to find all the results here.
Ally Fraser will be defending the title he won last year. Photo © Skip Cottage.