The first women's Curling Champions Tour event of 2011 begins tomorrow, Friday, in Switzerland. The Bernese Ladies Cup is a twenty-four team triple knockout. Gail Munro, Lyndsay Wilson, Kerry Adams-Taylor and Alison Mather are the lone Scottish team in the draw.
The competition website is here to find the draw and results.
Some of the participants in Berne will be going on to the Glynhill Invitation at Braehead the following weekend. That event has a new website, see here. And also new rules.
RULES OF PLAY 1. Four sections of five teams (maximum five players per team) will play a round robin format. 2. All round robin games will be a maximum of 8 ends with 3 points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. In each section the team with the highest number of points will be ranked as section winner and the team with the second highest number of points will be ranked as the section runner-up and those two teams will qualify for the knock-out stage. 3. In the event of teams finishing with the same number of points the following criteria (in order) will be used to determine ranking for direct qualification to the knock-out stage. (a) The record of the game(s) between the tied teams. (b) The team with the lesser Draw Shot Challenge (DSC). (c) The team with the best non-equal Last Stone Draw (LSD). TIE-BREAKS WILL NOT BE PLAYED.The full event rules are here.
For the first time (I think) that games in the sections of a CCT competition will see three points awarded for a win and one point for a draw - an experiment which Ian Addison, the event chairman, sees will do away with the Saturday evening tiebreakers, and perhaps even lead to more aggressive play. Ian admits that not everyone is in favour, but I applaud the willingness to try something new. Interesting it will be!