Monday, August 22, 2011

Scottish and World Seniors

Twenty women's teams will compete for the Scottish Senior title at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton, February 7-12, next year. They play in three sections. There is no prequalifying competition before the finals. The draws can be downloaded from the Royal Club website here.

With thirty-three teams in total, there is a need for prequalifiers in the men's event. Seventeen teams will contest a prequalifier at Greenacres, January 6-8, 2012, and sixteen teams are in a prequalifier at Forfar the same weekend. At each venue each of the three sections will provide two teams for the finals at Lanarkshire alongside the women's event in February. The draws can be downloaded here.

Until the end of last week it had not been confirmed where the winners of the Scottish Senior Championships would be headed as Scotland's representatives in the World Seniors. On Friday the World Curling Federation announced that the World Senior Curling Championships 2012 will take place at the Tårnby Curling Club in Kastrup, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, in Denmark. The event will run from April 14-21.

The full press release can be read here.

It looks to be a busy season for the Tårnby Club, as the rink is scheduled to host the 2011 European Mixed Curling Championship, the 2011 European Curling Championships' Group C competitions, and the 2012 European Junior Curling Challenge (one of the qualifying competitions for the World Juniors). Indeed, the rink has curling action from this coming Friday as the first of the European Junior Curling Tour events, the Golden Danish Junior Open, takes place next weekend, August 26-28, see here.

How quickly the years go past. Apparently, the 2012 Senior Championships will be the eleventh time a World Seniors has been held, the first being in 2002 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Now here's a challenge for students of the game. Without looking up the WCF's historical database, list all the venues in order since 2002, and name all the teams that have represented Scotland. Could you name the winning countries each year?

Which were the unluckiest Scottish senior teams? (That's an easy one, just think of Iceland!)

If you do get stuck, all the answers can be found on the WCF website, here.