Saturday, January 07, 2012

Mercure Perth Masters

The Mercure Perth Masters was well underway when I visited the Dewar's Rinks yesterday. Some great curling on view. The event website for results is here.

So what cropped up in front of my lens? That's the Mike McEwen team above.

The Logan Gray team kidnap an attractive blond to be their mascot. Who is she? Read on.

Colin Campbell and Scott Macleod work on David Edwards's stone.

David Murdoch has his woes this weekend.

With Ross Paterson sidelined because of illness, Tom Pendreigh (on the right) was recruited to play, here lining up with Richard Woods on their skip's stone. I innocently asked Tom if he might be the oldest on the ice. "Yes," was the answer. Oops.

Murdoch went down in this game against Finland's Rantamaki.

It's always a delight to watch Niklas Edin and his Swedish team.

Steve Laycock's Canadians.

David Hay (left) is now Chairman of the Board at Dewar's, having taken over last month from Bill Duncan.

Ally Fraser's team was just edged by Mike McEwen's side.

McEwen is defending the title his team won here last year.

Ewan MacDonald in fine voice.

Euan Byers and Pete Loudon look somewhat concerned.

"Size doesn't matter." Oh yes, it does. Team MacDonald, sponsored by GIANT Insurance.

This was the reason for Team MacDonald's concern. They were up against the European Champions, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud. Thomas made his last stone count to win this one.

Tracy Sanderson is her name, and she is the General Manager for the UK and European arm of Loudmouth Golf. This is a rather special grouping then, as it was Ulsrud's Norwegian team which introduced the colourful pants to the curling world at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. And so the 'colourful curling' revolution began.

Photos © Skip Cottage