Saturday, February 18, 2012

Scottish: Men's semi and women's semifinals

I have had some emails from blogallies who are a little confused as to how many teams are left in the competition and how the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships are being played. I shall try and be clear tonight. But who said curling was a simple game?

The MEN are in the middle of a four team Page playoff. David Smith won the Page 1-2 game earlier, and his team are in tomorrow's final. Tonight, the loser of the Page 1-2 game (David Edwards) played the winner of the Page 3-4 game (Tom Brewster). This is called the 'semifinal'!

Good game this one. Brewster was 3-2 up into the ninth. Edwards attempted a tap and roll with his last in the ninth, wrecked, and Tom had a free draw for three. He made this and his opposition conceded. Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow will contest tomorrow's final at 15.00 against David Smith, Warwick Smith, Alan Smith and Ross Hepburn.

The WOMEN on the other hand played two 'normal' semifinals, with the winners progressing to the final tomorrow. Tonight's games are easy to describe. Eve Muirhead's team took four shots on the first end against Jackie Lockhart and they had as good as booked their place in the final. It would be a hard job to get back after giving Eve four of a start, and so it proved. The teams shook hands after eight.

The other semifinal was one sided too. Hannah Fleming's team took a single at the first, but Gail Munro's team dominated thereafter, and Gail, Lyndsay Cumming, Katie Wright and Jodie Milroy will meet Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton in the final tomorrow at 11.00.

All the linescores are here.

Top photo: David Edwards. Entry to the 'Shout of the Day' competition.

Tom Brewster and David Edwards.

Colin Campbell and Scott Macleod work John Penny's stone.

Close curling in the men's semi.

Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews are ready on Greg Drummond's stone.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead

Jackie, Sarah, Kay and Karen. I couldn't even begin to make up a caption for this one! Over to you.

Lyndsay and Gail ... and a linescore that tells the story.

Hannah Fleming

Second entrant in the 'Shout of the Day' competition sponsored by Wamphray Dental Practice, Lyndsay Cumming.

Look for the webcast of both finals live tomorrow on the BBC Sport Scotland website. This link should take you directly to the page.

Photos © Skip Cottage