Thursday, October 01, 2009

Wheels on ice at Kinross

Michael McCreadie, Aileen Neison, Tom Killin and Angie Malone (above) were just about to take to the ice when I met them at the Dewar's Rink in Perth yesterday. They are four of the five members of the GB wheelchair curling team for the 2010 Paralympics (the other is Jim Sellar) and were about to play their first game amongst the AB teams in the Perth Super League. Good match practice, I would suggest, for the British Open Wheelchair Curling Championship at Kinross in which they are competing this weekend.

That event has eight teams and gets underway on Saturday, with the semifinals scheduled for 10.00 on Sunday. The draw can be downloaded from here as a pdf file.

Elsewhere, sixteen men's teams and six women's teams take part in the first of the RCCC Mini Tour events at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton. Play begins at 6.30 pm tomorrow (Friday). The draw is online here.

The Men’s Curling Champions Tour moves to Basel in Switzerland. First games are tomorrow (Friday), with the semifinals not until Monday. Thirty-two teams from twelve different countries play in a triple knockout. The current Tour leader is Thomas Ulsrud of Norway. Team GB, skipped by David Murdoch, are in the mix this weekend too, as is Pete Loudon's side, with all the top European teams. The results should be here.

Last but not least, did you notice that Alan MacDougall, Lana Watson, Andrew Reed and Suzie law, representing England, have gone undefeated through their section at the European Mixed Curling Championship in Prague. All the results are here. Denmark, Scotland and England are through to Saturday's semifinals, with the fourth semifinalist team to come from the playoffs involving Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia.

Scotland will play the team that comes through the playoffs, and England will meet Denmark, as Kay Adams explains here.

Pic © Skip Cottage