Monday, May 10, 2010

More looking ahead to next season

The more I learn about team changes, the more intriguing a prospect next season becomes. I mentioned before (here), that David Murdoch had teamed up with Warwick Smith. I had the front end wrong though. Glen Muirhead, whose own junior team defeated Murdoch in the Bruadar Scottish Curling Championship semifinal, will play second for David next season, with Ross Hepburn at lead.

Tom Brewster, above, will skip Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow. Tom confirms that he wants to play more next season. He now has an enthusiastic young team in front of him.

The word is that Hammy McMillan will play with David Smith, with Ross Paterson and Sandy Gilmour retained as the front end. As a good friend commented, "That'll be fun!" Indeed it will. Can't wait.

It is good to hear too that Jackie Lockhart, below, plans to be back on the ice next season, the injury that saw her so cruelly sidelined for the Columba Cream final game now behind her. She has teamed up with Karen Addison who missed out on the Olympics when she was deselected in January. Three time world junior champion Sarah Macintyre is also included in the team I believe, with the well known Anne Other.

Junior Champion Lauren Gray has joined forces with Jennifer Dodds who she beat in the final last season. Tasha Aitken and Caitlin Barr are the front end.

Junior Men's Champion Ally Fraser will have Thomas Sloan, Blair Fraser and Kerr Drummond for the new season.

Applications for performance pathway support via the Scottish Elite, National Academy and Regional Academy are now being solicited. See today's post on the Royal Club website here. Closing date is May 31.

The photo of Tom is from the Edinburgh International last season, and that of Jackie is from the Euro Championships in Aberdeen's Linx Arena in December. Both © Skip Cottage.