Saturday, September 10, 2011

Greenacres Masters Saturday

You should be able to find all the results from the Greenacres Junior Masters here. The U21 competitions, with twelve junior men's teams and eleven junior women's teams, are sponsored by Greenacres Curling Ltd. The semifinals and finals of both events are tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.

I had my camera at the Renfrewshire rink today, so here are just a few shots to give you a flavour, not comprehensive, and in no particular order! Please let me know if I have made any errors with names.

Lauren Gray and Hannah Fleming. "Hannah, do you think Bob will ever take a good photo of you?"

Perhaps this one will do. The eyes have it!

Here's the hard working front end, Abi Brown and Alice Spence are ready on their skip's stone.

At 14, Forfar's Craig Paterson was the youngest skip on the ice in the junior men's event today, with his team of Bruce Keillor, Allan Grant and Sean Davidson.

Gina Aitken encourages her sweepers, Rowena Kerr and Rachel Hannen. Katy Richardson is in the head.

This is the Robin Brydone team from Perth. Robin is in the head, Calum Kinnear and Kerr Sands are sweeping James Hay's stone.

Hazel Smith has moved up to skip this season with her team today of Naomi Whyte, Sarah Wood (substituting for Louise Mansion) and Eilidh Templeton. This team has its own blog (here), so you can follow their exploits this season.

Here's the Bruce Mouat team in action. Colin Mouat and Derrick Sloan are sweeping Ross Fraser's stone.

Kerr Drummond encourages Kyle Waddell and Thomas Muirhead. Kyle Smith in the head.

And here is skip Kyle Smith delivering.

The Royal Club's Assistant Performance Development Coach Brad Askew multitasking!

I'll leave you to decide on a suitable caption for this one. That's Heather Morton in the middle, flanked by Gayle Allan and Lorna Shaw.

Gayle and Aileen Rennie at work.

Skip Rebecca Steven is in the head. Here Rachael Halliday and Karen Munro are sweeping Jennifer Marshall's stone.

Jay McWilliam. Jay had Hamilton McMillan substituting for Grant Hardie today, with Colin Dick at third, and Billy Morton at lead.

Karina Aitken and Jennifer Martin. This game swung back and forward.

Here's the Martin team. L-R: Kimberley Smith (substituting for Tasha Aitken), Jennifer, Fiona Telfer, Mhairi Anderson.

We all have had days like these, Jennifer!

"Is it warmer up there?" Rowena Steven, Karina Aitken, Laura Barr. Hannah Findlay was the fourth member of this team today.

Duncan Menzies. Duncan's team is well established - Stuart Taylor, Robert Fawns and Angus Dowell.

Grant Barr is the colour co-ordinated member of the Stuart Marshall team. Full marks Grant. I'm looking forward to seeing all the team similarly attired! Thomas Halder and James Carswell are the other members.

"These guys look old to be playing in the Junior Masters!" Indeed.

In fact they are the Latvian men who have been training at Greenacres. The team are in the top division of the Euro Championships this season. Aivars, Normunds, Ritvars (the skip) and Ainars are good friends of the blog!

The Latvians had a practice game against David Murdoch's side today. David's team head to Canada on Monday to compete in two events in Edmonton and Saskatoon. The team have a Facebook page if you want to follow them.

Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Richard Woods. Spot the mistake! Here's a clue:
Glasgow teacher, "What's your name, boy?"
Boy, "Paa arrson, sir. With two ts!"

And, should you not be from Glasgow and want to know how to do a 'glottal stop', there's a lesson here.

Photos © Skip Cottage