Friday, October 21, 2011

Russia Wins Kinross Wheelchair Curling International

The ten teams in the Kinross Wheelchair Curling International 2011 played in two sections.

Scotland 2, skipped by Michael McCreadie, dropped only one point to claim top spot in Section A. Switzerland won their last two games to take the second place.

Section B was much tighter. Russia 2 won the section, only dropping one point. Canada 2, Scotland 1 and Norway were all tied on 4 points, and it was the Norwegians who claimed second spot on ends scored.

In the one/two playoff, Russia 2 took an early lead with singles in the first two ends. Scotland 2 picked up a two in the third but immediately lost a four in the fourth before scoring singles in ends five and six. Russia took three in the seventh end to make it 9-4 at the last, and ran Scotland 2 out of stones.

Switzerland beat Norway in the 3/4 match.

Councillor Kellas of Perth and Kinross provided a reception for the competitors and presented the prizes at the closing dinner. Brian Martin of Ailsa Craig Jewellery donated beautiful prizes. By all accounts it was a very successful event. There's a more extensive report, and further photographs, here.

The presentation group. L-R: Boris Gorchakov, Konstantin Kurokhtin, Daria Shchukina, Mikhail Mokretcov, Aleksandr Dmitriev. Behind: Brian Martin, Councillor Kellas.

The Scotland 2 squad was Michael McCreadie, Michael McKenzie, Jim Gault, Ian Donaldson, and Gill Keith.

Thanks to Archie Bogie for providing the report of play and the pic of the winners.