Thursday, March 29, 2012

On the ice this weekend

The final national title of the season will be decided this weekend at Curl Aberdeen. Twenty-two teams play in the Scottish Mixed Championship. The draw, team list and results can be found here. The winners will represent Scotland at the European Mixed Championship in Erzurum, Turkey, early next season.

The Dumfries Ice Bowl hosts the Junior International, with thirty-two teams, including visitors from Poland, Norway, Denmark and Holland. The event has a new website here, and this will have a results service.

The two Stranraer teams which won the Royal Club's Junior Challenge (see here) are on their way to Stockholm today to compete in the Bill Ross Trophy. There was just £600 prize money for winning at Murrayfield, and this just provides a start to the fundraising necessary for the trip. The Swedish experience has been made possible by the generosity of parents, grandparents and the Stranraer Ice Rink CC to make up the shortfall. The link with the Bill Ross competition at the Sundbyberg Curling Club is a longstanding one, and over the years many Scottish juniors have had their first taste of travelling abroad to curl in this competition.

The twenty-first Rotary World Curling Championships take place next week (April 1-6) in Maryland at the USA National Capital Curling Centre, the Potomac Curling Club, see here. Rotary Club teams from Ayr, Inverness, Perth, Leith and Aberdeen St Fittick are taking part. The last of these is set to host the next such Rotary Championships at Curl Aberdeen in 2014 and so John Bremner, George Esson, Tim Stevenson, Ronnie Caird and Ken Irons are going out to play and also to assess the requirements for two years time.

And of course I've already mentioned the World Men's Championship, and the World Lefthanders Championship!

Did I say that things were running down as we get to the end of the season?