October 14, 2007

Girls abroad 2

It was a good weekend for our Scottish women at the ReMax Women's Masters in Basel. All three teams, skipped by Kelly Wood, Claire Milne and Edith Loudon, came through the triple knockout event to reach the quarterfinals. Kelly and Edith came through the A road without loss, whereas Claire's team dropped their first game then came through the B flight.

Kelly lost her quarterfinal game against Switzerland's Mirjam Ott, but both Edith and Claire won their ties and faced each other in the semi. Edith won that encounter, but in the final against Sweden's Anette Norberg, went down 6-5 in an extra end. From the scoreline, it seems it was Sweden's stolen two at the fifth which turned the game Norberg's way.

Read more about the event on the Curling News blog here.

Still, the result is an excellent one for Edith and the rink, who receive partial support from the Scottish Institute of Sport to enable them to compete in events abroad. Money well spent if the weekend's results are taken into consideration! With the best of five contest to decide our representatives in the European Championship just a couple of weeks away, the matchup between Wood and Loudon now promises to be less one-sided than some have predicted. Get to Perth for the first game at 8.30pm on October 26! The draw is here.

In Ontario, Eve Muirhead won one game in four at the Southwestern Ontario Women's Charity Cashspiel. The girls played well in their first competitive outing together and Eve was just short in a final draw which would seen the team (Eve, Kerry Barr, Vicki Adams and Sarah Macintyre), win another game against the experienced Patti Lank of the USA in the tenth end of their game at the London Club.

The photo of Team Loudon is from the Basel event website. L-R: Edith Loudon, Mairi Milne, Katie Loudon and Katriona Fairweather. The other team photos are here.

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