March 31, 2008

Smith wins Scottish Mixed

Thanks to Christine for all the blogging from Vernon, and Hugh for his pics from the Ford World Women's Championship. Well done team!

With the baton back (temporarily) in my hands for a few days, I can report that Curl Aberdeen was the venue for the Scottish Mixed Championship at the weekend, and a great event it was too. The four sections each produced two qualifiers, although a couple of tiebreakers were needed on Saturday night, and quarters, semis and final were contested yesterday. You can find all the results here.

The holders, Glen Muirhead (4th), Eve Muirhead, Gordon Muirhead (skip) and Anna Sloan, got past Tom Brewster, Kim Brewster, Duncan Ferrie and Kay Gibb in the semifinal, but only after an extra end. On the other side of the draw Alan Smith, Gillian Howard, David Mundell and Karen Strang made it to the final, after a last end measure, against Moray Combe, Sharon Stewart, Sandy Christie and Lorna Smith.

In the final Smith pulled back from 1-3 down after four, taking a single inadvertently when trying to blank the sixth and then stealing the seventh and the eighth. With last play of the game, Glen just overthrew his last draw to the four foot.

Kitzbuhel here we come! The website for the European Mixed Curling Championship, September 22-27, is here.

Above: Curl Aberdeen Chairman Edward Johnston presents the trophy to Alan Smith, Karen Strang, Gillian Howard and David Mundell. Below: Some pics from yesterday.

Gordon Muirhead and Alan Smith in the final.

Karen and David sweep an Alan Smith stone.

Gillian Howard

David Mundell

Anna Sloan

Glen Muirhead

Karen Strang. A long time supporter of the Mixed Championship, the winning team was entered under her name!

Who are these two Canadians? Eve and Glen Muirhead, sporting their trophy shirts from Ostersund in the semifinal!

Alan Smith

Pics by Bob

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