The new season begins for many under-17 curlers today! No, it's not April 1 - that was yesterday's post - but the U-17 event today and tomorrow at the Dewars Rinks in Perth is the first event in the series of five which will run through the first half of next season, to make up the U-17 Slam. The other events will be at Lockerbie, Greenacres, Hamilton and Pitlochry. These ice rinks donate trophy and prizes for each event.
The top two teams (that is a female team and a top male team or mixed team), based on results in three competitions, will receive an entry to the WCF junior camp in Fussen next summer. The RCCC will pay the camp fees (which includes accommodation and meals) and flights for the trip.
To compete in the Slam, players must be under the age of 17 years on June 30, 2008. This will the last date for teams to register to compete in the Slam.
Sixteen teams are entered for the Perth event, playing in four sections. The results are here.
Junior curling is also headlined this weekend at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. Teams from Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and Poland will compete against some of the top Scottish juniors. With four events, there is something for everyone in this under-21 competition.
Spectators are welcome. Play begins Friday at 11.00. More on this event later this week.
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