In the days before political correctness there was a curling sticker which said, "Blondes have more fun on fast ice." Now I have no confirmation of the veracity of the statement, but I was reminded of it this morning when I received a call from the secretary of the Liudmila Privivkova fan club to tell me that the Russian skip (pictured above) will be bringing her team again to Braehead next January for the second Glynhill Ladies International!
The news just in (here) is that the organisers of the WCT-e event, January 16-18, 2009, have achieved their target to increase the entry to 24 teams. Indeed, 16 foreign teams and 8 Scottish teams are in the draw, and there is already a waiting list.
Curling Today has already flagged up (here) that the 2008 World Champions from Canada, skipped by Jennifer Jones, will be competing at Braehead, along with World Silver Medallists, Bingyu Wang’s team from China, and World Bronze medallists from Switzerland skipped by Mirjam Ott.
In addition, the top home sides will face challenges from Moe Meguro (Japan), Shari Leibbrandt (Netherlands), Binia Feltscher-Beeli (Switzerland), Karina Toth (Austria), Linda Klimova (Czech Rebublic), Kirsty Balfour (England), Petra Tschetsch (Germany) and three Russian sides skipped by Liudmila Privivkova, Margarita Fomina and Anna Sidorova. There is a strong Swedish entry too. Anna Hasselborg brings her team back to Braehead again. Karin Rudstrom's team is from Sveg, and Cissi Ostlund (below) should also have fun if the ice is fast - she lost the final of the World Junior Championship in Ostersund in March.
The Glynhill is the only women's WCT-e event in Scotland. Put the dates in your diary! The event website is here.
Photos by Bob.
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