November 02, 2008

Weekend roundup

Let's start with the Scottish Wheelchair Curling Pairs Championship, sponsored by Star Refrigeration. Aileen Neilsen and Jim Taylor came from 3-0 down to snatch the title from Elgin's Mike McKenzie and Jim Gault in an extra end of the final at the Braehead rink today. First class and exciting stuff! Find all the results on the Royal Club website here.

In Canada, the David Murdoch team won their first game in the Cactus Pheasant Classic. They lost their second, to drop into the B road. They lost there, then strung back to back games in C, before losing out to Pat Simmonds in a game which was webcast on CurlTV. Record: played six, won three, lost three. At the Red Deer Classic, Kelly Wood's side had the same record. The team lost their first, then won twice in the B road before being put into C, where they won one more game before bowing out.

At the Ottawa Valley Curling Association Junior Superspiel, Claire Hamilton's team of Lauren Gray, Rhiann Macleod and Caitlin Barr won their first game but lost their second, putting them into the B Road. They lost there, but then won three straight to qualify for the semifinals! They came up against the current Canadian Junior Champion Kaitlyn Lawes then, and lost that one. Still, they were in the prizemoney and come home $1000 in pocket!

Kerr Drummond's team did not have such a good run. They lost three straight to go into the (mixed) consolation event, where they won one game before going out.

Top: Aileen Neilsen and Jim Taylor in concentration mode in the National Wheelchair Pairs final. Pic by Bob.

Alan Walkinshaw represented the sponsors, Star Refrigeration, at Braehead. With Aileen and Jim is Jim's niece and biggest fan Ana Martin, and a bear who got excited during the final and ended up on the ice. Umpires Ian Addison and Leslie Ingram-Brown had to make an unusual intervention in the game, to rescue the embarrassed bear, who wishes to remain anonymous! Pic by Bob.

The Swedish Ladies' tour party has moved on from Lockerbie to Braehead, and here they are engaged in the tradition of broomstacking with members of Glasgow Ladies CC. Pic by Bob.

The European Invitation Seniors event at Greenacres concluded on Saturday. The men's event was won by the Roxin brothers from Sweden, here being presented with their trophy by Malcolm Richardson. All the results, and lots of photos, can be found here. Photo by Hugh Stewart.

Kay Gibb, Judith Carr, Annette Canata and Ronnie MacDonald won the senior women's event at Greenacres. Results here. Photo by Hugh Stewart.

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