January 17, 2009

Saturday roundup from Braehead

Here's Saturday's roundup from the Glynhill Ladies International. There were four sections, each with six teams. After five games, two would come through from each. Team GB, with Eve Muirhead skip this weekend, were top of Section A with four wins and one loss. Moe Meguro was in second place on ranking, with the same win-loss record, but having lost earlier to Eve and her team at an extra end.

Section B saw Silvana Tirinzoni on top with a 4-1 win-loss record. Jennifer Jones having gone down badly to the Swiss found herself in a tiebreak against Gail Munro, both these teams having lost two games. Gail romped away to a 6-1 lead after four ends, only to lose a big four then two singles against the head. They went into the last end one down with the hammer, tied the game after a measure. The Canadians came through in the extra end, Jones making a hit and stay with last stone.

Section C saw a team successfully scale new heights in qualifying for the playoff round as top of their section - Kirsty Balfour, Suzie Law, Caroline Reed and Claire Grimwood. Team England finished with just one loss. China's Bingyu Wang will have been disappointed with their results this weekend and they did not qualify. Mairi Milne and Binia Feltcher-Beeli were tied on three wins apiece. The Swiss had lost to Mairi on their last round robin game, to set up a rematch in a tiebreaker. The visitors ran out to 5-0 after four ends and the result in this one was never really in doubt, all over after six.

Section D was decided on the last round robin game. Cissi Ostlund's Swedes spoilt Liudmila's Privivkova's unbeaten run, to leave both as qualifiers, on four wins. Mirjam Ott's Euro Champs were the casualties of that section, failing to qualify for the quarterfinals, 08.00 Sunday morning. All the results are here.

Top: Jennifer Jones and Cathy Overton-Clapham discuss strategy in the tiebreak.

Mairi Milne's side ran out of steam in the tiebreaker against the Swiss.

Look here, all fifteen stones in play, with one Chinese stone to come!

Canada's Cathy Overton-Clapham getting worked up against Tirinzoni's Swiss.

And here's why!

China played today with Yin Liu skipping.

England's Claire Grimwood, Caroline Reed, Kirsty Balfour

Redhead of the Day - WUG's Sarah Macintyre

Anna Sloan skipped the EYOF team.

Russian of the Day - Anna Siderova

Team GB today. Eve Muirhead (skip) and Kelly Wood (3rd) in this afternoon's game.

England's Kirsty Balfour

Shopping is a big attraction for many of the teams playing at Braehead. Here's Nkeiruka Ezekh.

And showing her purchases to her team- at least I think that was what was happening!

Renfrewshire Provost Celia Lawson welcomed all the players.

Pics by Bob.

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