May 14, 2015

Edinburgh International 6th - 8th November

Plans are moving ahead for the 2015 competition, which will be run along the same lines as it was last year.
24 teams split into leagues of six teams.  Guaranteed five games and the top two from each section progress to the quarter-finals and the knock-out stages on Sunday 8 November. 
The entry fee is £450 per team.  First prize (team) is £5500, runners-up £2000, losing semi-finalists £1000 and losing quarter-finalists £450.

Edinburgh have also committed to webcast a game from each of the draws which is a significant increase from last year.

February 04, 2015

Team Edwards crowned 2015 Goldline Scottish Curling Tour Champions

Following the Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open; the final event on the Tour, David Edwards and his team of John Penny, Scott Macleod and Billy Morton (subs Adam Flint and Kerr Drummond) have been crowned out 2015 Goldline Scottish Curling Tour Champions.

Heading into the final event, Tom Brewster and Hannah Fleming were the only other teams who remained in contention for the overall prize and with both teams falling short in the quarter finals this determined the final placings.

Edwards and his team picked up Tour wins at the Sulwath Open in Dumfries, The Forfar Open and at his home club in Aberdeen at the Accord ESL City Open. This is the second time David Edwards has claimed the top prize in the Goldline SCT, following their success in the 2012-2013 season.

Picture: David Edwards and his team of John Penny, Scott Macleod and Billy Morton picking up their latest prize on the Tour at the Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open

January 27, 2015

Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open this weekend!

The final competition on the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour calendar has been quick in coming around this year and with Tom Brewster, David Edwards and Hannah Fleming all still in contention for the top prize, this weekend will provide some exciting curling and the perfect warm up for the upcoming Scottish Curling Championships in a couple weeks time with all teams looking to find their best form at the business end of the season. 

The Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open results can be found here. 

December 19, 2014

Reminder about the Substitute Rules

Following a recent audit of the results for this season, by the committee, it transpires that two teams have now breached the substitutes rule 1.3 and as such have had a second entry added to the leaderboard as per rule 1.4.

The full GSCT rules are published on the website. These are reviewed by the committee annually and any changes will be advised on the blog at the end of each season.

1. Team Eligibility 1.1 Any group of 4 players will be eligible to play in SCT tournaments and be awarded SCT points.
1.2 On award of SCT points, the full names of players used in the tournament (including any substitutes) must be submitted to tournament organiser.
1.3 In order to continue accruing points on SCT leaderboard no more than six players may be used by one team in any given season.
1.4 On use of 7th player in any tournament, points awarded in that event will be listed as a new team on the SCT leader board.

December 14, 2014

Brewster Wins

Tom Brewster's team win the 3rd Kinross Open in an exciting final against David Edwards.

In the quarter finals Tom overcame Hazel Smith whose girls fought well to tie the game going into the final end. In the semi he then faced another ladies team led by Hannah Fleming who had convincingly beaten Kyle Smith's favoured side in the quarters. Tom took an early three pointer and, although Hannah pushed Tom all the way, the men made no mistakes in the closing stages of the game and won their way to the final.

David's quarter final against local Lee McCleary ended in a reasonably comfortable win for the Aberdeen side. In the last quarter final Lee's brother Ross made short work of Gina Aitken's girls. Like the other semi an early three to team Edwards was crucial. Ross fought back to level after five ends, before Edwards blanked the 6th and 7th and cleaned up to win the final end.

The final lived up to its billing and there was little to separate the sides throughout. David had the hammer in the last and was looking for a two for the game. The end set up well for Team Edwards with lots of stones in play.  With his first David played a good shot to remove two Brewster counters and lie three stones fully guarded. All seemed lost for Brewster who ultimately opted for a extremely thin in-wick take-out. Tom played it perfectly replacing the yellow stone on the button with his red. It was the stone of the tournament and a 1 in 20 shot by Tom's own admission. David was left with nothing. He attempted a flat double off a winger but it wasn't to be and shook hands. There will be new names on the trophy this year.
Thomas Muirhead, Hammy McMillan, Tom Brewster and Glenn Muirhead.

Congratulations to Doug Ritchie and the organising committee for running a very successful event.

All photographs by Andy R Macpherson

December 13, 2014

Kinross Qualifiers

Section A saw Tom Brewster's rink dominate and qualify for the quarters without dropping a game. Gina Aitken and John Duff finished equal on points but it is Gina and team that go through on their ends tally.

Simon Grant of Team Duff showing off his new socks.

In Section B, both Hazel Smith and Ross McCleary's rinks won three out of their four games. Ross's local team qualify first with three more ends than the ladies.

Action Man

Section C was clear cut with Kyle Smith's team qualifying first and Lee McCleary beating Grant Barr's side to qualify second.
Stuart Stark and Robin Brydone go to work when Lee McCleary is light again.

In Section D it was David Edwards and Hannah Fleming that led the way. These two teams drew their first head to head 5-5, with Hannah leading on ends. However in their Saturday night game the  boys dominated and secured the first qualifying place.
Hamish Geyer, Alice Spence and Abi Brown not quite sure what to make of that shot.

Quarterfinal match-ups at 10am tomorrow are:
   Tom Brewster vs Hazel Smith
   Kyle Smith vs Hannah Fleming
   Ross McCleary vs Gina Aitken
   David Edwards vs Lee McCleary

December 02, 2014

Kinross Open

Summer 2014 has seen Kinross Curling Rink undergo a major refurbishment with new roofing, walls, floor & plant. In fact, everything except the steelwork! Players and spectators are therefore looking forward to some top class curling in this "new" facility next weekend for the Kinross Open (12th - 14th Dec)

The draw has been released and it includes a number of teams who are vying for the lead of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour. Come along and enjoy the action!

November 12, 2014

Only Two Events Remain

Below is a snapshot of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour leaderboard with only two events remaining: 

30pts David Edwards
20pts Tom Brewster
20pts Ewan MacDonald
19pts Stuart Taylor
16pts Hannah Fleming
16pts Lee McCleary
15pts Aku Kauste
13pts Ross McCleary
10pts Jennifer Martin
10pts Kyle Smith   

Both Kinross (12-14 December) and Aberdeen (30 Jan – 1 Feb) have still places left so with plenty points still available can anyone stop David Edwards claiming his second GSCT title. Strong fields are assembling for both events with seven of the above field already in for Kinross and the top two along with Hannah Fleming signed up for Aberdeen.  

Kinross have increased their prize fund from £750 to £1,250 this year. 

Below is the current GSCT chairwoman in action at Kinross last year

November 09, 2014

Edinburgh International - Sunday Round Up

Team Kauste from Finland qualified for the final of and were up against Team Sik from The Czech Republic.
The final started slowly but in the 2nd end Team Kauste played a good aggressive end and left Sik facing 3 shots. His attempted double takeout jammed and only one stone was removed, which left Kauste with a draw for 3 points, which was made. Team Sik responded with a 3 of their own in the 3rd end to tie the game. End 4 was blanked but then Kauste made a solid shot to score another 3, this time in the 5th end. Sik could only score 1 in the 6th end but a miss by Kauste in the 7th end allowed Sik to steal 2 in the 7th end to tie the score at 6-6. Team Kauste held the last stone in the 8th end and made no mistake, scoring 1 to win the game 7-6.

Team Kauste qualified for the final following an 8-5 victory over Team Brewster in the quarter final and following this up with a 5-3 win over Team Van Dorp from the Netherlands.Team Sik qualified for the final by defeating Team Smith 6-4 in the quarter final and then defeating Team Taylor in the semi final.

Winners of the 2014 Edinburgh International - Team Kauste

November 08, 2014

Edinburgh International

The round robin matches in this years Edinburgh International Curling Championship have now concluded. The swinging ice has helped to produce some exciting and nerve tingling matches and a few surprise results which have had spectators and webcast viewers on the edge of their seats.
In Section A Team Brewster continued their impressive start to the season despite by finishing top of the section with a 4-1 record, with their only loss coming at the hands of the talented young team skipped by Bruce Mouat. Team Sik from the Czech Republic qualified in second place from Section A.
In Section B Kyle Smith was a perfect 5-0 during the round robin and qualified top of the section. Team Kauste from Finland qualified in second place from Section B.
In Section C Team Van Dorp from the Netherlands are also in fine form and topped their section with an undefeated record. Team Kiiskinen from Finland defeated defending champions Team Edwards in final round robin match to qualify in second place from Section C.
Section D was a very tight affair with 3 teams finishing joint top of the section with a 3-1 record. Team Taylor qualified top of the section due to having a better draw shot challenge score, whilst Team Rantamaki from Finland defeated Team Lill from Estonia in a play off to secure the final qualification spot.

The quarter final line up is as follows:
Brewster vs  Kauste
Van Dorp vs Rantamaki
Taylor vs Kiiskinen
Smith vs Sik 

Team Sik in action
Aku Kauste providing encouragement to his sweepers