April 03, 2017

Final Standings



Another successful season of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour is now complete.

Final standings and the top 10 from our 2016/17 Leaderboard are below (Full Leaderboard is here) :




Grant Hardie's Team have completed a successful season by winning the final event of the year at the Aberdeen International which has cemented their place at the top of the leaderboard and will collect the Colin Galbraith Memorial Trophy as worthy winners. The prize giving will take place on April 9th at the close of the Junior Mixed Doubles Competition.


This completes a great year for Grant and his team,  they have won 3 out of the 6 SCT tournaments that they have entered and reached the final in another.  (pic courtesy of Aberdeen International Facebook Page)

Sophie Jackson completes a fantastic season for her team by winning the Ladies prize, Sophie and her team Won Silver at the World Junior Curling Championships this year. 

We have had a record breaking year for the number of International teams on our leaderboard, this is fantastic news for Curling in Scotland and goes to show that our competitions are attracting the very best from around the world and we hope this continues.


The goal of the tour remains to provide a structure to the competitive circuit in Scotland, bridging the gap between local teams, future talent and the elite professionals in our sport, and in doing so support the tournaments and ice rinks that are vital to Scottish curling at every level. Having shared in this vision since the inception of the tour in 2011, Goldline have been a valued partner throughout it's development. The tour committee would like to thank Goldline for their continued support and announce an extension to their sponsorship until end of season 2018/19.



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Thanks to all of the players, spectators, local organisers and tournament sponsors. We look forward to September and the start of the new season!



GSCT Committee


March 19, 2017

Hardie wins Aberdeen International

Grant Hardie and his rink of Blair Fraser, Duncan Menzies and David Reid have cemented their place at the top of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour Leaderboard with a win over Team Liu of China in the final of the Aberdeen International.

Hardie opened with one in the first end, to which Liu replied with one in the second. Capitalising on the last stone advantage by scoring 2 in ends three and five, while Team China could only manage to score a single point in end 4. Ends 6 and 7 were blanked, and then the Chinese were run out of stones in end 8.

Thanks were given to the ice staff, Curl Aberdeen staff, competitors and spectators; the great support for the final was noted.

This draws the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour to a close for this season - look out for the final leaderboard update soon!

Semi-Final Report and Final Line Up

In the first semi final, Hardie came up against hot favourites McEwen, and opened with a steal of 1. Some excellent shot making from both teams made for an excellent game, but Team Hardie's accuracy meant they booked a place in the final!

Chinese side Liu took on Swiss side Schwaller in the other semi final. singles were exchanged at the start of the game, but Liu and his team manufactured some multiple scores later on, and it will be them who face Hardie in the final.

Hardie v Liu is now underway, and Hardie has opened with a score of 1 in the first end, after covering the pin with his last stone draw before the game.

Great atmosphere in the rink this afternoon, well worth popping in!

Playoff Stages at Aberdeen

Three days of triple knockout play set up the following quarter finals this morning:

McEwen (Canada) v Kauste (Finland)
Deruelle (Canada) v Hardie (Scotland)
Eskilsson (Sweden) v Liu (China)
Murdoch (Scotland) v Schwaller (Switzerland)

Kauste held A side qualifiers McEwen to a close game, but a score of 4 in the seventh end secured a semi final place for the Canadians. They are up against Team Hardie who defeated Deruelle in a convincing fashion in their quarter final.

The Chinese side defeated Eskilsson 7-2 after six ends, and they face Schwaller in the semi final. A steal of 2 in end five was key to the Swiss team prevailing over current Scottish Champions Team Murdoch.

Semi Final matches (McEwen/Hardie, Liu/Schwaller) got underway at 12pm, and the final will take place at 3pm. Spectators welcome (free of charge) at Curl Aberdeen, who have done a great job of hosting this event! Staff and volunteers are ensuring that the Championships runs smoothly.

March 18, 2017

C Event Finals - Saturday Evening

 This evening, the four qualifiers from the C Event will be decided. The winners of the following matches will proceed to the quarter finals tomorrow morning.

Rui v Ramsfjell
Hardie v Stjerne
Kauste v Stukaskiy
Whyte v Schwaller


Saturday Aberdeen International Action

Moving into the third day of competition at Aberdeen, Teams McEwen and Murdoch have qualified for the playoffs through the A event.

In the B event, Deruelle has defeated Ulsrud, progressing to the B semi - final, with Ulsrud dropping the C event. Ramsfjell continues in the B road after victory over Team Hardie this morning.  Eskilsson defeated young Scottish Team Bryce, and Kauste was victorious over Stjerne.

B Semi-Finals (Saturday 12pm session)

Eskilsson defeated Kauste to gain their playoff place for Sunday, and Deruelle were victorious over Ramsfjell to join them in the playoffs.

The C event semi finals are at 4.30pm this afternoon, with the finals at 7.30pm. There will be four qualifiers from the C road.

Semi finals:

Retornaz v Liu
Shuster v Hardie
Wunderer v Stjerne
Whyte v Ulsrud
Bryce v Schwaller
Pfister v Stukaskiy

Pop into Curl Aberdeen this evening or tomorrow to watch some world class curlers in action here in Scotland! Admission is free.







March 17, 2017

Friday Evening Update from Aberdeen

After a busy day of play at the Aberdeen International, the last few games of the day are coming to a close.

This evening's session saw McEwen (Canada) victorious over Stjerne (Denmark) in the A event, meaning they have qualified for the quarter finals. Ulsrud (Norway) is up against Murdoch (Scotland) to secure their playoff place; it is currently 5-5 after 6 ends, with the Norwegians playing with hammer.

In the B event this evening,  Tom Brewster's home team is playing Canadian visitors Deruelle. That game stands at 6-3 to the visitors after 6 ends. Brewster has hammer. The other B event game sees fellow Scots Mouat 4-2 down against Kauste (Finland), where Team Mouat are playing the 8th end with hammer.

Craik (Scotland) lost out to Shuster (USA) in the C event, meaning that they have been knocked out of the event, but the young team have put in some great performances against world class teams over the past couple of days. Italian team Retornaz defeated Baumann (Germany) in their evening's other C event match up.

*update*

After a draw to the 4ft for a score of 1, Deruelle have defeated Team Brewster.

Team Kauste proceed in the B event after defeating Team Mouat.

*further update*

After an extra end, Murdoch makes an open hit with his last stone to defeat Ulsrud. The Scots played a solid loooooooong game and it was a classic Ulsrud/Muddy battle for the ages. [last end report by Svae of Team Ulsrud]




March 16, 2017

Aberdeen International Curling Championship 2017

The Aberdeen International Curling Championship will be hosted by Curl Aberdeen this weekend, this is the final chance for teams to win Goldline Scottish Curling Tour points for the season.

Twenty eight teams from around the world will contest the competition in a triple knockout for their share of the total prize pot of £13,900.

The draw can be found here, a triple knockout format, the first of its kind on the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour.  

The first round of games starts today at 2.30pm, 4 seeded teams have a bye to the second round, these are Ulsrud (NOR), Murdoch (SCO), McEwen (CAN) & Smith (Sco)


2.30pm:

Kauste v Brunner
Pfister v Woolston
Shuster v Retornaz
Mouat v Hutcheon
Craik v Wunderer
Stjerne v Schwaller

5.30pm

van Dorp v Baumann
Ramsfjell v Whyte
Deruelle v Bryce
Eskillson v Hardie
Brewster v Pougher
Rui v Stukaskiy

Updates throughout the competition can be found on the Facebook page or the Aberdeen International Curling Blog.  

Good luck to all those competing and we would encourage all in the nearby area to go along and support this World Class field.

February 05, 2017

Aberdeen City Final


Pougher delivers

Robertson, Fourth for Team Hutcheon

With Wales dominating in the six nations rugby match airing in Curl Aberdeen; their curling compatriots took to the ice looking to emulate that performance.
However it was the locals who struck first with a two, Pougher then equalising in the 2nd drawing the button with his last. A great angled tap to the 4-foot from Angus Robertson in the 4th put Team Hutcheon back in front and then another two in the 5th followed a dip in form from the Welsh side. Hutcheon kept the pressure on and Pougher was forced to play a tricky raise double with his last in the 6th. It was played well but only managed to remove one opposition counter and a single was scored. Forced to gamble in the 7th, Pougher was a bit heavy with this last draw and gave Angus an opportunity for three which he took for a 9-3 lead and handshakes were offered.

Murray McGregor, Andrew Hutcheon, Andrew Dolman, Angus Roberston
and Chairman of Curl Aberdeen George Rogerson



Semis

The Hutcheon versus Dunn game started cagily with two black ends. First blood went to Andrew Hutcheon's local side in the 4th when they picked up a three. The English team fought on but lost a two in the 6th to give Hutcheon some breathing space. Going onto the 8th Dunn needed to steal a two for the extra but only managed a single giving the local team a place in the final.

Team Dunn

In the second semi final the Welsh continued their good form picking up a score of three in the first end. Edwards experienced side kept the pressure on forcing some great stones from skip James to keep Welsh noses in front. In the 6th however there were lots of stones in play and Edwards managed to steal a two to put the Scots in front for the first time. Team Pougher came straight back in the 7th drawing for another three shots to regain the driving seat. Into the 8th and team Edwards were looking good for at least a two or maybe three for the game until a good draw for second shot by the Welsh skip. David then confidently drew the 4-foot for an extra end. In the extra Edwards had a couple of stones in the house. The Welsh continued to remove the Edwards guards and left themselves with a draw to the 4-foot for the game with their last. The sweepers worked hard and forced Edwards' third John Penny to call a measure... the umpire did his job and called the red Welsh rock as shot.

Final: Hutcheon v Pougher

Team Edwards consider their options