Dumfries Set For Scottish Women’s Championship
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 9:05am
The 2014 Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Women’s Championship gets underway on Friday 29th November 2013 at Dumfries Ice Bowl, the venue for the 2014 World Senior and World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships.
Seven of Scotland’s top women’s teams will be competing in this year’s Championship which has a new format comprising a double round robin and Mini Page Play-off with the top three teams progressing to the knock out stages. The first five draws will take place at Dumfries from 29th November to 1st December and the remaining round robin games and Mini Page Play-off will take place at Dewars Centre, Perth from 10th-16th February 2014.
2013 Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Women’s Champions Team Muirhead are currently in Stavanger, Norway, representing Scotland at the European Championships and having been selected for Team GB for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games will not be competing in this year’s Championship.
Competition will be fierce however with a number of teams in with a good chance of lifting the women’s trophy and earning the right to represent Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada in March 2014.
2013 Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Women’s Championship losing finalist Hannah Fleming (Lockerbie – pictured top) returns in her opening game against Jennifer Marshall’s Greenacres rink. Fleming is the current Scottish Junior Champion but will be looking to go one step further in adding the national Women’s Championship title to her accolades.
Former Scottish Women’s Champion Gail Munro (left), from Stranraer, failed to reach the play offs last season after a disappointing round robin but begins her campaign against Jennifer Martin’s Galleon rink. Martin narrowly missed out on a play off place in last year’s Championship to Murrayfield’s Kerry Barr who has a bye in Friday evening’s first session of play.
Murrayfield’s Gina Aitken (right) will be looking to bring her recent form to the competition following a win at the Braehead Junior International in September and third place at the Oslo Junior International in October. She faces Lorna Vevers’ Lockerbie side who are also a team to watch having won the 2013 Aberdeen Ladies Open just two weeks previous.
Team lists, draws and live line scoring will be available throughout the Championship from Scottish Women’s Championship
Selected games will be webcast live by Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association
The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Men’s Championship begins in January 2014 with qualifiers at Braehead (11-12 Jan) and Dumfries (17-19 Jan) to decide the final ten men’s teams who will compete for the Men’s Championship title at Dewars Centre, Perth from 10th-16th February 2014.
The Co-operative Funeralcare are title sponsors of the Scottish Curling Championships.
All photos by Richard Gray except Gina Aitken by Tom Brydone.