East Meets West in Glynhill Curling Thriller
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:35am
The 7th Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championship held over the weekend at Braehead Curling reached a thrilling climax on Sunday afternoon when two of the Olympic contenders won through to the Championship final to battle it out for the magnificent silver kettle trophy.
Bingyu Wang and her fellow Chinese team of Yan Zhou, Qinshuang Yue, and Yin Liu, put on a devastating display of precision curling to overcome Switzerland’s representatives, the 2012 World Champions, Mirjam Ott, Carmen Schafer, Carmen Kung and Janine Greiner by a score of 9 shots to 4 after only 6 ends.
The contest was one of the best finals ever witnessed at Braehead and was by no means one way traffic. Each millimetrically perfect shot was followed by another equally brilliant. Ott opened with a 2 at the first end but only after a measure had discounted a further 2 stones. The second end was even close with five stones looking equidistantly clustered round the centre and by a matter of millimetres, Wang pulled back 2 to level the match.
The teams were level 4-4 at the half way stage, and 2 ends of sheer brilliance by the Chinese saw them pull away into an unassailable 9-5 lead, by which time the bemused Ott rink conceded.
Earlier in the day, Wang had beaten the fancied Russian Olympic rink of Anna Sidorova by 6 shots to 5 in the first semi-final, and Ott had outplayed the 2013 champion and fellow Swiss rink of Binia Feltscher by 5 shots to 2.
The three Scots rinks competing had mixed results with only Lorna Vevers rink of Sarah Reid, Becca Kesley and Rachel Hannen winning through in the Consolation Event to the semi-finals where they lost out 7 shots to 5 on the very last stone to another Swiss Rink skipped by Alina Paetz. Paetz went on to secure the Consolation title with a thrilling 11 -9 win over Team Albatross from Russia.
The 7th Glynhill Ladies International, a Champions Curling Tour event with points counting towards World Rankings, brought together 16 of the world’s best lady curling teams and was a precurser to the Olympic championships which will take place in Sochi, Russia next month, where GB will be represented by the Scots rink of Eve Muirhead. Muirhead missed the Glynhill event as she was competing in the Continental Cup in Las Vegas this weekend.
Distributed by Alan Sloan, Chairman, Glynhill Ladies International Curling Championship
Photo: Leslie Ingram-Brown