March 29, 2016

Final Standings

Another successful season of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour is now complete.
Final standings at the top of the leaderboard are below:





A solid quarter final performance from Team Mouat in Aberdeen at the weekend cement their place at the top of the leaderboard and will collect the Colin Galbraith Memorial Trophy as worthy winners. This completes a great year for this team adding the 'Goldline Scottish Curling Tour Champions' title to their Scottish and World Junior titles. For skip Bruce though, there is still the chance of more silverware at the World Mixed Doubles in Sweden in a few weeks time.


Two ladies teams made it into the top12 above, and it was Lauren Gray's team who collect the Ladies Trophy this year. Congratulations to them.


It is pleasing also to see two international teams (from Netherlands and Finland) featuring high on the leaderboard. It is hoped that this trend continues and that even more teams from overseas are attracted to Scotland to compete in our competitive tournaments in future.


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 27, 2016

Murdoch Wins Inaugural Aberdeen International

David Murdoch triumphed in the all Scotland final this afternoon.  They played a fantastic final and won 5-1 against Tom Brewster.  Tom now heads off to Basel for the World Championships next week.  

Below is Team Murdoch receiving the Bruce Ferguson Memorial Trophy from Bruce's wife, Kate Ferguson.


L-R: David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Kate Ferguson, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow

Final Time in Aberdeen

Two contrasting Semi finals in Aberdeen, David Murdoch was first off the ice with a strong performance and win over Michael Brunner, David and his team started very strong and took a dominant lead which wasn't recovered.  They were off early and awaiting the winner of Ulsrud and Brewster.  Thomas looked to be in control of the second half but an uncharacteristic mistake in the 7th gifted a steal to Tom.  Brewster was 1 up without hammer in the last.  Thomas was left with a draw to the four foot with backing but was a fraction wide and it slid off, a measure was called, the Norwegian brushes went into the bags, they knew what was coming, a steal of 1 for Brewster. Much to the delight of the home crowd there's an all Scottish final, Tom Brewster vs David Murdoch

The final starts at 4pm, Line scores available here






 

Aberdeen International Quarter Finals

The first Quarter final here in Aberdeen saw the Scottish and World Junior Champions, Team Mouat take on the Scottish Mens Champions Tom Brewster, a big three in the 7th was enough to seal the victory for Tom.  Thomas Ulsrud and Aku Kauste enjoyed a battle in the closest of the quarter finals, the game was tied going into the last end.  Kauste had the hammer but a fantastic last shot from Thomas gave Aku a tough tap back to win which just ticked the guard. 

The other Scottish team in the quarters, David Murdoch controlled his game against Jaap Van Dorp and will face Brunner from Switzerland after they beat Team America in a closely fought game.

So the semi finals are
Ulsrud vs Brewster
Brunner vs Murdoch









March 26, 2016

Aberdeen International Curling: Day 2

David Murdoch and Bruce Mouat have secured qualification from the Yellow Section, they play each other this evening to decide who tops the group.  Bruce is not playing this weekend as he is concentrating on training for the mixed doubles next month.  In his place Duncan Menzies has stepped in at 3rd with Bobby skipping.

In the green section Cammy Bryce kept his hopes of qualification alive, he beat Jaap Van Dorp, Cammy now needs Tom Brewster to beat Van Dorp in tonight's game.  Tom is 3-0 after beating the Russian team with a controlling display.  Speaking after the game Glen Muirhead said "we were unfortunate not to score a couple of early doubles but hung in and dominated the latter half.  The ice is great and this is really good prep for next week."

On the ice at the moment, a big game in the Red Section as Kyle Smith takes on the undefeated Team Ulsrud. Brunner vs Keller, Macleod vs Hoiberg and Kauste vs Shuster

Line Scores available here
 
 

Update: Aberdeen International Curling


Session 1 of Day 2 saw wins for David Murdoch and Bruce Mouat in the Yellow section, Tom Brewster and Jaap Van Dorp both won in the Green Section.  All 4 teams are currently undefeated and top their groups.

Taking to the ice at 11am is Smith vs Woolston, Keller vs Ulsrud, Taylor vs Kauste and Hoiberg vs Shuster.

Line scores can be found here

 


More photos can be found on facebook

March 25, 2016

Aberdeen International Curling Championship 2016 Day 1

Session 1 this morning saw wins for Michael Brunner from Switzerland and Kyle Smith in the Red Section.  Whilst Stuart Taylor and Aku Kauste came out on top in the Blue Section.  All 4 games finished before the full 8 ends had been completed.

Just off the ice are our very own recently crowned World Junior Champions and GSCT Leaders, Team Bruce Mouat, who continued their impressive form with a solid win against team China, Zang  8-2 after only 6 ends. In the other game of the Yellow Section Krystof Tabery beat Alexander Baumann.

The Green Section saw a win for Cammy Bryce against Juraj Gallo from Slovakia and Jaap Van Dorp getting the better of Team Drozdov of Russia in a very close game.

There are 3 more draws today, 2.30, 5.30 and 8.30pm.

Results can be found here

March 24, 2016

Aberdeen International Curling Championship 2016

The finale of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour takes place this weekend at Curl Aberdeen.  An International field of 20 teams will compete for the £13,500 local prize pot in what is the competitions first year on the GSCT.

The field includes teams from Scotland (7), England (1), Germany (1), Switzerland (2), Russia (1), Slovakia (1), Finland (1), USA (1), Czech Republic (1), Netherlands (1), China (1) and Norway (2)

Team Thomas Ulsrud (Nor) are just one of the top teams competing this weekend, I caught up with their Second, Christopher Svae this morning and asked him if he was looking forward to the weekend. "I always love coming over to Scotland, we're really excited about this new Tournament and looking forward to being part of it"

The draw can be found here.

Results throughout the weekend will be available at

We will also be blogging from the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday will also host the prize giving for the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour.  Our president will be in attendance to present the Galbraith Trophy to the winning team and runners up prizes.

This fantastic new tournament will be a great end to the GSCT so supporters are encouraged to go along to Curl Aberdeen and cheer on these great teams.



February 07, 2016

The Final


MacDonald took a dominant lead in the final taking the first four ends to lead 5-0. Alan MacDougall’s side kept the pressure on, they took a single in the 5th and guarded up in the 6th playing aggressively to try and get back into the match. However, a short final stone from Alan meant at least two shots to MacDonald and the handshakes were offered.

Team Ewan MacDonald are Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open Champions 2016. The team now move into 3rd position of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour with just one event left.



Semis

The first semi-final was between Team England (Alan MacDougall) and Team Wales (Adrian Meikle), so in addition to a place in the final there was national pride to play for too. The English went ahead early leading 5-1 after 5, however the Welsh struck back with a big three. England made their single in the 7th and looked to defend their two shot lead in the 8th. However it was the Welsh that took their chances and Adrian had a draw for two to tie the game. The sweepers nursed it to the button for the extra end. The Welsh placed their guards well early in the extra but when skips came to play the house was open again. Alan was left with an open hit for the game. He held his nerve and made no mistake.

In the other semi-final Lauren Gray, the remaining ladies team in the event, faced the tournament favourites skipped by Ewan MacDonald. It was a tight match at 3-3 after five ends, when Ewan made a draw for two and control of the game. In the 7th, MacDonald managed to get a stone well guarded on the edge of the four-foot and the girls had only a tricky tap to the button to save one. Lauren executed the shot perfectly. The men tried hard to lift a double on the guards in the 8th but never quite managed it. A good draw by Lauren with her last showed Ewan only half stone. This proved more than enough and he peeled it out for a place in the final.

For the second time this weekend Scotland will play England for the cup. Will yesterday’s events at Murrayfield be echoed in Aberdeen today?
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