The draw for the Edinburgh International Senior Curling Championship, November 25-29, has been made and has thrown together some intriguing games in the league sections.
The competition will be run in four sections of four teams with league games taking place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November. The winners of each section qualify for the semifinals of the competition. The runners-up will qualify for the consolation event semifinals. All semifinals will take place on Sunday, November 29, at 11.30.
The two finals will go ahead in parallel with the Edinburgh International Final at 3.00pm the same day.
Section A contains Kirsty Letton and her strong Glasgow team. They are former Scottish and World Senior Champions and will provide a stern test for Jimmy Green, Hugh Meikle and local man, John Dignan.
Section B sees Sandy Nelson’s strong Kinross team face former Scottish Senior Champion, Ronnie Peat, as well as the wily Walter Brown and Janice Manson.
Section C looks competitive. David Clydesdale, runner-up in the Scottish Seniors last season will make a strong push for the number one spot, but Ian Gillespie and Bob Smith bring strong teams to the event and Ken Watson has local knowledge in his favour!
If you want my tip for the most competitive section, though, look no further than section 4! Alan Durno brings his marauders down from the north; Iain Hamilton has been curling on Edinburgh ice since Moses was but a gleam in his faither’s e’e; Jean Robertson will provide feisty opposition and Michael Sutherland returns from over the border to defend his title. The sparks will fly!
The first league games take place at Murrayfield on Wednesday 25 November at 10.00am. For the full draw, check out this link.
Top photo is of Michael Sutherland in last year's final © Skip Cottage.