Braehead Open: Team Hardie come out on top

Team Hardie were victorious in the first Scottish Curling Tour event of the season in Braehead, edging Team MacDonald 6-5 in the final.

Twenty teams played in a Schenkel format, which meant two groups of 10 playing three preliminary matches with the aim of making the quarter finals.

Teams Mouat (Bruce Mouat, Duncan Menzies, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell) and Jackson (Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachel Halliday, Rachael Hannen) were the direct qualifiers from Section A.

Mouat had a 100 per cent record, defeating Team Taylor 9-2, Team MacFarlane 7-3 and Team Jackson 6-4.

Jackson won two and lost one, the wins coming against Team McCall (9-2) and Team Valfridsson (10-3).

In Section B, the top two going straight into the quarter finals were Teams Bryce (Cameron Bryce, Zack Stewart, Fraser Kingan, Frazer Shaw) and MacDonald (Ewan MacDonald, David Edwards, Ruairidh Greenwood, Euan Byers).

Both finished on W3 L0 records, Team Bryce beating Team Fowler 9-4, Team Horton 11-4 and Team Wilson 6-2, while MacDonald were winners over Team Wales 7-5, Team Taylor 11-4 and Team Ireland 11-3.

The quarter-final playoffs saw wins for Teams Hardie over MacFarlane 9-2, Team Ireland 7-3 against McCall, Team Lumsden 4-2 over Wilson and Team Havercroft beat Horton 7-3.

Team Hardie (Grant Hardie, Blair Fraser, David Reid, Billy Morton), having made it into the last eight the hard way, progressed to the final with wins over Team Jackson (8-6) and then Team Bryce in the semi final, 8-2.

Team MacDonald saw off Team Havercroft (Jonathan Havercroft, Sam Fowler, Ben Fowler, Stuart Brand) 7-2 in the quarter finals and that set up a meeting with Team Mouat in the semis.

The teams were tied at 4-4 and it came down to a draw shot rather than an extra end for a place in the final – Ewan MacDonald just edging the draw to the button to take his team through.

There, a steal of three in end six proved pivotal as Team Hardie came out on top 6-5 against the reigning Scottish champions for the title and prize money of £650.

Team Stuart Taylor won the mini schenkel event – contested between the eight teams which did not qualify for the quarter finals or quarter-final playoffs – ahead of Team Kubeskova.

The next Goldline Scottish Curling Tour event is the Dumfries Open, October 16-18.

For photos from Braehead, go to the Jayne Stirling Photography Facebook album here.

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