Weekend round-up: Team Hardie win Dumfries Open, Scots medal in Oslo

While Teams Muirhead and Smith were securing their European Championships places in Perth this weekend, there were also competitions held in Dumfries and Oslo, Norway.

The Dumfries Open, part of the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour, involved 11 men’s and four women’s teams who were competing for prize money of £700 for the winner.

Men’s section one was topped by Team Mouat (Bruce Mouat, Duncan Menzies, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell), who won all four of their group matches, against Teams Sloan (10-0), Taylor (7-6), Howat (8-1) and Hardie (10-4).

Mouat were joined in the quarter finals by Hardie (Grant Hardie, Blair Fraser, David Reid, Billy Morton) and Taylor (Stuart Taylor, Alasdair Schreiber, Fraser Davidson, Chay Telfer).

The winners of men’s section two were Team Bryce (Cameron Bryce, Zack Stewart, Fraser Kingan, Frazer Shaw), who lost their opening match 7-6 to Team Macleod but then defeated Teams Whyte (7-6), Pougher (7-3), Hamilton (6-2) and Lill (6-4).

Also going through from section two were Whyte (Ross Whyte, James Baird, Gavin Barr, Euan Kyle, David Baird) and Macleod (Scott Macleod, Colin Howden, Derrick Sloan, Ross Fraser).

The qualifiers from the women’s section were Teams G Aitken (Gina Aitken, Rowena Kerr, Laura Ritchie, Heather Morton) and Jackson (Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday, Lauren McIntyre), Aitken beating Teams Murray (6-5), Jackson (8-6) and Ward (5-3), and Jackson winning over Ward (6-5) and Murray (8-4).

However, it was to be an all-male semi-final line-up as Bryce, Hardie, Mouat and Whyte won their quarter-final ties.

Hardie then saw off Bryce 7-5 and Mouat defeated Whyte 5-3 in the last four.

In the final, Hardie gained revenge over Mouat for their defeat in the group stage, scoring three in end six to win the game 5-3, thereby adding the Dumfries Open title to the Braehead Open one they claimed last month.

There were also Scottish teams competing in Norway, at the European Junior Curling Tour event in Oslo.

Teams K Aitken (Karina Aitken, Amy MacDonald, Sophie Sinclair, Laura Barr) and Brydone (Robin Brydone, Callum Kinnear, Callum Greenwood, Craig Waddell) both won enough group matches to reach the knock-out stages of the girl’s and boy’s competitions respectively.

Aitken beat Fransson 10-1, Ramsfjell 8-7 and Keiser 10-3 on the opening day, and had one win (5-4 versus Stritt) and one loss (7-5 versus Witschonke) on the second.

As for Brydone, they won 10-3 over Shadman, lost 5-4 to Hess and beat Ramsfjell 4-3 on the first day and followed that with victories over Myran (6-4) and Stucki (4-3).

While Brydone went straight into the boy’s semi finals, Aitken had to play a quarter final – which they won 7-2 against Westman.

Brydone won their semi final 4-3 versus Lottenbach, but Aitken lost out 5-3 to Schmied in their last-four tie.

Aitken did claim bronze, however, beating Gauchat 9-3 with threes in ends four and six and a steal of two in end seven.

Brydone, meanwhile, took silver – beaten 6-0 in the final by Ramsfjell.

Although they fell short of the top of the podium, both Scottish teams coming away from Oslo with a medal was impressive, adding to the experience gained from this international tournament.

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