Weekend round-up: Team Brewster’s American dream

Team Brewster tasted glory at the Curling Night in America event involving Chinese, Japanese and US rinks, in a weekend which also featured the Scottish men’s junior qualifiers and the Canada Cup of Curling.

The Brewster rink (Tom Brewster, Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson, Hammy McMillan) faced Teams Zang (China), Morozumi (Japan) and Schuster (USA) in the men’s competition, a double round robin.

They opened with a 7-6 win over Zang, but then lost 10-7 against Morozumi (the Japanese rink scoring six in end four) and 5-4 to Schuster.

However, from there they went on a great run, beating Zang 6-3 and Morozumi 6-4 to set up a decisive rematch with Schuster, who topped the table with four wins.

Brewster won the game 5-4 (with a two in end eight) for their fourth victory, which meant a draw shot challenge to decide who claimed the title – and it was the Scots who came out on top.

The Scottish women’s team in Eveleth, Minnesota, was skipped by Hannah Fleming – she was joined by Sophie Jackson, Laura Ritchie and Karina Aitken.

They played Teams Mei (China), Fujisawa (Japan) and Sinclair (USA), and lost their first match 7-5 to Mei.

Fleming’s rink won their next, 4-3 against Fujisawa, but then lost all of their remaining games – 9-5 to Sinclair, 6-4 to Mei, 7-3 to Fujisawa and 7-1 to Sinclair again.

Mei won the women’s title having won five games and lost just one.

There was also a mixed doubles event, in which Scotland was represented by Jen Dodds and Alasdair Schreiber.

The Scots began with two 8-3 wins, over Japan and then China, but then lost four successive games – 8-4 against Japan, 7-5 and 10-2 to the USA and finally 13-7 to China.

The USA won the mixed title, but China’s three wins – combined with their five wins in the women’s event and three in the men’s – meant they were overall Curling Night in America champions.

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The Scottish Curling Junior Championships qualifiers brought together 12 men’s teams, divided into two pools – the top four in each group would qualify for the championships at the end of January 2016.

With four wins each, Section A was topped by Teams Brydone and Bryce.

They were joined in qualifying for the championships by Team McNay and also Team Joiner – who defeated Team Carson 7-4 in a tiebreaker after both finished the round robin on W2 L3 records.

Team Mouat headed up Section B, also with four wins – the other qualifiers were Teams Whyte, Barr and Hay.

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In the Canada Cup, a Curling Canada event with the reward of an early spot in the Canadian Olympic trials, the women’s final was won by Team Homan, who saw off Team Sweeting 8-7 after an extra end.

In the men’s final, Team Koe defeated Team McEwen 7-3, as skip Kevin Koe made a fine double takeout to score three and seal the game.

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