Friday, 14 December 2012

England men just miss out on medals

After finishing joint second in their group at the B Division European Championships the England men won their tie breaker against Italy but then lost twice to Netherlands - in the 3 v 4 Page play-off game and then in the Bronze Medal game to finish 4th overall in the B division and 14th overall in the whole European Championships.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The European Championships in Karlstad


The two English teams are in Karlstad this week playing in the European Championships. The men's team pictured below are seeking to improve on their bronze medal from last year.

Left to right - Tom Jaeggi (lead), Andrew Woolston (second), Alan MacDougall (skip), John Brown (alternate) and Andrew Reed (third)

Having hurt his back at the ECA Seniors Championship it is unlikely that John will be playing at all but the will be there as brush holder and stone retriever during pratice!!!

The women's team is a mixture of youth and experience with Angharad Ward coming in as alternate to join Fiona Hawker, Alison Hemmings, Susan Young and Debbie Hutcheon though she is likely to be playing third throughout.

RESULTS (will be updated as they are played)


Lost to Italy 5-7
Beat Turkey 7-4
Beat Estonia 7-6 after extra end
Beat Slovakia 7-5
Beat  Finland 6-4
Lost to Spain 5-9
Beat Wales 7-4

This means that England finished in third position on ranking and will play Italy in a tie break to decide whether or not they progress to the play-off against the Netherlands. Finland finished top of the group.


Beat Estonia 6-4
Lost to Austria 4-11
Lost to Latvia 4-11
Beat Spain 9-4
Lost to Slovakia 0-9
Lost to Poland 5-11
Lost to Belarus 5-7
Beat Turkey 7-6
Lost to Norway 4-9

The final finishing position for the women  was 17th, the same as last year.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Michael Sutherland retains Seniors title

Michael Sutherland, Tommy Campbell and John Summers, plus new recruit, Charles Jackson retained their ECA Seniors title for a third year in a row with a 3 games to 1 win over John Sharp, John Brown, Alastair Fyfe and Mike Robinson at Greenacres at the weekend.

The weekend started badly for John Sharp's team when their 5th player, Doug Andrews, was involved in a car accident in Kent and was unable to travel.

The games for the Championship began with two on Friday evening, the first was a close affair which Michael won by 6-4 having had an early 4-1 lead pegged back to 4-3, before easing clear over the last three ends.The second game began with a 3 for John at the first end though it was all square at 4-4 after 4 ends before a run of 2, 1, 1 gave John an 8-4 lead which Michael was unable to do anything about at the last end.

As the games were being played at the same time as the Under - 17 Baljaffray event, the next game for the Seniors was not until the Saturday evening. A visit to Stirling to see the country's top players in action on Saturday should have inspired the John Sharp team but instead a 4 at the first end for Michael signalled the start of a very quick win by 11-2 in just 5 ends!

And so to Sunday morning and at 6-1 up and lying 4 in the house halfway through the 6th end, Michael and his team were probably thinking that they had it in the bag. Then unfortunately John Brown hurt his back and was unable to continue in the game and all of a sudden the tables turned and with a run of 2, 1 and 2 for John S the scores were level at 6-6 after 8 ends and an extra end was required. While John B watched from the sidelines wondering if he should maybe have hurt his back earlier if that was the effect on the teams, Michael and his team saw out a well played end without needing to use Michael's last stone to win 7-6 and take the title and also win the trip to Fredericton for the World Seniors in April.

This will be Michael's 10th trip to the World Seniors having played every year since it began in 2002 except for the long-haul trips to New Zealand and Chelyabinsk. It also means that every year that we have had to play a Championship to select a team to go to the World Championships, Michael has been in the winning team.

For the record the teams that have previously represented England in the World Seniors have been as follows:

2002  Michael Sutherland, Tommy Campbell, John MacDougall, Ron Thwaites
2003  Michael Sutherland, Eric Laidler, John MacDougall, Ron Thwaites, Alistair Davison
2004  Michael Sutherland, Eric Laidler, John MacDougall, Ron Thwaites, Alistair Davison
2005  Michael Sutherland, John Brown, John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell
2006  Michael Sutherland, John Brown, John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell, Phil Barton
2007  John Brown, Michael Sutherland (skip), John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell
2008  John Brown, Michael Sutherland (skip), John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell
2009  John Brown, Phil Barton, John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell
2010  John Brown, Alastair MacNish, John MacDougall, Robin Gemmell, John Sharp
          (Alastair MacNish and John MacDougall unable to play because of ash cloud)
2011  Michael Sutherland, Tommy Campbell, John Summers, Phil Barton, John Brown
2012  Michael Sutherland, Tommy Campbell, John Summers, Phil Barton, John Brown