All-Scottish Semi-final Round-up
In the first real shock of the weekend, David Murdoch’s Olympic team crashed out of the event at the quarter-final stage having gone through his section undefeated. It was a tight affair. David could not match the big two scored in the seventh end by team McCleary.
Logan Gray had the better of last year’s runners-up, the German team skipped by Johnny Jahr and Grant Hardie accounted for the only other overseas team to reach this stage of the competition, team Rantamäki.
Meanwhile, david Edwards, John Penny, Scott Macleod and local lad, Colin Campbell, had the better of a tight game against Frazer Hare.
The semi-final line-up pitches Logan versus Al Guthrie and Grant Hardie faces David Edwards.
The quarter finalists for this year are now confirmed. They are as follows:
Murdoch (A1) vs (B2) McLeary
Gray (C1 vs (D2) Jahr
Rantamaki (D1) vs (C2) Hardie
Edwards (B1) vs (A2) Hare
The quarter finals will be played at 08:30am on Sunday 10th Nov, with the Semi-Finals at 11:30, and Final at 2:30pm. Both the Semi and Final will be available via our webcast
…But 17 other teams still in with a shout!
In section A, David Murdoch had a tight win over Al Guthrie (skipping team Combe). David, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow have qualified for the quarters with one game to spare. Frazer Hare is on three wins and is in pole position for the second qualifying spot, but her has a toughie against team Combe for his last game which, if he loses, keeps him on three wins and moves Al to three as well. Also lurking on two wins is team Ruch, but they have David Murdoch for company in their last game and he will want to keep his 100% record.
In section C, only team Pfister is out of it. Logan Gray, Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Richard Woods have already qualified, but teams Kauste, Hardie, Hamilton and Ézsöl are all on two wins and two losses. Kauste plays Ézsöl and John Hamilton plays Grant Hardie. The two winners from those games will be tied on three wins and the second place qualifier will be decided on the results of the cumulative draw shots. It is as tight as that!
Section B is a mess! There is no undefeated team and there is no team that has not won a game. All to play for, then and pick any two from six. That said, after three games, Teams Smith, Edwards and McCleary are marginally ahead of the others – each of them having two games out of three.
Section D is just a little better – purely because Mariej Cesarz has lost all his games. The surprise here is that Warwick Smith has lost two out of three. Teams Shaw, Jahr, Rantamäki and van Dorp are all on two wins.
In the big Section A top-of-the-table clash, Frazer Hare pitted his wits against David Murdoch. After a first end where Hare lay four with David’s hammer stone to come (Murdoch made the draw for his one), it was all Murdoch. He and team mates Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow really played well and it was handshakes all round after five ends. Really powerful performance this by Murdoch and co. and there was even a bit of history when Trevor Dodds rushed down to interview David after the match on the webcast! The history was in the rushing, by the way – not the post-match interview!
With Al Guthrie skipping in place of the absent Moray Combe, team Combe took on Team Riteice, skipped by young Fredrik Nyman. The young Swedes impressed in their first game against David Murdoch and lost a close one to Frazer Hare, so they were worth more than zero points. They had another tough game tonight and found themselves peels without playing the last end. Though Fredrik played a nice freeze, Al was able to winkle it out for the game. He (team Combe) moves to two wins.
Meanwhile Roman Ruch had the beating of Pavel Kocian of Slovakia to move to two wins out of three alongside Frazer Hare. The section is wide open, though David Murdoch has had a good day at the office and is looking good for a quarter-final spot.
In section C, the local team skipped by John Hamilton found himself two up with an end to play against Aku Kauste. He lost a two, then, agonisingly, lost the draw shot to lose the game. He has a tough gig tomorrow and faces both Grant and Logan in his final two games. That was Aku’s first win. Logan had the better of Grant Hardie in quite a one-sided game and Gábor Ézsöl from Hungary won the draw shot after a peeled game with Marc Pfister. This section looks like providing two from Hardie, Gray and Hamilton, but who knows? I may have to eat my hat!
The next webcast game will be at 10.50 GMT tomorrow (9th November) and will feature John Hamilton against Logan Gray. Don’t miss it!
Results and league tables are at http://www.softpeelr.com/rounds/32?locale=en.
Webcast at http://murrayfieldinternational.com/?page_id=245
In the early afternoon session this Friday, sections B and D completed their day’s games; they have two games today and three tomorrow. Sections A and C are on this evening for their third games.
Kyle Smith and his young team carried on their winning ways and scored a narrow win over Markus Høiberg. This was another tight game for the Scots who never seemed to be able to get away from their Norwegian opponents. Any win is a good win though and it has been a good day at the office for Smith.
David Šik bounced back from this morning’s defeat with a close win over David Edwards. This was a game that Edwards might have been expecting to win, so he and team mates John Penny, Scott Macleod and Colin Campbell will be disappointed after such a bright start this morning.
The Latvian team skipped by Ritvars Gulbis bounced right back after their draining morning and took on Lee McCleary. A huge six in end one sealed the game for the Latvians and hands were offered after five ends.
Meanwhile in section D, it is a topsy-turvy section and no mistake. Four of of this morning’s winners and losers turned into this afternoon losers and winners, if you see what I mean! Toni Rantamäki won his second game of the competition to move to two wins and Maciej Cesarz lost his second straight game to remain rooted on the bottom spot. All the other teams are on one point each.
Results and league tables are at http://www.softpeelr.com/rounds/32?locale=en.
In section A of the competition, Stranraer funeral director Frazer Hare, skipping local golf professional Colin Dick, Aberdeen’s Colin Howden and Hamilton’s Don Frame – a team frae a’ the airts and pairts, as we used to say – are leading the way on two wins out of two. They face the only other undefeated team in the section, Team Awaken Consulting this evening. Skip David Murdoch has had Greg Drummond at third, Scott Andrews at second and Michael Goodfellow at lead so far. Tom Brewster has sat the two games out. Something has to give this evening in a game that is being webcast live at 19.15 GMT. Teams Combe and Kocian are on a 1-1 record while Teams Ruch (Switzerland) and Riteice (skipped by Fredrik Nyman) have lost both of their games. Ruch will be feeling sore as both of his games have been close affairs. He lost his first one to Frazer Hare on the draw shot at the end of the game.
In section B after one round, a clean sweep of Scottish victories saw Kyle Smith defeat David Sik in a tightly-fought “ugly” win (sometimes the best kind!), David Edwards canter to an early bath against Latvian opponents skipped by Ritvars Gulbis and Lee McCleary ease to a 7-3 win over team Minera Skifer Oppdal CK, skipped by Markus Høiberg from Norway.
In section C, again Scotland teams have prevailed over the visitors. Grant Hardie’s young team of Jay McWilliam, Hammy McMillan and Billy Morton, Logan Gray’s Scottish championship runners-up and Murrayfield’s John Hamilton all have perfect records after two rounds of play.
Finally, in section D, Toni Rantamäki vanquished last season’s runners-up, the German team skipped by Johnny Jahr, Warwick Smith (without regular third, David Smith, who has damaged his bag “lifting a cow”; Desperate Dan stuff there, David!). Sandy Reid and Ross Hepburn were challenged all the way by the young Netherlands team skipped by Jaap vab Dorp and previous champion Graham Shaw had an easy time of it against Maciej Cesarz from Poland.
The competition continues in league format today and tomorrow. The top two teams from each of the four sections progress to the knock-out stages on Sunday.
Times remain the same for the webcasts, but we are having to change some of the games that we are covering. We will be covering the Kyle Smith versus David Sik game this morning. I apologise to all Toni Rantamaki fans and promise you that we will cover Toni later on in the competition!
UPDATE AT 16.30 GMT on Friday 8th November.
Next webcast game at 19.15 (7.15pm) GMT
The next game for webcast is the all-Scottish match up between two undefeated teams, skipped by Frazer Hare and David Murdoch. Frazer has Murrayfield’s Colin Dick, Colin Howden and Don Frame in his team, while David Murdoch’s team for the first two games of the competition has seen Tom Brewster sitting out, Greg Drummond at third, Scott Andrews at second and Michael Goodfellow at lead.
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Here is the provisional schedule for covering games during the competition. Games covered in the later league stages may change, depending on the league positions of the teams involved.
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Please note times are approximate.
Friday 8th November
10:50am K Smith (SCO) vs Sik (CZR)
4:10pm Hare (SCO) vs Murdoch (SCO)
7:15pm Hare (SCO) vs Murdoch (SCO)
Sat 9th November
10:50am Hardie (SCO) vs Ezsol (HUN)
4:10pm Combe (SCO) vs Hare (SCO)
7:15pm Shaw (SCO) vs W. Smith (SCO)
Sun 10th November
11:30am Semi Finals (Teams TBC)
All the times quoted are GMT. Most of Europe is one hour ahead.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will see that we have swapped Robin Aitken into section A and Russ Armstrong into section B. This to allow Archie Craig and his team of American tourists more time to spend with Russ and his team, whom they met in the USA.
The Edinburgh International Senior’s Curling Championships draw is now available here :