The Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship at Braehead Arena reaches a conclusion today with this morning’s semi-finals followed by the final this afternoon.
Scotland’s top male and female duos are competing for the national title and with it the opportunity to represent Scotland next April at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Karlstad, Sweden.
There are eight teams entered in total, who have all played each other once in a round-robin format ahead of today’s knockout stages. Among them are current current champions Judith and Lee McCleary who have returned to defend their title which saw them represent the nation at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Sochi, Russia earlier this year.
Team McCleary will face stiff opposition from seasoned mixed doubles specialists Team Mouat (Bruce Mouat and Gina Aitken) who are back to make their bid for the top spot in a championship which they won in 2012 and 2013. Mouat and Aitken led their own teams to Scottish Junior Championship glory and World Junior Championship podium positions in 2015 so will be looking to bring this form and experience to the mixed doubles forum.
September’s Greenacres Asham Under 21 Slam event winning skip Karina Aitken (Gina’s sister) is also back this year for the second year running playing alongside her father and junior team coach, David. They narrowly missed out on a semi-final place at January’s Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship to Team Gray who eventually went on to contest the final.
Also among the field is Team Whyte, comprising of 2015 Asham Under 17 Slam winning skip Ross Whyte, and 2015 Scottish Mixed Championship winner Sophie Jackson who also represented Scotland at the World Mixed Championship in Switzerland in September.
With mixed doubles having been confirmed early this year as an additional event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang the Scottish Curling Mixed Doubles Championship is a great opportunity to watch this exciting alternative to traditional team curling.
Play starts today at 10am with the two semi-finals followed by the final that starts at 2.30pm. This is the team list and daily draw in full.
Admission is on the day and entry is free for all spectators!
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