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« on: April 14, 2010, 10:05:46 PM »


Just heard that the Seniors are being held in Russia next week? Can anyone please tell me who is representing Scotland and who they are playing?

Additionally, what are the criteria for playing in the seniors?

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 10:20:07 PM »

1. Keith Prentice.

2. Isobel Waddel.

3. Other members of WCF.

4. Be old.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 10:38:11 PM »

Just heard that the Seniors are being held in Russia next week? Can anyone please tell me who is representing Scotland and who they are playing?

Additionally, what are the criteria for playing in the seniors?

David

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Here are pics of Scotland's two teams:
http://skipcottagecurling.blogspot.com/2010/02/senior-champions.html

The draws, with the participating countries, can be downloaded from here:
http://www.curling2010.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=9

Seniors play is over 50 years of age.

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010, 09:23:16 AM »

Volcanic ash clouds permitting no doubt - or should they already be out there by now?
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2010, 11:35:43 AM »

I understand that a number of teams were planning to travel today. I sympathise with the players and the organisers. What a thing to happen!

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 02:27:27 PM »

Does anyone know what would happen to the competition if a number of teams are unable to get out in time for the first games/practice? would the competition be potentially postponed by a couple of days or would it lead to forfeighting of some games?Huh
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010, 03:23:50 PM »

Does anyone know what would happen to the competition if a number of teams are unable to get out in time for the first games/practice? would the competition be potentially postponed by a couple of days or would it lead to forfeighting of some games?Huh

I suspect it would be forfeiture of games. Certainly at Viermäki, the vomiting virus outbreak lead to a number of forfeited games.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 04:16:18 PM »

Thank you everyone.

Hmm, over 50 eh? Well I just qualify age wise but I think my skill level a measure short of good yet and for many years to come Smiley

It is a little unjust to forfeit a game on the grounds of Force Majeure surely?
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010, 04:40:16 PM »

If a lot of teams have to fly through the volcanic ash won't they delay the start time?  or is that too sensible?
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2010, 05:22:32 PM »

If a lot of teams have to fly through the volcanic ash won't they delay the start time?  or is that too sensible?

christ, dont get on their backs already. it may be sensible but probably not possible.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2010, 12:30:46 PM »

From your man on the spot - Chelyabinsk calling!!

We arrived here today - that is half of the England men's seniors team and the England mixed doubles team. But we left Britain on Tuesday and have spent 3 days in Moscow. Unfortunately half of the Senior Men's team are stuck in Scotland and will not arrive until Sunday morning at earliest.

Obviously the Scottish teams are still in UK as are some of the Welsh Senior Men but also I believe the Canadian mixed doubles team who stayed an extra day in London - ooops!!

The Norwegian mixed doubles are stuck in Oslo and there are probably a few others around the North of Europe who are also stuck!!

So what next - well the schedule for the two events is quite relaxed with three session days planned for Sunday to Wednesday - I think they can probably be compressed into 4 session days and start on Monday, but obviously there will come a point where teams will have to forfeit games - some may not even try to get here if things do not get better while others may arrive late and I reckon they will set a limit as to when you have to arrive by and if you are later you will forfeit games as it will not be possiblke to fit all the games in, even on 4 or 5 session days!! At least they have enough ice with 14 sheets - yes 14 sheets set up!!

So I will try and keep you all posted from the battlefront. We have a unique problem in that half of our team is not here so even the two of us who are here cannot play until the rest arrive - unless we are able to play our first game with 3 under force majeure and they rejig the draw to enable our fifth player to play his mixed doubles games at non clashing times and join us to make up a three.

I know Les Harrison was upset about being deposed but sneaking a trip into Iceland on his way back from Cortina was a bit much!!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2010, 12:39:58 PM »

Fascinating stuff, thanks for keeping us all up to speed from the front line. Good luck to all the GB teams when and if they arrive.

I heard on the grapevine , no names no pack drill but it was a forum moderater, that the real reason for the ash cloud is the fallout from the NCA project.........
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2010, 06:03:39 PM »

So here we are at the end of Day 1 of the Volcano Championships.

At the team meetings this morning we finally found out who was here and who might yet get here!

15 of the 23 mixed doubles teams were present - missing ones were: Sweden, Korea, Finland (appear to be in Moscow now!!), Scotland, Norway, Canada, Latvia and USA.(though one of their players was here tonight and so they may be starters now).

8 of the 9 senior Women's teams are here - only Scotland are missing, 10 and a half of the 16 senior Men's teams are here - missing are Finland, Wales, Netherlands, Scotland, Estonia and half of England.

If a team gets here by Monday evening it will be able to play its back games during the rest of the week, but if they arrive after that they will be deemed to have forfeited their Sunday and Monday games.

In the first of a new set of "Volcano" emergency rules it was agreed that the England Mens Seniors could begin the competition with three players - the rules say you must start the competition with 4 - John Sharp of the mixed doubles team is the alternate for the Seniors - originally for emergencies - now he has a few free sessions and he will certainly play the seniors' games against Japan and Australia tomorrow.

Practice went well and the ice is good and keen with a good draw on both hands and in both directions.

Later on we had a spectacular opening ceremony called "Romancing The Stone" which told the story of the development of curling in song, dance and gymnastics. In a new occurence an athletes' oath (a la the Olympics) was given by double World Mixed Doubles Champion Toni Mueller of SWI and an umpires' oath by Keith Reilly, chief umpire for the Seniors. The first stone was expertly placed in the centre of the circle by the chairman of the organising committee guided there by some judicious sweeping by the Russian Mixed Doubles team.

1000 tickets had been sold for the event and the final act was a one end game with expert commentary for the Russian crowd. I was privileged to skip a European team which included Ingrid Meldahl of Sweden (twice WSCC champion) at third, young Sergio Vez Labrador of Spain at second and Renate Nedkoff of Switzerland at lead. Our opposition was skipped by Hugh Millikin of Australia (doing MD and Seniors here), Sharon Vukich of USA, Zhipeng Shang of China and Bridget Becker of New Zealand. The single sheet out of the 14 was floodlit with the rest in darkness and so it was a new experience for me.

Glad to say that our European select outplayed the rest of the World and we scored a two. So my firsat victory of the week - I play Hugh Millikin in the Seniors tomorrow!! He will be looking for revenge!!

A hot and cold buffet followed and now it is relaxation time before the serious stuff starts tomorrow.

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2010, 01:22:49 PM »

Couldn't they play it online?
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2010, 09:51:11 AM »

Apologies for lack of update yesterday from Chelyabinsk but I spent it in bed having been struck by a serious dose of food poisoning. My own form of volcanic eruption you could say!!!

This meant that we could not play two of our Senior games as we are already down to 3 players but we are due to play Japan tonight in a rerarranged game.

Just been down at the rink and it is surreal - there are so few games being played at some times across this massive 14 sheet spread!

Moves are afoot for the organisers to get three coaches added to the back of the train to Moscow for Sunday if there are still no flights.- and then we shall try and get home via Cologne and Brussels on other trains if there are seats.
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