Monday, 8 February 2016

Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open Round-up

Following a successful weekend we would like to thank our sponsors Accord ESL for their support. Without their support we would struggle to put on such a successful competition attracting top teams from around the country. 

Thanks also goes to Lord Provost George Adam and Aberdeen City Council for their continued support of the event.  

Credit goes to curlers Maggie Wilson, Stuart McLachlan and Jayne Stirling for their photography over the weekend, Struan Wood and Andrew MacFarlane for compering the Race Night, Louise Edwards for the live line scores, and all the volunteers who helped with the legendary Race Night.  

A big thanks goes to our chief umpire Albert Middler, for all his hard work over the weekend. 

4th Place - Team Meikle L-R George Rogerson (Curl Aberdeen Chairman), Adrian Meikle, James Pougher, Rhys Phillips, Gary Coombs, George Adam (Lord Provost) 

3rd Place- Team Gray L-R George Rogerson, Lauren Gray, Jennifer Dodds, Vicky Wright, Mhairi Baird, George Adam

Runners-up - Team MacDougall L-R George Rogerson, Ben Fowler, Andrew Woolston, Andrew Reed, Alan MacDougall, George Adam  

Accord ESL Aberdeen City Open 2016 Champions - Team MacDonald L-R George Rogerson, Calum Greenwood, Ruairidh Greenwood, David Edwards, Ewan MacDonald, George Adam 

Competition photos can be found here.

And a massive final thanks to all competitors for taking part in this years competition and we hope to see you back next year! 

Over and Out 

Pye and Laura

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Accord Aberdeen City Open Winners 2016

Team MacDonald

L-R: George Rogerson (Curl Aberdeen Chairman, Callum Greenwood, Ruairidh Greenwood, David Edwards, Ewan MacDonald, George Adam (Lord Provost of Aberdeen) 

Team Line Ups

Ewan MacDonald
David Edwards
Ruairidh Greenwood
Callum Greenwood

Alan MacDougall
Andrew Reed
Ben Fowler
Andrew Woolston

Lauren Gray
Jennifer Dodds
Vicky Wright
Mhairi Baird

Adrian Meikle
James Pougher
Rhys Philips
Gary Coombs

Final and 3v4 Games Decided

After 2 extremely close semi finals our Accord Aberdeen City Open finalists have been decided.

The final will take place at 3pm between teams MacDonald and MacDougall.

Our losing semi finalists will battle it out in the 3v4 (Meikle v Gray).

Guest blogger Gavin Fleming kindly provided a summary of our semi finals:

The first semi-final was between Team England (Alan MacDougall) and Team Wales (Adrian Meikle), so in addition to a place in the final there was national pride to play for too. The English went ahead early leading 5-1 after 5, however the Welsh struck back with a big three. England made their single in the 7th and looked to defend their two shot lead in the 8th. However it was the Welsh that took their chances and Adrian had a draw for two to tie the game. The sweepers nursed it to the button for the extra end. The Welsh placed their guards well early in the extra but when skips came to play the house was open again. Alan was left with an open hit for the game. He held his nerve and made no mistake.

In the other semi-final Lauren Gray, the remaining ladies team in the event, faced the tournament favourites skipped by Ewan MacDonald. It was a tight match at 3-3 after five ends, when Ewan made a draw for two and control of the game. In the 7th, MacDonald managed to get a stone well guarded on the edge of the four-foot and the girls had only a tricky tap to the button to save one. Lauren executed the shot perfectly. The men tried hard to lift a double on the guards in the 8th but never quite managed it. A good draw by Lauren with her last showed Ewan only half stone. This proved more than enough and he peeled it out for a place in the final.

For the second time this weekend Scotland will play England for the cup. Will yesterday’s events at Murrayfield be echoed in Aberdeen today?

Semi Final Showdown

Our semi finals will take take place at 12 noon.

  • Meikle v MacDougall
  • Gray v MacDonald
If you are local to Aberdeen please come on in and enjoy some high quality curling. 

Quarter Finals in Focus

The 8 quarter finalists took to the ice at 9am this morning while other competitors were no doubt taking the opportunity for a well earned lie in to ease their sore heads from last night.

Great to see 3 ladies teams making the Sunday stage of the competition, joined by the Welsh and English men and 3 Scottish men's rinks.

MacDonald v Fleming
Unfortunately for the girls this game got off to a bad start with Ewan and his team stealing 3 in the opening end. The next end the men continued to pile on the pressure and Hannah was forced to draw for her one before conceding a two and a subsequent steal of two in the fourth. At 7-1 the girls decided to call it a day.

Macleod v Gray
This game seemed to have a lot of stones in play from the start, with Scott taking on a number of run backs and angles to try and keep the ladies from running away with the lead. Lauren played a very nice shot in the 6th end, scraping (and nudging) past a shot at the front of the house to take another 2 and a convincing lead - full credit to her sweepers for a lot of effort on that one! Scott attempted a difficult raised split for three in the seventh end but unfortunately only scored one and the team shook. #girlpower

MacDougall v Aitken
The first half of this game was a tight affair with scores of one keeping the game close. A pivotal two from the English men when already one up, followed by some effective clearing by the team meant the young Aitken side were run out of stones playing the last end.

Taylor v Meikle
Momentum in this game swung between sides, with Taylor taking a big three in the sixth end. The seventh end was blanked leaving the Welsh men requiring a score of two to take the game into an extra end. After Adrian's first stone in the last end, the team lay three (one top four and two in the back eight all on the centre line), Taylor, took on the double for the extra just missing the run back and left Meikle a nose hit for the win - which he duly made.

Day 1 and 2 Photography

It's been a colorful competition this year - nice to see less black kit on the ice!
Posted by Curl Aberdeen on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Quarter Finalists Decided

Day 2 of the Accord Aberdeen City Open is now complete (well at least the on ice part) and with that the eight quarter finalists decided.

At 9am tomorrow morning our quarter finals will begin with the following match ups:
  • MacDonald v Fleming
  • Macleod v Gray
  • MacDougall v Aitken
  • Taylor v Meikle
Delighted to see 3 ladies teams through to Sunday #girlpower !

Before tomorrow gets underway there is however the now infamous Aberdeen City Open Racenight - good luck to all our jockeys!

Saturday Morning at Curl Aberdeen

Good morning from a chilly Aberdeen on a dry but grey morning. The first session is in full swing and you can follow the results online.

Remember if you are local to Aberdeen we'd love to see you in spectating at the rink. Why not join us for a coffee and cake?

Welcome also to our international followers - we've noticed that we have blog visitors from across the UK, Europe, the U.S.A. and even Canada!

Day 1 Complete

After a busy first day of competition all our teams have now played 2 games.

As always, the first round draw was made just before the teams took to the ice with each skip being invited to draw a ball which determined the sheet and stone colour they would play.

Huge thanks to our sponsors Accord E.S.L. for their continued sponsorship of the event - without our sponsors competitions like the City Open simply would not be possible.

Off to bed now before another busy day tomorrow!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Sections and Timetable

With only three weeks to go until the Accord E.S.L Aberdeen City Open, we have an almost full entry with 20 teams from all over the UK competing.

Ian Keron
Susan Kesley
Scott Macleod
Alan MacDougall
Ross Fraser
Judith Dixon
Anna Fowler
Stuart Taylor
Gina Aitken
Lauren Gray
Bill Morrison
Jackie Lockhart
Ewan MacDonald
Andrew Hutcheon
Maggie Wilson
Rebecca Morrison
Adrian Meikle
Hannah Fleming
Dillan Perras
Duncan Menzies


        Draw 1                              12.30 pm   Red Section
        Draw 2                              3.00 pm     Blue Section
        Draw 3                              6.00 pm     Red Section
        Draw 4                              8.30 pm     Blue Section


        Draw 5                              9.00 am     Red Section
        Draw 6                              11.30 am   Blue Section
        Draw 7                              2.30 pm     Red Section
        Draw 8                              5.00 pm     Blue Section

        Entertainment & Dinner       8.00pm


        Quarter Finals                     9.00 am
        Semi Finals                        12.00 am
        Final                                  3.00 pm

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

2016 Entries Open!

Entries for the 2016 Accord E.S.L Aberdeen City Open are now open! As always our focus is to run a social and fun competition with a good standard of curling.

Games will begin at 12.30pm on Friday 5th February. The final will be held at 3pm on Sunday 7th February. A total of 24 teams can be accommodated and will be split into two sections of 12. All teams are guaranteed four games under the Schenkel System.

Prize Money
City Open Champions
Runner Up
3rd Place
4th Place
5th – 8th Place

The entry fee is £200 per team and is payable with your entry. This can be paid by cheque payable to “Curl Aberdeen Competitions Group” or by BACS. 
If any teams have to withdraw, the entry fee will only be repaid if we fill the space. Entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The closing date for entries is 1st December 2015.

A special offer is available at Village Urban Resort – Aberdeen. Booking details and code will be given on entry to the competition.

Your entry fee includes entertainment and a two course dinner on Saturday night (6th February 2016).

Additional tickets can be purchased for the event at a cost of £20 per ticket.

All entries should be sent to:    Curl Aberdeen,
   Eday Walk,
   AB15 6LN

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Competition Photography

Photos from this weekend can be seen here.

One game left to play for each section

After 3 games in each section it is all still to play for as we enter the final round of play. Our ice techs are working hard to prepare the ice for our next session at 2.30 pm. Thanks to all who are logging on to watch the results, particularly those in the Netherlands and Azerbaijan!

Friday, 30 January 2015

And We're Off!

The first round of play has commenced at Curl Aberdeen. Some good games likely to be had, Hannah Fleming's team drew Tom Brewster for their first game and we've lots of stones in play already!