Weekly Report - February 4-7th9 February 2016
There were medals in three different sports for our scholars at the weekend.
The Accord Aberdeen City Open saw some of our curlers in action in the second last Scottish Curling Tour event of the season. Ruairidh Greenwood (Moray College UHI) was part of the undefeated Team MacDonald, who won every group game and took that form into the knockout stages before triumphing 7-1 in the final.
One of Team MacDonald's group stage victories was against Team Aitken - skipped by Gina Aitken (University of Glasgow) and including Rowena Kerr (Heriot-Watt University), Heather Morton (Queen Margaret University), and Laura Ritchie (SRUC). Team Aitken won the rest of their games to progress to the knockouts but the quarter finals proved to be a hurdle for Team Aitken and two more of our scholars. Team Aitken lost out to Team MacDougall, who would read the final, whilst Stuart Taylor's (University of Strathclyde) Team Taylor exited after topping their group unbeaten and Team Fleming, which included Abigail Brown (Edinbrugh Napier University), were beaten by Team MacDonald.
The Scottish National Badminton Championships proved fruitful for our scholars with winners in every category. Kirsty Gilmour (University of the West of Scotland) once again won the Women's Singles, beating Julie MacPherson (Edinburgh College) in the final, and she triumphed over Julie again in the Women's Doubles whilst teaming up with Rebekka Findlay (University of the West of Scotland). Julie was in her third final as Martin Campbell's (The Open University) Mixed Doubles partner but had to settle for silver once again as they lost out to Robert Blair (The Open University). Robert had already bested Martin and Patrick MacHugh (University of Strathclyde) in the Men's Doubles, while Matthew Carder (Glasgow School of Art) won the Men's Singles after two years as runner up. Josh Neil (SRUC) reached the semi finals of both the Men's and Mixed Doubles before being knocked out in both by his fellow scholars.
Laura Muir (University of Glasgow) missed out on the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships through illness a week ago but was fighting fit for the Scottish Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships at the weekend. Running in the 800m, she qualified second in her heat for the final before taking more than 30 seconds off her time in the final as she cruised to victory with more than 10 seconds on her nearest challenger, setting a Scottish Universities and Colleges record in the process. To make the victory sweeter, it contributed to University of Glasgow's overall victory at the Championships.
The Go Coco Scottish Curling Championships come to Perth on Sunday and most of our curling scholars will be competing for the title of Scotland's best. The winners of the week-long Championship will represent Scotland at the World Curling Championships, with the Women's Worlds in Saskatchewan, Canada in March and the Men's in Basel, Switzerland in April.