Scots Perform Solidly at Shorty Jenkins Classic
Team Brewster and Team Murdoch, Scotland’s representatives in the men’s event at the prestigious AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic, both finished with winning records and it took world champions Team Koe to end both their campaigns.
Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch had won three of their four matches in the round-robin phase of the competition in Cornwall, Ontario when they met the current top Canadian side knowing they needed one more win to reach the quarter-finals, however they went down to a 9-2 defeat at that stage.
Their compatriots, skipped by Tom Brewster, the fifth member of that Olympic silver medal winning team, got one round further before meeting Team Koe in the quarter-finals and they were just 4-3 down after five ends. However a three at the sixth for the men from Calgary left the Scots with too much to do and they were beaten 8-5 by a team that went on to win the tournament.
“It’s been a good two weeks for us. We feel like we’ve improved over the two spiels we’ve played in,” Brewster said of a trip which also saw them contest the Stu Sells Tankard the previous week.
“Shorty has been excellent, a really well organised event with a very strong field. We’re happy with how we’ve performed over the weekend and we had a good performance against the world champions in the quarter-final.
“We’re looking forward to going to Basel now, ahead of the Euro qualifiers.”
In the women’s event Team Fleming were the only Scottish team in action and they narrowly missed out on the six team play-offs, finishing in seventh place after the round-robin section with a 2-2 record.
Meanwhile on the domestic circuit Team Jackson won the girls’ event, beating Team Aitken 6-3 in the final and Team Bryce beat Team Whyte 7-2 in the final of the boys’ competition at the Greenacres Junior Masters.