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The final of British Curling’s last competition of 2020, the December Superspiel, will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport Scotland website and on the BBC iPlayer, reflecting rising interest in the domestic game and the success of the streaming service that has been allowing viewers to watch matches in recent weeks.

With international competition on hold as a result of the Covid pandemic, British Curling has worked hard to ensure that its leading players have been given maximum opportunity to maintain their competitive edge by agreeing protocols with the Scottish government and sportscotland that has allowed for the staging of a series of events at the National Curling Academy in Stirling. 

Those began with the September Shoot-Out and the first streaming of matches took place at last month’s November Classic, both of which saw the men’s competitions won by Team Mouat, while in the women’s event, Teams Aitken and Muirhead have met in both finals, winning one apiece.

The past week has brought more innovation, with the introduction of a mixed doubles event, the British Curling Mixed Doubles Tankard, which was won by Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat, before the Superspiel got underway with the men’s and women’s teams all playing against one another.

That has been another keenly contested affair, with Team Aitken emerging as standard bearers for the women’s game when they beat Team Whyte to earn a place in the Championship Pool, then beat Team Bryce in their opening match at that second stage of the competition, holding their nerve in winning both those matches at extra ends. They then came within a measure of taking their encounter with Team Craik to yet another extra end, as the Scottish men’s junior champions continued their impressive run to remain top of the standings alongside Mouat’s three-time national men’s champions. 

“This has been another great week for us and it is a marvellous reward for a huge team effort to have attracted the interest of the national broadcasters,” said British Curling’s Executive Performance Director Nigel Holl.

“We are extremely privileged to have the facilities available at the National Curling Academy, but even with that, it has taken a huge effort from all our staff, as well as great support from our partners to be able to put these events on in what we all know are extremely challenging circumstances.

“All of the events we have staged have had a real competitive edge and, while that has still been evident throughout this week, mixing things up this week with the mixed doubles and having the men and women playing in the same team competition after that, has brought an extra dynamic which fits well with the time of year.”

December Superspiel Results
Thursday 17 December
9.00am Draw 1

Team Wilson v Team Whyte 2-7
Team Muirhead v Team Mouat 2-9
Team Craik v Team Henderson 13-0
Team Aitken v Team Paterson 5-8

1.00pm Draw 2
Team Mouat v Team Bryce 7-2
Team Paterson v Team Wilson 8-1
Team Farmer v Team Aitken 2-11
Team Henderson v Team Muirhead 1-8

5.00pm Draw 3
Team Muirhead v Team Craik 4-5
Team Bryce v Team Henderson 8-5
Team Whyte v Team Paterson 6-5
Team Wilson v Team Farmer 5-8

Friday 18 December
9.00am Draw 4

Team Aitken v Team Wilson 7-4
Team Farmer v Team Whyte 2-6
Team Henderson v Team Mouat 2-12
Team Craik v Team Bryce 6-2

1.00pm Draw 5
Team Paterson v Team Farmer 8-5
Team Mouat v Team Craik 4-2
Team Bryce v Team Muirhead 10-4
Team Whyte v Team Aitken 5-6 (EE)

5.00pm Draw 6
Muirhead v Wilson 8-2
Craik v Paterson 5-4
Bryce v Aitken (EE) 5-7
Mouat v Whyte 4-7

Saturday 19 December
9.00am Draw 7

Henderson v Farmer 4-8
Whyte v Bryce 1-6
Paterson v Mouat 2-4
Aitken v Craik 7-9

1.00pm Draw 8
Farmer v Muirhead 5-6
Mouat v Aitken 8-1
Craik v Whyte 4-6
Paterson v Bryce 7-4

5.00pm Draw 9
Semi final
Whyte v Craik 5-1

Consolation game:
Wilson v Henderson  9-3

Sunday 20 December
10.00am Draw 10
Team Mouat v Team Whyte 

Line scores from @CurlingZone

The event and new guidelines:

  • The return to training and the internal competition at the NCA follows approval from the Scottish Government /sportscotland and includes specific protocols such as daily medical monitoring for all athletes and staff, venue specific changes, cleaning and sanitising routines.
  • British curling notes the latest restrictions introduced as a result of COVID and has ensured that the approach to the internal competition and ongoing training thereafter complies fully and athletes and staff have been fully briefed on the latest guidance and their responsibilities as a result.

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