Weekly Report - October 31-November 67 November 2016
Hibernian Ladies triumphed over Glasgow City on penalties in the SSE Scottish Cup final, the showpiece finale for women's football in Scotland.
Seven scholars started for Hibs - Jenna Fife, Lizzie Arnot, Siobhan Hunter, Rachel McLauchlan (all Edinburgh Napier University), Kirsty Smith, Clare Williamson (both Heriot-Watt University), and Abi Harrison (University of the Highlands and Islands) - as they faced newly crowned league champions Glasgow City, who had Erin Cuthbert (University of the West of Scotland) in their starting line up. Hibs took a 1-0 lead into half time though City equalised in the second half to force extra time. Cailin Michie (University of Edinburgh) and Samantha Kerr (Edinburgh College) had been brought on for Hibs and City, respectively, before the match finished 1-1 and went to a penalty shootout. Hunter, Arnot, and Cuthbert all scored from the spot with Fife making a vital save as Hibs won 6-5 on penalties to be crowned Scottish Cup champions.
The curling season is now well underway and Team Mouat were in Curling Champions Tour action at the Edinburgh International. Skipped by Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University), the team including Bobby Lammie (University of Stirling), Gregor Cannon, and Alasdair Schreiber (both University of Strathclyde) reached the final, having won six of their seven matches but succumbed to Team Kubeška from Czechia, finishing as runners up. Ruairidh Greenwood (University of the Highlands and Islands) was also competing in Edinburgh, but he and his Team Fraser teammates were unable to reach the knockout stages.
It was a busy week for our racquet sports with scholars competing in badminton, tennis, and squash. Alex Dunn (University of Strathclyde) was part of the Scotland team at the World Junior Badminton Championships in Bilbao. Although Scotland lost to England and Australia in the group stage, they won their playoff against Armenia to reach the 33-40 ranking stage, where victories over Hungary and Peru left them facing Bulgaria in the 33/34th place match. Scotland lost, finishing in 34th, but Dunn's individual statistics of four wins from five matches is an excellent return. Martin Campbell, Patrick MacHugh, and Adam Hall (all Open University in Scotland) were also in badminton action, competing in the men's doubles at the Bitburger Open in Saarbrucken, Germany. Campbell and MacHugh exited in the first round but Hall, playing with England's Peter Mills, came through a qualifying match before bowing out at the quarter final stage.
In tennis, Maia Lumsden (University of Stirling) and Bruce Strachan (Heriot-Watt University) were competing in singles events at the ITF Futures in Sheffield. Lumsden reached the quarter finals, while Strachan progressed through qualification before losing in his first match in the main draw. Wimbledon is a name most commonly associated with tennis, but it was home to squash at the weekend, where Elspeth Young (Edinburgh Napier University) lost out at the quarter final stage.
Scotland's women faced Ireland in the first of three international friendlies in Glasgow on Sunday. Fiona Bruce (University of Strathclyde), Jenny Eadie (University of Glasgow), Sarah Jamieson, and Charlotte Watson (both University of Dundee) were part of the squad that went down 2-0 at the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.
A number of scholars who were competing last week will do so again over the next few days. Team Mouat are in Canada, competing in Tier 2 of the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in Cranbrook, BC. Greg Drummond (Edinburgh Napier University) will also be there, competing in the Tier 1 event for Team Murdoch, where he will be joined by Kyle Waddell (University of Stirling) and Cameron Smith (Scotland's Rural College) of Team Smith. Next weekend also sees the return of the Forfar Open, part of the Scottish Curling Tour.
Alex Dunn and his Scotland junior teammates will be staying in Bilbao to compete as individuals in the World Junior Championships Eye-Level Cups, while Martin Campbell, Patrick MacHugh, and Adam Hall will travel to Medvode, Slovenia for the European Mixed Team Championships Qualifiers, where they will be joined by Matthew Carder (Glasgow School of Art), Rebekka Findlay (University of the West of Scotland), Caitlin Pringle (University of Strathclyde), and Julie MacPherson (Open University in Scotland).
Scotland face Ireland in two more international friendlies in Glasgow, hoping for more positive results. The squads for each match are different with Millie Brown (University of Glasgow), Emma McGregor (Heriot-Watt University), and Katie Robertson (Abertay University) joining Fiona Bruce, Sarah Jamieson, and Charlotte Watson.