Now, spot the theme in today's post! The Royal Caledonian Curling Club's manager of competitions, Colin Hamilton, has posted the draw for the first Mini Tour event of the new season on the RCCC website here. The sixteen-team competition at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton, goes ahead October 5-7.
John Hamilton, whose team won this competition last season and went on to win the Colin Galbraith trophy as overall Mini Tour winners, is back again, and faces Lockerbie's Graeme Black, the Scottish Schools' Champion, in his first round game. Traditionally, teams from the other home countries are allowed to compete in the Mini Tour, and the Hamilton draw contains Bruce Bowyer's English and Robin Gray's Irish sides.
After Hamilton, the men's tour moves to Lockerbie (October 19-21) and the Galleon, Kilmarnock (November 23-25). A total of twenty-three teams have entered, three more than last year. A team's best performances in any two events count towards their final placings.
Eight women's teams, including Marie O'Kane's Irish side, line up for the first women's Mini Tour event, in parallel with the men at Hamilton, October 5-7. The O'Kane team face World Junior Champion Sarah Reid in their first game. Claire Hamilton's new National Academy team are up against the experienced Sharon Stewart in their first round match.
The second and final women's Mini Tour event is at Lockerbie, October 19-21.
The photos are of John Hamilton and (no relation) Claire Hamilton. What was the theme again?