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First ever Spanish championships

by Eduardo de Paz

The city of San Sebastian was the venue for the first Spanish Curling Championship held between September 12 to 14. Six men's teams played for the male title and two women's teams for the female championship. The Sporting L'Olla teams from the catalanian town of Lliça D'Amunt won both titles and will represent Spain in next European Championship in Courmayeur. This will be the second consecutive year that these teams will represent Spain in an European's, after Grindelwald last year.

The final resolution of the tournament was very close and the male championship was not decided until the last stone had been put to rest to determine the winner with the teams Sporting L'Olla, Jaggers Madrid and C.C.Igualada fighting for the title.Curiously the winners lost their first match against Ceva Viella, but then won four in a row to become national champions. The female championship was a close affair too; Sporting L'Olla won the first game, but the mixed team with members of Club Curling Jaca and Leon Curling Club equalised by winning the second match, so they had to wait until the last day to know the winner.

Next year the Spanish Curling Championship will be in May, and the venue will be decided between the city of Madrid and the pyrenaical town of Puigcerda.

Final standings

Men's Championship (Round Robin)

1.- Sporting L'Olla - 4 wins
2.- Jaggers Madrid - 4 wins
3.- Club Curling Igualada - 3 wins
4.- Ceva Viella - 3 wins
5.- Club Curling Jaca - 1 win
6.- Hydra San Sebastian - 0 wins

Women's Championship (Best of three)

1.- Sporting L'Olla - 2 wins
2.- Club Curling Jaca/Leon Curling Club - 1 win

2003-10-27

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