Report and photos from Thursday 2nd January 1.30pm session

An historic first session at the Perth Masters for 2020, definitely a year for firsts. First time we have started at 1.30pm; first time that we have run the event with 39 teams; first time we have had group stages and not triple KO and first time we have invited the Ladies to curl alongside the Men in a parallel tournament.

It was the Ladies only first up early on and although some games started a little later, we managed to get all games completed in time. Team Muirhead started strongly against fellow Scots Team MacDonald putting them to the sword Claymore 12-0. The Teams from Asia had a successful start also with both Team Gim from Korea and Team Han from China winning their first games.

An upset for one of the favoured teams Team Jackson being beaten by Scottish junior Team Wilson in their opening game. Lastly to the Europeans, Team Wrana from Sweden beating their Scandanavian counterparts Team Skaslien and Team Jentsch needing an extra end to see off Czech Team Kuberskova.

This is shaping up already towards a really exciting finish.

Some photo memories from the opening session.