The event was held to raise money for Edinburgh Sick Kids and at the last count had managed to raise over £8,000.
Carpet Curling itself is fairly similar to the winter version. There are two ends or rounds in a match and each team is given 3 stones per round. The teams take it in turns to throw the stones down a mat with the aim of landing as many stones as possible in the scoring circle. At the end of each round, points are awarded depending on how many stones are in the circle and how close each stone is to the centre of the circle. The winning team is the one with the most points at the end of the match. The technique took a while to pick up which probably explained the number of bouncing stones that ended up out of bounds - something which was not a regular feature of the Winter Olympics!
The event was held in Lister Square in full view of our office. There were 52 teams involved including law firms, accountants, estate agents and other businesses and groups from Edinburgh and beyond. The event was also a good opportunity to mingle with some of our neighbours from around Quartermile. There was a BBQ and bar set up and together with the nice weather made for a really fun event. There was also a beach theme which everyone made the effort for although only a few dared to show up with loud Hawaiian shirts.
Morton Fraser entered two teams which were controversially named Morton Fraser A and B. The A team comprised David Miller, Stuart Dick, Mark Colquhoun and David Stewart. The B team was made up of Carryl Beveridge, Amy Entwistle, Suzanne Hardie and Ursula Currie, although I was substituted on for Ursula mid way through the tournament for what I can only imagine were tactical purposes.
Morton Fraser B team were eliminated in the group stages but performed fairly respectably winning 2 games out of 6 including a victory over the eventual group winners.
The Morton Fraser A team lived up to their name and made it through to the knockout stages and at one point in the tournament held the record for the highest number of points in a match. Despite their form (and dedicated practising during the intervals) they were ultimately defeated after being swept aside by one of the teams who would go on to reach the semi finals.
The day was rounded off with an appearance from Winter Olympic Silver Medallist and Men's Team GB Curling Skip, David Murdoch who was there to present the trophy to the winning team. He met with the Morton Fraser teams and we all got a chance to hold his medal and chat about his experience since the Sochi Olympics and his plans for the future.
Before leaving he also agreed to play a little exhibition match against our Mark Colquhoun who restored some Morton Fraser pride by grabbing victory against David making him obviously the unofficial holder of an Olympic silver medal.
I am sure everyone is now eagerly anticipating the next tournament for a chance to raise some money for charity, try a new sport and have another afternoon out the office in the sun.