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Scotland’s Curling Elite Set for Perth Euro Showdown

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:02pm

Scotland’s top curlers will battle it out at the European Playdowns in Perth this week for their chance to represent Scotland at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships in Denmark next month.

The five day event held at Live Active Dewars Centre, Perth from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th October will see selected teams go head to head in separate men’s and women’s events.

_70P6156Last year’s Scottish men’s Euro skip David Edwards returns this season as part of Ewan MacDonald’s (left) Scottish Championship winning team while 2014 European Bronze Medallists Team Eve Muirhead (pictured top), who are no strangers to the European scene having medalled every year since 2010, return to make their bid for a sixth consecutive podium position.

Murdoch BrewsterCompetition to wear the blue of Scotland will be fierce in both events. In the men’s, David Murdoch’s Winter Olympic silver medallists will be looking to make their return to the European Championships since their last outing in 2013 which saw them bring home Bronze. Tom Brewster, who played in Murdoch’s Euro side that year (pictured together right), lines up with his current Curling Champions Tour Winners while former World Junior Curling champions Team Kyle Smith complete the four team field.

_70P5279In the women’s competition two Podium Potential Performance teams will be looking to curb Muirhead’s dominance at the Playdowns with Lauren Gray, also an alternate at both 2014 Winter Olympics and European Curling Championships, leading her team onto the ice at Dewars alongside Team Hannah Fleming (left) who finished runners up to Team Muirhead at this year’s Scottish Curling Championships.

The European Playdowns get underway at 12:00 noon on Wednesday 14th October at Live Active Dewars Centre, Perth. The competition will be played in a double round-robin format with the best of three Final for both the men’s and women’s teams. Entry is free and spectators are welcome with prime time games scheduled for 7pm each night to encourage supporting crowds.

The European Curling Championships play a vital part in determining Scotland’s place in the World Curling Championships, with the top eight men’s and women’s teams at the European Curling Championships qualifying for the World Curling Championships in 2016. Should Scotland achieve this the teams to represent the nation at those World Championships will be decided at the Scottish Curling Championships in February.

The 2015 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships takes place in Esbjerg, Denmark from 20th to 28th November.

In 2016 Scotland will host the European Championships at intu Braehead as part of Scotland’s ambitious programme of four international curling championships coming to the nation over the next five years.

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Photos: WCF, Richard Gray.