Can Brewster’s men go one better than last year?
Curl Aberdeen’s Tom Brewster and his Scottish champions Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, and Michael Goodfellow; supported by alternate David Edwards and coach Ronald Brewster; will be aiming to go one better than last year’s silver medals when they start their campaign at this year’s World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by the Ford Motor Company of Canada, in Basel’s St Jakobhalle on Saturday.
Altogether twelve teams will contest the Championship – Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, hosts Switzerland, and USA.
Brewster’s team have two games on Saturday – opening with an intriguing encounter against New Zealand, led by ex-pat and well-known Scottish curler Peter de Boer, and then Norway’s reigning European champion Thomas Ulsrud.
Round-robin play continues through seventeen sessions until Thursday 5th April. Tie-breakers will follow (if required) with Page Play-offs taking place on Saturday 7th April and medal games being staged on Sunday 8th April.
Teams competing at this Championship will also earn Olympic qualifying points for their nations. Based on cumulative points earned for their finishes at the 2012 and 2013 men’s championships, the top seven countries (host Russia receives an automatic entry), will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
An additional two nations will have the chance to win their ticket to Sochi at a new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event to be held in December 2013. All nations having competed at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Championships would be eligible to compete in this event if they have not already secured their spot at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world. The broadcast schedule for this event is available here: www.worldcurling.org/world-mens-curling-championship-2012—tv–web-schedule
Team line-ups, news, live scores and more can been seen here on the event websitewww.wmcc2012.curlingevents.com
There will be full reports posted on this page after every game involving Scotland throughout this event.