European Championships Set for Action
The 2013 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships get underway on Saturday 23 November in Stavanger’s Sormarka Arena, with Scotland represented by skips Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch and their British Olympic teams.
Muirhead and her team – Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton, supported for this event by alternate Lauren Gray and coached by David Hay – are, of course reigning world champions, and they open their round-robin campaign against Russia in a re-match of last year’s European final in Karlstad. The Russians had an extra end 6-5 win on that day, and no doubt the Scots will come onto the ice keen to turn the tables.
The Scottish women have only that one game on Saturday and they continue their campaign on Sunday against Latvia and then Germany.
Also in the women’s “A” group are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
David Murdoch’s men – Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow, coached by Soren Gran – open against Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne before returning to the ice on Saturday evening to play Russia.
The men’s “A” group is completed by the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Latvia, Norway, reigning world champions and defending European champions Sweden, and Switzerland.
As well as being a Championship in its own right, the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships also acts as the European qualifier for the World Championships. The top eight nations of each gender in Stavanger will go on to the world stage to the 2014 World Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Saint John Canada (women) and Beijing, China (men).
In addition, for many of the teams involved – including the Scots – this week’s competition represents a last Championship-level run-out before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games or next month’s Olympic qualifier in Fussen, Germany.
Daily Reports: Throughout the Championships, the RCCC website news page will carry draw-by-draw reports, player reaction and action photography.
Event website: http://ecc2013.curlingevents.com for further information, schedules of play, full team line ups and results.
Event Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCurlingChampionships
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Extensive televised coverage of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2013 from Stavanger can be seen by viewers in Europe on Eurosport. Live coverage will also be available via the internet on the Eurosport Player and on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel World Curling TV. Complete coverage details can be seen here Broadcast Web TV Coverage Schedule
Scotland’s European Teams are sponsored by Tullis Russell
Report: Mike Haggerty
Photos: © WCF/Richard Gray 2012