Muirhead Leads Team into World Curling Action in Canada
The Scottish national champions, skipped by Eve Muirhead, will be in action from Saturday at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, being staged in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This will be the 14th time that that the World Curling Federation (WCF) has staged its World Women’s Championship in Canada and the second time that Swift Current has been the venue, the last time being in 2010, when Muirhead took silver after losing the final to Germany’s Andrea Schöpp.
Now with her current team – third Anna Sloan, second player Vicki Adams, and lead Sarah Reid, supported by alternate Rachel Hannen and coached by David Hay – Muirhead will be looking for a second world title to go with the gold she won in 2013 in Latvia.
Pictured left: Team Muirhead win the 2016 Go Coco Scottish Curling Women’s Championship. Photo: Brian Battensby.
With twelve of the top women’s teams from the international world of curling taking part, play will continue until Sunday 27th March, when the medals will be decided.
The twelve teams who have qualified are: hosts Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Scotland, defending champions Switzerland, Sweden and the USA.
They will battle it out in seventeen sessions of round-robin play, until the evening of Thursday 24th March. After this, a tie-breaker will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams.
The Page Play-off games will determine which team qualifies directly to the gold medal game, and who will play the semi-final for the other spot in that game. The gold and bronze medal finals take place on Sunday 27th March.
Scotland start their campaign on Saturday evening, facing Olympic silver medallists Sweden, skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson, and then have two games on Sunday, against Korea and then Germany.
This is the first event at which points to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be up for grabs. The qualification process involves this Championship and the 2017 World Women’s Championships in Beijing, China. As hosts, Korea will qualify for Pyeongchang, as will the seven teams with the best qualifying points tally from 2016 and 2017, the final two places on the Olympic line-up will be decided at a special WCF Olympic Qualification event, to be held at the end of 2017. Pictured right – Muirhead and team on Team GB duty at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games where they won bronze medals. Photo: WCF/Michael Burns.
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Photo top: WCF/Richard Gray