Murdoch set to represent Scotland at World Championship
Two-time World Champion David Murdoch will wear the blue of Scotland for the first time since 2015 when he leads his team of Olympic silver medallists onto the ice at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, which get underway in Edmonton, Canada on Saturday 1st April.
The Scottish Champions – skip Murdoch, third Greg Drummond, second player Scott Andrews, and lead Michael Goodfellow, supported by alternate Ross Paterson and coached by Ian Tetley – will face eleven other top national teams.
The twelve teams competing have mixed levels of experience competing at this level, with two teams – the Norwegians skipped by Steffen Walstad and the Netherlands team of Jaap van Dorp – making their debuts at this level. There are two former World Champion skips in the field – Niklas Edin from Sweden (2013 and 2015), as well as Scotland’s own Murdoch (2006 and 2009). Canada’s former Olympic champion Brad Gushue (2006) is also in the field.
The national teams are: hosts and defending champions Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
To add to the importance of this Championship, this is the last 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 last World Men’s Championship which took place in 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.
Starting on Saturday, the teams will play seventeen sessions of round-robin play until the evening of Thursday 6th April. After this, a tie-breaker will be played, if needed, to determine the top four ranked teams.
Then, curling’s Page Play-off system will be used, and eventually gold and bronze medal finals will take place on Sunday 9th April.
The Scots open their campaign on Saturday evening against Norway and then have two games on Sunday, against USA and then Japan.
The RCCC website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving the Scottish teams.
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The RCCC website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving Team Scotland.
Photos © RCCC / Brian Battensby 2017