Scottish Teams Ready for European Championship Action
Teams led by Olympic bronze medallist Eve Muirhead and former world junior champion Kyle Smith will represent Scotland at the 2015 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships, which get underway at the weekend in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Altogether 26 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the event’s “A” and “B” Divisions, with “A” Division play starting on Friday 20th November and the “B” Divisions getting underway on Thursday 19th November. Round-robin play will continue throughout the week at the Granly Hockey Arena, with tie-breakers (if needed) and play-offs scheduled for Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November. The relegation challenge games and medal games will conclude the event on Saturday 28th November.
The ten “A” Division men’s teams that will compete are: the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, defending European and current world champions Sweden, and Switzerland.
Kyle Smith’s team – winners at the recent Edinburgh International as well as the European Qualification play-downs last month – features his own brother Cameron at lead, while alternate Glen Muirhead joins his brother Thomas, who plays at third, in the line-up. Kyle Waddell is second player for the Scots, who are coached by Viktor Kjäll.
The Scottish men open their round-robin programme on Saturday morning against last year’s silver medallists from Norway, skipped by Thomas Ulsrud and go back on the ice in the evening to face a Czech Republic team skipped by David Sik.
Eve Muirhead’s regular quartet – third Anna Sloan, second player Vicky Adams and lead Sarah Reid – are joined as alternate by Rachel Hannen, and are coached by David Hay. The other teams in the women’s “A” Division are: hosts Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and current world champions Switzerland.
The Scottish women – bronze medallists at last season’s European Championships – start with one game on the evening Friday 20th November, against Denmark, led by the experienced Lene Nielsen. They follow that with just one game on the Saturday, against a Swedish team skipped by Cecilia Ostlund.
From these Championships, eight men’s women’s teams will qualify their nations for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada next March while, with Switzerland guaranteed a place as 2016 hosts, the top seven men’s finishers will qualify for the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.
This website will feature reports and reaction after every game involving the Scottish teams. Bookmark European Curling Championships Latest to keep up to date.
The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 will have extensive TV coverage across Europe, for more details on where to watch visit EEC 2015 TV Schedule
Live internet streaming is available on WCTV, but may be geo-blocked in some countries, while the WCF website will carry regular up-dates.
Full results, statistics, news and photos from the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 can be seen on the WCF’s official event website
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Photos: top WCF/Richard Gray, middle Brad Askew, bottom Richard Gray.