Muirhead and Edwards to Represent Scotland at Euros
Teams Muirhead and Edwards will represent Scotland at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships at Champéry, Switzerland next month after winning their respective women’s and men’s playdowns in Perth this weekend.
Four men’s teams and three women’s teams participated in the playoff event at Dewars Centre, but it was Muirhead and Edwards who would prevail after four days play.
In the women’s playdown Eve Muirhead’s team topped the group with four wins out of four with Team Lauren Gray securing second spot on two wins. They met in the best of three final with Muirhead taking the two victories needed to seal their place, the first on Saturday night winning by 9-1 and the second a closer affair on Sunday morning by 5-3.
Pictured top L-R Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid and fifth player Lauren Gray.
In the men’s playdown it was Teams Edwards and Murdoch who faced each other in the finals after Edwards saw off Brewster in the Tie Break. Edwards drew first blood by winning Saturday night’s final 6-4. Murdoch’s team fought back on Sunday morning however to draw level after a tight 5-4 victory but it was in Sunday afternoon’s vital final game that Edwards finally saw off Murdoch in an extra end to win by 8-6.
Pictured left L-R: David Edwards, John Penny, Scott Macleod, Billy Morton.
Full line scores from each game and final standings can be found at European Playdowns
The 2014 European Curling Championships will take place in Champéry, Switzerland from 22-29 November.
In the last ten years Scotland’s men’s and women’s teams have achieved 10 European Championship medals including 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze. At the 2013 European Championships Scotland’s women (Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and Alternate Lauren Gray) claimed Silver medal while Scotland’s men (David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow) took Bronze.
The top seven nations at the men’s and women’s European Curling Championships will qualify for the World Curling Championships in 2015. Should Scotland achieve this the teams to represent the nation at the World Championships will be decided at the Scottish Curling Championships, Dewars Centre, Perth, 16-22 February 2015.
Scotland’s European Teams are Sponsored by Tullis Russell