TEAM SMITH AND TEAM MUIRHEAD CONTINUE CANADIAN CAMPAIGNS
Team GB’s Winter Olympic curling teams are back in action this week as they continue their respective Canadian campaigns.
After reaching the semi final of the Grand Slam of Curling event in Regina last weekend, skip Eve Muirhead hopes they can do even better at this weekend’s HDF Insurance Shoot-Out in Edmonton where they reached the final last year.
“After kicking off the season with a strong start at the grand slam we are looking forward to continuing our processes here in Edmonton. The field is tough once again with the top Canadian, Asian and European teams all here,” said Muirhead, ahead of the event which gets underway tomorrow.
“With the Olympic Games not far away, every competition for us is an opportunity to build, face challenges and fine tune ready for February.”
Fellow Olympians Team Smith will face a similarly tough field and are keen to put in a solid performance this week at the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Ontario. Skip Kyle Smith said: “We have prepared well over the last few days and look forward to a great tournament in Cornwall. The tournament has a great field this year so we know we will face some tough games which is exactly what we need at this stage of the season.
“For us games against high class opponents are the best way for us to prepare for the bigger tournaments later this year and that is why this event hosted at Cornwall Curling Centre fits our schedule so perfectly this year.”
They are drawn in the same pool as the only other Scottish representatives in the men’s field, the Stirling Gin team skipped by Sochi silver medallist Greg Drummond which has Team Smith’s Winter Olympic alternate Glen Muirhead standing in for Gregor Cannon at this event.
Drummond is eagerly anticipating his team’s third event of the season, saying: “We are really looking forward to the Shorty Jenkins Classic and we have Glen sparing for Gregor this week. Despite not having won many games so far, we have played rather well at times against some good, strong opposition. We are still learning and developing as a unit and are confident the wins will come. We chose to play three really tough events to kick off the season as it will aid our development as a team going forward. “
Team Fleming are also competing at the event hosted at the Cornwall Curling Center in Ontario and after just missing out on the quarter finals in the Tier 2 event at the Grand Slam in Regina, they are keen to get back into competitive action.
“We are looking forward to building on our performance from last week at the Tier 2 event. We were disappointed not to have qualified last weekend, so it has given us even more drive to put in a good performance at the Shorty Jenkins Classic,” said skip Hannah Fleming.
“This is our second year at this event and it is always known to have good ice and a high level of competition, so we are excited to get started.”
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