Team Murdoch Defend Title at Karuizawa International

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Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch will defend their title at the Karuizawa International in Japan which gets underway tomorrow (15-18 December). In their last competitive outing of the year Skip David Murdoch is keen that his team finish 2016 on a high note during what is a key season in the pursuit of a place at the next Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018.

Skip David Murdoch said: “We are so excited to be back in Japan. It was such a well organised championship last year that we felt we had to come back. The culture is so unique and we embraced everything about it last time around. It has been a long trip to get here from Toronto and a 14 hour time change but we feel good to go and hope to have another successful week.”

Team Brewster is also part of the Scottish contingent who have travelled to the Asia Pacific Curling Tour event, part of the World Curling Tour which is aiming is to extend the reach of curling into Asia.

Tom Brewster said: “It's great to be here in Japan. A first for me! It is nice to experience a new country and culture for a change as nearly all of our events are in North America or Europe. The venue looks fantastic.

“This is our first event since the Europeans and we have had time to rest and analyse areas we need to work on. This event will be a good test and hopefully we can see some progress on the areas of our game we are working on. There are some good teams in the field and also some teams we have never faced before. 

“Hopefully we can have a solid event and win some early Christmas presents!”

Recent European Championship bronze medallists Team Muirhead will also be making their debut in the women's event and like Team Murdoch made the trip to Japan straight from the Grand Slam of Curling National in Ontario.

Skip Eve Muirhead said: “After a 13 hour flight from Toronto we finally made it to Japan! 

“It's our first time playing the tournament but what we've seen so far and heard it's a fantastic event. Everyone is so kind and will do anything for you. What I hear is the facility is one of the best. We can’t wait to check it out and get our last competition pre-Christmas underway!” 

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Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.

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