Strong Scottish Representation at Top Canadian Event
Olympic silver medallists David Murdoch and Tom Brewster will be back in action skipping their respective rinks at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins in Ontario which gets underway tomorrow.
Both Team Murdoch and Team Brewster, the current Scottish champions will be keen to earn qualifying points in their third competitive outing of the season in a race for selection at the next Winter Olympics which also features Team Smith, who have returned home after a successful fortnight in Canada which saw them win the Oakville Classic before out-lasting their domestic rivals in reaching the semi-finals of the Stu Sells Tankard last weekend.
As his team looks to start generating momentum ahead of the forthcoming European Championship play-downs David Murdoch said: “We are really looking forward to playing the Shorty here in Cornwall. The field is Grand Slam quality and we are looking forward to the challenge. The ice Jon Wall (head ice technician) made last year was outstanding and we hope for another good run in this event”.
For Tom Brewster, as well as the quality of the competition, it is an event that has added poignancy: “The field is one of the strongest we have been involved in at a tour event. It also has added meaning for me as Shorty was a friend and taught me a lot of what I know about ice making.”
Team Fleming will also compete in the womens’ event at the Shorty Jenkins tomorrow, whilst elsewhere Team Muirhead – who reached the final of their first event of the season last weekend - will compete in the Colonial Square Ladies Classic which starts on Friday.
Skip Eve Muirhead said: “Team Muirhead kicked off the season with a strong start here in Edmonton making the final of the HDF shootout. We look to continually build on our performance leading into the Colonial Square in Saskatoon. Lauren (Gray) and Kelly (Schafer) were new additions to the team and are fitting in great both on ice and off.
“We are glad we can fit Colonial Square into our competitive schedule again this year, as it’s been moved forward in the calendar”.
For Schafer this tournament has added significance because she is back in her adopted home province having emigrated to Canada six years ago.
Team Aitken will also compete in that event later this week. Skip Gina Aitken said:“It's our first time curling at Nutana Club in Saskatoon so we're looking forward to a new experience with a really strong field and there will be many opportunities to learn from the top teams in the world”.
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