Scots Head For A Curling Night Out In America
Scottish curlers are on their way to a Curling Night In America, a new event in the curling calendar that will be televised on NBC Sports Network with timely stocking filler prizes of up to $4,000 up for grabs.
Scotland will face teams team from the USA, China and Japan in all three of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events, which will take place this week (3-5 December) at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth, Minnesota, which hosted the World Junior Championship in 2007.
Olympic silver medallist Tom Brewster, Skip of the Scottish men’s team said, “It’s always a thrill to represent my country and I can’t wait to pull on a Scotland jacket again. It’s been a couple of seasons since I have competed in the US and I’m looking forward to seeing how the sport has progressed since the last Olympics.
“I’m sure the event will be well organised and hopefully they have some good crowds to play in front of. The event is very new and is a bit of an exhibition but the teams competing in it have a lot of experience and the standard of play will be high.
“To be part of a larger team with the ladies and mixed doubles should be a lot of fun and also a new experience which I am looking forward to.”
The invitation to send a mixed doubles team was a particular attraction for British Curling given the new emphasis now being placed on that discipline, as British Curling Performance Director Graeme Thompson explained.
“The Curling night event in America is a really good opportunity on a number of fronts for our curlers. There is a mixture of an established team in Team Brewster, a composite women’s team, with a range of players, at different stages of development and the new Olympic discipline of mixed doubles, with two new players to that form of the game ” he said.
“The players, I know will wear the Scottish jersey with pride and at the same time, the event will be good for performances in the second half of this season and I believe, in the longer term.”
Scotland will be represented by Alastair Schreiber and Jennifer Dodds in the mixed doubles event and the women’s team comprises Hannah Fleming, Alice Spence, Laura Ritchie and Sophie Jackson. Glen Muirhead who has just returned from the European Championships as the fifth player rejoins Brewster and fellow team mates Ross Paterson and Hamilton McMillan. All three teams will face China in their opening match on Thursday.
Teams will compete in a double round robin format with a prize pool of $12,000 - $4,000 in the men’s and women’s events and $2,000 for mixed doubles, with $2,000 for the overall country winner. The event will be televised in nine programmes on the NBC Sports Network from 26 January 2016.