Scots Ready For Action At Second Grand Slam Of Season

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Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch will get their second slam of the season underway tomorrow at the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge at Cranbrook (8-13 November).

Competing in Tier 1 of the event, they will hope to replicate the form that ousted world champions and defending title holders Team Koe at their last slam tie breaker meeting in Okotoks, which saw the Scots proceed to the play-offs.

Skip David Murdoch said, “This part of the season now gets a little chaotic with us being back in Canada again for two weeks.

“Being back at another slam we are looking forward to another very tough challenge and hope to build on our performance a few weeks ago in the WFG Masters Slam.

“This event will have brand new rocks from Kays of Scotland so we will need to be sharp in figuring them out. It will be another strong test for us.

“The following week we have a solid four days of practice to tune up for the Red Deer Classic and hopefully another good showing should come from putting in the hard work both on and off the ice,” he said.

The event will see further Scottish representation from Team Smith, as well as finalists from the recent Edinburgh International Team Mouat and national champions Team Brewster, Scotland’s standard bearers next week at the European Championships in Braehead (19-26 November).

“We have had a good training camp here in Calgary and are really looking forward to playing in the arena. The field is strong as always and this will be good preparation for the Euros and our focus is on building towards that,” said Skip Tom Brewster.

In the women’s tournament, Team Fleming is looking forward to making their debut at the event.

“As first timers at a Tier 2 grand slam we are all very excited about the experience and opportunities ahead of us this week.

“We are looking forward to playing high calibre teams in an arena atmosphere. We have enjoyed a couple of weeks training and feel ready to give our best in Cranbrook,” said Skip Hannah Fleming.

Team Fleming Coach Nancy Smith added, “Currently ranked 26th in the world, the team have been preparing hard to be ready to play against some of the world’s best and competing in front of big crowds is always a good opportunity for any up and coming team.”

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