Selected group and the concluding deciding final matches featuring the Scottish men and women’s bid to win European curling glory will be streamed live on BBC Sport from tomorrow (Saturday November 19).
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Four live games from the initial round robin group matches of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships from the Braehead Arena – two men and two women’s matches – will be shown from tomorrow and into next week, starting with the Saturday morning clash between Scotland’s men’s team and Denmark at 9am.
Two days later, the men’s team of skip Tom Brewster, Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Hammy McMillan will also be shown live as they take on Switzerland at 8am on Monday.
On Sunday, the Scottish women’s team of 2013 World Champion skip Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray will take on Sweden at 8am, with all the action again shown on the BBC Sport website www.bbc.co.uk/sport.
The women’s encounter against Germany at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon will also be streamed live as will the two semi final matches on Thursday night at 7pm for the men and Friday afternoon at 2pm for the women.
Should either team make it into the final, curling fans will also be able to follow all the action as it happens via the Sport website.
“We know there will be huge interest in the fortunes of both Scottish teams so we’re delighted to show many of the leading matches. As it’s being played on home soil we know there will be a terrific atmosphere at Braehead and it should make for exciting viewing,” said BBC Scotland Sport’s Grigor Stirling.
The World Curling Federation also welcomed the broadcast:
“We’re delighted to include the BBC amongst our broadcast partners for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2016. Europe’s top curlers will be gathered throughout the week at the Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire on the outskirts of Glasgow and with this partnership, viewers across the UK will be able to follow top curling action as athletes hit the final straight on the road to qualification for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness.
Altogether 26 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the event’s “A” and “B” Divisions, with round-robin play taking place throughout the week before promotions and relegations are decided, and medals and titles are handed out on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November.
The ten “A” Division men’s teams are Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland, with Scotland’s men thrown in at the deep end straight away against Denmark.
The ten “A” Division women’s teams are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Both Scottish teams had to come through a national qualification event last month in Perth to gain selection and, for the women this followed a period of disruption as regular third player Sloan recovered from knee surgery. To help in this process, Kelly Schafer (better known as Kelly Wood) came back from her family home in Swift Current, Canada, to play with her former team-mates, and she returns again to take up the role of fifth player, with Sloan now fully recovered.
From the A-Divisions, eight men’s teams will qualify for the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, being held in Edmonton, Canada between 1-9 April 2017. Also, eight women’s teams will qualify for the World Women’s Curling Championship scheduled for Beijing, China between 18-26 March 2017. These will be the final World Curling Championships where Olympic Qualification Points will be available for PyeongChang 2018.
Catch all the curling action at www.bbc.co.uk/sport