After years of waiting and months of preparation, international championship competition returns to Scotland when the 2016 Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships get underway at intu Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire, near Glasgow on Saturday morning (19th November), and Scotland’s two teams – led by Olympic and world medallists Eve Muirhead and Tom Brewster – are keen to get started.
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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 25th and Saturday 26th November.
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 in Scotland 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.
Tickets for the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships are now on sale here or from the intu Braehead Box Office on 0844 499 1700 and are available in a range of options including early or late sessions, all day tickets and tournament passes, giving you access to every game.
Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website, the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel and on Eurosport in the UK.
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