Muirhead and Brewster gunning for European success on home ice
Curling

Muirhead and Brewster gunning for European success on home ice

18 November 2016 / 19:30

Eve Muirhead and Tom Brewster lead Scotland as they look for home victories in the European Curling Championships, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

The Arena has been home to some of Great Britain’s recent Davis Cup successes, but this week has been transformed into a home for the continent’s elite curlers.

Muirhead will be looking to win the title she first claimed in 2011 and is confident of success after winning a medal in each of the last six continental championships.

While Brewster will be looking to add to his single bronze medal win back in 2013, in Stavanger, Norway.

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Muirhead will line up alongside Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, with Kelly Schafer as the alternate.

While Brewster is joined by Muirhead’s brother Glen, as well as Ross Paterson and Hammy McMillan, with Duncan Menzies as the alternate.

Each team will play against nine other nations, with the top four at the end of the week’s competition progressing into next weekend’s semi-finals.

Men's teams       Women's teams    
Austria Czech Republic 
Denmark  Denmark 
Finland  Finland
Germany Germany 
Italy Italy 
Norway Norway 
Russia Russia 
Scotland  Scotland 
Switzerland Switzerland 
Sweden  Sweden 

And Muirhead is relishing the opportunity to take to the ice in front of a vociferous home crowd.

“A lot of tickets have been sold and there are going to be a lot of people cheering us on, but that’s something that has pushed us on before and we hope this will be no different,” said the 26-year-old.

“We’ll enjoy it, undoubtedly, but we have to keep in mind that it’s an important tournament too.

“We’re well into the Olympic cycle now and you have to keep working on what you can do to get better so that when Pyeongchang 2018 does come around we can be in the best shape possible.

“We’ll work on different things each tournament, just because it’s at home doesn’t mean we can bypass that.”

Brewster has had to wait for his opportunity to skip a Scotland side, but in beating Dave Murdoch in the Scottish Championships he gets the chance to shine on the big stage.

"There's certainly an opportunity to do well at home, there's no doubt about that,” said the 42-year-old.

"But we know there are a lot of good teams competing - Denmark, Norway and Sweden in particular have shown how good they've been and we know it's going to be a tough challenge.

"But it's one we're all looking forward to, each tournament has the chance to give us some momentum and perhaps there's no better time to do that than Braehead.

"It's a rink I feel I know, but you never completely envisage what the conditions are going to be like until you get there, so home advantage and familiarity won't always be evident when you get there.”

Selected Scotland games will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

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