SCOTLAND’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT
Two-time former winner Eve Muirhead will lead Scotland’s women into the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden from 15-23 November 2019. The former world champion’s team has been selected ahead of two other teams based on the selection criteria, which included factors such as World Curling Tour rankings, results at major championships and records against likely European Championship opponents.
Of the five men’s teams who were considered, the presence of three Scottish men’s teams ranked in the world’s top 20 means there will be a play-off to decide which of them will represent Scotland at the European Curling Championships in November. They include reigning European Champions Team Mouat, 2018 Olympians Team Glen Muirhead and Team Paterson, who won a Grand Slam title last year in their debut season together.
Scottish Curling, in partnership with British Curling, has taken the decision to host the three team play-off for the men at Perth’s Dewars Centre, from 10-13 October 2019. The format of the European qualifying play-off will be a double round robin, with the top two teams progressing to a best of three game final.
It will be the fifth time that Sweden will host the European Championships, which also functions as the qualifier for the 2020 World Curling Championships, at which nations compete for Olympic qualifying points for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The World Women’s Curling Championships will be hosted at the CN Centre in Prince George, in British Columbia, Canada from 14-22 March 2020.
Scotland will host the LGT World Men’s Curling Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow from 28 March - 5 April 2020. More details on that event and tickets can be found at: www.wmcc2020.com
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