SCOTS TO THE FORE IN TEAM EUROPE’S HISTORIC CONTINENTAL CUP WIN
Team Europe were in dominant form throughout the mixed format four day event and ultimately claimed a comprehensive 37.5 – 22.5 point victory over Team Canada.
British Curling’s National Coach David Murdoch, who coached the European team paid tribute to the players who achieved the historic double, having also triumphed in Las Vegas last year when they were competing as Team World.
“It’s a historic moment for Team Europe,” said Murdoch, one of the country’s most successful elite curlers.
“It was always going to be a tough title defence going back on Canadian soil as they had a talented bunch of teams and a large crowd to get behind them. But our teams were quite simply exceptional.
“They had complete belief in themselves and the team dynamics were key to aiding this success. The shot making that we have seen here for every game was outstanding and we applied pressure relentlessly to dominate from the start.”
Their Canadian counterparts attempted a comeback on the final day during the skins games but it was not enough to overturn the form side.
“The team bond is strong and that is something we looked to develop two years ago and the athletes really buy into this. Coachable athletes are a pleasure to work with and this team is incredible,” he added.
Teams Mouat and Muirhead were fresh from their respective Tour title wins at the Perth Masters ahead of the Continental Cup and hope to continue that form as they now head straight into another competition at the Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, where they will be joined by fellow Scots Team Paterson in the triple knock-out event.
Skip Eve Muirhead is pleased to have been part of another victory in what has been a successful season for her and her team mates.
“We are really delighted to win the Continental Cup for Team Europe – it was a tough battle in every draw and every game was nail biting and I am not sure the score-line necessarily showed that,” she said.
“You are not just part of your own team but something much bigger, along with the Swiss and the Swedish, you are one big team and you want to do well for all of them,” Muirhead noted of the pressure associated with the unique style of curling event.
“We were however very dominant throughout the week which was great and beating Canada in Canada is very special as well. As soon as we were on ice we were super competitive and to retain the title along with Bruce (Mouat) and the boys and Dave (Murdoch) is great for Scottish curling, for us to have achieved that.
“This has been perfect preparation leading into our next event at the Grand Slam, we have played well in all of our games and that will set us up well for the Scottish Champs next month. It is actually quite scary how quickly these events are coming round, which are an important part of the season for us. There are lots of good teams at the Slam this week and hopefully we can do some damage here too,” she added.
CONTINTENTAL CUP TEAMS
TEAM EUROPE NORTH AMERICA
DAVID MURDOCH (COACH) JEFF STOUGHTON (COACH)
CHRISTOFFER SVAE (ASST COACH) HEATHER NEDOHIN (ASST COACH)
FREDRIK LINDBERG (CAPTAIN) DAVID NEDOHIN (CAPTAIN)
TEAM MUIRHEAD TEAM FLEURY
TEAM MOUAT TEAM HOMAN
TEAM HASSELBORG TEAM CAREY
TEAM EDIN TEAM BOTTCHER
TEAM TIRINZONI TEAM KOE
TEAM DE CRUZ TEAM EPPING
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Photos from 2020 Continental Cup courtesy of Curling Canada – Michael Burns