MUIRHEAD’S MEN HEAD FOR CANADA
Having narrowly missed out on representing Scotland again at the European Championships, then proudly watched younger sister Eve reach her seventh final at that event last weekend, Glen Muirhead returns to high level action tomorrow as his rink lines up in the College Clean Restoration Classic, in Saskatoon (29 November – 2 December).
Team GB’s 2018 Olympians are the only Scots taking part in the triple knock-out competition in what is a strong field in the Canadian event.
“After missing out at the European play-off finals we are hoping that our first trip to Canada will sharpen us up and bring us the X factor, as we now hone our preparations for the Scottish Championships which is now our next big goal of the season,” said the skip.
“This marks a return to a decent schedule for us, as we aim to get as much competition time as possible ahead of targeting the nationals.”
Muirhead’s rink comprising younger brother Thomas and Kyle and Cammy Smith – all of whom juggle their curling careers with their respective farming interests - will compete in two events in Canada followed by domestic events in Dumfries and the Perth Masters at the start of next year, to aid their preparations.
“It will be good to get back to business as a team and getting away from the farms for two weeks will help us get in the zone for our curling with the added benefit of that detachment from home,” he said.
“Being properly away those commitments means that we can get a lot from the next two weeks and a focused mindset combined with the high standard of competition you can always expect from Canadian events will really help.
“We are happy with how we performed at the play-offs and that followed winning the Braehead Open and also reaching the play-offs in Bern, so we know we have had a good start to the season. Getting more events under our belts means we are getting better prepared for our season’s goal.
“Last year we were in new roles and we have had time bedding in to those and have enjoyed successes. We not daunted by anything, we have proven how capable we are of taking on the tougher teams and we are always pulling for each other, which is important to our new team.
“Having some quality time together in the period ahead will get us sharper in our roles and help us to make the small improvements, so we can be as good or even better going in to the Scottish next year,”
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