Top Rinks Set For Aberdeen International
Curl Aberdeen venue manager and event organiser Tom Brewster will be combining duties both on and off the ice as he skips his team at the Aberdeen International which gets underway this week (16-19 March).
The championship organised by Brewster was a new fixture on the Curling Champions Tour (CCT) last year and has again attracted an impressive international line up which will provide the perfect competitive environment ahead of the men’s World Championships which start next month.
Team Brewster will be hoping to end their season with a win having missed out last month at the Scottish Championships, but shown strong form ahead of that tournament both at home and abroad when winning both the Perth Masters and Japan’s Karuizawa International.
“It will be good to get back on the ice again. Aberdeen International has a very strong field and I can’t wait to get back competing especially in my home club” said Brewster.
“As a team we had a short break after the nationals and then have worked hard on the ice. We are focused on finishing the season strongly.”
The line-up includes Brewster’s former Sochi team mates Team Murdoch who won the National Championships in Perth as well as Team Smith who reached the semi finals of that event. Other domestic rivals include Team Mouat, finalists at the Scottish Championships who preceded that result winning the World University Games, as well as Team Hardie who reached the knock out stages of the Nationals and Team Bryce who represented Scotland at the World Junior Championships finishing fourth.
There will be stiff competition for the event’s Bruce Ferguson Memorial Trophy as well as Tour points from the international contingent. Canada’s Team McEwan, ranked fourth in the world curling tour ranking and former world champions Team Ulsrud from Norway are among those who have travelled from further afield.
“This is the second year of the Aberdeen International and it has gone from strength to strength. We have not only seen an increase in the number of teams from 20 last year to 28 but the quality of the field has also improved with five of the world’s top 20 teams taking part,” added Brewster.
“There has also been a change in format to accommodate the increase in team numbers from a group format to a Triple Knockout. I would like to think that the increase in team entries has come from the great success of last year’s event.
“Curl Aberdeen is a world class facility, coupled with good ice, good food, a great hotel, very good leisure facilities and great logistics.”
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Photos: Perthshire Pictures Agency - Graeme Hart.