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Team Muirhead are aiming to defend their title at the Basel Women’s Masters this weekend (6-8 October). The Team GB women’s representatives selected for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang next February have started their Olympic season with strong form, having already won a title in Canada when they lifted the HDF Shoot Out Trophy last month and skip Eve Muirhead hopes they continue to build on that success as they prepare for the European Championships next month.

“Basel is always a great European event. It's been a consistent entry into our yearly curling calendar because of the great teams competing, ice conditions and it's not too far away for travel purposes,” she said.

“Having won the event last season we go in as reigning champions so this always feels good!

“We've been home now two weeks since our last event in Canada, so during that fortnight we've worked hard both on ice and off developing aspects of our game that need improved to keep building to become stronger and stronger.”

Last year’s team line up at the Basel Masters included Olympian Kelly Schafer - who was standing in for Anna Sloan - and her contribution to the team helped cement the Canadian based curler into the Muirhead rink as their alternate.

Scottish rivals Team Fleming who reached the knock out stages at two Canadian events continue their European campaign and are aiming to maintain the encouraging form they have shown since the curling season got underway.

Hannah Fleming said: “Basel is an extremely well organised event with good ice and good competition.

“We have had a busy first month of competing, so we want to put together everything we have learnt and worked on and hope to see improvements and results to help lead on to the next phase of our season.”

The Basel Masters is a triple knock out format tournament with 24 teams in the field.

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Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Lauren Gray
Kelly Schafer

Team Fleming
Hannah Fleming
Jennifer Dodds
Vicky Wright
Alice Spence

Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.

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