Vicki and team “excited” about Euros

Stranraer curler Vicki Adams is currently in Denmark for the European Curling Championships which start tomorrow

Olympic bronze medallist Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki and new team member Sarah Reid, will represent Scotland at the 2015 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships, which get underway at the weekend in Esbjerg.

Altogether 26 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams will be taking part in the event’s “A” and “B” Divisions, with “A” Division play starting on Friday 20th November and the “B” Divisions getting underway on Thursday 19th November. Round-robin play will continue throughout the week at the Granly Hockey Arena, with tie-breakers (if needed) and play-offs scheduled for Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November. The relegation challenge games and medal games will conclude the event on Saturday 28th November.

Eve Muirhead’s regular quartet are joined as alternate by Rachel Hannen, and are coached by David Hay. The other teams in the women’s “A” Division are: hosts Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and current world champions Switzerland.

The Scottish women – bronze medallists at last season’s European Championships – start with one game tonight against Denmark, led by the experienced Lene Nielsen. They follow that with just one game on the Saturday, against a Swedish team skipped by Cecilia Ostlund.

Vicki said: “We are looking forward to getting started out here in Denmark, Our opening game against the Danish team this evening will be a big one as the host nation always has a lot of home support behind them!

“But we are confident of our performance so far this season and excited about the week ahead.”

Former world junior champion Kyle Smith is Scotland’s skip in the men’s championships. The ten “A” Division men’s teams that will compete are: the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, defending European and current world champions Sweden, and Switzerland.

From these Championships, eight men’s women’s teams will qualify their nations for the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada next March while, with Switzerland guaranteed a place as 2016 hosts, the top seven men’s finishers will qualify for the World Men’s Championship in Basel, Switzerland.