BT Sport Panel: Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch explain curling

In the wake of their success at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch appeared on BT Sport to explain some of the nuances of curling.

Both skips will be hoping to triumph at this coming week’s Scottish Championships in Perth – thereby earning the right to represent Scotland at the World Men’s Championships and World Women’s Championships.

Things to look out for include some comments from Muirhead on evolving broom technology/sweeping techniques (ahh, those days of innocence), and one of the least adept blank ends ever played.

Find out how Murdoch and Muirhead – and their rivals for the men’s and women’s titles in Perth – get on this week via the Royal Caledonian Curling Club event page here, or keep an eye on the Roaring Game Blog’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Baden Masters: Team Edin pips Brewster

Two Scottish teams competed in the season opener in Switzerland – and Team Brewster finished runner-up to world champions Team Edin.

Both Team Brewster and fellow Scots Team Murdoch qualified from the Baden Masters round robin stage to make the quarter finals.

Group A saw David Murdoch’s rink come up against Teams Attinger (Switzerland), De Cruz (Switzerland), Snitil (Czech Republic) and Van Dorp (Netherlands).

Three wins and one loss (to Team De Cruz) saw Murdoch and team-mates Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow safely through.

Group D, meanwhile, pitted Team Brewster against Teams Hess (Switzerland), Gulbis (Latvia), Keller (Switzerland) and O’Connor (Canada).

Skip Tom Brewster and his rink of Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Hammy McMillan cruised into the quarter finals with a 100 per cent record, capped by a 9-5 win over second-placed team Keller.

There, scores of 3 in the third and sixth ends gave Brewster a 6-1 win over Team Biedermann of Switzerland.

In the other Swiss v Scots quarter final, however, Team Murdoch were unable to really get going against Team Michel, going down 6-2.

Team Michel weren’t able to complete a double over the Scottish teams in the semi final though. Team Brewster claimed scores of 3 in ends one and five to see them into the final 8-5.

The final was a tight affair. Team Edin blanked the first two ends, then scored 2 in the third. But Team Brewster replied in kind, making it 2-2 at the halfway mark.

Further scores of 2 were exchanged in ends six and seven, meaning the Swedes had hammer going into the eighth and final end with the match poised at 4-4.

There they claimed another 2, giving them victory in the final 6-4. You can watch that match back here.

Teams Brewster and Murdoch now head to Canada with their first competitive curling of 2015-16 under their belts – and it’s fair to say they’re off to an encouraging start.