The Edinburgh International Curling Championship (see here), sponsored by Belhaven Best, goes ahead at the Murrayfield Curling Rink, November 28-30, 2008. An exciting field will compete for the famous old World’s Trophy.
The main European challenge will likely come from Andy Kapp’s German champions. Kapp will be joined by teams from Finland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway as well as the English and Irish Champions.
Team Murdoch leads the Scottish challenge. Entries have also been received from Warwick Smith, Tom Brewster, David Edwards, Hammy McMillan and Peter Loudon. Local teams skipped by John Hamilton and Jamie Dick are in the draw.
Defending champion Alan Smith is also in the starting field. He returns with the same rink as last season.
The event joins the Ramada Perth Masters and the Glynhill Ladies International as the third Scottish member of the World Curling Tour - Europe.
“If I am honest it has been a difficult balancing act,” said Trevor Dodds, chairman of the organising committee. “We have obviously had to keep space open for European teams and this has led to a number of Scottish teams being disappointed. We have tried to balance the entry as best we could and it is a happy fact that we have an even number of European and Scottish teams in the draw.”
Headline sponsorship of the event has been secured from Belhaven Best. Murrayfield Curling Ltd, Edinburgh Curling Club and the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel are also sponsoring the event.
A new initiative for the competition this year will be the broadcast of certain of the draws on the web, by, I understand, the same team as does the Perth Masters. More about this in due course.
Andy Kapp's photo is by Hugh Stewart from last season's World Championship.
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