Curling: Scots begin bid to make it a world title double

Following hot on the heels of the stunning World Championships victory by Eve Muirhead and her team in Latvia last weekend, it is now the turn of the men to take the spotlight, with the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship starting today in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Scotland is represented by the five-man team that won the national Championship last month – skip David Murdoch, from Lockerbie, Aberdeen-based third Tom Brewster and a rotating three-man front end of Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews.

Four of these five, skipped by Brewster, were losing finalists in the last two World Men’s Championships, and this season Murdoch – a two-times world champion himself – has been brought in to try to take the squad to the top of the podium.

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Scotland open their round-robin campaign against Japan in their only scheduled game today. They face Denmark and then Canada tomorrow.