Curling: Muirhead and Brewster retain Scottish crowns

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Both defending champions were successful as Perth’s Eve Muirhead and Aberdeen’s Tom Brewster won their finals yesterday in the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Championships in Perth.

Muirhead and her team of lead Claire Hamilton, second Vicki Adams and third Anna Sloan beat Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming 8-4 in the women’s final. Muirhead now goes on to lead her team in the World Women’s Championship in Latvia next month. Fleming, reigning Scottish junior champion, has the consolation of going on to defend her world junior title in Sochi, Russia, at the end of this month.

With new team member David Murdoch skipping, Brewster’s Aberdeen team of David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow and fifth member Scott Andrews – who sat out the final – carved out their third successive national title when they beat Stirling’s Logan Gray 8-4 in the men’s final. They now go on to represent Scotland at the World Men’s Championships, in Victoria, Canada, at the end of March, hoping to go one better than the silver medals they have brought back from the last two events.