It’s Finals Day at the Mercure City of Perth Masters at Dewars Centre in Perth where a stellar international field have been competing over the last four days for the coveted Mercure Masters trophy. Play starts with the quarter-finals from 9am with the final at 3pm. Admission is free for spectators.
The City of Perth Masters is a highlight on the Scottish curling calendar, not to mention a reputation of being one of the finest events in Europe, and this year the tournament has once again attracted teams from all over the world. With the Winter Olympics just a few weeks away (of which more below) alongside a strong home presence competing on the ice are teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Scotland have 10 teams in the draw including Team MacDonald led by skip Ewan McDonald (an Olympian and former world champion), previous national champions Team Brewster and Team Smith. Team Smith – led by Kyle Smith and also featuring Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, Cammy Smith and Glen Muirhead – will be the focus of much attention having been selected as the men’s team to represent Team GB at next month’s Winter Olympics.
The event has an added spice this year with the 32-team draw featuring no less than seven teams taking part who are heading to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang next month. With only three teams missing out of the ten that will compete for the ultimate prize in curling there’s a real opportunity for one team to strike a big psychological advantage heading into the Olympics.
Play gets underway today at 9am with the quarter-finals followed by the semi-finals at 12 noon and the final at 3pm. This is the City of Perth Masters full draw (at pages 7-9) together with the team lists (at page 5).
It’s free entry to the Dewars Centre at this unique opportunity to watch world-class curling at what many are seeing as a dress rehearsal for the men’s curling competition at the Winter Olympics. Don’t miss it!