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David Murdoch and Team Brewster get Bronze at Men’s World Curling Championships in Canada.

David Murdoch and Team Brewster get Bronze at Men's World Curling Championships in Canada.

David Murdoch and Team Brewster – Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Tom Brewster represented Scotland as they beat Denmark 7-6  on Sunday 7th April’s bronze medal game at the Ford World Mens Curling Championship 2013 in Victoria,Canada.The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end, and then Denmark blanked three ends.The Danes finally got onto the score board in the fifth end with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score at 2-2.

In the sixth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2. But in the seventh, the Danes once again levelled. This time skip Stjerne shot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4. In the eighth end, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out on a Danish stone while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead.

In the ninth end, Stjerne produced a candidate for shot of the week when he played an outrageous multiple clear-out to score two points and keep his team in the game, at 6-7 down, but in the tenth end, Murdoch cleared out two Danish stones to allow the five-man Scottish squad – skip David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond Scots – to claim bronze, with the final score-line remaining on 7-6 to Scotland.

Afterwards, Murdoch said, “It’s kind of disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But today we were really fired to come out and win that medal. We wanted to make sure we went home with a medal and it’s just rewards for such a good week.”

He continued, “this is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right. For us we’re going to take a lot of encouragement that we’re doing the right things and we know that when we bring our ‘A’ game we can beat anyone. We just need to be a bit more consistent.”

David Murdoch is a curler from Lockerbie, a 2 x World Champion, 3 x European Champion, 2 x Winter Olympian finishing 4th in Turin 2006 and 5th in Vancouver 2010. He is aiming to represent Team GB at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. David is a key part of a talented winning team of Scottish curlers. He has commentated on curling for Eurosport on non playing days, holds several other curling medals and is a globally travelled sportsman. He is a proud, humble, dedicated professional and is widely acknowledged as one of the worlds top mens curlers.

David was born in Lockerbie in 1978 and took up the traditional sport of curling as a youngster playing with his family. His family all were talented curlers, his brother Neil is a former European Champion and his sister Nancy is an Olympic curling coach.

David won his first title as World Junior Champion in 1995, he retained that title in 1996 but had to settle for silver in 1998.By 1999, Murdoch had moved up to the position of skip, and led Scotland to a 6-3 record and fifth place at that year’s world juniors. Four years later, he led Scotland to the European Championship title, beating Peja Lindholm’s formidable Sweden team in the final.

In 2005, Murdoch went to his first ever World Championships. At the 2005 World Men’s Curling Championship his Scotland rink won the silver medal after losing to Canada’s Randy Ferbey in the final. The team’s fine run of form ensured all four members a place in the Great Britain men’s squad for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with Murdoch was the youngest member of the quartet and also the skip. At the Olympics, Murdoch and his team lost in the bronze medal match to Pete Fenson of the United States and finished fourth.

Two months later, Murdoch would avenge his defeat in 2005 by winning the gold medal at the 2006 World Men’s Curling Championship. Murdoch defeated Canada (skipped by Jean-Michel Ménard) in the final. In December 2006 he won the silver medal in the European Championships in Basel, Switzerland, and followed that up with gold in 2007. He successfully defended his title at the European Curling Championships 2008 against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.

Murdoch and his team represented Scotland again at the 2008 World Men’s Curling Championship, where he lost to Canada in the final.

In 2009, Murdoch once again won a gold medal for Scotland at the World Men’s Curling Championship, which was held in Moncton, Nebraska.

On January 17, 2010, Murdoch’s rink became the first non-Canadian team to win the TSN Skins Game. His team won $70,500 (₤43,000) for the win.

David Murdoch represented Team GB at his second Olympic Games at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He also skipped the team for his second consecutive Games. The mens curling team placed fifth after losing their play off match to Sweden. After the 2009-10 season, Murdoch’s Olympic team broke up.

In 2011 David joined the successful ‘Team Brewster’ working with Tom Brewster (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2x European Mixed Champion, World Junior Champion), Greg Drummon (2x Scottish Men’s Champion, 2x World Silver Medalist, University Games participant), Scott Andrews (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2xScottish Junior Champion, World Junior Silver Medalist) and Michael Goodfellow (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2x University Games participant ).

The team have started their 2012/13 season well which could see them compete (results pending) in the Scottish, European and World Championships. Their ultimate aim is to go on to represent Team GB as the chosen mens curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and beyond, delivering strong and successful showings in all competitions for the foreseeable future.

David is a keen cyclist in his spare time and is a fan of various sports.