David Murdoch and Team Brewster won curlings Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Championships in Perth last week (17th February).With new team member David Murdoch skipping, Tom 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.Hamilton Management wishes all the team well for the remaining fixtures in the season and congratulates them on a fantastic week in Perth.
Highlights can be seen on BBC2 on 20th February.
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 Murdoch 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 Murdoch 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.