David Murdoch and the Scots curling team of Tom Brewster,Greg Drummond,Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews secured bronze at the European curling championships in Stavenger at the end of November. Hamilton Management congratulate David Murdoch and his colleagues on their win in Stavenger.
The BBC reported at the championships recently, this is as follows ;
Skip David Murdoch wants his Scotland rink to take their European Championships bronze-winning form into the Winter Olympics in February.The Scots beat Rasmus Stjerne’s Denmark team 7-6 in Stavanger before Sven Michel’s Switzerland edged out Thomas Ulsrud’s Norway in a thrilling final.
“We’re delighted with a medal,” Murdoch told BBC Scotland.”It’s not the colour we wanted. But, for us, it was about delivering some real good performances this week.”Murdoch’s rink, who beat the Danes by scoring a double in the final end in Stavanger, will represent Team GB in Sochi.”It’s one of the tournaments building up to the Winter Olympics and we know we’re playing really well,” he said. “There’s a real confidence in this team.”The Scots finished their round-robin campaign with seven wins and two defeats.”We beat the world champions, Sweden, and we beat Norway, so it shows the world that we’re playing good curling and doing things right,” said Murdoch.
Despite those fine victories in the round-robin stage, the Scots had lost twice over the week to the Danes, including in the third versus fourth play-off.
“It’s nice to get a little bit of revenge and that’s a very good Danish side,” said David Murdoch.”But we beat those guys as well for bronze at the world championship this year, so we were always pretty confident that we had the power in the team to do that.”After the Norway game, and the Sweden one as well, we knew we were capable of actually winning this tournament.”The experienced 35-year-old has won two world crowns and three European titles.
Sochi 2014 will be his third Winter Olympics, having represented Team GB in 2006 and 2010.On both occasions, he was unable to make the podium.”I’ve had a few heartbreakers now at the Olympics,” David Murdoch said. “They’re two of the toughest weeks of your life, really.”All the best teams in the world are there, including Canada and China. So it’s an even tougher field.”When you’ve trained for something for 12 years, you want to make sure you get it.”This time, we really want it and we’ve just got to play well and have good performances.”
“I’d like to say I’m confident,” he added.”But, when you see the performances, I think we’re getting a lot of things right, so anything can happen.”So we’re just going to train hard and do everything we can to keep this form going.”
For the teams full tournament results roundup visit; http://ecc.curlit.com/aspnet/teamDetail.aspx?EventID=1&TeamID=14
European Curling Championships official site; http://www.ecc2013.curlingevents.com/
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 has qualified to represent Team GB at the 2014 Winter Olympics. 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.
2005-2008, WORLD & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS, OLYMPICS FOURTH PLACE
In 2005, David 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, David 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.
2009-2012, WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN, NATIONAL SUCCESS, OLYMPICS FIFTH PLACE
In 2009, David 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 DavidMurdoch joined the successful ‘Team Brewster’ working with Tom Brewster (2xScottish Men’s Champion, 2xWorld Silver Medalist, 2x European Mixed Champion, World Junior Champion), Greg Drummond (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 ).
2012/13 SEASON AND BEYOND…
The team completed a superb 2012/13 season in May; with wins in the Scottish Championships, Hamburg Masters and Edinburgh Invitational. They also finished well in the European Championships and ended the season with a bronze at the World Championships in Canada. They ended the season joint 1st in the world rankings.
Their seasons results confirming the team’s selection to represent Team GB as the chosen men’s curling team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. David Murdoch and his teammates aim to deliver strong and successful showings in all competitions for the foreseeable future and Hamilton Management wish our clients well in their upcoming season.
David Murdoch is a keen cyclist in his spare time and is a fan of various sports.
Official Team GB profile: http://www.teamgb.com/athletes/david-murdoch
HONOURS AND ACCOLADES
2014 – Confirmed to be part of Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Sochi
2013 – Bronze,European Championships
2013 - Bronze, World Championships
2010 – Fifth, Olympic Games, Vancouver
2010 – Skip, Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Vancouver
2010 – Bronze, World Championships
2009 – Gold, World Championships
2008 – Silver, World Championships
2008 – Gold, European Championships
2007 – Gold, European Championships
2006 – Fourth, Olympic Games, Turin
2006 – Skip, Team GB Men’s Curling Team, Olympic Games, Turin
2006 – Gold, World Championships
2006 – Silver, European Championships
2005 – Silver, World Championships
2005 – Bronze, European Championships
2003 – Gold, European Junior Championships
1999 – Skip, Scottish Mens Juniors,World Junior Championships
1998 – Silver, World Junior Championships
1996 – Gold, World Junior Championships
1995 – Gold, World Junior Championships