Scotland's Eve Muirhead shoots a stone during the 2017 Masters in Lloydminster, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Muirhead, Edin qualify for Champions Cup

November 25, 2017, 12:52 PM

Scotland’s Eve Muirhead and Sweden’s Niklas Edin captured gold medals at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships Saturday in St. Gallen, Switzerland, to earn berths to the Humpty’s Champions Cup.

Muirhead defeated Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg 6-3 in the women’s final while it was a four-peat for Edin on the men’s side doubling up on Scotland’s Kyle Smith 10-5.

The Humpty’s Champions Cup is the season-ending Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament and runs April 24-29, 2018, at Calgary’s WinSport Arena. Fifteen men’s teams and 15 women’s teams who have won high-profile titles over the course of the season receive invitations.


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Muirhead claimed her second career European Championships gold — and first since 2011 — breaking a 3-3 tie with a single in the eighth end and stealing back-to-back points in nine and 10.

Hasselborg, who also finished runner-up at the tournament a year ago, opened with the hammer but was limited to singles in the first, third and seventh ends. Muirhead scored a single in two and a deuce in six.

Muirhead is flanked by third Anna Sloan, second Vicky Adams and lead Lauren Gray.

Meanwhile, Edin started with a deuce in the first and stole one in the third before Smith mirrored taking two in the fourth and swiping one back in five to tie it 3-3.

Smith forced Edin to a point in the seventh end and split the rings for a deuce in the eighth to pull ahead 5-4.

Edin responded with a couple points in nine to reclaim the lead 6-5 as he sat one pesky stone at the back 12-foot circle that Team Smith just couldn’t quite pull off double takeouts to eliminate.

The pressure was on in the 10th as Smith faced four counters and needed to hit the four-foot circle to force an extra end, but his rock rolled heavy right through the quad.

Edin, who earned his sixth career and fourth consecutive European Championships gold medal, is supported by third Oskar Eriksson, second Rasmus Wrana and lead Christoffer Sundgren.

HUMPTY’S CHAMPIONS CUP FIELD

Men’s Qualifying Events Women’s Qualifying Events
Humpty’s Champions Cup
defending champ
Brad Jacobs
Humpty’s Champions Cup
defending champ
Rachel Homan
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)/Masters
Brad Gushue
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)
Val Sweeting
BOOST National
Bruce Mouat
Masters/BOOST National
Jennifer Jones
Meridian Canadian Open
Jan. 16-21
Meridian Canadian Open
Jan. 16-21
Princess Auto Elite 10
March 15-18
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Pacific-Asia Championship
EunJung Kim
Pacific-Asia Championship
Chang-Min Kim
European Championship
Niklas Edin
European Championship
Niklas Edin
Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Jan. 27-Feb. 4
Winter Olympics
Feb. 14-24
Winter Olympics
Feb. 14-25
U.S. National Championship
March 3-10
U.S. National Championship
March 3-10
World Junior Championship
March 3-11
World Junior Championship
March 3-11
Tim Hortons Brier
March 3-11
World Championship
March 17-25
World Championship
March 31-April 8
World Curling Tour Spot 1
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 1
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 2
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 2
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 3
TBD

NOTE: If a team wins more than one of the events listed (e.g. Team Gushue claims the Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Masters) the winner of the next ranked World Curling Tour event based on strength of field will receive an invitation.

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