June 04, 2008

Draw announced for European Mixed Championship

Scotland will compete against Wales, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, France and Latvia in their section at the European Mixed Curling Championship which will take place September 22-27, at the Mercedes Benz Sportpark in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Scotland's first game is against Wales, the current champions! (Dragon Rules in Madrid)

The full draw is on the event website here.

Twenty-three countries will contest the title, playing initially in three groups. Countries have been allocated to groups based on last season's results. The playing system is on the ECF website here.

The top team in each section qualifies for the semifinals. The DSC results (now the aggregate of all the Draw Shot Distance results) decides the ranking of winners of the three groups. The fourth placed team is decided as follows. After the second team in each group is determined, the three are ranked by the DSC. The second plays the third, the loser of that game finishing overall ranked sixth. The winner of that game plays the first, the loser has a final ranking of fifth, and the winner qualifies for the semifinals.

For the semis, 1 plays 4, 2 plays 3. Winners go to to the final. Losers contest a bronze medal game.

Scotland will be represented by Alan Smith, Gillian Howard, David Mundell and Karen Strang who won the Scottish Mixed Championship in Aberdeen in March (see here).

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