BRITISH CURLING TEAMS AIMING FOR PLAY OFF SPOTS AT PLAYERS CHAMPS
Three British Curling teams are aiming for play-off spots as the round robin phase nears conclusion at the Grand Slam of Curling (GSOC) Players Championships in Toronto (10-15 April).
European Champions Team Muirhead are currently on 3-1 wins, having only narrowly lost their opening match to newly crowned World Champions Team Jones 4-5. Muirhead’s rink went on to beat Olympic silver medallists Team Kim from Korea 7-4 before registering two more consecutive wins against Team Roth (6-4) and Team Rocque (8-4), to keep their title hopes on track, having won the tournament three times before.
European silver medallists Team Smith have played three games to date, having also lost their opening game to Team Jacobs 4-7, they then beat fellow Scots Team Mouat 8-3 and World and European Champions Team Edin 7-5.
Mouat’s men have travelled straight from Las Vegas where they won World Championship bronze, to Toronto this week to compete in this event and managed to overcome their tiredness to beat world number five ranked Team McEwen 6-3.
Mouat’s men lost their next game to their compatriots but managed to bounce back to beat world number four Team Jacobs 6-1, before losing out 8-4 to Team Gunnlaugson and Mouat acknowledged that they have had some tough games.
“It was a bit of a rough game against Kyle Smith’s team but came here to get as many wins as we could so we will keep aiming for that,” said Mouat.
“We are loving playing on this ice, it is a great stadium and it is really exciting being here.”
Twelve of some of the best men’s and women’s teams in the world are competing in this event and only the top eight overall qualify for the play-offs this weekend after the round robin phase is completed.
Team Mouat plays Olympic silver medallists Team Edin next and Team Smith will take on Team Gunnlaugson, whilst Team Muirhead plays last year’s World Champions Team Homan who, after four games will be hoping to get a win on the scoreboard.
Following this event, the three teams will compete in the GSOC Champions Cup in Calgary (24-29 April).
Players Championships results:
Team Muirhead v Team Jones 4-5
Team Muirhead v Team Kim 7-4
Team Muirhead v Team Roth 6-4
Team Muirhead v Team Rocque 8-4
Team Mouat v Team McEwen 6-3
Team Mouiat v Team Smith 3-8
Team Mouat v Team Jacobs 6-1
Team Mouat v Team Gunnlaugson 4-8
Team Smith v Team Jacobs 4-7
Team Smith v Team Mouat 8-3
Team Smith v Team Edin 7-5
Coach Alan Hannah
Coach Viktor Kjell
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart