GRAND SLAM WINNERS GEAR UP FOR THEIR LAST EVENT OF THE YEAR
Team Mouat are hoping for a cracker of a tournament at the Dumfries Challenger Series this weekend (14-17 December) to round off what has been a sensational start to their 2017-18 season, which saw them claim two Tour titles and enter the history books last month as the first men’s team from Scotland to win a Grand Slam.
Speaking ahead of his team’s last tournament of the year, Skip Bruce Mouat who hails from Edinburgh is hopeful that he and his team can muster another winning performance, with his sights already set on the national championships.
Mouat said: “The guys and I are looking forward to getting back into competitive competition after having three weeks off. We have been able to enjoy some success this season on Tour in Canada and with a Grand Slam win so hopefully we will be able to finish off the year as we started it with another good performance.
“The Scottish Championships are coming up in February so it will be good to play some of those teams this weekend in Dumfries,” he said.
Mouat skipped a different line-up last year to the runners up spot at the Scottish Championships and likewise Sochi silver medallist Tom Brewster is also skipping a different team this season and is looking to use this event to help prepare for the Perth Masters and also the nationals, which he won in 2016.
Brewster said: “We have had several weeks away from competition working on many aspects of our game. Dumfries will be the first chance we will have to put some of our hard work into practice. It will be good to finish the year strong and put in a solid performance especially as the first event in Perth is so soon after the New Year.
British Curling’s Team Bryce is also in the line up, whilst elsewhere Team Drummond and Team Hamilton are competing further afield at the Qinghai International in China.
Their skip, Olympic bronze medallist Claire Hamilton, said: “We are looking forward to competing in this event. We have continued to work together at the NCA on areas of improvement identified from other recent competitions and it would be great if we could finish this half of the season with a really strong performance.”
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Please click here for more information and results from the Qinghai International, China
PHOTO: Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart.