Gold for Scotland at World Junior Curling Championships
Scotland’s men won gold at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Champions hosted at Taarnby Curling Club in Copenhagen, after beating the USA 6-4 in the final.
Skip Bruce Mouat from Edinburgh said immediately after the match, “It was a really good and close final. My guys knew what they had to do today and because of that we were able to control things.
“The team has been awesome all week and I am really chuffed for the guys. I feel we really deserve this.”
Mouat‘s rink of Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell and alternate Robin Brydone had experienced mixed results when facing Team Dropkin having lost to them in the round robin phase earlier in the week before beating them yesterday in the 1v2 play-off to reach the final today, which saw them secure a tenth gold medal for Scotland in this tournament.
“I had to make an open hit in the tenth end to win the gold medal. Before that shot I was feeling a bit nervous and afterwards, proud I think is a good word, proud of my team and myself.
Reflecting on the early stages of the final, Mouat said, “Taking a two and forcing a one and taking another two at the fourth end to lead 4-1 made me a relax a bit more which is always a good thing and I was not as nervous as I was in the 1 v 2 play-off game.”
From there the teams exchanged singles but Scotland never relinquished their advantage, keeping them on the course for the outcome they had aimed for ahead of the championships.
“We knew it was our last chance as a team to win the title. We had the same vision and same goal before the start of this week and we agreed we wouldn’t settle for anything less than gold.
“That added to the pressure and it has been a roller coaster of a week, we had a few missed shots in some of the games as well as a bit of illness in the team to contend with, including today as Bobby still wasn’t feeling 100% in the final. But we had a great fifth man in Robin. He is exactly what you need from a fifth player and he got to play in one game, so he played his part in all of this.”
For 21 year old Mouat and team mates Gregor and Angus, this is the last time they can play in this event where they also secured bronze last year. “It has been a great event and it is a great way to bow of these championships with a gold medal.”
However whilst still undecided about how the rink will carry this success forward Mouat must now turn his attention to his next global event as he will compete in the World Mixed Doubles Championships with Gina Aitken in a few weeks time (16-23 April).
“I will have a couple of days rest before starting the mixed doubles training on Wednesday to prepare for my next world championships, which is a bit tough to think about right now as I still feel a bit numb from the final. However it is important that we prepare well and we will be aiming for another medal as we need to be accruing qualification points to get GB a spot at the next Olympics.
“It would be unreal to get another world championship medal and that is our goal, but for now I need to get ready for the celebratory banquet and by then this win might have sunk in.”
Meanwhile Canada won bronze after they beat Switzerland 8-4 in the men’s bronze medal match, adding to gold secured by the women’s Canadian rink as 17 year old skip Mary Fay from Nova Scotia led her team to a 7-4 win over the USA, whilst Korea beat Hungary - who made their debut at this year’s event - 8-4 in their bronze medal decider.
Photo: Tom J Brydone