TEAM STIRLING GIN REACH CHAMPERY MASTERS FINAL
Team Stirling Gin reached the final of the Curling Masters in Champery but lost out 6-3 to European Champions Team Edin from Sweden who successfully retained their title.
The new line-up comprising Olympic silver medallist Greg Drummond and Sochi team mate Michael Goodfellow, as well as Ross Paterson and Gregor Cannon eliminated fellow Scots Team Mouat in their quarter final, on the way to a semi final against Holland’s Team Van Dorp. The Dutch team had earlier knocked out Drummond and Goodfellow’s former team mates Tom Brewster and Scott Andrews in their quarter final.
Drummond skipped his team to a 6-5 win over the Dutch rink to meet the defending champions in the final of an event which saw all three Scottish teams top their qualifying pools on their way to the knock out stages, losing just two of fifteen matches among them.
Skip Greg Drummond said after the final: “Overall we are really satisfied with our week’s work in Champery.
“The event was a great learning curve for our team. We were able to utilise Misha Botting’s sports psychology services over the course of the event and his input has provided a good base for us going forward.
“Playing Niklas Edin in the final was always going to be tough but it was a good test for our team at this stage in the season. We were just disappointed that we weren’t able to execute our game plan.”
The team will return to Scotland to train at the National Curling Academy in Stirling before heading overseas again for their next fixtures in their tournament schedule.
Team Stirling Gin
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