Teams Mouat and Fleming Win Their Tie Break Matches To Reach Play-offs At Scottish Champs
Team Fleming and World Junior Champions Team Mouat won their tie break matches this evening at Perth’s Dewars Centre to reach the play-off stages of the Scottish Championships.
Team Mouat beat Grant Hardie’s rink 5-4 in a closely fought match with skip Bruce Mouat having to pull off a pressure shot in the final end to secure his team’s passage to the play-offs.
Reflecting on their progress throughout the tournament, skip Bruce Mouat said: “We had a really bad day on Tuesday. We got absolutely thumped in both games but we focused, had a good de-brief after those two games and needed to win from there. We’ve won four on the trot now, so another three to go or at least two to get to the final.
“I definitely wouldn’t under-rate us if any teams were, but I don’t think anyone would at this stage. I think we have a really good shot. We’ll just play the game as it comes and see if we can get another two wins.”
Team Mouat will meet defending champions Team Brewster in their semi final and Mouat is feeling confident about their chances.
“I think I’ve probably got quite an even record against Tom,” he added.
Team Fleming’s skip Hannah Fleming admitted that they have ‘done it the hard way’ to reach the semi finals in the women’s tournament. Last year’s Scottish Championships finalists beat Team Karina Aitken 8-4 in their tie breaker to keep their title hopes alive.
“It’s not quite been the week that we were expecting in the first half of it, but we’re into the play-off stages now which is what we really wanted to do in the first instance and every game’s a final to us now. Lose and we’re out,” said Fleming.
“We’ve certainly upped our game since we found ourselves in a do or die situation.
“We weren’t playing terribly. Teams were playing really well against us and it would just be slack shots here and there that weren’t coming off but we’ve been really pleased with the way we’ve kept each other going and we’ve not got too down about the situation when we should maybe have been doing better than we were.
“We’ve still been ticking away and we’re where we want to be now, so it’s job done.”
Earlier in the day Team Muirhead beat Team Smith in the most testing of matches the Olympic bronze medallists have faced so far this week before they stole two in the final end to win the match 11-9. That result meant the defending champions maintained their 100% record in the round robin phase of the tournament on six wins and no losses. Team Smith, skipped by Muirhead’s Sochi team mate Claire Hamilton, have also qualified for the play-offs on four wins and two losses.
In the men’s tournament Team Smith, Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch and Team Brewster finished the round robin stage of the tournament on 7 wins and 2 losses each to qualify for the play-offs.
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Photo: Tom J Brydone.