Double Wins for Team Mouat To Join Olympians In National Finals
World Junior Champions Team Mouat created the biggest upsets of the men's tournament at the Scottish Championships today by beating defending champions Team Brewster in the page play-off and followed that by beating Grand Slam finalists Team Smith to reach their first national final.
n a closely fought semi final that looked as though either team could emerge winners it was Bruce Mouat’s rink that clinched the match with a three in the final end for a 7-6 victory over local rink Team Smith.
Having won the World University Games prior to this event they will now face Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch in the final tomorrow and Mouat noted that he was just ten years old when skip David Murdoch won his first Scottish title.
"We are young players and obviously we wanted to get to the final this week. That was our goal," said the 22-year-old.
“That game was really good tactically. We have put in a lot of hard work to get here and I am really proud of the whole team, we really deserve to be in the final.”
Earlier in the day, Team Mouat beat defending champions Team Brewster 6-4 in the page play-off. Speaking after the match skip Tom Brewster said: “I missed a shot at the fifth end and for me that was a momentum changer.
“Bruce played some fantastic freezes in the second half and I can’t really take anything away from them.
“Both teams missed a couple of shots but Bruce played some exceptional shots which put us in trouble. Obviously we are disappointed but that is sport.”
Brewster noted that the form Mouat’s rink are now displaying at this point of the tournament could see them cause a further upset in the national championships.
“If Bruce continues this momentum into the final he could win the title,” added Brewster.
In the women’s semi final Team Fleming beat Team Smith 9-6 to reach the national final for a second time. Skip Hannah Fleming said: “That was a comfortable game for us. Stealing a three in the sixth end settled us down and gave us the advantage.
“We have definitely done it the hard way this year but our goal was to reach the final and we have achieved that.
“We now hope to give Eve a good game tomorrow. We have just played our best game of the week so far so we just need to keep that going now.
“We have had a good season as a new team and if we play like we have before it will be a close game. We know we are the underdogs tomorrow, we have nothing to lose,” Fleming concluded.
Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch and Olympic bronze medallists Team Muirhead claimed their places in their respective finals earlier today after they both won their 1v2 page play off matches.
Team Muirhead continued their dominant form in the women’s tournament beating Team Smith 6-3 and Team Murdoch beat Team Smith in the men's tournament 4-3.
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Photo: Tom J Brydone.