TEAM PATERSON MISSES OUT ON FINAL AT CURLING WORLD CUP
Grand Slam Champions Team Paterson who had enjoyed a 100% record in the Curling World Cup heading into their final game of the double round robin, were disappointed to miss out to Canada’s Matt Dunstone 5-3.
Dropping just one game denied them the chance of a place in the final and their Canadian rivals went on to take the title when they beat Edin’s world champions, competing in front of a home crowd in the third leg of the World Cup Series.
Skip Ross Paterson was however glad to have enjoyed what he described as a faultless event.
“Jonkoping Curling Club hosted a fantastic event and it was an excellent set up, so we thoroughly enjoyed our first World Cup experience in Sweden.
“It is a tough format, you just can’t afford to drop a game and we had a tough group as well, however we had a good week and it was just one game that cost us a place in the final.”
Paterson felt that there were a few missed opportunities in their final game, but overall he is pleased with his team’s performance.
“We had our chances in the second half that just didn’t go our way but it is an event that has created a lot of excitement among the teams, everyone we have spoken to has enjoyed it and having that extra opportunity to wear the Scotland jersey, other than at a Worlds or Europeans is a good thing.
“It was our intention at the start of this season to prove ourselves against the better teams and I think we have done that again and obviously we are disappointed not to get to the final.
“We adapted well to the challenges of the new format at this event, it forced us to be more decisive so the time clock wasn’t an issue, mulling over certain shots.
“That adaptability in our team has shown a lot this season, overcoming the challenge of new positions in the team, different formats, plus competing to win in events that have a very high strength of field. We are finding ways to win at these events and we have embraced all the challenges this season, which is encouraging and we have the will and determination to keep it going,” Paterson added.
World Junior silver medallists Team Jackson also made their mark in their World Cup debut, claiming two victories in a high class field. The women’s event was won by Korea’s Minji Kim, who beat home favourites Anna Hasselborg’s Olympic Champions.
Photos: WCF / Celine Stucki.