TEAM MOUAT CLAIM STU SELLS TROPHY IN FIRST EVENT OF THEIR CURLING SEASON
Team Mouat ‘s new line up proved to be a winning formula at their first event of the season, when they beat Korea’s Team Kim 6-4 in the final to lift the Stu Sells Tankard in Ontario.
The excellent start for the newly formed and untested rink which is skipped by Bruce Mouat, with a new combination of Grant Hardie at third, Bobbie Lammie at second and Hammy McMillan Jnr at lead, saw them maintain a 100% record throughout their debut event, winning all four group matches ahead of three knock-out rounds.
“We all worked really well together for this first competition of the year, building on the hard work we put in over August at the new National Curling Academy (NCA),” said Mouat.
“We fell behind in the final but managed to keep our focus and find a couple of twos and a force to get the lead back going down the last.”
After the first two ends were blanked, Mouat’s single at the third was immediately wiped out when the Korean’s registered three at the fourth. However they levelled with a two at the next and although Team Kim edged ahead again with a single at the sixth, another two from the Scots gave them the lead going into the final end.
“We managed to cover the pin and leave the Koreans with a tough shot for an extra but he wrecked on the guard which sealed the victory for us,” said the Edinburgh skip.
Their aim is now to make further rapid progress.
“Our team is looking to climb the world rankings this year and we have made a great start to achieving that goal. Hopefully we can keep that form going into the Oakville Classic next weekend,” said Mouat.
Their coach, Allan Hannah, was delighted with the team’s first international performance.
“It's been a great event for this new-look Team Mouat. To win any event in Canada is an exceptional achievement and to do this in the team’s first event together is a true credit to all of this excellent young team,” he said.
“We look forward to next weekend’s Oakville OCT Fall Classic event where Team Mouat will look to back up their excellent start to the season with another competitive showing.”
At the OCT Fall Classic they and Team Brewster will be looking to claim a second successive Scottish success at an event won last year by Team Smith, who are unable to defend their title because they are competing across Canada at the Grand Slam of Curling tournament in Regina.
The British Curling programme’s youngsters have set an impressive pace for the season ahead, with Mouat’s title success following that of Team Bryce in Estonia last weekend.
Photo: WCF / Richard Gray.