Team Mouat Win Gold At World University Games
World junior champion skip Bruce Mouat led Great Britain’s men’s curling team to an 8-6 victory over Sweden in a tightly fought final at the World Universiade Games, hosted at Almaty Stadium in Kazakhstan.
Mouat and his fellow world champions Bobbie Lammie (third) and Gregor Cannon (second), as well as Derek Sloan (lead) pulled off another winning performance after an unbeaten run in the lead up to the knock out stages. The Great Britain team, which also included Alasdair Schreiber as alternate, beat Norway in the semi final who went on to take the bronze medal, but it was gold for the five Scots who secured 11 straight wins to take the men’s tournament crown.
They looked set to complete that run in style when they surged into a 4-0 lead after two ends, but were made to battle all the way as the Swedish rink, skipped by Gustav Eskilsson worked their way into a 6-5 lead heading into the penultimate end before Team Mouat responded to the pressure by claiming a two to move in front, then stole another at the last to clinch the title.
“Being part of a multi sports games was an incredible experience from start to finish,” said Mouat, an undergraduate of Edinburgh Napier University.
“Being in the athletes village and surrounded by the rest of Team GB has been really cool.
“Winning is a good habit to get into and we managed to fight back in a few games early on and then just managed to keep on winning.
“The final was a very close game against a very good Swedish team but we managed to hold on to win!” he concluded.
In the women’s event, Canada, skipped by double world junior champion Kelsey Rocque, beat Russia’s Team Moiseeva, who won the European Championships at Braehead earlier this season, 8-3 in their final to win the women’s title.
The GB women’s team, skipped by Gina Aitken, who recently partnered Mouat to a successful defence of their Scottish mixed doubles title, was edged out in a tie-breaker at the end of the round-robin section by Switzerland, who then lost their semi-final to Russia and the bronze medal match to Sweden.
GB men’s curling team:
Cate Brewster — Head Coach
Bruce Mouat — Edinburgh Napier University
Bobby Lammie — University of Stirling
Gregor Cannon — University of Strathclyde
Derrick Sloan — Robert Gordon University
Alasdair Schreiber — University of Strathclyde