MUIRHEAD’S MEN FULL OF EASTERN PROMISE AS THEY TARGET TITLE IN CHINA
Team Glen Muirhead’s new line up this season, boosted by their first title win in Penticton in Canada last month, have another target in their sights at the Qinghai Curling Elite, in Xinging, China this week (14-19 December).
Skip Glen Muirhead is looking forward to their last event of the year, after what has already been a promising start for the quartet who have got to grips with their new team roles. Last season’s Team GB representatives in PyeongChang have adjusted well to the changes, with only lead Cammy Smith performing the same role as last year.
They made the final at Champery in only their second competitive outing this season and reached the play-off stages at Tour events in Canada, before claiming their first victory at the Ashley HomeStore Curling Classic, ahead of travelling to China.
“We can take a lot of confidence from how well we have all settled into our new roles in the team and how well we have been handling those new positions,” said Glen Muirhead.
“In our last event of the year we want to keep that positive momentum going and we don’t want to travel all the way to China and not get a result, so we will be trying our hardest to keep it going.
“It will probably be our biggest test yet this year with the flight, the time difference going East, to a place much less familiar than going to events in Canada. It is ideal to get experience like this, jump on a plane and hopefully overcome all the other factors and then come out and perform to your best ability against the best teams.
“We want to keep pushing on, get more ranking points, adapt to the challenges well, as that is what it comes down to. Who adjusts best to get the best out of your team after long trips in busy schedules. We have been given detailed plans to follow to overcome the jetlag which will help our processes and we just need to be more resilient than the next team.”
A strong finish to this year would set the new team up well for their first event of 2019, which is a firm favourite among the Perthshire based team
“Our first event of the year will be the Perth Masters at a venue where most of us grew up curling there. We really enjoy the Masters, we look forward to it every year and it always attracts a good strength of field,” he added.
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