TEAM MOUAT QUALIFIES FOR QUARTERS AT BOOST NATIONAL
Reigning Boost National Champions Team Mouat beat Team Schwaller 8-5 to secure their place in the quarter finals, as they continue their defence of the Grand Slam title in Newfoundland.
Earlier in the day they beat fellow British Curling rink Team Paterson 7-1 and also won their opening match against Team De Cruz 6-3, which contributed to their qualification for the play-off stages.
“It was a tough game against Schwaller, we started off really strong and then we gave up a steal of two in the third end which was a bit disappointing to go one down at that stage and we really had to fight back,” said skip Bruce Mouat.
“Eventually we got control and got two up playing the last and really forced them into playing some tricky shots and luckily got the steal and won the game. It was a really well played game from the team for the second half of the match.”
Next up is local favourites Team Gushue and Mouat’s men know they are going into a hostile environment, where their opponents every successful shot will be roared to the rafters and will be a great test of their mettle.
“Playing Gushue in front of a packed arena is going to create an amazing atmosphere. There is a buzz about the place and it is great experience for us to play in front of that crowd. We have been told that there are plenty of Gushue fans here for this event and they are not necessarily curling fans, so they will be cheering for our opponents next no matter what, so we know it is going to be a good game and will be great for the fans too.”
“Our last group game has no impact for the quarter final spot other than it will be a good match up and obviously we would like to finish on 4 and 0. Plus you never know who you will meet in the quarters, but you do know it will be a really strong team, so you want to have hammer for that and the way to guarantee that is to go 4 and 0 in your group.
“So we will be fighting hard for that win and hopefully get the top spot in our group,” Mouat added.
Meanwhile, Team Muirhead beat Canada’s 2017 world champions Team Homan 8-5 and are currently on two wins and one loss, as they prepare for their final group match against Casey Scheidegger and Team Paterson will play Olympic bronze medallists, Team de Cruz in their final group game.
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