SCOTS GET SET TO MASTER CHAMPERY
Scotland’s Team Whyte and Team Bryce will go head-to-head to battle it out of the same qualifying group at the Curling Masters in Champery this weekend (17-20 October).
Skip Ross Whyte has enjoyed a string of impressive performances, leading his team to the play-off stages against some of the world’s best curlers at all three competitive outings during his Canadian tour and he is looking to carry that momentum into his first European event of the season.
“We have had a very good start to the season and I think following our results in Canada, it shows we are here to make the play-offs every single time we compete and we are keen to put down another marker this weekend,” said Ross Whyte.
The 21-year-old University of Stirling student skipped teams to bronze medals at both the World University Games and World Junior Championships last year, as well as being alternate for Team Mouat when they won gold at the European Championships in 2018. This year his focus is firmly set on winning men’s titles.
“We are in a tough group, so our first goal is to get out of the group and then take the competition on from there, but we are here to make the final,” he added.
Whyte’s former team-mate Cameron Bryce is keen to test out both the international and domestic opposition in the days ahead.
“There will be no easy games over the next few days as the field at Champery is always high, however it will be a great opportunity to test ourselves against Team Whyte – you are always going to have an exciting game against them. It is the perfect time in the season to find out how you will fare against another quality Scottish team,” said 24-year-old Bryce.
“So far we are making steady progress climbing the tour rankings and there are more points up for grabs this weekend. We just need to keep that momentum going and get ourselves higher up that leader board.”
Across the Atlantic, Team Muirhead return to action in their second Canadian campaign at the Canad Inns Women’s Classic in Portage (17-20 October).
Images: Perthshire Picture Agency-Graeme Hart.