TEAM MOUAT EDGED OUT AT SLAM SEMI FINAL
Team Mouat narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the Canadian Beef Masters in Truro after they lost 6-5 to Team Koe from Calgary.
Mouat’s rink, the first GB men’s team ever to win a Slam title last year, had bounced back from their only round robin defeat at the hands of former world champion skip Kevin Koe, to defeat Olympic Champions, Team Shuster, 9-3 in the quarter finals.
The rematch with Koe in the semi final looked set for a positive outcome for the Scottish Champions, who were leading 5-3 heading into the eighth end. However Canada’s Olympic skipper at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year, held his nerve to deliver his final stone under time pressure for a three to take the win.
“There are a lot of positives to take away from this event despite a really tough loss,” said skip Bruce Mouat after the semi final defeat.
“We were pretty happy with the way we were playing and we performed a lot better at this event than we have over the season so far.
“It was a close game that we really controlled most of the way and taking the positives from that is the best way forward,” he said.
Team Mouat will now head home for a few weeks training back at the National Curling Academy in Stirling as they prepare for their next event in Tallinn, Estonia.
“We are now heading for the Europeans and if we play like we have here, then we will be challenging for medals at that Championships.”
“Estonia was where I played my first world championships at junior level in 2015, aside from the Mixed Doubles, and I have really nice memories of that and we medalled there, so hopefully we can recreate what we did three years ago,” Mouat added.
Mouat and defending champions Team Muirhead will be representing Scotland in Tallinn at the European Championships which get underway next month (16-24 November).
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency, Graeme Hart.