TEAMS WHYTE AND BRYCE GET SET FOR DUMFRIES CHALLENGER
Some of Scotland’s most promising young curlers will be in action this week at the Dumfries Challenger Series which gets underway tomorrow (12 – 15 December).
Among them, local favourite Ross Whyte and his team-mates are looking to continue the impressive and consistent form that has seen them reach the play-off stages of every event they have contested in their first season on the senior men’s circuit.
In the course of those eight international tournaments Team Whyte has reached three semi finals and back-to-back finals at Berne and Prague, where they went on to claim their first men’s title together, a run that has seen them climb rapidly to 13th spot on the current World Curling Tour Order of Merit.
“We have had a fantastic run so far, however we don’t want it to come to an end and we have been working hard in training to ensure we have a good chance to keep playing well,” said skip Ross Whyte.
“We are excited to be competing in Scotland this weekend as it is always nice to be competing at home and on my home rink. Travelling to all the different countries is great, however you have to factor in the toll that travel can take so it makes a nice change to be competing at a domestic event.”
Competing in their last event before the festive break, however, Team Whyte’s competitive drive and ambitions show no sign of slowing down as they plan their downtime in order to be ready to return to action at the start of 2020.
“We are really looking forward to the New Year where we start off with the Perth Masters and then hopefully we can start to really peak and have a great February at the Scottish Championships.”
Cameron Bryce and his team have also made significant progress on the World Curling Tour Order of Merit, moving up to 26th spot after reaching the quarter final at their first Grand Slam, where they competed in the Tier Two event, then going on to reach the semi final at the Stu Sells during their trip to Canada last month.
"Dumfries has been a well supported event by Scottish teams in previous years and this year is no exception. We are looking forward to competing again and hopefully picking up more points to help us in the World Curling Tour rankings.
“Playing against other Scottish teams always helps us to prepare for the national championships in February as well as the Perth Masters, which are both very high standard competitions.
“It is also really exciting that the Perth Masters is being televised on BBC ALBA again, which is great for the players and our sport.”
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