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After reaching the semi finals of the Oberstdorf Mixed Doubles last month using borrowed brushes, Team Aitken/Andrews are looking forward to working with their own equipment when they return to action at the International Mixed Doubles in St Gallen tomorrow (3-6 October).

Olympic silver medallist Scott Andrews felt they persevered well in their first event of the season, eventually finishing in third place thanks to the organisers loaning them brushes.

“Oberstdorf was a good start to the season with some strong teams in the field and after our summer preparations we felt ready for the test,” he said.

“This week will be another good field and hopefully we get to use our own brushes this time. It was reassuring to get them back at Munich airport even though they never arrived for that first tournament and we are banking on ‘brushgate’ not happening again in two consecutive tournaments.”

The duo became a competitive combination last year winning their first event together at the Sochi International Mixed Doubles before reaching the knock out stages of the World Championships. This season they are aiming to make the most of every tour event they travel to between now and the Scottish Mixed Doubles, which will provide them with the chance to qualify for their second World Champs.

“The Scottish still seems a long way off, but we know the way season’s progress it will come around quickly enough and it will be our toughest event of the year. So we need to make every event count and we are targeting tournaments with high calibre fields so we get that experience of consistently playing against tough opposition,” Andrews acknowledged. 

“St Gallen will be no exception and Switzerland always operates quality curling events and it will be a new experience for me competing in the Curling Club at the venue and not in the Arena, which I am really looking forward to.”

His partner Gina Aitken reckons that their time since their last competitive outing has been put to good use.

“Over the last few weeks in the National Curling Academy we have been working on refining our strategy and being more precise with our shot making, so focusing on the smaller details than the overall groundwork from last year. But we are still building on every experience together and ambitious for every event,” she said.

Please click here for results from the International Mixed Doubles, St Gallen. 

Images: © Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart. 


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