MOUAT AND WHYTE CONTINUE CANADIAN CAMPAIGN AT PENTICTON
As the European Championships reaches the business end of the week, Scotland’s representatives at the event last year and current title holders Team Mouat are preparing to get back into action at the Ashley HomeStore Classic in Canada, which gets underway tomorrow (22-25 November).
Also in the field is Bruce Mouat’s fifth man Ross Whyte from that gold medal winning team, ready to get his rink started in the round robin stages of the event in Penticton.
“Our Canadian trip has been enjoyable and has had some success,” said Bruce Mouat, who skipped his team to European gold whilst making his debut at the event last year.
“It’s always a thrill to play in the Slams in front of huge crowds and we enjoyed the Stu Sells in Halifax last weekend.”
Mouat’s men made it to the semi finals of that event, losing out to four time world champion Glenn Howard, who skipped his team to the title.
“Moving on to Penticton we are looking forward to a good event and already have a sense of how much effort the organising committee has put in. So far we have made two semi finals in Canada, which were good results but we would love to get past that and get a trophy,” said Mouat.
Ross Whyte and his team-mates Robin Brydone, Duncan McFadzean and Euan Kyle have already claimed silverware this season and are looking to continue their impressive form that has seen them reach the knock-out stages of every event they have played in so far.
They reached two back to back finals in Europe and won the second of those contests in Prague, following that up last week with a semi final finish at the Red Deer Classic.
With two Scottish teams in the line-up, they could meanwhile replicate the all-Scottish final last year when Team Paterson and Team Glen Muirhead went head to head, with Muirhead’s 2018 Olympic representatives beating their domestic rivals to the title.
“We have had a great season so far,” said 21-year-old Whyte, who is combining his curling with a degree at the University of Stirling.
“We are enjoying curling together, which is making it easy out there on the ice when we are all playing for each other and giving everything we can.
“We are looking forward to the prospect of competing in the same event as Bruce and know both us will have to play well in order to make it to the play-offs this weekend in what is a really tough field. However we have enjoyed a good run and hope to continue that for the remainder of the season.”
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