MOUAT KEEN TO FOLLOW-UP ON WORLD CUP THIRD PLACE FINISH AS CURLING DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM RYDER CUP
The Elite 10 gets underway tomorrow in Chatham, Ontario, finishing on Sunday (Sept 30) and with fellow Scots Team Paterson also in the field, Mouat reckons that exposure to a world class competition so early in the season has served his men well after he led them to a third place finish in China.
“The World Cup was a good experience for us so early on in the season. We played on some challenging ice conditions and really felt that we had stepped up a gear from the Baden Masters in August,” said Mouat.
“Getting some good wins against world class opposition was definitely a confidence booster for us and we will take that forward into the event in Chatham.”
Mouat and team-mates Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan were the first British men’s team to win a Grand Slam last year when they took the Boost National title and their skip is keen that they emulate that form at this event which boasts invitees from the upper echelons of the World Curling Tour rankings.
“Playing a Slam is always an enjoyable event for us. We had a great time with the Slams last year with some very good results and we will be looking to recreate some good finishes again. The guys and I didn't qualify for the Elite 10 last year and with the difference in format it will be exciting to see how we fare against the best in the world,“ added Mouat.
Team Paterson is returning to Ontario having qualified for the play off stages competing at their first events of the season there. The new formation comprising Ross Paterson, Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Michael Goodfellow, reached the quarter-final at the Oakville Classic and more recently the semi-final at the Shorty Jenkins and their skip is looking forward to the challenge of a top class event which, reflecting the close links between curling and golf in a week when much sporting focus is on the Ryder Cup, is using an innovative matchplay format.
“We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to compete at this event. It will be a great opportunity to play the best teams like Edin, Jacobs, Koe and Carruthers with tough matches every day,” said Paterson.
want to be one of the best teams so you have to play the best and learn all the time, it will be in at the deep end but it is the quickest way of progressing.
“There are also lots of quirky rules with the matchplay format, no stop watches are allowed and we can’t play tick shots on centre line stones until the fifth rock is played, so with the five rock rule and other elements there will be a lot of stones in play at every end so it is going to be good fun.
“It will keep us on our toes and it is exciting as a player competing in different events introducing different ideas and it is good for the development of the sport.”
Played initially in round-robin pools ahead of play-offs, the Elite 10 is attempting to generate more attacking curling with scoring based on the number of ends won, either by winning by two or more when holding the hammer, or by stealing an end.
British Curling Photos: Graeme Hart, Perthshire Picture Agency.