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Two of British Curling’s men’s teams are back in action in Canada this week as the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge events get underway in Thunder Bay, Ontario (6-11 November).

Team Paterson, who reached the quarter finals at the Canadian Beef Masters Slam at the end of last month, before they lost out to eventual winners Team Epping from Toronto, will go head to head with them again in their first match on Wednesday.

Skip Ross Paterson and his new season formation of Olympian Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Olympic silver medallist Michael Goodfellow are keen to test themselves against another high calibre line up in the Tier 1 event.

“We are really keen to get going again after finding a good momentum in our last event at the Beef Masters. We were disappointed to lose out to Epping in the quarters, especially as we had beaten them earlier in the tournament and we had our chances but just didn’t make as many key shots,” said Paterson.

“It was a step in the right direction and it is important to take that forward as we face another slam and a tough group, however we will not focus so much on the names of the big teams but stick to our game plan and by focusing on that the results will come and hopefully we can start where we left off.

“We are a new unit and have different characters in the team, however we have the same mindset and commitment and that work ethic we all have is underlining our drive to achieve. I don’t think we have reached that point yet but we will continue to push each other as we take on the big teams in these Slams so that we can find what is missing just now.

“It is an important first year together, we are experienced individuals and we need to put down a marker of where we want to be. Having two Olympians on the team probably gives us an extra bite and we have a collective view of what we want to achieve at the next three events here in Canada.”

Team Glen Muirhead also have a hat-trick of events to look forward to, starting their Canadian campaign at the Tier 2 event in Ontario.

“We all enjoyed the good result reaching the final at Champery which was our last event and starting our next run of events here in Canada we know how important it is to start well and we are looking for good results from all three events, without putting too much pressure on ourselves,” said skip Glen Muirhead.

The eldest of the current generation of Muirhead curlers is joined by youngest sibling Thomas as well as brothers Kyle and Cammy Smith, all of whom represented Team GB at their first Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year.

“Being in a Tier 2 event is a big carrot, doing well here has knock-on rewards of reaching other Slams later this season and we want to be chasing those places as well as the important ranking points.

“Champery proved to us what we are capable of and we won’t be fazed by any teams we face, we just want to play well over the next three weeks at Thunder Bay, Red Deer and Penticon and make sure we put our training and preparations to good use,” Muirhead added.

Please click here for results from Thunder Bay – Tier 1 

Please click here for results from Thunder Bay – Tier 2 

Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart. 

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