Weekend Round-Up 17/11/2017 – 20/11/2017
Grand Slam of Curling – The National, 14th– 19th November – Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada
In what proved to be a historic final, Team Mouat triumphed over Team Kim of Korea to secure their first grand slam title, and the first ever by a Scottish men’s team. After a 2-2 record in their group, they assumed the role of ‘giant killer’ in the playoffs. The Scots defeated 2014 Olympic Gold Medallist, Brad Jacobs in a tiebreaker before handily seeing off 2016 World Champion Kevin Koe. A semi-final victory over Manitoba’s Mike McEwen put them into their first slam final, a feat matched by their opposition. In fact, this marked the first time any Asian men’s team had reached such a stage and only the second men’s slam final not involving a Canadian team. The final was initially controlled by the Koreans who went 3-1 up after 3 ends but Mouat played an excellent tap back in the 4th end for three points to take the lead into the break. A steal was followed by a 6th end in which Mouat made a superb cross-house double followed by a runback to force the Koreans to take one. With the pressure building, the Koreans played a tricky draw at the conclusion of the 7th end which wrecked and left Team Mouat an open hit for 4 and the title, winning 9-4. This amazing run was made all the more extraordinary by Team Mouat only receiving a last minute invitation to the event as other teams were playing at the European Championships. At 23, Bruce Mouat becomes the youngest male skip to win a grand slam, Eve Muirhead has the same record for women. This win sees the team net $30,000 and a place in the season-ending grand slam: The Champions Cup. You can see Team Mouat and their domestic rivals at the next SCT event: The Dumfries Challenger from 14th-17th December.
European Curling Championships, 17th – 25th November – St Gallen, Switzerland
It has been a positive start in Switzerland for both Scottish teams. The women, skipped by Eve Muirhead bounced back from a disappointing opening loss against Sweden to beat Russia and Denmark and sit in playoff contention with a record of 2-1. They have 2 games today, firstly against the undefeated Italians and then Team Germany. The men started perfectly with 3 wins against Italy, Austria and Russia. This was followed by a close loss to Germany but they hope to rebound this afternoon against winless Slovakia.
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Asham Under 14 Slam, 18th November – Curl Aberdeen
The second Asham Under 14 Slam took place on Saturday with Team Carson (pictured) from Dumfries emerging victorious, buoyed on by their team mascot: Hugo the owl. 14 teams battled it out across 3 sections with four teams making it to the high road and low road respectively. After defeating Team McCormack in the semi-finals, the Braehead Rockers faced Team Carson who had beaten Braehead Slam winners, Team Munro. Team Carson (Orrin Carson, Logan Carson, Archie Hyslop and Charlie Gibb) started the final strongly, backing up an opening single with a big steal of 3. They controlled the final few ends and managed to take home spot. The low road was won by Team Anderson who similarly overcame Team Chalmers by stealing 3 ends in a row. There was a great standard of play, sportsmanship and friendship seen across the entire day and we now look forward to the next slam in Perth.
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