MOUAT AND DODDS EARN BRUCEY BONUS WITH SECOND SCOTTISH TITLES IN QUICK SUCCESSION
Bruce Mouat experienced mixed emotions at the Goldline Scottish Mixed Doubles Championships when he matched Gina Aitken’s record haul of five titles in the event by beating his former partner and Scott Andrews in the final.
The 8-4 victory means that he and new teammate Jen Dodds will both be going to two World Championships this season, having already been part of the winning rinks in the men’s and women’s Scottish Championships last month.
However there was an added element to the final as Mouat and Aitken confronted one another, having previously won four titles together in five years before splitting up before last season as Mouat focused on men’s fours.
Aitken teamed up at that point with Sochi Olympic silver medallist Scott Andrews and managed to win her fifth title in 2019 in spite of Andrews having to withdraw through injury to be replaced by Duncan Menzies.
She looked on course for another successful title defence, too, when they were first to reach the final after the 1v2 page play-off.
Defeat in that match had forced Mouat and Dodds into a semi-final meeting with their respective men’s and women’s Scottish Championship winning teammates Bobby Lammie and Eve Muirhead, winners of the recent Aberdeen International Mixed Doubles event.
However, they earned their re-match with a 9-7 win in that semi-final and, after going into the penultimate end of a high quality final tied at 4-4, they were handed the advantage when Aitken’s attempt at a double take out sailed through the house to leave them counting four, making the final end little more than a formality.
“Going for the double – wow, we are both a bit in shock just now. As much as we expected to be playing in the later parts of this tournament we didn’t expect to go and win it. We knew it was going to be tough with all the amazing teams playing here this weekend. We are just elated,” said Mouat.
“It’s obviously nice to be going to another World Championships and it will be my fifth Mixed Doubles which is really exciting, but Gina works really hard she puts a lot of effort in and she works full time and is a really close friend so I am trying to articulate how I feel because it is hard when you want your friends to do well, but you are also in it for yourselves so it is mixed feelings at this moment in time.
“I am struggling to remember all five of these titles, because the ones I won with Gina we were both so young. We were a bit oblivious to all that was going on but now with all the amazing teams that are involved in mixed doubles since it became an Olympic discipline, it has made this one feel really special.
“The World Men’s Champs is going to be tough, too and I am not going to get much rest and I don’t think I will see my flat for the whole of April with the two Worlds now on the horizon, but at least I have a good friend in my playing partner Jen who will be going through the same journey.”
Dodds had meanwhile undergone a similar experience when knocking out Muirhead in the semi-final.
“It is always hard when you are playing against a team mate and friend,” she observed.
“It is just like Bruce said, mixed emotions because you want to win and you want them to do well as well. Before the final Eve texted me to say good luck in the final, so we know the score when you are on the ice and you are not team mates in that match.
“But we have the Worlds coming up, we fly next Sunday so with Eve getting to the semi final and all the girls doing well here this weekend, it has put us in good stead ahead of our World Championships together as a team.
“It’s going to be super busy, but that is what we want and that is what you want as an athlete to be going to all these amazing tournaments. You want to play in all these competitions, the Slams and both Worlds.
“It is going to make for a hectic April but it is super exciting and a great opportunity. We knew the double might be a possibility but we never allowed ourselves to think about it until now it is on. We have done it!”
Scotland’s men, Team Mouat will compete in the LGT World Men’s Curling Championships from 28 March - Sunday 5 April at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Scotland’s World Mixed Doubles representatives, Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat will head to Kelowna, Canada for their championships which start on 18 – 25 April.
All three teams competing in their respective World Championship events will be aiming to gain valuable qualification points for the next Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022.
Eve Muirhead & Bobby Lammie
Jen Dodds & Bruce Mouat
Lauren Gray & Kyle Waddell
Vicky Wright & Grant Hardie
Sophie Jackson & Hammy McMillan
Naomi Brown & Michael Goodfellow
Mili Smith & Ross Paterson
Sophie Sinclair & Duncan Menzies
Gina Aitken & Scott Andrews
Rebecca Morrison & Robin Brydone
Kyle Smith & Alice Spence
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