TEAM WHYTE CROWNED PRAGUE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
After reaching the play-off stages of five consecutive events Team White were finally rewarded when they won the Prague Classic after securing a single steal at the last to beat Poland’s Team Jasiecki 5-4.
Ross Whyte, who skipped his young team of Robin Brydone, Duncan McFadzean and Euan Kyle to back to back Tour finals – after reaching the final at Bern last weekend - is delighted that his rink has claimed a much deserved Tour win at this stage in the season.
“It feels really good to have a win under our belt,” said the University of Stirling student.
The continuation of their recent consistent form saw them suffer a solitary extra end loss to local favourites Team Sik en route to the quarter-finals, where they avenged that loss by beating the top Czech rink 7-2. That set up their semi final with Hungary’s Team Kiss, which the Scots led from the start and were never headed on their way to a 6-3 win.
“The final was one of those really close games. We had a good read of the ice and knew we were throwing well, played a good last end and got the steal to win the game against a tough Polish team,” the 21-year-old Scottish skip added.
Whyte, who stepped up from playing juniors to the men’s circuit this season noted how challenging the transition has been.
“Juggling university and our schedule, as well as only concentrating on men’s events now has been tough, but getting success both on and off the ice is a great motivator. Getting results has definitely made it easier,” he said.
“We felt we were doing everything right at every event so far. We knew it just came down to winning single games once you are in the play-offs and moving on from juniors there is never an easy game. It has been a huge jump, you have to be smarter, more tactical and not lose concentration. That is not to say juniors is easy, but at this level there is no room for mistakes.
“Getting this win has been fantastic, but we will be keeping our feet firmly on the ground. We want to keep the run of form we are on just now going and will adopt the same approach for every event, targeting the play-offs, looking to climb the rankings and see how far that takes us by the end of this season.”
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