BACK TO BACK TITLE WINS FOR TEAM MOUAT IN CANADA
Team Mouat continued their exceptional start to the season by registering a second successful title win in Canada when they claimed the Biosteel Oakville Fall Classic in Ontario.
Once again going through the tournament unbeaten they extended their run to 14 straight wins but had to negotiate extra ends in both the semi final and championship final.
tournament decider saw a re-match with their opponents they met at the Stu Sells Trophy final last week and again they emerged victorious, beating Korea’s Team Kim 4-3 to be crowned champions.
new look line up comprising skip Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie at third, Bobbie Lammie at second and Hammy McMillan junior set themselves the target of climbing the world curling tour rankings this season and the newly formed rink have already made significant progress on that front.
The Edinburgh based skip said: “The past two weeks have been the ideal start for our team - both winning the two titles but also gelling as a team.
“The guys shot the lights out and made my job easy but we didn't always have it our way. We had to really battle for a few of those games. “
In particular it was the semi final that looked set to de-rail the Scots, Mouat’s men having been 3-0 down after the first end against Team Schwaller from Switzerland and 5-2 down after the third, before they rallied and got level by the fifth. They were one down going into the last and a single there took the match to an extra end where they claimed another single to make their way to the final. That game was another nip and tuck affair which saw them battle hard to be rewarded with victory at the extra end, ensuring the silverware stayed in Scottish hands following Team Smith’s title win last year.
Team Mouat’s coach Allan Hannah said, “It’s been another fantastic week. It was great to see the team perform at such a high level and back up their win from the previous week. A great start to the season for the team with much more to come.”
The team are homeward bound for another training stint at the National Curling Academy in Stirling before they head for a Champions Curling Tour event in Switzerland where they will be part of a four team Scottish contingent, including Team Smith, Team Drummond and Team Brewster.
“I'm already looking forward to our next competition in Basel at the end of September,” added Mouat.