Team Smith Set For Red Deer Classic

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Scotland’s Team Smith head to the Red Deer Classic in Alberta (18-21 November) this weekend, looking to build on their success in reaching a Grand Slam final at just the second attempt.

Having won the OCT Oakville Classic on their first visit to Canada this season, the Perth-based rink have made an even bigger impact on their return, featuring in the first-ever all-European Grand Slam final last weekend and, in spite of having to make a change to their line-up, they are confident of being able to maintain their form to the end of this North American campaign.

Skip Kyle Smith said: “We are really looking forward to a great event at Red Deer, the last of our four week trip here in Canada.

“Bobbie Lammie has stepped in this weekend as Thomas (Muirhead) had to return home for work commitments and we are really happy that Bobbie could join us for this weekend. 

“Red Deer is a class event with good conditions and a good field and we are looking forward to our first game tomorrow.”

Team Smith’s Coach Viktor Kjell added: “Being the fourth event in a row I would say the team form is good, they are in good spirits and the atmosphere and team dynamic has been great.

“They have learned a lot from being out in Canada and now we hope to finish off the last weekend of the trip on a positive note.”

Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch are also in the men’s draw for the Red Deer Classic, whilst Team Fleming will provide Scottish representation in the women’s draw.

Elsewhere, world junior champion Bruce Mouat resumes his Mixed Doubles duty with partner Gina Aitken, who has had to put her birthday celebrations on hold until after this weekend’s Mixed Doubles Championship in Bern (18-20 November).

The Scottish Mixed Doubles Champion turns 24 today and is excited about the prospect of competing in this event.

Aitken said: “This will be one the most competitive Mixed Doubles events we will play in and with 32 teams this will be bigger than our last two competitive outings”.  

Doubles partner Mouat added:” It will be a tough competition and the teams competing this weekend will be the same as the ones we met at the worlds last year, so there will be a level of intensity and good competitive teams so every game will count.”

He concluded: “Tactically, mixed doubles competitions are different to playing in our teams, so it is a juggle time-wise training and competing in different disciplines but I think we have managed this. That said, it has been very enjoyable and our curling has taken us all over the world and we are absolutely loving every minute of it.”  

For results from the Red Deer Classic please click here.   

For results from the Mixed Doubles Championship please click here.

Photos: Tom J Brydone.

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