JACKSON AND WILSON HIT ROAD TO PAF MASTERS
After mixing it with leading men’s teams at the Braehead Open last weekend, Maggie Wilson and her team are preparing to join forces with National Champions Team Jackson to form the Scottish challenge at the PAF Masters Tour in Finland, which starts tomorrow (3-6 October).
Wilson and colleagues Rebecca Wislon, Jennifer Marshall and Eilidh Yeats worked their way through the qualifying competition at Braehead to earn a place in the quarter finals where they met 2018 Olympians Team Glen Muirhead, giving them their toughest test of the weekend in losing 7-4.
That performance was ideal preparation for their first foray of the season into international competition.
“Reaching the quarters at Braehead provided us with a great chance to benchmark ourselves against the Olympic men’s team and we were really pumped up for that game and felt we played well, it just tailed away at the end,” said 28 year old Wilson.
“It is really good to get tough games like that as you always learn something when you play against top teams and it will be exciting to see how we get on this week.”
Wilson, who led her team to victory at the World Curling Tour Latvian Challenger last year has a new recruit in her line-up this season.
“Rebecca Morrison is the new member of our team and she plays last stones in our games. So far we have found this works really well for us as she is a great shot maker and that enables me as skip to focus on calling the right shots,” she added.
Having joined the programme at Performance Foundation level for the first time this season, Wilson is keen to make the most of the support the team is now receiving.
“Getting the opportunity to train on summer ice has enabled us to be technically strong and really kick-started our season and having access to strength and conditioning and performance lifestyle support will make a big difference,” said the oil services project manager.
“Balancing a full time job with curling and the travel to and from Aberdeen to Stirling is not without challenges, so we are grateful for the services we now receive from the sportscotland Area Institutes of Sport and want to see how far we can progress on Tour with the backing of the programme.”
Team Jackson are also keen to make their mark in the 10 strong field in Finland and hope to continue the form that saw them reach the semi final during their last competitive outing at the KW Fall Classic in Ontario.
“We are excited to get going again after our time out in Canada. We learnt a lot from our first three competitions of the season playing top opposition in Canada and will take a lot of positives from that experience going forward into this competition,” said Vice Skip Naomi Brown.
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