SCOTS KICK START NEW CURLING SEASON AT BADEN MASTERS
European Champions Team Mouat and fellow Grand Slam winners Team Paterson are ready to get their curling season underway among a high quality field at the Baden Masters in Switzerland this weekend (23-25 August).
The top two Scottish rinks in the men’s world rankings are part of an impressive line-up which also includes Sweden’s current world champions Team Edin and Baden Masters title holders and former world champions Team Ulsrud from Norway, as well as their fellow Scots Team Bryce.
Bruce Mouat and teammates Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan continued to establish themselves as major contenders on the world stage when they ended Edin’s four year reign as European Champions by beating the Swedes on what was the Scottish quartet’s debut in the event last season. After two months of pre-season training at the National Curling Academy in Stirling, skip Bruce Mouat feels they are ready to get their season opener underway.
“It is great to be getting back into competition mode and after a solid block of training since the 1st of July we feel better prepared this time around than in previous season’s,” he said.
“Knowing what lies ahead after this weekend with seven months on tour I feel that we have made sure we have utilised all of the expertise available through the support services we receive from sportscortland Institute of Sport and UK Sport and we know are lucky to have that level of access to specialists, who can help to ensure we maintain consistent performances throughout the year.
“Baden is a great event to start with, it is a busy schedule ahead but I am never going to complain about travelling the world competing in world class curling events.”
Ross Paterson’s rink enjoyed a highly successful debut season, the highlight of which was beating Mouat’s defending champions in the final at the Boost National in Canada to become only the second Scottish men’s rink to win one of the prestigious Grand Slam titles.
With that successful first season behind them, their skip Ross Paterson believes he and teammates Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Michael Goodfellow are now well placed to kick on.
“We enjoyed some success last year but that is not changing our approach to how we tackle the season ahead. Baden will be a good first test to see where we are and after a good spell doing back-room work everyone in the team feels ready,” he said.
“After what feels like a good shift of training under our belt we have continued to make improvements and hopefully those small steps forward will help us to achieve big goals. After that breakthrough year we want to achieve better results and it is great that we will have our coach Ian Tetley with us for this event, as we are very much a five man team.”
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Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.