TEAMS PATERSON AND JACKSON MAKE DEBUTS AT CURLING WORLD CUP
Boost National Grand Slam Champions Team Paterson and Sophie Jackson’s former national junior champions get their first taste of the Curling World Cup at the Jonkoping Curling Club in Sweden (30 Jan – 3 February).
Both rinks are making their debuts at the third leg of the World Cup series which started last year and are aiming to qualify for the grand final in Beijing in May.
Team Jackson has an interesting match-up against Cory Christensen’s rink from the USA in their opening game, since both are recent silver medallists at the World Junior Curling Championships. Meanwhile Ross Paterson’s quartet starts their World Cup campaign against Team Xiuyue Ma from China.
Paterson said ahead of their opening match: “It is a perfect set up here in Sweden with the hotel next door to the curling club and it is clear that the organiser’s have put a lot of effort into making this a spectacular event.
“The inclusion of the World Cup series into the curling season is good for the sport, bringing new ideas and formats to the game and it is great to have an extra opportunity to represent your country and we are proud to have Scotland on our backs.
“Managing the time per end in this series has changed the way we will approach each game and it means we will have to be decisive and all take ownership of the time clock.
“This will be a new challenge for all of us competing over the next five days but we are excited about our first World Cup,” he said.
The new four stage international series started in September 2018 in Suzhou and winners from each leg of the tour, which has also taken in Omaha in the USA, will compete in the grand final. Teams will compete in a double round robin format over the next four days to qualify for the finals on the fifth day of action, which is the last opportunity to qualify for the grand final in China, whoich hosted the opening stage.
Each event has boasted a high quality line-up and Paterson is aware of the challenge ahead this week.
“There are a lot of seasoned players and high calibre teams as you would expect in a good international event and you have to do as well as you can as every game is a tough prospect out here.
“We are very glad to have been given this opportunity and our end goal is to get to the final on Sunday. We know we have to be consistent in every game and perform well all week to qualify and we need to get as many wins as we can to give ourselves every chance,” he added.
Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.