MOUAT MARKS 100TH APPEARANCE FOR SCOTLAND WITH OPENING WIN AT WORLDS
Bruce Mouat made his 100th appearance for Scotland in style when he skipped his team to an opening game victory at the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championships in Lethbridge.
Mouat’s men beat Russia 8-2 in just eight ends and the Edinburgh based skip was delighted to have marked the occasion at an event and in a place which has seen a childhood dream fulfilled.
“To have made my 100th appearance representing Scotland is really special, especially because we are at a Worlds and to be in Canada for this event too, it is hard to describe how it feels.
“It is a championships I have always wanted to be in Canada for and to mark my 100th game with a win is just really amazing,” he said.
Scotland led from the start and were never headed by Russia and were 5-2 up by the 6th end, a single steal at the seventh and a steal of two at the eighth sealed their first win of the round robin.
“We are very happy with that, The ice was great and we were all geared up for that first game and we all came out firing, so it was nice to see that, to get a convincing win against a strong Russian side,” said Mouat.
“I have never seen a stadium as packed as that for a first draw of a tournament, so it was really good to be playing alongside Canada in the first session as the Canadian crowds really turned out for them and it brought a really exciting atmosphere to the arena.”
Reflecting on his team’s debut in Las Vegas last year when they won bronze, Mouat added: “The experience we gained from the event last year is really going to help us through this week and I have the same level of adrenalin, which is good as it shows how hard we are going to be working for those wins this week.
“We have a double header today, Switzerland we know are a strong team and the Netherlands beat the Olympic Champions in their opening draw, so two tough games ahead.
"However if we come out firing the same as we did in our first game, I can’t see why we can’t win them both,” he said.
Bruce Mouat, born Edinburgh, lives Edinburgh, age 24
Grant Hardie, born Dumfries, lives Glasgow, age 27
Bobby Lammie, born Dumfries, lives Glasgow, age 22
Hammy McMillan, born Stranraer, lives Glasgow, age 26
Ross Whyte (Alternate), born York, lives Stirling, age 20
Scotland v Russia 8-2
Scotland v Switzerland
Scotland v Netherlands
Photos: WCF Michael Burns (top) and Jeffrey Au