TEAM PATERSON PREPARES FOR STU SELLS OAKVILLE TANKARD
After reaching the quarter final in their first event together last weekend at the Oakville Classic, Team Paterson continue their Canadian campaign at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, which gets underway tomorrow (6-9 September).
Kyle Waddell, who was a member of Team Smith that represented Great Britain at the Winter Olympics earlier this year and prior to that won silver at the European Championships, is keen that the new team provides a stiff challenge to their opposition at every event they target this season.
“We are eager to get going again and the Stu Sells Tankard gives us the opportunity to do just that and test ourselves again and as a new team that is important,” said Waddell.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting this season underway. It’s a new challenge for me and one I am excited about. I’m playing third for the first time since early juniors, so it’s a new role but one I am enjoying and I’m confident I can be successful in this position.”
Reflecting on reaching the play-offs in their debut he added: “We played well last weekend and we were disappointed not to go further, but we can take a lot of positives from how we performed as a new team.”
Team Paterson’s run in the event was ended by a Canadian rink skipped by Matt Dunstone who went on to reach the final, however the event experience provided some useful pointers for the new unit as they prepared themselves for the next event.
“As always there are things we need to improve on and those are the things we have been working on throughout the week during practice,” he said.
“I think it is clear to us that dedication is key and the top teams are pretty much 100% focused on curling and that is something all four of us recognise.
“We pride ourselves on the work ethic and dedication we put into this sport and hope that will pay off with results.
“Its early days but I think we have a good mix of youth and experience and I can already see good things. Duncan (Menzies) and Mike (Goodfellow) already have a very natural sweeping partnership and I believe that will only get better as we play more. Ross looked comfortable in the skip role and he has always been a good touch player and he made a lot of good shots last weekend, which I hope gives him the confidence to kick on,” he noted.
Team Jackson and Ross Whyte and his team are also back in action tomorrow and are in the line-up.
.British Curling Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.