Team Brewster Master Mercure City Of Perth Event To Claim First Title Of New Year
Scottish champions Team Brewster have started their new year as they finished the last with another title win, defeating Norway’s Team Walstad 8-3 in the final of the Mercure City of Perth Masters.
Scotland’s standard bearers at the European Championships in Braehead in November won the Karuizawa International in Japan at the end of last year and maintained their form in their first competitive outing of the year with another impressive performance.
They took the lead with a two at the second end of the final and the teams exchanged singles over the next two ends before Walstad levelled with a double at the fourth. However Olympic silver medallist Tom Brewster played what proved to be a decisive shot in the sixth end, taking out two Norwegian stones to claim a three and re-establish a comfortable lead before they closed out the match by stealing another two at the next.
The win marked skip Tom Brewster’s fourth victory at the Perth Masters – a feat unmatched by any other skip in the history of the tournament – whilst team mates Glen Muirhead and Ross Paterson celebrated their second championship win at the Curling Champions Tour (CCT) event and lead Hammy McMillan junior added the Perth Masters to his CV for the first time.
Reflecting on the team’s two most recent wins Tom Brewster said: “Japan was fantastic from various aspects, it’s a great country, the location, the venue, and everything was fantastic. Plus we were in a close knit environment. There weren’t a lot of distractions, which was great and allowed us to sit and chat through a lot of areas tactically. A lot of time spent together.
“You can maybe look at the Europeans as a turning point where there was a realisation. We flicked a switch and recognised that we know we’re capable of making all the shots, but it’s about game management and managing ourselves. I think we did that and we’ve done that since and it’s worked.
“We took a lot of confidence from Japan. We started solid and played well the whole week. Having a tournament win is a bit of a weight off the shoulders. It shows we’re still there.
Speaking of his affection for the Perth Masters, Brewster concluded: “This is a fantastic event. I love coming to play in this. It’s really well organised, the ice is always good. It’s always a strong field and to come out on top is a real honour. It goes down in the record books because people see this as one of the biggest events in Europe.”
Team Hardie and Team MacDonald were the other Scottish teams that reached the knock out stages, both losing in the quarter-finals to Germany’s Team Baumann and Norwegian rink Team Ulsrud respectively.
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