Weekend round-up: Team Mouat outstanding in Canada

Four Scottish teams competed in Curling Champions Tour and World Curling Tour events this weekend, with Team Mouat gaining the best result.

While Teams Brewster and Smith participated in the Champery Masters in Switzerland, Teams Mouat and Murdoch were at the Challenge Chateau Cartier de Gatineau in Canada – Mouat reaching the semi finals.

Mouat and Murdoch were joined by a strong field including Teams Edin, Gushue and Simmons in what was a triple knock-out event – A, B and C-roads leading to playoffs for eight qualifiers.

Murdoch (David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow) faced Team Fournier first and took a 4-1 lead after four ends, only to lose the match 5-4.

Mouat (Bruce Mouat, Duncan Menzies, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon) also lost their opening match, 7-3 to Team Casey.

The younger Scots recovered to defeat Team Balsdon 9-4, thanks to scores of three in ends three, four and six, but Murdoch dropped down to the C-road with a 9-5 loss to Team Fitzner-Leblanc.

Another victory for Mouat followed, 6-4 against Team Stjerne (Mouat scoring two in an extra end for the win), while Murdoch kept themselves alive with an 8-1 win over Team Dion.

Mouat then claimed wins over Team Michel (6-5, thanks to scores of two in ends two and four and a steal in seven) and Team Zang (scoring four in end four for a 7-5 victory).

For Murdoch, a 4-3 win over Team Zou was followed by a 5-3 loss to Team Menard – which meant the end of their challenge, just one match short of a C-road final.

In their B-road final, however, Mouat secured themselves a place in the last eight with a 4-2 win over Team Epping.

The quarter finals drew up a Mouat-Epping rematch and again Mouat came out on top, scoring the one needed in end eight for a 5-4 win.

The semi finals proved their limit, however – Team Gushue scoring three in end one and then exchanging scores of one to beat the Scots 6-3.

Team Gushue went on to defeat Team Bice 6-1 in the final for their fourth title of what is already an exceptionally successful season.

As for Teams Brewster and Smith, they were in action at the Champery Masters, with a pool stage leading quarter finals, semis and final.

Despite them having qualified for the European Championships the week before, it was not a great event for Smith (Kyle Smith, Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell, Cammy Smith).

They began with a 6-4 loss to Team Wunderlin, but they won their next match 8-7 against Team Gulbis 8-7.

That was as good as it got however, as they lost their other group matches to Teams Baumann (4-3), Keller (6-3) and Grattan (7-4).

Brewster (Tom Brewster, Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson, Hammy McMillan) did manage to qualify from their group, opening with an 8-4 win over Team Van Dorp.

They then lost 5-4 to Team Rantamäki but recovered to record victories over Teams Arkipov (8-2), Attinger (11-2) and Hess (5-2).

That led to a quarter final against Team Schwaller and the Swiss team proved too strong, winning 6-2 – you can watch the match here.

The competition was won by Team Grattan of Canada, as they beat Team Keller 5-4 in the final.

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