Aside from the GSOC Masters, Scottish teams enjoyed success in Canada over the weekend, Team Mouat winning their competition and Team Fleming making the last four in theirs.
Teams Mouat (Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon, Angus Dowell) and Jackson (Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael Halliday, Rachel Hannen) were among 32 teams participating in the BrokerLink OVCA Junior Superspiel in Ottawa.
In what was a triple knockout competition with A, B and C-roads, Team Mouat began with a 5-3 win over Team Hahn, followed by a 6-5 extra-end victory versus Team Smith, before being knocked down to the B-road by a 7-1 defeat to Team Dunstone.
Team Jackson lost their first three matches, to Teams Sutherland (5-2), McKay-Saturnino (7-1) and Wallingford (7-6), which knocked them down into the consolation event.
Although Jackson did gain their first win against Team Hahn, 7-6, their participation in the event was over with an 8-1 loss to Team Smith.
Mouat were faring rather better, winning their B-road quarter final 7-1 against Team Calvert.
However, they then lost 7-4 to Team Dropkin, which meant going onto the C-road and knowing one more defeat would mean elimination.
From there, performances and momentum really picked up. A 9-5 win over Team Kee was followed by an 8-5 win over Canada’s Youth Olympics rink, Team Tardi, and the Scots were into the semi finals.
Their last four encounter with Team Quevillon saw Mouat score threes in ends one and six on their way to a 9-1 win.
That set up a final against Team Dunstone, who had beaten them 7-1 earlier in the competition.
There was to be no repeat of that result, however. Mouat stole one in ends three and six then two in end seven to take the match 7-4 and the Superspiel title – see how the match unfolded on CurlingGeek here.
Team Fleming (Hannah Fleming, Lorna Vevers, Alice Spence, Abi Brown), meanwhile, were taking part in the Medicine Hat Charity Classic in Alberta.
They opened with a 7-4 win versus Team Schneider but then lost 5-4 to Team Dutton.
Nonetheless, an 8-3 win over Team Dong saw them safely into the quarter finals.
There they faced Team O’Connor, scoring three in end two and finishing off with a steal of two in end eight for another 8-3 victory.
The semi finals saw them play Team Scheidegger, the defending champions, and they battled hard until a steal of three in end six for Scheidegger proved the knockout blow – Fleming bowing out 8-4.
Team Scheidegger were unable to retain their title, beaten 5-3 in the final by Team Kleibrink.