TOP SCOTS CONTINUE CANADIAN TOUR AT SHORTY JENKINS CLASSIC
Scotland’s top curlers will end their first Canadian campaign of the new season with one of their toughest tests so far as the world’s leading teams assemble at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic in Cornwall, Ontario this week.
Former world champion Eve Muirhead has already tasted success with her new look rink, following up victory on their season debut at the Oakville Fall Classic by reaching the play offs at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard last weekend and feels ready for this latest challenge.
“We are looking forward to starting our third tournament here in Canada,” said Muirhead, who will lead her team into action in their first game tomorrow against Team Cadorin from Ontario.
“Winning the first event of the season was really good for the team and we backed that up with good performances at the Stu Sells. It was unfortunate we got knocked out at the pre-quarters there after going unbeaten in the round robin, however we took a lot from those games and we will take that confidence into our final week out here.
“As a new combination we have settled in really well, found our feet quickly and the new line-up has been tested by playing a lot of good teams out here. So far things are going well and whilst there are still things we know we need to work on, as a team we are feeling really good and are looking forward to getting back into action at the Shorty Jenkins.”
Muirhead’s rink start with a two game day tomorrow and will meet fellow former world champion Binia Feltscher from Switzerland in their second encounter, ahead of taking on fellow Scots Team Jackson on Friday and the skip recognises that every game will be a challenging one among this high quality field.
"We have a lot of tough teams to play here, two time world champion Binia Feltscher, Scottish champs Team Jackson and Sweden’s Olympic champions Team Hasselborg, so it is going to be a big test for us, but one we are looking forward to,” she added.
Compatriots Team Jackson also reached the play-offs at the Stu Sells in what was the team’s season opener and skip Sophie Jackson is keen that they keep that momentum going, despite losing out 7-4 to Team Feltscher in their first game at the Shorty Jenkins.
"It was great to get the season off to a good start in Oakville. We managed to get to grips with the ice early on which really helped us have some consistent performances and we are looking to build on that this week at the Shorty Jenkins,” said Jackson.
Scotland’s representatives in the men’s event are European Champions Team Mouat and Grand Slam winners Team Paterson and they also face an impressive line up in Cornwall this week.
Team Mouat reached the quarter finals at the Stu Sells in Oakville last weekend, an event the team won back in 2017 and skip Bruce Mouat is keen to kick on this week and replicate that winning form.
“We were really disappointed with how the weekend in Oakville finished for us. In our games through the round robin stage we felt we gave strong performances and we just didn’t bring that same level of game into the quarter finals,” Mouat said.
“However, we are looking at the positives from that event and will apply them into the tournament this week, which we know will be a real challenge with the world’s top ten playing.”
The AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic is hosted at the Cornwall Curling Club in Ontario and concludes on Sunday (15 September).
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