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By Euan Maxwell
Curlers make history in Canada

TEAM Mouat made history in Canada last weekend after they became the first men’s curling team from overseas to complete a full set of victories in the original Grand Slam of Curling events.

The team, skipped by Bruce Mouat, features the Dumfries and Galloway trio of Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan. They claimed the Canadian Open title in Red Deer, Alberta following a 6-5 victory over Calgary’s Team Bottcher.

Prior to the tournament, the team were already the most successful non-Canadian outfit in Grand Slam history. They had previously won the masters, the national and the players championship.

They were up against the home favourites in Team Bottcher.

Even though the final score was 6-5, the Scottish quartet had control from the very start.

Three Scottish teams made the quarter-finals. And Team Mouat had to defeat both Team Whyte and Team Craik to reach the final.

Speaking to British Curling, Bruce Mouat said: “The boys and I were pretty solid throughout the competition.

“We took advantage of any misses we got and put some pressure on our opposition, which is exactly what we needed to do to get back onto the podium.

“It’s going to be a busy end to our season and we are fully focused on winning the Scottish Championship again.”

Annan and Eskdale, Front, News

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