A close call for Robin at Grand Prix Perth skip pleased with new team

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Robin Bry­done has made a pos­i­tive start to the sea­son with his new-look team by reach­ing the fi­nal of the Grand Prix Bern In­ter Curl­ing Chal­lenge.

The World Curl­ing Tour event wel­comed 24 top teams and the Perth skip went ag­o­nis­ingly close to guid­ing his squad to the top prize in Switzer­land.

Robin, play­ing along­side Fraser David­son, Der­rick Sloan, Gre­gor Can­non and Craig Wad­dell, lost out to an Ital­ian rink led by Amos Mosaner 7-6 in the fi­nal.

But plenty of pos­i­tives were be­ing taken from the Swiss suc­cess with Robin say­ing: “I felt it was a great per­for­mance from the team to make the fi­nal.

“Our goal was to make the play-offs at least. It was a close fi­nal and we were in con­trol for the ma­jor­ity of the game, just let­ting it slip away in the last few ends.

“It’s great to get off to a good start in the sea­son and it keeps the pos­i­tiv­ity high and gives you con­fi­dence to go out there and play.

“Curl­ing is a sport with a huge men­tal side to it, so hav­ing mo­men­tum is al­ways a good thing.

“Af­ter only three com­pe­ti­tions to­gether as a team it has been a great start and hope­fully we can keep it up.

“It’s a bit dif­fer­ent this year with it be­ing a five-man team, we are ro­tat­ing the front end at the mo­ment - lead and sec­ond - and that has chal­lenges in it­self.

“But we have man­aged it well and we are cer­tainly click­ing to­gether.”

The team now have a short break from ac­tion be­fore com­pet­ing in Dumfries next month.

“Our next com­pe­ti­tion is the Dumfries Chal­lenger se­ries event and this is also a World Curl­ing Tour event,” Robin told the PA.

“So we will be go­ing into this with the hope of try­ing to match what we did in Bern or go one bet­ter.

“This com­pe­ti­tion isn’t un­til the sec­ond week in De­cem­ber so for now we will have reg­u­lar

Perth’s Robin Bry­done team prac­tices and re­ally try to im­prove.”

Team Glen Muir­head, mean­while, have a hat­trick of events in Canada and started at a Tier 2 event in On­tario this week.

Glen, younger sib­ling Thomas and Kyle and Cammy Smith - the lat­ter two from Guild­town - are hop­ing to build the mo­men­tum head­ing to­wards Christ­mas.

“Be­ing in a Tier 2 event is a big car­rot, do­ing well here has knock-on re­wards of reach­ing other slams later this sea­son,” Glen said.

“We want to be chas­ing those places as well as the im­por­tant rank­ing points.

“We all en­joyed the good re­sult reach­ing the fi­nal at Cham­pery which was our last event.

“It proved to us what we are ca­pa­ble of and we won’t be fazed by any teams we face.

“Start­ing our next run of events here in Canada, we know how im­por­tant it is to start well.

“We just want to play well over the next three weeks at Thun­der Bay, Red Deer and Pen­ti­con and make sure we put our train­ing and prepa­ra­tions to good use.”

Sweep­ing suc­cess

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