World Cup opener

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Grant Hardie helped Scot­land fin­ish in third place in the first leg of the Curl­ing World Cup.

The Kirk­gun­zeon curler (pic­tured right) was part of Bruce Mouat’s team, along with Stran­raer duo Bob­bie Lam­mie and Hammy McMil­lan, at the com­pe­ti­tion held at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Cen­tre in China.

The group stage saw them record two wins over Ja­pan and vic­to­ries over Canada and Switzer­land, their two de­feats com­ing to the lat­ter rinks.

That wasn’t quite enough for them to top the group, Canada go­ing on to de­feat Nor­way in the fi­nal.

The Curl­ing World Cup is a new tour­na­ment with three legs be­ing held to de­cid­ing who makes the grand fi­nal in Bei­jing next year. The next leg will be in Omaha, Amer­ica in De­cem­ber.

Team Mouat is now train­ing in Canada ahead of the first Grand Slam of Curl­ing event in On­taria, Canada next week.

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