Mouat ends his year on a high by secure curling title hat-trick

Bruce Mouat clinched the Dumfries Challenger title

Bruce Mouat clinched the Dumfries Challenger title

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Curling: Bruce Mouat secures a title hat-trick

Mouat followed back-to-back victories at the Forfar Open and Scottish Mixed Doubles Championship with six straight wins at Dumfries Ice Bowl, culminating in yesterday’s 5-4 triumph over Aberdeen’s former world silver medallist Tom Brewster. Mouat’s 6-2 semi-final victory over local skip Grant Hardie also saw him overtake Hardie at the top of the Scottish Curling Tour standings.

“It was a very close final and I almost missed that last shot,” admitted Mouat. “I’m just hitting some form at the moment, so it was a great way to end the year and I hope I can keep it going through the rest of the season.”

Aitken played two matches on Friday with a university exam in between and, although fatigue cost her a 9-8 late-night defeat to Germany’s Daniele Driendl, she was still on course to qualify for the quarter-finals until a late collapse saw her eliminated 7-4 by Swiss player Isabelle Maillard. Glasgow’s Lauren Gray beat Driendl and Maillard in yesterday’s semis and final.

“It has been a busy time, but it was satisfying to have managed to fit it all in,” said Aitken.

Her younger sister Karina also failed to reach the knockout stages, losing her first three games before beating Latvia’s Ineta Maca.