Team GB top podium after 11 consecutive wins!
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:17am
GBR men’s curling team beat Sweden in the 2017 Winter Universiade final in Almaty, Kazakhstan to win GBR’s first gold medal of the games.
After winning 10 matches out of 10, the men’s curling team found themselves up against a strong Swedish outfit in the gold medal game. In their run to the final, GBR arguably faced their toughest challenge against reigning Universiade champions, Norway. Brimming with confidence after winning all nine of their previous fixtures, GBR recorded a 9-8 win against one of the competition favourites.
A tense final ensued, with GBR taking a 5-2 lead into the half-time interval, before a Sweden resurgence saw them score four points without response in the second half – giving them a 6-5 lead heading into the final ends.
It was an incredibly tight game in the latter stages of the final, but GBR regained their earlier match form and the Swedish team were forced to settle for a silver medal as GBR triumphed with an 8-6 victory.
After securing gold, GBR’s men’s skip, Bruce Mouat said: “It feels great that the men have finally won the gold. It was a really good final – we started really well and finished really well. To finally get the gold around out neck and to do it in such fashion is just absolute class,”
Team GBR Chef de Mission, Neil Rogers added: “It’s an amazing achievement by Bruce, Derrick, Bobby, Gregor and Alasdair, and follows a rich tradition of GB curling success at the Universiade – we are all immensely proud of our new World Champions!”
Team GB’s Gold medal winning men’s curlers are: Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University), Bobby Lammie (University of Stirling), Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde), Derrick Sloan (Robert Gordon University) and Alasdair Schrieiber (University of Strathclyde).
The 2017 Winter Universiade, or the World University Winter Games, is an international multi-sport event which is organised for university students and is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics. Visit the event website by clicking 2017 Winter Universiade, Almaty.