Mouat and Muirhead complete Omaha line-up
Scotland reveal their rinks for the second leg in Omaha.
Newly-crowned European champions Team Bruce Mouat have confirmed they will wear the Scottish colours again for the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha.
Team Mouat represented Scotland in the first stage in Suzhou and finished second in their group after being narrowly beaten by eventual winners Team Kevin Koe.
Bruce Mouat will skip the team once again, with third Grant Hardie, second Bobbie Lammie and lead Hammy McMillan Jr completing the line-up.
They head to the Nebraskan city full of confidence after defeating world champions Team Niklas Edin 9-5 in the European Championships final last week and 23-year-old skip Mouat now wants to take their continental form to the world stage.
“It’s nice to have a week off before we head to Omaha for the first Curling World Cup event to be held in America and we really want to prove ourselves on the world stage, not just European,” Mouat told The Herald.
“Now every championship we go to we’ll be working hard to win it and we’ll also be working very hard to make sure we’re the team going to the World Curling Championships in Lethbridge.”
Team Eve Muirhead will be competing for Scotland in the women’s event but, unlike in Suzhou, they will have their regular skip back at the helm.
Eve Muirhead will skip the team, while Jennifer Dodds – who was skip in Suzhou - will play third. Victoria Chalmers will play second and lead will be Lauren Gray.
The rink had a European Curling Championships to forget after failing to qualify for the semi-finals but five months after hip surgery, Muirhead continues to ease her way back into tournament curling.
A tough group awaits them, with Olympic and European champions Team Anna Hasselborg, Olympic bronze medallists Team Satsuki Fujisawa and Team Yang Ying all in their group and vying for a spot in the final on Sunday 9 December.
“The Curling World Cup events allow us another chance to wear our country’s colours,” said 28-year-old Muirhead.
“Whenever anyone gets the chance to have their country on their back should be very proud of that. Of course prize money is great and this adds a little more of an incentive!”