Mouat v Kubeška in the Final

It’s never nice sitting in the gallery watching – especially if you made the knock-out stages of a big competition, so commiserations to Teams Hardie and the hitherto undefeated Rasmus Stjerne, both of whom lost out at the semi-final stage of the Edinburgh International. Congratulations to teams Mouat and Kubeška who march onto the final.

The Karel Kubeška team from the Czech Republic, Jiří Candra (fourth) Lukáš Klíma (third),  Martin Jurík (second) and Karel himself (lead and skip)

The Karel Kubeška team from the Czech Republic, Jiří Candra (fourth) Lukáš Klíma (third), Martin Jurík (second) and Karel himself (lead and skip)

Karel Kubeška, with Jiří Candra throwing last stones, and team mates Martin Jurík and Lukáš Klíma are the surprise package in the tournament and that’s not just me saying that; they had booked themselves on an early morning flight home on Sunday, thinking that they would never get as far as the quarter-finals. They then booked a private car to take them to Glasgow airport leaving at 2.00pm, thinking that they would never beat Stjerne in the semi-final. Well, they are here for the duration now and who knows what is going to happen in the final?

Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Alasdair Schreiber and Derrick Sloan

Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Alasdair Schreiber and Derrick Sloan

If they are to win the competition they will have to play well though because they will come up against local boy, Bruce Mouat and his team. Bruce is a member of the Murrayfield ice technicians’ team to boot so should know the ice pretty well too! They had an efficient win against Scottish rivals team Hardie. In the semi-final, their line-up was Bruce at skip, Bobby Lammie at third, Alasdair Schreiber and Gregor Cannon. Coach Alan Hannah tells me that the final line-up will be Bruce at skip, Bobby Lammie at third, Alasdair Schreiber at second and Derrick Sloan at lead.

The two finalist teams at the Edinburgh International Championship

The two finalist teams at the Edinburgh International Championship

The final starts at 2.30pm UK time and you can follow the linescores on the website.

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