TEAM MUIRHEAD REACHES SEMI FINAL AT GRAND SLAM AT FIRST COMPETITIVE OUTING OF SEASON
Team Muirhead reached the semi final at the Grand Slam of Curling (GSOC) tour event in Regina, Canada in their first competitive outing of the season.
The Sochi bronze medallists - competing in their first event since they were selected to represent Team GB at the Olympics in PyeongChang - had to beat current world champions Team Homan to set up a tie break with Team Tippin, who they beat 5-4 to reach the quarter finals of the high calibre tier one tournament.
Muirhead then beat 2015 world champions Team Paetz from Switzerland before meeting the Swedish rink skipped by Anna Hasselborg. The Scottish quartet were 6-2 down by the sixth end but rallied hard to secure a single in the penultimate end, followed by a two at the last to narrowly lose out 6-5 to Sweden’s 2018 Olympic representatives.
Skip Eve Muirhead said after their tenacious run at their season debut in one of the toughest fields in curling, “After taking a bit of time to reflect, reaching a Grand Slam semi final on our first outing of the season is no mean feat. The competition out here is the best in the world with the highest level of curling there is.
“The couple of losses we did pick up in the group stages were down to an extra end so we really were close with them too.
“Wins against current World Champions Rachel Homan and past World Champion Alina Patz from Switzerland and others has put us as a team in a good place going into Edmonton next week and the remainder of the season,” Muirhead added.
The team now head to the HDF Shoot Out where they finished runners up last year.
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Photo: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.