Team GB Men v Sweden – Day 3 of Curling Schedule at the Winter Olympics
Kyle Smith’s Team GB men’s team made an encouraging start to their re-match of the European Championships final with Sweden’s’Team Edin, but were ultimately edged out by the top rink in the world rankings .
Smith and his men were 3-1 up after three ends and looked set to dominate the match as they edged ahead to lead 5-3 by the half way stage. However after the fifth end break Edin’s men registered a three at the next which proved to be the turning point for the Swedes, who went on to beat the GB representatives 8-6.
Speaking after the game, skip Kyle Smith said: "I thought we started really well and we built a good lead actually, a two-point lead but those guys are so good at creating situations where they can score multiple points,” said Smith.
"We made a couple of mistakes and of course the game is suddenly tied again so there's definitely a couple of shots I'd want back - the first one in the sixth I'd like back.
“But I think we've been getting stronger with each game that's gone past. There's just a few things that we need to change and just tighten up on in some moments.
“But there's positives to take, there's a long way to go and we've played arguably three of the best teams here so two and two, it could be a lot better but it could be a lot worse as well."
Coach Viktor Kjell, a former member of Team Edin, added: "It was a game of two halves, definitely. I think we started really good and I think we actually outplayed them in the first five ends.
"It felt like we had very good control of the game and the guys definitely in the first five ends it's the best they've played this week.
"A couple of errors from our side in the sixth end and they played really well and against any top team and especially against Niklas [Edin] any mistakes you know they're going to take their chances and unfortunately they did.”
Team GB’s women’s curlers are back in action at the Gangneung Curling Centre tomorrow and play Denmark and Korea and Smith’s quartet will also play the home nation.
Men’s Standings after session five (win-loss):
Great Britain 2-2
United States 2-2
Women’s standings after session four (win-loss):
Great Britain 2-1
Olympic Athlete from Russia 1-2
United States 1-2
Competition schedule (GMT) and results:
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)
16 February 1
1.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8
11.05 GB v Denmark (women)
05.05 GB v Korea (men)
11.05 GB v Korea (women)
05.05 GB v Sweden (women)
11.05 GB v Italy (men)
05.05 GB v Denmark (men)
1.05 GB v Switzerland (women)
00.05 GB v Norway (men)
05.05 GB v Japan (women)
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finalsl (women)
24 February 06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women)
00.05 Final (women)
Photos: WCF / Richard Gray