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Scotland’s Team Muirhead lost out 5-2 to Sweden in their opening game of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2017 this afternoon in St Gallen.

It was a tightly fought encounter against last year’s European silver medallists, which saw the first four ends of the game blanked before Anna Hasselborg’s rink claimed a three in the fifth end which was to prove costly to the Scots. The teams exchanged singles over the next two ends and despite Muirhead’s rink setting up what looked to be a promising eighth end, it resulted in a further single which was not enough to close the gap.

Skip Eve Muirhead said after the match: “It was a really good game, though I am not sure the quality was reflected in that score line.

“Giving up a three at the fifth put us on the back foot, it was a couple of half shots there. We had a fantastic eighth end which just didn’t give us the result, but overall I am really pleased with the way the team played,” she said.

“It was a real cat and mouse game and we gave up a silly three against one of the best teams in the world.”

Team Muirhead’s tactical coach Glenn Howard added: “The team really hung in there and tried to come back throughout that game and I am really proud of the way they did that.

to Sweden they played very well but we had a phenomenal eighth end but ended up only getting one out of it. However I am pleased with how the girls played against one of the best teams in the event, it has given us something to build on and move forward from,” he said.

Scotland’s men Team Smith are back in action tonight after their win against Italy this morning. They play Austria at 6.30pm (GMT) tonight.

Please click here for more information and results from the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

Day 1 Results:

(W)Scotland v Sweden 5-2

(M)Scotland v Italy 7-3

Scotland’s representatives:

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Lauren Gray
Kelly Schafer

Team Smith
Kyle Smith
Thomas Muirhead
Kyle Waddell
Cammy Smith
Glen Muirhead


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