Team Muirhead Claim Second Win At World Champs
After losing out to Italy 7-6 earlier in the day Team Muirhead ensured they got off to a strong start claiming a three in the opening end. The teams exchanged singles over the next two ends before the Scots extended their lead by stealing a four at the fourth.
Russia claimed a two before the break and subsequently managed to narrow the gap to 8-5, then 9-7. However the Scottish lead proved sufficient and they added another shot at the final end to take it to 10-7, rounding off their second win of the tournament, having beaten the USA at an extra end in their opening game.
Speaking after their two matches today, their coach Glenn Howard said: “I thought in the first game today the team played better than they did in their first match of the tournament.
“They came up against a very hot Italian team. The skip made a ton of shots against us and we just could not pull off the win, but I was really proud of the girls. They brought it up a notch and unfortunately we lost that game but that is the way it is,” he said.
“The first half of the second game against Russia was probably the best five ends of curling that the girls played this year. They came out with incredible intensity and desire. You could tell they really wanted that match. Unfortunately the next three or four ends were a little rough. That kind of let the Russians back into the game but the good news is that they finished it off and we got another win.
“So I am pretty happy at this point and hopefully we can build on that but we have to maintain the intensity for the ten ends.
“Overall it’s a really good set up here as the venue is five minutes’ walk from the hotel. The venue is impressive and been well filled with locals with well over a 1000 at every session. They are definitely mainly new to the game but keen to see curling and cheering loud for China of course,” Howard observed.
The Scots have another two game day tomorrow when they will face Denmark and Sweden.
Elsewhere, Team Aitken Mouat managed another podium finish claiming the bronze medal in a strong mixed doubles international field at the Hungarian Mixed Doubles Curling Cup. Meanwhile on the domestic scene Team Hardie beat China’s Liu 5-2 in the final of the Aberdeen International Curling Championships.
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Photos: WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik.