TEAM MUIRHEAD CLAIM EXTRA END VICTORY AGAINST TITLE HOLDERS AT EUROS
Scotland’s Team Muirhead claimed their first win by beating defending champions Russia 8-7 in the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen.
It was the second match of the tournament for the Scots, who bounced back from Saturday’s loss to last year’s European silver medallists Sweden to defeat the Russians in a match that went to an extra end.
Skip Eve Muirhead described it as ‘a bit of a yoyo match’ which finished long after the other games concluded as both teams battled to the last.
Tactical coach Glenn Howard, whose services were called upon during a time out in the tenth end said after the game, “We discussed possibilities in the closing stages of that end and we all liked the prospect of peeling the guard and I knew the girls were happy with that and Eve executed it perfectly, but it was a collective performance.
“It was an up and down game and giving up a steal of two at the eighth gave them back the control but the girls then showed great resolve to come back fighting and I really commend them for the way they played the ninth and tenth ends. It maybe wasn’t quite the performance from last night but we will take the wins when they come and move on,” he said.
Eve Muirhead said: “Overall we played well – there were a couple of slack shots in there but we just kept battling away to the very end.
“What was really good was that coming off a loss last night we didn’t allow our heads to go down. We knew we had played well last night and just didn’t get the result but that is sport.
“Today came down to some gritty last ends and we made some crucial shots.
“Against a team like Russia you have to put your stone placement to the square inch and that is exactly what we did,” she said.
Muirhead’s rink face Denmark this evening who have lost both of their opening matches.
“They are coming off two losses but we cannot afford to be complacent. Every team has earned the right to be here so we will adopt the same preparation and take nothing for granted but we are looking forward to our third match tonight,” she added.
Meanwhile Scotland’s men Team Smith are back on the ice after two wins yesterday, as they take on Russia.
Day 2 Results:
(W)Scotland v Russia 8-7
(M)Scotland v Russia
(W)Scotland v Denmark
Day 1 Results:
(M)Scotland v Austria 7-2
(W)Scotland v Sweden 5-2
(M)Scotland v Italy 7-3
PHOTOS: WCF / Richard Gray (above) and Howard Eakin (below).