THREE WINS IN A ROW FOR SCOTLAND'S TEAM SMITH AT EUROS
Scotland’s Team Smith claimed their third victory in a row at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen, beating the Russian team skipped by Alexy Timofeev 5-3 to maintain their 100% record in the round robin so far.
After blanking the first end, both teams exchanged singles over the next three before Team Smith claimed a double before the break. The Russians responded with a single at the next but a further double at the seventh for the Scots gave them the advantage they needed and despite getting into a bit of difficulty at the eighth, when their opponents had three stones counting, a double take out by Thomas Muirhead followed by a further clearance from Skip Kyle Smith removed the danger.
From there the Russians were outmanoeuvred by the Scots who denied them the chance of scoring again and their coach Viktor Kjell felt his team had pulled off another controlled performance in the tournament.
“It was another good game. The Russians played well and it was aggressive curling but the boys kept digging in and I really liked that,” Kjell said.
“There were some big shots from the back end guys, the pressure shots that have to be made and they were very well executed.
“Tomorrow is a new day at the office and a fresh start again but we are in a good place and will start with the same focus, drive and attitude to keep the momentum,” he said.
Skip Kyle Smith said after the game: “When we are up a couple of shots we can be good defensive players and overall we played the last three ends well and we did well to get out of trouble at the eighth.
“The ninth and tenth ends were well set up by Cammy and we were peeling well. The draw weight and curl has been very consistent over our three games so that has really helped,” said Smith.
“Tomorrow we have another two game day, Germany and then Slovakia and we have played both of those teams before on tour. There are good shot makers in those teams so we need to maintain the same approach to those matches as we have the last three.
“Three games from three is obviously an ideal start, a great platform to build on and moving forward we will take it a game at a time,” he added.
Scotland, hosts Switzerland and defending champions Sweden are the only men’s team on three wins and no losses after the second day of the round robin.
The women’s competition continues tonight and Scotland’s Team Muirhead will take on Denmark. .
Please click here for more information and results from the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).
Day 2 Results:
(W)Scotland v Russia 8-7
(M)Scotland v Russia 5-3
(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 / Celine Stucki