Team Muirhead Starts Scottish Champs Title Defence Impressively
It was the turn for Scotland’s top women’s rinks to get into action today at the Scottish Championships, with defending champions Team Muirhead getting off to a flying start with an emphatic 11-1 win over Team Gina Aitken.
Team Hazel Smith which includes two former members of Team Muirhead – Sochi bronze medallist Claire Hamilton and Sarah Reid who was part of the quartet who won the national title last year – also enjoyed first round success against Team Wilson beating them 6-5.
Team Fleming got their campaign underway with what skip Hannah Fleming described as a slow start.
“We didn’t really get it going in the first half of the game and our opponents didn’t let us away with any mistakes. We got a good four at the fifth end and that settled us down and the rest of the game went to plan,” she said.
Team Fleming then went on to face the top ranked rink in their second round and Team Muirhead again showed dominant form in claiming a 9-4 victory.
Commenting after two wins from two, skip Eve Muirhead said: “I’m very pleased.
“Those were two really tough teams but we came out and played really well, so that’s got the ball rolling and we just want to continue and keep getting stronger.
“You want to put your authority down and show them that we’re here to mean business and we’re going to take a lot of beating and I think we did that there.
“We were pretty much in control. It sounds simple to say take your twos and force ones and you will win a lot of games,” she concluded.
Team Smith also remain undefeated having defeated Team K Aitken 10-4 during the second round of matches.
The men’s title race continued today and following two further rounds of action only Team Hardie remain undefeated with four wins and no losses.
Team Smith and Team Brewster have three wins and one loss so far along with World University Games and World Junior Champions Team Mouat who were taken to an extra end this evening before they beat Team Fraser 8-6.
Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch had a mixed day losing 7-5 to Team Whyte after a 7-5 win over Team Smith earlier in the day and now have two wins and two losses.
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