Team GB Women Beat Japan – Day 7 of Curling at Olympics
Eve Muirhead’s rink produced a tenacious performance against Japan beating them 8-6 in a must win match to keep their Olympics hopes alive on the penultimate day of the round robin competition in Korea.
The British quartet battled back from 3-1 down after the second end to be level on 3-3 by the break. At the sixth end, Japan’s skip missed a shot and left a trio of Team Muirhead’s stones lying giving them a steal of three to lead 6-3. It was enough of a lead to ensure there was no lasting damage when the British side missed an opportunity for a double take out, removing instead a single stone and giving up a two in the seventh. At the eighth end a missed chance for a two was remedied by a single there and a single steal at the next and restricting Japan o their single in the final end meant that Team Muirhead will now head into action tomorrow fighting for a place in the play-offs.
Skip Eve Muirhead said: “Experience definitely helps in these situations and I would say this was a game of two halves. Getting a steal of three for me was the big turning point and we controlled the game from there on in.
“I am most happy about getting a win out there and I knew it would go down to the very last stone and that was exactly what happened. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we took absolutely nothing for granted,” she said.
“When you come into a championship like this with high calibre teams, the games are going to come down to the last ends and the last stones, maybe not so good for fans watching, it’s just what happens when it is so close knit at the top.
Commenting on facing Rachel Homan’s team from Canada who are currently ranked number two in the world, Muirhead added: “It is always a great match up when we face Canada. So we will go out tomorrow and play the way we know we can play and leave absolutely nothing behind and we know it will be a good game. “
Coach Glenn Howard said of today’s performance, “A win is a win, and that was a massive game for us, it was a must win game. We got out of the blocks good, but at the second end we gave up a three but we hung in there, we got aggressive and it worked out and we got a bunch of breaks there along the way.
Speaking about the game tomorrow, Howard said: “To go to 5-3 and put ourselves in a great position, we know that if we win tomorrow that puts us into the final four which is your first goal.
“The beauty is we're getting a little bit better. We're making a lot of key shots and that's the sign of a Championship team.”
GB’s men also have one round robin game remaining and will play the USA tomorrow after they beat Thomas Ulsrud’s rink representing Norway in emphatic style earlier in the day.
Women’s standings after session ten (win-loss):
Korea 6-1 Q
Great Britain 5-3
United States 4-4
Olympic Athlete from Russia 2-5
Men’s standings after session ten (win-loss):
Sweden 7-1 Q
Great Britain 5-3
United States 3-4
Competition schedule (GMT) and results:
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)
11.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8
11.05 GB v Denmark (women) 7-6
05.05 GB v Korea (men) 5-11
11.05 GB v Korea (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Sweden (women) 6-8
11.05 GB v Italy (men) 7-6
05.05 GB v Denmark (men) 7-6
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women) 8-7
00.05 GB v Norway (men) 10-3
05.05 GB v Japan (women) 8-6
00.05 GB v Canada (women)
11.05 GB v USA (men)
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
11.05 Semi finals (men)
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finals (women)
06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women)
00.05 Final (women)
Photos: WCF / Richard Gray