EXTRA END JOY FOR TEAM SMITH AFTER TOPPLING FORMER WORLD CHAMPS AT EUROS

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Two valiant performances from the Scottish men on the fourth day at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen, resulted in a mixed day of results. After losing a tight match against title holders Team Edin, Team Smith faced another tough match against former world champs Team Ulsrud, which went to an extra end before the Scots prevailed 8-7.

Commenting after their game this evening, Team Smith’s Coach Viktor Kjell said: “It was the best five ends I have seen the team play this year. It was a very exciting game and we were executing shots the way we wanted to.

“It may have been tense for the spectators but I felt confident about the way the team were playing, it really was a great, great game. We knew that with a team like Ulsrud who we have played many times before that they are one of the better teams of creating chances for their two’s, they are a tough team but we knew what to expect,” he said.

“Ulsrud made a brilliant shot to force us to an extra end but we were focused when we had to be. We also played a great game against Niklas Edin this morning as well, we just had a better outcome this time,” Kjell joked.

Kyle Smith said after the game: “We really nailed our draw shots and got a two on board early doors and we played a really great first half but Ulsrud was good at clipping away at our lead.

“They got a good two at the eighth and to be honest we scraped a two at the ninth. Ulsrud played a sensational shot at the tenth end for another two and you have to say well done to them when they play a shot like that even when it is against you. We then treated the extra end like a last end and my final draw was swept really well by the boys, so I was delighted to win that and it was a great collective effort,” he said.

Smith’s men are on a five and two win / loss ratio in a share of third place in the standings along with Norway. They now face hosts Switzerland who are undefeated so far in the tournament and have already qualified for the play-offs.

Earlier in the day, Scotland’s Team Muirhead claimed their fifth consecutive win at the championships by beating Turkey 8-3 this afternoon.

Scotland's women face the Czech Republic tomorrow and hosts Switzerland which will undoubtedly have a noisy crowd behind them in the arena tomorrow.

Please click here for more information and results from the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

Overall results:
(M)Scotland 5 wins 2 losses
(W)Scotland 5 wins 1 loss

Day 4 Results:
(M)Scotland v Sweden 4-5
(W)Scotland v Turkey 8-3
(M)Scotland v Norway 8-7

Day 3 Results:
(M)Scotland v Germany 4-6
(W)Scotland v Italy 8-1
(M)Scotland v Slovakia 8-1
(W)Scotland v Germany 8-5

Day 2 Results:
(W)Scotland v Russia 8-7
(M)Scotland v Russia 5-3
(W)Scotland v Denmark 6-1

Day 1 Results:
(M)Scotland v Austria 7-2
(W)Scotland v Sweden 2-5
(M)Scotland v Italy 7-3

Scotland’s representatives:

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Lauren Gray
Kelly Schafer

Team Smith
Kyle Smith
Thomas Muirhead
Kyle Waddell
Cammy Smith
Glen Muirhead

PHOTO: WCF / CELINE STUCKI 

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