EXTRA END JOY FOR TEAM SMITH AFTER TOPPLING FORMER WORLD CHAMPS AT EUROS
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.
(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
PHOTO: WCF / CELINE STUCKI