KYLE SMITH RUES MISSED CHANCE BUT PLEASED WITH HIS TEAM’S PERFORMANCE AT EUROS
It was a tightly fought match between Scotland’s Team Smith and current European Champions Team Edin from Sweden and it was the reversal of their last encounter in this arena when Smith’s quartet beat the Swedes to the European Masters title in April this year.
Both teams started the fourth day of the round robin at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen on four wins and one loss and it was the Scots who were edged by their opponents in the closing stages of the game, losing 5-4.
It was an unfortunate outcome for the Scots, who had battled to the very end after what proved to be a costly eighth end which was the turning point in the game.
Team Smith’s Coach Vikor Kjell, who played for Team Edin until the last Olympic cycle, said after the game: “We had a couple of good chances and we executed the game plan, it was a tough eighth end where we took a chance and missed it but that is the beauty of the game.
“Team Edin played well but so did we, so there were no big shocks, you know when you play teams like that you know what to expect and you have to be on top of your game,” he said.
“We now have a big game against Norway tonight which will be another good game and we know if we had been a bit sharper on some of our shots this morning we could have won that game. We are here to compete and playing the best teams we have to focus on the outcome of each shot.
“So we know how to prepare for the game against Team Ulsrud, the processes will be the same. I am disappointed with the outcome this morning, but pleased with the performance, so that will be the only change I want to see tonight – the outcome.”
Skip Kyle Smith said after the game: “It was a good game, both teams were playing very well and we were making the big shots. The eighth end cost us, when we were sitting two and their shot came round and finished perfectly, it was a big moment and I couldn’t get it out with my run back – I probably played the wrong shot there.
“We will now focus on the next game and if we keep up the same level of performance against Norway, I will be pleased,” Smith added.
Scotland’s women Team Muirhead are next on ice at 1pm (GMT) when they return to the arena for their match against Turkey and Scotland's men play former world champions Team Ulsrud from Norway at 6pm (GMT).
(M)Scotland 4 wins 2 losses
(W)Scotland 4 wins 1 loss
Day 4 Results:
(M)Scotland v Sweden 4-5
(W)Scotland v Turkey
(M)Scotland v Norway
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 / Howard Eakin (below) & Richard Gray (above)