Day Four Update From Scottish Champs At Perth
Team Fleming completed their round robin campaign at the Scottish Championships on a high note with a 9-4 win over the team skipped by Scottish Mixed Doubles Champion Gina Aitken to stay in title contention.
They got off to a flying start with a four at the fourth end and kept their opponents at arm's length from that point.
“Our main focus going into this game was to get a good first two ends, then to try and maintain that and it was good that we were able to deliver that,” said skip Hannah Fleming.
“Our opponents played a strong second half and were able to chip away at us but we had created enough of a cushion at the start.
“We needed to make all the shots today. We have been there or thereabouts but not sharp enough and we have had a bit of slow start to our matches this week. Despite that we have been able to stay calm this week and keep to our team processes.”
Reflecting on their tour results leading up to this crucial national championships, Fleming paid tribute to the achievements of her team this season.
“We were a new unit at the start of the season and we have had some good results and our objective was to improve on our world rankings which we have done. It would now be nice to put some of that hard work into action for the remainder of this week.
“We will take a lot of confidence from this win and we know that when we tighten up our shots it can make all the difference. We just need to build on the momentum from here for the business end of the week,” she concluded.
Team Muirhead maintained their 100% record beating Team Wilson 8-3 and show no sign of slowing down in this tournament as second Vicki Adams noted after another straight victory.
“Our intention was to take it one game at a time but to play every game as if we are playing the highest class teams in the world and try not to change too much. So we have treated this the same way as every other tour event.
“The teams this week have been playing well against us and there have been some real challenges out there. Plus there is a lot more at stake this year at the nationals.
“However by keeping our routines and preparation the same and by putting all that hard work into practice we have created less pressure for ourselves. That combined with plenty experience of this event means we have been able to really enjoy the tournament this year and that has been great for all of us,” added Adams.
Team Muirhead will face Team Hazel Smith tomorrow in a match that will decide which of them finishes top of the standings. They beat Team Fleming 9-8, then went on to claim a 7-3 victory over Team MacDonald and have suffered only one loss in their five matches.
In the men’s tournament, Teams Smith, Mouat and Murdoch all claimed two wins apiece, results which have propelled Team Smith to the top of the standings on seven wins and one loss. Team Murdoch shares second place with Team Brewster and Team Hardie and the double result for Team Mouat has kept their chances alive of reaching the play-off stages with a match still to go in the round robin stage of the tournament.
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Photo: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.