Team Muirhead Crowned Glynhill Ladies International Champions
Team Muirhead have ended the long wait for a home winner at the Glynhill Ladies International at Braehead, beating Switzerland’s Team Paetz 8-3 in the final. Claiming their second podium finish on home ice in recent months after winning bronze at the European Championships in November, Team Muirhead again had to take on some of the best international teams assembled at the venue for the 10th hosting of this event to reach the final.
Speaking after her match against the rink skipped by Alina Paetz, whose recent form saw them win the Bernese Ladies Cup last weekend, skip Eve Muirhead noted that she knew they faced stiff opposition for the silverware.
“It’s always nice to win at home,” she said.
“Alina won last week in Switzerland when we didn’t have such a good week, so for us to bounce back from that after a lot of good chats with our coaches and all our support staff, we had a few key things to work on and to focus on and I think we did that really well.”
Having missed out on this competition for several years Muirhead was aware that there had been no Scottish winner since the inaugural event nine years ago.
“This is the 10th year and Gail Munro won it in the first,” she said.
“To get a Scottish winner’s always nice isn’t it and there was a lot of support in here. I was really impressed with the numbers that came along.”
Elsewhere, at Curl Aberdeen Team Bryce won the Scottish Junior Men’s Championships after they extended their unbeaten run from the round robin stages to qualify directly for the final against Team Whyte, who they beat 9-7.
Team Bryce will go on to represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships hosted in Korea (16-26 February) and will hope to retain the title won by compatriots Team Mouat who were aged out of this year’s junior competitions.
Meanwhile Team Jackson had to battle for the right to represent their country at next month’s World Juniors after their final went to an extra end against Team Aitken.
Winning the World B Junior Championships in Sweden earlier this month to earn Scotland a place at the World Juniors following their relegation last year, Team Jackson were able to retain their Scottish Junior title after beating their opponents led by skip Karina Aitken, 5-4.
That victory represented Naomi Brown’s fourth Scottish Junior title – matching Eve Muirhead’s record in the event.
Brown who plays third for Team Jackson - comprising skip Sophie, second Mili Smith and lead Sophie Sinclair - said after their extra end final: “After such a nip and tuck game and following all the hard work that went into the world B’s this is probably the best feeling ever after this Scottish final.
“For a new team we have achieved such a lot together, I didn’t even know Mili at the start of the season and we have all gelled so well and held it together and kept the focus. I am really proud of all of my team mates and our coach Cate (Brewster) who is so much part of our team and our results today, it has made all of the hard work worthwhile and matching Eve’s record is really good, really special.”
For Perth curling families it was a weekend of fine results, with Team Smith reaching another final this time at the Berlin Masters in Hamburg. Skip Kyle Smith plus lead and brother Cammy, Kyle Waddell and Thomas Muirhead – the youngest of the Muirhead siblings – lost 6-3 to Norway’s Team Walstad.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.