Team GB Women To Play Bronze Medal Match After Losing Semi To Sweden

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Team GB’s women will play Japan in the bronze medal match tomorrow after they lost 10-5 to Sweden in their semi final.

In a re-match of the European Championship final that was won by Team Muirhead, it was the Swedish team - ranked number three in the world - who prevailed this time and starting with hammer they blanked the first and secured a two in the next. The GB team were kept to a single at the third and at the next, after a measure, the Swedes were also only able to secure a single. By the fifth end break it was all to play for when Team Muirhead registered a two to level the score.

Anna Hasselborg’s rink claimed a two at the sixth and a few costly errors from the British quartet saw their opposition carry that winning momentum after their skip removed two GB stones and Eve Muirhead was unable to make her final stone count against three Swedish stones lying, giving them a steal of three.

there, Muirhead’s rink were chasing what proved to be an unassailable lead and despite countering that 8-3 margin after Muirhead made a great shot through a narrow gap to claim a two, at the penultimate end they were again outmanoeuvred by the higher ranked team and gave up a final two and conceded the match.

Skip Eve Muirhead said after the game: "We gave up two in end six to go two down. It was a tough shot, it was a get a three point type of shot there. We either stole one or she took two.

"In the seventh end, if my stone had just got past we looked good for three. It didn't and then it was a tough draw.

"As a skip you've got to make these shots and if not, against a strong Swedish side, you're always going to be on the back foot."

The Sochi bronze medallists will now take on Japan after their semi final went to an extra end against hosts Korea before they lost out 8-7. Muirhead noted: "As a team, we know exactly what we did. From four years ago we learnt a lot so we're going to come out very strong and hopefully play well for that bronze.”

Coach Glenn Howard added: “"They will be disappointed right now because they wanted to get into that gold medal game and it's eluded them, but the bottom line is it didn't happen. They're going to want to go out there and win that bronze medal."

Standings after men’s round robin (win-loss):

Tie breaker GB v Switzerland 5-9

Q Sweden 7-2
Q Canada 6-3
Q United States 5-4
Q Switzerland 5-4
Great Britain 5-4
Norway 4-5
Korea 4-5
Japan 4-5
Italy 3-6
Denmark 2-7

Standings after women’s round robin (win-loss):

Q Korea 8-1
Q Sweden 7-2
Q Great Britain 6-3
Q Japan 5-4
China 4-5
Canada 4-5
Switzerland 4-5
United States 4-5
Olympoc Athlete from Russia 2-7
Denmark 1-8

Semi final results:
GB (women) v Sweden 5-10
Japan v Korea 7-8 (EE)

Bronze medal game:
GB v Japan

Sweden v Korea

Competition schedule (GMT) and results:

14 February
00.05 GB v Switzerland (men) 6-5
05.05 GB v OAR (women) 10-3
11.05 GB v Canada (men) 6-4

15 February
00.05 GB v USA (women) 4-7
05.05 GB v Japan (men) 6-5
11.05 GB v China (women) 8-7 (EE)

16 February
11.05 GB v Sweden (men) 6-8

17 February
11.05 GB v Denmark (women) 7-6
05.05 GB v Korea (men) 5-11
11.05 GB v Korea (women) 4-7

18 February
05.05 GB v Sweden (women) 6-8
11.05 GB v Italy (men) 7-6

19 February
05.05 GB v Denmark (men) 7-6
11.05 GB v Switzerland (women) 8-7

20 February
00.05 GB v Norway (men) 10-3
05.05 GB v Japan (women) 8-6

21 February
00.05 GB v Canada (women) 6-5
11.05 GB v USA (men) 10-4

22 February
00.05 Tiebreakers men and women
00.05 GB (men) v Switzerland 5-9
11.05 Semi finals (men)

23 February
06.30 Bronze (men)
11.05 Semi finals (women) GV v Sweden 5-10

24 February
06.30 Final (men)
11.05 Bronze (women) GB v Japan

25 February
00.05 Final (women) Sweden v Korea


Photos: WCF / Richard Gray

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