SCOTLAND’S TEAM SMITH INTO FINAL AT EUROPEANS

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Scotland’s Team Smith are into the final and guaranteed a medal after they defeated home nation Switzerland 9-8 in a tense semi final tonight at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen. 

Skip Kyle Smith sealed the victory by holding his nerve and delivering his final stone to secure a two for the match. They now take on defending champions Team Edin from Sweden who beat Norway 8-3 in their semi final.

Coach Viktor Kjell said after the match:”I was quite happy that Kyle decided to make that final shot, he was forced into a tough shot and it was the right one.

“There were so many chances in the game to make two’s and we needed one last chance and we took it.

“I liked seeing them handle themselves with composure in a European semi final and the most important thing is that they realise that the way they are playing they are good enough to beat anyone at this Europeans.

“The last five or six games have been really, really good from all four players but we are not done yet. We now have 36 hours to regroup and refocus for a revenge match from the round robin,” Kjell added.

Team Smith are now guaranteed a medal from their first European Championship final and the last time they played Team Edin in this arena the Scots beat the Swedes to the European Masters title and skip Smith definitely has gold as his target.

A delighted Kyle Smith said immediately after the match: “It was a strange game and we played a fantastic end in the second for a steal of three. But with a team of that quality capable of making two’s they started chipping away at us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game, moments of brilliance and a couple of loose ones in there too.

“It came down to the last end, we dug deep and did everything we have been practising for, it really was a great team performance,” said Smith.

“We now have the revenge game against Edin from the round robin. We have played Edin a lot, it is a team we know a lot about and we know what to expect. As defending champions they have a lot of pressure – whereas we have nothing to lose and we want to take that crown!”

Earlier in the day Smith’s quartet beat the Netherlands 5-2 to reach the semi final, meanwhile Team Muirhead beat Hungary 9-3 in their final round robin match, having already qualified for the play-offs with two matches to go.

Scotlland’s women will also play hosts Switzerland in their semi final tomorrow at 1pm (GMT).

Please click here for more information and results from the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

Semi final:

(M)Scotland v Switzerland 9-8
(W)Scotland v Switzerland

Round Robin Overall results:
(M)Scotland 6 wins 3 losses
(W)Scotland 7 wins 2 losses

Day 6 Results:

(M)Scotland v Netherlands 5-2
(W)Scotland v Hungary 9-3

Day 5 Results:

(W)Scotland v Czech Republic 8-4
(M)Scotland v Switzerland 4-9
(W)Scotland v Switzerland 7-9

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

Scotland’s representatives:

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Lauren Gray
Kelly Schafer

Team Smith
Kyle Smith
Thomas Muirhead
Kyle Waddell
Cammy Smith
Glen Muirhead

PHOTO: WCF / CELINE STUCKI 

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