SCOTLAND’S TEAM SMITH QUALIFY FOR SEMI FINAL AT EUROS

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Scotland’s Team Smith beat the Netherlands 5-2 in their last round robin match of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen to qualify for a place in the semi finals.

It was a must win match for the Team to progress in the most straightforward manner for the play-offs, qualifying for the business end of the tournament in third place on 6 wins and 3 losses. The Scots now have another chance to take on the home team Switzerland tonight, who they felt they could have beaten yesterday.

Coach Viktor Kjell said after the match: “We have achieved our first goal which was to make the play-offs. That was step one. Tonight it is a new tournament for the four remaining teams in the event and they all know it is two games to becoming European Champions. It is now a chance to reset and re-focus."

Commenting on the Netherlands match Kjell said: “We had a rocky start in the game today but Kyle had a great shot in the second end we then controlled it from then on. So we want a controlled match from start to finish tonight and we know what to expect from the Swiss team.

“They will obviously have a lot of home support in the arena tonight but that also puts them under a lot of pressure as the home side, so we will play our game and I am really looking forward to it.”

Kyle Smith said after qualifying for the semi finals in only his second appearance at a European Championships: “Obviously I am delighted and glad that this was in our hands to qualify and we made it.

“It is a new competition now and we start again and we know what to take forward from the round robin and it is a great chance to take on the Swiss again tonight. I have no doubt that the performance will be there from the boys,” Smith said.

“At the last Europeans we had five must win games in a row, here it was one so we had an easier task and the boys played really well after what was a bit of a hairy start.

“The second end was not looking good but I got the bale out and we dominated from that point on. Cammy made some great set ups and the boys made all their peels which made my job easy. Throwing that last stone to secure the match I just had to stay in the moment and it feels good to be in the semi finals, they will be good opposition but we will go away and get our preps right and we feel ready for it.”

In the other semi final current European Champions Team Edin from Sweden take on former world champions Team Ulsrud from Norway, whose result against Germany this morning secured their place at the Olympics in PyeongChang.

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

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

Day 6 Results:

(M)Scotland v Czech Republic 5-2
(W)Scotland v Hungary

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

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