Scotland’s Team Muirhead Into European Championships Final

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Scotland’s Team Muirhead beat hosts Switzerland 7-5 concluding a dramatic semi final with a steal at the final end and will now meet Sweden in the final of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen.

That result ensured Muirhead’s quartet are guaranteed to improve on their bronze medal finish at last year’s championships at Braehead. Their performance mirrors Scotland’s men’s result as they beat the host nation to earn the chance to go for gold, both playing Swedish rinks in their respective finals.

Skip Eve Muirhead, who is now guaranteed her eighth European medal, was delighted with the result and in particular the way they finished. She said after the match: “We had a really strong start but then in the third end my first stone picked up and I under threw my second stone and that gave them a cheap three.”

The Swiss team extended their lead with a steal of one at the sixth and then both teams exchanged singles over the next two ends before Scotland rebounded with a three at the penultimate end.

“We were very strong at the eighth, ninth and tenth ends and the girls were fantastic which then made my job much easier. After we achieved a big three at the ninth we were feeling confident and we forced her to play a tough shot at the last which wasn’t enough so we are delighted with that outcome.

“We now face Sweden who has been unbeaten throughout this tournament and I guess that puts them under quite a lot of pressure but having said that they have played incredibly well and they totally deserve their place in the final,” she said.

“Knowing what they are capable of we will aim to play the game of our lives tomorrow. Anna (Hasselborg) and I always have a ding-dong when we play against each other so it will be a final that will probably go to the last stone at the last end and it will probably come down to an inch.”

Tactical Coach Glenn Howard said after his team booked their place in the final: “It was a little bit dodgy to start off with, it was not their best game but they delivered when they had to and I am really impressed with the way that they finished that match and they never gave up and I am proud of them for that.

“It will be a brilliant final and the Swedish rink are one of the best teams in the world right now so we will have our hands full, but we are totally up for the challenge and really looking forward to it,” Howard added.

Scotland’s women will play their gold medal match at 9.00am (GMT) tomorrow morning and Scotland’s men will play defending champions Team Edin from Sweden in their final at 2pm (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 7-5

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 / Eakin Howard

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