TEAM MUIRHEAD MAKES GRAND SLAM SEMI FINAL IN LLOYDMINSTER
British Curling’s Team Muirhead made it to the semi final of the Masters of Curling in Lloydminster, Alberta (24-29 October) where their latest Canadian campaign came to end after they lost out 6-3 to the Canadian rink skipped by Kerri Einarson.
The Team GB curlers who will compete at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year had progressed to the knock out stages of the tournament with a 3-1 record, beating Alina Paetz in the quarter final before being eliminated and skip Eve Muirhead has taken considerable positives from the way her team has performed over the week.
“We had a good run here in Lloydminster in the Grand Slam qualifying for the play-offs with a 3-1 record,” said Muirhead
“We came up against a strong Team Paetz in the quarter final who we edged 5-4 then moving on to the semi final we lost a close battle to Team Einarson.
“Crowds have been great and to have such an atmosphere when playing is really something special, Canada really do know how to put on curling events!!
“Overall our two weeks have been a great success, beating three of the teams we are going to be coming up against in the Europeans and Korea so this is all stepping stones towards these major events.”
The Team GB representatives Team Muirhead and Team Smith – who were also in action at Lloydminster but were eliminated in the round robin stages - will be back in action at the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland next month, where Muirhead’s rink will be hoping to improve on their bronze medal finish last year when the event was hosted at Braehead.
Meanwhile Team Bryce enjoyed a solid run at the Latvian Challenger where they also reached the semi finals, losing out 7-2 to Team Stjerne from Denmark.
PHOTO: Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart