Team Muirhead Post First Win For Scotland At Home Euros
Team Muirhead posted the first win for Scotland on the opening day of the Le Gruyere European Championships hosted at the Intu Braehead Area (19-26 November) with a 6-5 victory over Italy.
The Olympic bronze medallists ranked fifth in the world curling tour rankings showed their calibre and always looked in control of the match despite Apollonio’s rink claiming a single in end two and stealing another in end three to get first out of the blocks.
Team Muirhead responded with three at the fourth end and from there were able to increase the pressure on their opponents. A pick up in end nine scuppered Eve Muirhead’s attempt at drawing the button for a two with her final stone which would have provided a more comfortable margin heading into the final end. However the Italian quartet could only muster a single at the last which left the Scots with their maiden victory on home soil this season.
Skip Eve Muirhead said afterwards: “I am pleased that we have got the first game out of the way. It is never easy and being in front of a home crowd you don’t want to disappoint so there is pressure and it is nice to get that first win under the belt.”
Falling confetti from the arena’s roof which would normally add to a sense of occasion at an event proved unwelcome on the opening day of the international tournament, as some teams were forced during play to catch flying debris to minimise the impact on the ice.
Eve added, “The confetti falling from the roof was also a bit of a distraction even though it was affecting the adjacent rink, it is the last thing that you want landing on your sheet.
“But overall I am really pleased with the way we played. Apollonio played really well, she forced us at times and was able to get her singles. The pick up at the 9th was a shame, but that is sport, it happens. What matters is that it doesn’t happen at a more crucial point in another game.
“We now face Sweden tomorrow morning and that will be a tough game. They are a young team and fiery and determined. We will have to bring our A game to the arena tomorrow to beat them, but they will have to bring their A plus game to beat us”, she smiled.
Earlier in the day Team Brewster representing Scotland in the men’s competition lost 8-3 to Denmark in their opening match. However the national champions bounced back with a 8-7 win against former world champions Norway at an extra end. Skip Tom Brewster said: “We were disappointed earlier, we just weren’t on the money this morning. It was a much better team performance this evening and they are a great side, so you take a lot of confidence from getting a win against them.”
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Scotland is represented by Team Brewster and Team Muirhead at this event.
Team Muirhead Team Brewster
Eve Muirhead (Skip) Tom Brewster (Skip)
Anna Sloan Glen Muirhead
Vicki Adams Ross Paterson
Lauren Gray Hammy McMillan
Kelly Schafer (Alternate) Duncan Menzies (Alternate)
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Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart