TWO WIN DAY MOVES SCOTLAND'S MEN UP LEADERBOARD AT EUROS
Two comprehensive wins on the fourth day of action moved Scotland’s men into second place in the standings, as they closed in on the play-off stages of the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in Helsingborg.
After a tight start to their opening match of the day saw them tied with Germany at the half way stage they took charge immediately after the break with a two at the sixth end and then a steal of three at the next to secure a 7-2 victory over Team Muskatewitz.
They then faced an all British encounter with Andrew Reed’s English rink and controlled the match throughout.
A two at the second end gave them the upper hand and after single shots were exchanged at the next three, they again took charge immediately after the break with a three at the sixth end which put them on course for a 7-5 win.
“It was a good day. The boys all played well,” said the team’s vice skip Kyle Waddell.
“In the game against Germany were very patient and when we got the chances we took them. We just kept applying the pressure. We did that all through the game and it paid off in the seventh when we shook hands after we stole that three.
“It was a similar story in the England game. They played pretty well and took it to the tenth end, but again we stayed patient and we were just clinical when we had to be.
“Ross made a few good shots to score multiple points in some of the ends and to be honest I that was the only difference. I think we controlled the game as a whole, pretty much from start to finish and the English guys played well enough to make us work hard for the win, which is to be expected from any team here.”
Headed in the standings only by six time champions and host nation representatives Team Edin, the Scots are now within touching distance of a semi final place.
“We are in a strong position now on a 5-2 record, sitting second and we have two more games to play. The first of those is against Team Schwaller (Switzerland) tomorrow and I am pretty sure that if we win that we guarantee ourselves that second spot and we are in the play-offs and that is what we set out to achieve,” Waddell said.
“That was our first goal this week and we can make that happen tomorrow, so more of the same tomorrow and come out firing against Schwaller. We know what to expect, so it is time to rest up and go again.”
Craig Waddell (alternate)
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Scotland’s Men 5W 2L
Saturday 16 November
SCOTLAND V NORWAY 10-4
SCOTLAND V ITALY 7-5
Sunday 17 November
SCOTLAND V RUSSIA 5-8
Monday 18 November
SCOTLAND V NETHERLANDS 9-3
SCOTLAND V DENMARK 5-6 (EE)
Tuesday 19 November
SCOTLAND V GERMANY 7-2
SCOTLAND V ENGLAND 7-5
Wednesday 20 November
SCOTLAND V SWITZERLAND
Thursday 21 November
SCOTLAND V SWEDEN
MENS SEMI FINALS
Friday 22 November
MENS BRONZE MEDAL GAME
Saturday 23 November
MENS GOLD MEDAL GAME