Scotland’s Team Muirhead Maintain 100% Record at Home Euros
Scotland’s Team Muirhead stole at the last end of their match against current world champions Team Feltscher of Switzerland to claim their second win of the day and they are now the only undefeated team in the round robin stage of the European Championships.
The Swiss side were ahead after a double at the second end but the teams then exchanged singles over the next two ends. The Scots then registered a single at the sixth and stole another at the seventh to level things up and two blank ends then took it to that decisive tenth.
Skip Eve Muirhead said: “We always seemed to be on the back foot, but we had to make her play a shot to win the game and that’s exactly what we did. I’m pleased. A win’s a win. It’s hard to justify winning it, but we played well to get the steal there.
“Hopefully games like that are going to be play-off games. Switzerland are the world champions and that definitely puts them in a little bit of trouble mid-table which is good, but what we need to do is concentrate on ourselves and keep our wins going.
“To know you’re the only team here unbeaten so far is pretty special, but we’ve got to keep playing well to keep that record. If we keep playing the way we are just now hopefully there won’t be any slip-ups, but we’re a strong team that knows how to deal with things if that was to happen.
“Getting the win against Sweden and then facing Switzerland, obviously these teams are play-off teams and when you manage to get a win off them in the round-robin it gives you the upper hand because if you are ever to meet them and you have a better ranking then getting the hammer’s always handy as well.
“We’re only halfway through, though. There’s a long way to go. I’m looking forward to my bed. One game tomorrow at two o’clock is going to be nice. It’ll be good to have chilled night tonight.”
Earlier in the day they beat Finland 10-4 after securing big scoring ends at the fourth and sixth which saw them leading 9-4 before they sealed their fourth victory in a row.
Scotland’s men bounced back from their extra end 7-6 defeat to Austria earlier in the day to steal a 6-5 win from Switzerland, the only men’s rink who came into this evening’s matches with an undefeated record.
The Swiss provided a turbulent ride for the Scots on their way to their third victory from five games played so far. The Scottish quartet were trailing 4-2 by the mid way point and skip Tom Brewster missed a chance for a double at the sixth end which would have levelled the playing field, however he had to settle for a single there but kept their hopes alive with a timely double at the 8th. A blanked 9th end meant Team Brewster had to steal in the last to avoid defeat and the skip managed that with his final stone.
He said:”My last shot was an absolute peach, though he still had a shot to win or blank the end.”
Reflecting on his earlier match Brewster conceded, “We were not at our best this morning. It took us three or four ends to get into the game but we were giving away cheap ends. The ice was difficult this morning and much harder to read. But we have come through that and we are back to where we were last night.
“Beating Niklas Edin last night was huge for us and after a big win it is hard to come down from that. We need a good rest tonight, the boys have worked extremely hard however their fitness will come through this week as we work towards the play-offs.”
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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