Red Deer Semi Final Result Rounds Off Team Smith’s Successful Canadian Campaign
Scotland’s Team Smith have completed another excellent visit to Canada by reaching the semi-final at the Red Deer Classic in Ontario which saw them narrowly beaten by the reigning world champions.
The Perth-based curlers, who won the OCT Oakville Classic on their first trip across the Atlantic this season, back in September, had comprehensively out-played Kevin Koe’s men 7-2 earlier in the competition and had also beaten the team skipped by Koe’s brother Jamie in the quarter-finals, but they were squeezed out 5-4 at the final end of a match that was fiercely contested throughout, with the Canadians going on to take the title.
Their performance, a week after they played their part in a piece of history when they were beaten by Sweden’s Team Edin in the first ever all-European final at a Grand Slam of Curling event, was all the more impressive because they had been forced into a change of line-up after Thomas Muirhead returned home due to work commitments.
“It has been another great week. The team really performed well again,” said coach Viktor Kjell.
“A big thanks to Bobbie Lammie filling in for Thomas. That was a great way to finish a four week trip on the road.
“They have played some excellent curling these last two weeks and it's great to see that the team can fight with the best in the world.”
British Curling’s Winter Olympic silver medallists Team Murdoch also got through to the quarter-finals but were beaten by Team Appelman who went on to meet Koe in the final.
In the women’s event there was another fine performance by Scotland’s Team Fleming who reached their second final of the season, winning five successive matches before losing 8-4 to Canada’s Team Chyz in the final.
Team Smith Photo: Tom J Brydone.
Hannah Fleming Photo: Perthsire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.