Table Toppers Team Muirhead Remain Undefeated At Home Euros
Table Toppers Team Muirhead continued their undefeated run on day four of the European Championships, to secure six wins out of six and in doing so confirming their place at next year’s world championships.
In a controlled performance against Germany, the Scots led from the start with a two at the first end and despite both teams exchanging twos over the next two and the home side giving away a steal in the 5th end, the Olympic bronze medallists were never seriously under threat, eventually running out 8-6 winners when their opponents ran out of stones and capitulated at the last.
A calm and collected Eve Muirhead said after another impressive team performance: “It was good because we knew the Germans were playing well going into that game. Glen (Howard, tactical coach) always checks the stats before the game so we knew it was going to be tough and we were going to have to play well.
“First thing’s first we managed to get the hammer which has been pretty rare this week. It always gives you a little bit of a jump when you do that and we played solid.
“Now the play-offs are looming you get ranked one to four, so it’s important that we get try to get ranked as high as we can. We’ve still got three crucial games left so we don’t want to let anything slip, because anything can happen. If we manage to keep the winning streak going it keeps our heads high and keeps momentum.
“It’s important that we get as good wins as we can against teams we think are going to be in the play-offs and we’ve still got the Czechs in the morning who are a really tough team. We have Russia last and in the middle of those Denmark and all those teams are right in the mix, so we’ve done great so far but we can’t get complacent. We just have to keep playing well.”
For a team that has had many changes in the run up to this crucial qualifying season for GB Olympic points, Muirhead thinks their unit has taken everything in its stride and coped well with the adjustments.
“We’ve had a yo-yo season with people coming in and out but we’ve dealt with it really well and it’s good to get this four back together.”
It was a much more difficult day for the Scottish men who lost out 6-5 this morning providing Finland with their first win of the tournament. Team Brewster then faced Germany in a tight match throughout and required a miracle shot from skip Tom Brewster’s last stone at the final end, however it was not to be and the Germans claimed a 4-2 victory.
Brewster said after the game: “We lost two games today we probably shouldn’t. We didn’t take our chances.
“We fought back well after this morning when we were tight on time and had to rush the last three ends. We played the clock better tonight but we just didn’t get much luck and stone placement let us down.”
Team Brewster now need two wins tomorrow to keep their tournament chances alive.
“There is no reason why we can’t come out tomorrow and play like we did against Sweden,” he concluded.
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 copyright: WCF / Richard Gray.