BRONZE FOR SCOTLAND’S MEN AT EUROS
Team Paterson ended their Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships campaign on a high when they defeated Denmark 7-2 to secure a medal for Scotland in the third place play-off.
Skip Ross Paterson and team-mates Kyle Waddell, Duncan Menzies and Michael Goodfellow twice had to come back from falling behind in the bronze medal decider, going into the midway break 2-1 down before taking control immediately after the resumption.
A three at the sixth end turned the match their way and after a blanked seventh, they stole another three at the eighth when Danish skip Mikkel Krause failed with his attempt to hit and roll his way out of trouble with his final stone.
Paterson admitted that there was still some residual disappointment at having missed out on the gold medal match, following their defeat in the semi-finals to host nation Sweden’s six time European champions Team Edin, but he was satisfied with the way his men responded to that setback.
“Our objective was to come here and win, but over the course of the week we came up against some very good opposition and when you lose a semi-final all you can do is pick yourselves up and aim to get that medal,” he said.
In their first senior competition representing Scotland together, valuable lessons were learned.
“Edin is obviously a great champion and he is peaking at the right time this week, but as a new team we have shown that we can compete against the best in the world,” Paterson reckoned.
“Our goals are set high for the future and we prepared as best we could and in the vast majority of games we prepared very well, but at times we got punished for small mistakes. We were a bit unlucky at times, but we got lucky to qualify for the play-offs and we’re happy with where we’re at and what we’ve achieved.”
“For Duncan it was his first men’s international championship and to get a medal at the first time of asking is more than I and many others have done, so for him to achieve that, I’m proud of him,” said Paterson.
“Overall I’m very proud of what the team has achieved this week. We’re happy to get a medal at our first championships together, but we see this very much as a stepping stone onto bigger and better things.”
Scottish attention now moves to the women’s final in which Team Muirhead will face defending European and reigning Olympic champions Team Hasselborg.
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Scotland’s Men 5W 4L
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
Thursday 21 November
SCOTLAND V SWEDEN 3-7
MENS SEMI FINALS:
SCOTLAND V SWEDEN 4-8
SWITZERLAND V DENMARK 8-5
Friday 22 November
MENS BRONZE MEDAL GAME
SCOTLAND V DENMARK 7-2
Saturday 23 November
MENS GOLD MEDAL GAME
SWEDEN V SWITZERLAND 9-3