Team Muirhead Set For Semis and Maintain 100% Record At Home Euros
Team Muirhead continued their dominant run at the European Championships winning their last round robin match 8-4 in nine ends against title holders Russia to maintain their 100% record.
Skip Eve Muirhead said after her ninth consecutive win of the tournament, “We are feeling pretty confident out there. The team has worked incredibly hard and this hasn’t come easy, but it’s great when it does all come together for a major championship like this.”
The Russian team skipped by Victoria Moiseeva were the first to register a single in the second end, however the Scots provided a swift response securing a two followed by a single at the next two ends. Moiseeva’s rink rallied with a two to level the scores at the fifth, however Team Muirhead’s three at the next was the turning point in the game and they eventually closed the match with a two at the penultimate end.
Muirhead added, “I am really pleased we didn’t slack up and we put them under a lot of pressure. It is a new competition now we are into the semi final and now we are into the important part of the week it is vital that we keep it going.”
The Olympic bronze medallist attributed much of the success this week to the team’s Tactical Coach Glenn Howard who joined the team back in July.
“He’s brought such a lot to the team, he has a great knowledge and because he is still physically active in the game, he is in touch with everything that is going on out there and he has passion and authenticity so you are always going to listen to his first class advice.”
Howard, a four times world and Canadian champion commented on the Teams’ performance and mental fortitude to maintain their unbeaten run in the championships so far.
“The girls have executed their game plan perfectly,” he said.
“Their last round robin game was actually pretty meaningless. But I wanted them to treat it like a semi final and they did that and in doing so they maintained that intensity and stayed focused, so they made a statement out there today and actually played their best game of the week.
“The team are like sponges absorbing information and with that they have a wealth of experience at such a young age, so there has been a lot of improvement. I really respect these girls and I love Scotland too and that is a big deal to have a different country on my back.
“I am proud to be part of this team,” he concluded.
The team will meet the Russian quartet again in the semi final tomorrow who will be keen to defend the European title won by their compatriots, Team Sidorova, last year.
Sweden face the Czech Republic in the other semi final tomorrow, which get underway at 2pm.
Eve Muirhead (Skip)
Kelly Schafer (Alternate)
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