Bronze For Team Muirhead At European Championships
Team Muirhead bounced back from their semi final defeat to win bronze at the European Championships at Braehead. Scotland’s women beat the Czech Republic 6-2, who took consolation from reaching the play-off stages of the European Championships for the first time.
The Scots led from the outset and were never seriously challenged by Anna Kubeskova’s rink, showing the dominant form they had displayed throughout the tournament that saw them suffer only one defeat throughout the week.
Claiming her seventh medal at the European Championships, Skip Eve Muirhead said, “That performance showed our team’s character and resilience, it was a short turn around so there was no time to dwell on what had happened this afternoon, we just had to put ourselves to work.
“It is good that after the week we have had we are not going away without a medal. This is my seventh consecutive medal and I am glad that I have quite a lot in my collection from this tournament, albeit I would have liked another colour.
“Obviously I want to win every game I play, however you have to look at the bigger picture and we are building towards the Olympics in February 2018 so that is our focus and we are always preparing for that.”
The victory provided a seventh European medal for vice skip Anna Sloan, a sixth for Vicki Adams whilst lead Lauren Gray was celebrating her first as a playing team member, having previously earned medals with the team as alternate.
Gray said after tonight’s match “This is my first European medal and it is a proud moment.”
Team Muirhead now have a week’s respite before heading to Canada for another Grand Slam event and then Japan for their last tournament of the year. Muirhead added, “This is a very important year, we have to capitalise on the progress we are making so we can’t really take our feet off the gas.”
In the other bronze medal match this evening Switzerland’s men led by Peter De Cruz beat Russia 8-6.
The finals will take place tomorrow with Russia defending their title in the women’s event when they play Sweden, whilst their male compatriots and defending champions Team Edin take on Norway.
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