Team Muirhead Miss Out At Semis and Compete in Bronze Medal Match at Euros
Following nine straight wins at the European Championships, Team Muirhead lost out to Russia in their semi final match at Braehead and will now compete in the bronze medal match against the Czech Republic.
After a dominant run throughout the round robin stages, the rematch against Russia - who the Scots beat 8-4 in nine ends yesterday – saw Victoria Moiseeva’s quartet emerge victorious this time around.
Russia stole a two at the first end and although the Scots responded quickly with a two at the next, giving up a three at the third end put the Russian quartet on the front foot. The Scots rose to the challenge and secured a two at the fourth, however a costly three at the 6th saw the Russians again leading the game and despite a further rally from the Scots at the seventh end with a further two, a final three at the 8th saw the Russian rink win 11-6 and into the final tomorrow.
Skip Eve Muirhead said after her first defeat of the tournament: “We were constantly chasing them from the start. They played great and deserve their spot in the final.
“It was a tough one and we were just outplayed out there.”
The Scots will face the Czech Republic – who have reached the play-off stages of the European Championships for the first time - after they were overpowered by a strong Swedish team who won their semi final 9-2 in eight ends.
Speaking about the bronze medal match, Muirhead said: “There are only a couple of hours now until our next game and we need to get up for that.
“It is difficult when you have come off as loss. It is the hardest medal to win. However there is still a medal at stake”, she concluded.
Eve Muirhead (Skip)
Kelly Schafer (Alternate)
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Photo: Perthshire Picture Agency - Graeme Hart.