Coach Hay Pleased With Teamâ€™s Progression At Euros
Scotland’s Team Muirhead may have lost in the final of the European Curling Championships in Esbjerg but their coach David Hay still believes they peaked in the final.
After making their now almost customary slow start to the competition when losing their opening match to host Denmark, the Scots powered through their remaining round-robin matches with the telling sole exception of their meeting with Russia’s Team Sidorova, the only team to finish that part of the competition with a superior record.
The two duly met in the final which was, appropriately, the best match of the tournament, turning on a crucial moment in the eighth end when Eve Muirhead, Scotland’s skip, missed a big opportunity to turn the match her team’s way by a fraction.
"It was the best performance of the week from us,” was coach David Hay’s assessment, however.
“We had a couple of chances, a big chance in the eighth end - Eve makes a double take-out there and we pick up three. Instead we lost a steal of one… a four-shot turnaround. That was maybe the changing point in the game.
"Eve played some fantastic shots during the week and in that game, but this one wasn't to be.”
Hay acknowledged that those are the margins by which championships are won and lost when the best teams meet one another.
"Both teams are very good, it's one shot here, one shot there and this time it didn't go for us. They had two or three big shots that gave them the advantage,” he said.
With Muirhead admitting after the match that she is likely to be “haunted” by that miss for some time, Hay’s job is to help them re-group with major challenges ahead in what remains a relatively early stage of the season.
"Next Saturday we're back out to Canada for the Grand Slam of Curling event in Yorkton in 10 days' time, so a bit of rest before then,” he said.
"We've had a good season so far, we keep rolling on and hope to go one better next time."
(Quotes courtesy of Richard Browne of theroaringgame blog)
Team Muirhead: Eve Muirhead (Skip), Anna Sloan, Victoria Adams, Sarah Reid. Alternate - Rachel Hannen.
Results are available from the official event website.