Scots Curlers Express Satisfaction At Securing GB Men’s Olympic Place
As he reflected on his team’s effort in qualifying Great Britain for the men’s event at next year’s Winter Olympics, David Murdoch made it clear that they had fully understood the importance of the task they were taking on at the World Championships in Edmonton.
“To qualify Team GB was massive really for us as a team and for the programme,” said the three-time Olympian.
“There was a lot at stake out there, we didn’t want to not get the team through, we wanted everything to be positive to get us over the line and we did that. We showed a lot of character within the team. There was a lot of pressure out there.
“There were teams playing for their lives in a lot of ways, countries playing for their lives and for us to manage that in a hostile environment was great. I’m just delighted with the way the guys performed in those situations, getting us to the Olympics. It’s huge for our sport, huge for our country and we can hopefully push on from this position.”
The skip admitted to some disappointment at their sixth placed finish at the end of the round-robin stage of the tournament, which meant they missed out on the play-offs. However their coach, Ian Tetley, suggested that Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow could all draw confidence from the way they had performed individually, while recognising that there are still areas they can work on to get better outcomes collectively.
“The boys were elated that we finished strong with three solid wins to end the championship, securing the Olympic spot and for their own performance and their own state of mind it was great to beat Russia at the end to make sure that happened,” he said.
“Each of these guys played games at an extremely high level, even higher than they produced at the Scottish championships, so this is a team to be reckoned with in the future. We’ve had a lot of growing experiences over the last year or so, so this is a great culmination of how well they’re playing. We had a couple of little hiccups.
“Our first game against Norway where the ice wasn’t as good as we’d have at a Scottish Championships or even at the World Championships was disappointing, but as conditions got better our play got better as well. So all in all I thought it was a very good week for the guys.
“Mike was tied going into the last draw for being the all-star lead in the championships with an overall cumulative stat of 91 per cent for the week, Scott was in the top three and Greg was in the top three and Dave was in the top two. I think Scotland were second overall on the statistical side for the whole team, with only Canada being ahead of them, so that indicates to me and everybody else that these guys played to the top of their game.
“There may have been some tactical things that could have been done differently and may have changed the outcome of a couple of those games, but all in all I think it was a very successful World Championships for them.”
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Day 1 – Scotland v Norway 6-9
Day 2 – Scotland v USA 9-4
Day 2 – Scotland v Japan 7-4
Day 3 – Scotland v China 7-9
Day 3 – Scotland v Canada 2-8
Day 4 – Scotland v Switzerland 5-6
Day 4 – Scotland v Netherlands 9-5
Day 5 – Scotland v Sweden 4-6
Day 5 – Scotland v Italy 6-2
Day 6 – Scotland v Germany 7-1
Day 6 – Scotland v Russia 7-6
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