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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 10:24am

Final: Canada 3, Switzerland 5.

Switzerland beat Canada by 5-3 to win gold in Sunday afternoon’s final.

This was the third meeting of these two teams at the Championship, with Switzerland having won both previous match-ups.

After blanking the first end, Switzerland’s skip Alina Paetz was heavy with her second-stone draw in the second end but still managed to score one point rather than the two she was looking for.  The Swiss then doubled their lead in the third end when an umpire’s measure gave them a single-point steal.

Canada blanked the next two ends and Switzerland still held a 2-0 lead as the teams played the sixth end.  Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones then attempted to open her account with a single point, but she was heavy with her final draw and her stone sailed past two Swiss stones already in the house, giving Switzerland a steal of two points for a 4-0 lead.

Canada finally did get points on the board in the seventh end when Jones hit and stayed to score two and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 4-2.

The Canadians got another point back in the ninth, when Switzerland’s skip Alina Paetz’s  attempted double take-out nudged but failed to remove the second Canadian stone, giving Canada a single-point steal and closing Switzerland’s led to just 4-3.

In the tenth, end, Canada had three stones around the button , but Paetz was able to draw her final stone inside them all to score one point, win the game by 5-3, and take Switzerland’s second successive world title.

This was a first appearance at this level by this Swiss team – skip Alina Paetz, third Nadine Lehmann, second player Marisa Winkelhausen, lead Nicole Schwaegli, and alternate Carole Howald – and they successfully defended the world title won in Saint John last year by their country-mates, led by Binia Feltscher

After her win, Paetz said: ” This is our first time here and it’s just amazing.  It’s a really, really great feeling.  It’s just awesome, I don’t know what to say…so good.”

Switzerland: skip Alina Paetz, third Nadine Lehmann, second player Marisa Winkelhausen, lead Nicole Schwaegli

Switzerland: skip Alina Paetz, third Nadine Lehmann, second player Marisa Winkelhausen, lead Nicole Schwaegli

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Bronze Medal Play-off: Scotland 4, Russia 13

The Scottish women missed out on a medal when they went down by 4-13 to Russia in Sunday morning’s bronze play-off game.

The Scots were up against it from the start.  Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova set her team up in the opening end when she  played a double take-out on two Scottish stones with her own first to lie four.  She then tapped-back another Scottish stone with her second effort to score five points and give herself a cushion for the rest of the game.

In the second end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead got her team on the scoreboard with a hit and stay, but just for one point.

In the third end, an umpire’s measure gave Russia one more for a 6-1 lead and in the fourth, Muirhead’s attempt at a multiple take-out left one Russian stone in place, giving Russia a steal of one point for a 7-1 lead.

Scotland suffered another set-back in the fifth end, when Muirhead had a complete miss with her second stone to give up a steal of three more, giving Russia a 10-1 half-time lead.

In the sixth end, Muirhead cleanly picked out one Russia stone with her own second stone to score two in the end.

The rules dictate that games at this stage of a championships must go to eight ends and in the seventh, Sidorova hit out two Scottish stones to score three more points, for 13-3.  With the result a foregone conclusion, the teams played out the eighth end and Muirhead drew for one with her last and shook hands with her opponents before her stone had come to rest, with a final score of 13-4 to Russia, who now repeat bronze medal position from last year.

After giving upfive in the first end, the Scots were chasing

After giving up five in the first end, the Scots were chasing

After the game, Muirhead said, “it wasn’t even a bad first end,  The five came out of nowhere and as soon as it happened we were chasing the game.  It’s just not been our week.  We haven’t been consistent enough, and that’s been the story of our year.

She expanded on this, saying, “we’ve got to remember it’s a new team and this comes on the back of having a good Olympic Games – it was always going to be tough.  It’s  still not been a bad season – we’ve won two Grand Slams out in Canada.  Yes, the world championship is the competition that you build your season round and unfortunately this year it just wasn’t to be.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s Sidorova said, “I’m so happy, it’s absolutely amazing,. It’s been a very tough week for us. It could have been better, but it’s still a medal.  It’s only the second one for Russia at the Worlds and I’m really proud of my team.  I’m impressed by this performance today. I feel last year we stole the bronze medal, and this year we deserved it.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Semi-final

Canada beat Russia by 7-4 in Saturday evening’s semi-final and will now face Switzerland in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final.

This result confirms that Russia will be Scotland’s opponents in the bronze medal game on Sunday morning.

Page 1-2 Play-off

Switzerland beat Canada by 6-4 in Saturday morning’s Page 1-2 Play-off.

This puts Switzerland into Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final, while Canada now play Russia in Saturday evening’s semi-final.

The semi-final winner goes on to face Switzerland in the gold medal final while the loser will play Scotland for bronze medals on Sunday morning.

Page 3 – 4: Scotland 2, Russia 7.

After a good performance in the tie-breaker to beat China and keep their title hopes alive, Scotland went down to Russia by 2-7 in the Page 3-4 Play-off and will now play in Sunday morning’s bronze medal game.

Having finished above the Scots in the round-robin, Russia had last stone advantage when the game started.  They used it to blank the first two ends and then, in the third, their skip Anna Sidorova tapped-back a Scottish stone in the house to score one point.  In the fourth end, Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead played a triple take-out to score one point and level the score at 1-1.

In the fifth end, Muirhead placed her last stone at the back of the house and Sidorova hit this and stayed around rather than rolling out, to score one point for a 2-1 halftime lead.

In the sixth end, Sidorova drew her last stone onto the button and when Muirhead came up slightly wide, the Russians stole a single shot for a 3-1 lead.  Muirhead was then forced to draw for just  one in the seventh end, getting inside four Russian counters with her last.

Muirhead placed her last stone nicely on the button and half-frozen in the eighth, but Sidorova was able to better that, nudging out two Scottish stones and , after a measure for second shot, scoring two to lead by 5-2.  IN the ninth end, Muirhead had a complete miss with an attempted double take-out to give Russia a steal of two points and the s cots immediately conceded, with the score at 7-2 to Russia.

After her loss, a naturally-subdued Muirhead said, “we’re gutted with that.  We thought we had a chance to go to the semi and then make it to the final, and that’s not possible now.  We just weren’t as sharp as this morning .  We had a few half-shots and they played well.”

She went on, “we didn’t get  any kind of momentum going.  We didn’t get into the right spots to create any chances.  You get games like that.”  Looking forward she added, “there’s still a medal to play for so we’re going to give it everything for that.  It’s going to be  tough but that’s part of sport.  You’ve got to learn how to bounce back.  We  did it at the Europeans, we’re going to give it another good shot here.”

Meanwhile Sidorova said, ” the good thing is that we won and we are one step closer to our main goal – to win the whole event. The bad thing is we still have nothing, so we need to win the next match to make sure we’re in the medals. So  we still have a lot of work to do and we’re looking forward to the next game.”

"we just couldn't get any momentum going"

“we just couldn’t get any momentum going”

The next game takes place on Saturday morning – the Page 1-2 Play-off between Switzerland and Canada.  The winner of tht goes directly to Sunday afternoon’s Gold medal final, while the loser now faces Russia in Saturday evening’s semi-final.  The semi-final winner then goes onto the gold medal final while the loser will play Scotland for bronze medals.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Tie-breaker: Scotland 9, China 4.

Scotland won their tie-breaker against China by  9-4 on Friday morning and now go on to face Russia in the Page 3-4 Play-off on Friday evening.

The Scots were in dominant form and took the lead initially in the third end when China’s skip Sijia Liu missed a double attempt in the third end to give up a steal of one and hand Scotland a 3-1 lead.  In the fourth, China gave up another single steal and in the fifth, Liu was forced to draw for just one, thanks to good build-up play by the Scots.

In the sixth end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was short with her final draw attempt and this gave China a steal of one that brought the score level at 3-3.

The major break-through came in the seventh end when Muirhead played a raised double take-out that moved a lot of stones and gave the Scots a score of three for a 6-3 lead.  China scored one in the eighth and Muirhead had another hit for three in the ninth for a 9-4 lead, after which China conceded.

Scotland dominated and now go to the Play-offs

Scotland dominated and now go to the Play-offs

After the game, Muirhead said, “that was a really solid game and it was a step up even from last night but that’s what you’ve got to do when you hit the play-offs.  We were that one step ahead for the whole game.  There were a lot of good shots, it was a high quality game” adding, “we’re coming together, we’re getting on top of the ice and we’re being just a bit more consistent.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 17

Russia beat China by 11-6  in Thursday evening’s final round-robin session.

As a result, it is China who will face Scotland on Friday morning in a tie-breaker to determine which team will take the fourth and last place in the Page Play-offs.

Table-toppers Switzerland will face Canada in the Page 1-2 Play-off game on Saturday  morning, while Russia will meet the winner of the tie-breaker in the 3-4 Play-off game on Friday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 15: USA 5, Denmark 8; Germany 5, Canada 7 (extra end); Finland 5, China 6; Switzerland 8, Scotland 6.

Session 16: Japan 5, Canada 8; Denmark 7, Norway 1; Scotland 10, Sweden 7; Russia 8, Finland 2.

Session 17: China 6, Russia 11; Sweden 5, Switzerland 7; Norway 8, USA 5; Japan 10, Germany 5.

Standings after 17 sessions: Switzerland won 10, lost-1 (Qualified for the Page Play-offs); Canada 9-2 (Qualified for the Page Play-offs); Russia 8-3 (Qualified for the Page Play-offs); China, Scotland 7-4 (Tie-Breaker); Japan 6-5;  Sweden 5-6; Denmark, Germany 4-7; USA 3-8; Finland 2-9; Norway 1-10.

Session 16: Scotland 10, Sweden 7.

With their 10-7 win over Sweden in their last round-robin game on Thursday afternoon, the Scottish women have now put themselves into a tie-breaker for the fourth and last available Page Play-off slot.

The Scots now sit out the last round-robin session in which Russia play China, and the winner of this will rank third overall and the loser will face Scotland in Friday morning’s tie-breaker.  Switzerland and Canada have already qualified for the Page 1-2 Play-off.

Sweden still had Play-off hopes of their own when they came onto the ice, and it was the Swedes who had the first break.   The Scots had last stone in the opening end and skip Eve Muirhead tried to winkle out the Swedish counter sitting in the middle of a cluster,  She failed and gave up a single steal.

Muirhead then drew for two in the second end and then produced a hit and stay for a further two in the fourth end to give her team the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3, a lead they were never to give up.  Scotland had a single steal in the sixth and in the seventh end,  Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score three points and take an 8-4 lead.  In the eighth end, Sweden’s fourth player Maria Prytz drew her last stone to score two points and reduce Scotland’s lead to 8-6.  Muirhead’s last draw in the ninth could not beat all three Swedish counters already lying in the house and she gave up a steal of one as Sweden reduced Scotland’s lead further to 8-7.  However, Muirhead ended up with a tap-back in the tenth to score two points and win by 10-7.

Afterwards, a pleased Muirhead said, “that was our best performance of the week by a country mile.  We really dug deep there and gave our best performance, but we always seem to save our best performances for the play-offs.  ”

Speaking about now needing to win a tie-breaker to proceed, she added, ” We always seem t make it hard for ourselves.  I don’t mind which team we play, we had good games against both of them.  We just need to remember how we played there.  We had a right good chat after this morning’s game.  When we all come together like that we play great.  We’ve put ourselves in the position now – we’ve still got a chance.  We just need to make sure we win our next game.”

The Scots are still alive - the Swedes are out

The Scots are still alive – the Swedes are out

RESULTS

Session 16: Japan 5, Canada 8; Denmark 7, Norway 1; Scotland 10, Sweden 7; Russia 8, Finland 2.

Standings after 16 sessions: Switzerland won 9, lost 1 (Qualified for the Play-offs); Canada 9-2 (Qualified for the Play-offs); China, Russia 7-3; Scotland 7-4; Japan, Sweden 5-5; Germany 4-6; Denmark 4-7;USA 3-7; Finland 2-9; Norway 0-10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 15: Switzerland 8, Scotland 6.

The Scots lost their second last round-robin game on Thursday morning, going down by 6-8 to table-toppers Switzerland and now must win their final round-robin game – against Sweden on Thursday afternoon – to keep their Play-off hopes alive.

The Swiss had  last stone advantage and they blanked the first end.  In the second end, Swiss skip Alina Paetz opened the scoring with a draw for two.  The Scots got two back with two shots in the third end and then in the fourth, Paetz hit out a Scottish stone for two points and a 4-2 lead.  In the fifth Scottish skip Eve Muirhead nose-hit for one when she wanted to blank.

Switzerland scored two points again in the sixth end to move on to a 6-3 lead but, in the seventh end, Muirhead played a nose-hit to score two points and close that lead to just 6-5.  However, the Swiss went on to score two again in the eighth and eventually won by 8-6 when a split attempt by Muirhead in the tenth to score three and force an extra end did not come off.  This win clinched a play-off place for Switzerland and guaranteed them top place on the round-robin rankings.

After the game, Muirhead recognised that Switzerland had scored twos every time they had hammer and said, “that was frustrating. They played well and I’m struggling a little bit with the ice – I’m not sure where to put the brush down.  We’re just  not playing like we usually do, it’s tricky stuff.”  Looking forward, she added, “it’s still in our own hands, we just need to step up.”

A Play-off slot is still within Scottish hands

A Play-off slot is still within Scottish hands

RESULTS

 Session 15: USA 5, Denmark 8; Germany 5, Canada 7 (extra end); Finland 5, China 6; Switzerland 8, Scotland 6.

 Standings after 15 sessions: Switzerland won 9, lost 1 (Q); Canada 8-2 (Q); China 7-3; Russia 6-3; Scotland 6-4; Japan, Sweden 5-4; Germany 4-6; Denmark, USA 3-7; Finland 2-8; Norway 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 14: Scotland 7, Germany 5.

Scotland faced Germany in a crucial round-robin game on Wednesday evening, with both teams still in Play-off contention.

Scotland opened with a steal of one when Germany’s Daniela Driendl came up short with her final draw of the first end.  Germany went ahead with two points in the second end, after that the teams had swapped singles in the third and fourth end, including a complete fluke by Germany in the fourth when Driendl’s last stone wrecked but somehow managed to push another of her own stones into shot position.

In the fifth, Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead hit out a German counter in the house, to score two points and take a 4-3 lead.  This was the turning point in the game and eventually in the ninth, Muirhead played another hit and again scored two points to establish a 9-4 lead.  Scotland went on to win by 7-5.

After this win, a pleased Muirhead said, ” I’m delighted with that but we know we can get better.  Everyone’s playing really well and I think we’re coming into form at the right time.”

About the breakthrough in the fifth end she said, “I think getting a couple ahead helped us .  We’ve got a good hitting game.”  And looking forward, she added, “we’ve got tough games tomorrow against Switzerland and Sweden, but we’re right back in contention and this is where we wanted to be at the start of the week – in contention when it comes to the last day of the round-robin.”

Meanwhile in a table-topping battle between Switzerland and Canada that went down to a last stone measure, Switzerland won by 8-7 to stand alone at the top of the rankings.

passion from Vicky Adams

passion from Vicky Adams

RESULTS

 Session 14: Scotland 7, Germany 5; Finland 4, USA 8; Switzerland 7, Canada 6; Denmark 3, China 10.

Standings after 14 sessions: Switzerland won 8, lost 1; Canada 7-2; China, Russia, Scotland 6-3; Japan, Sweden 5-4; Germany 4-5; USA 3-6; Denmark, Finland 2-7; Norway 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 13

The Scottish women sat out Wednesday afternoon’s’ session 13.

Their next game is on Wednesday evening, against Germany. Watch this game live on British Eurosport from 11:00am UK time

RESULTS

 Session 13: Norway 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Japan 6, China 9; Germany 2, Russia 8; Sweden 6, USA 7.

Standings after 13 sessions: Canada, Switzerland won 7, lost 1; Russia 6-3; China, Scotland 5-3; Japan, Sweden 5-4; Germany 4-4; Denmark, Finland, USA 2-6; Norway 0-9.

Session 12: Scotland 9, Russia 5.

Scotland produced a good performance in Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play to beat Russia by 9-5.

Russia opened with a score of two in the first end and the teams swapped singles in the next two ends.  The Scottish breakthrough came in the fourth end when Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova wrecked on a guard with her second stone, leaving  Scotland’s Eve Muirhead with a draw to score a definite three shots.  After this, an umpire’s measure confirmed a fourth shot to Scotland, who then took a 5-3 lead.

Another wreck by Sidorova in the fifth end gave the Scots a single steal to push their lead to 6-3.

Russia blanked the sixth end and then scored just one in the seventh, to reduce Scotland’s lead to 6-4.

In the eighth end, a Muirhead promotion of her own guard just missed its target stone and Russia stole one to narrow the Scottish lead further, to 6-5.

However in the ninth, a Sidorova clear-out attempt left two Scottish stones in counting positions and Muirhead used her last to add to them and score three from the end.  This pushed the score to 9-5 in Scotland’s favour, and the Russians conceded.

After the game, Muirhead said, “I was really pleased with that.  We gave up a soft two in the first end but we kept fighting because we knew we had to.  We played well – OK there was the odd slack shot, but every team seems to be struggling a little bit.”

Speaking about the game-turning four in the fourth end she said, “as soon as you get a chance you’ve got to take it straightaway.  For us that was really important.”  And more generally, she added, “we’re still in there. It’s a long week so you’ve got to get the wins when you can, but we’re right in the mix now…we’ve just got to keep winning.”

The Scots’ next chance to “keep winning” comes on Wednesday evening, against Germany.

Eve Muirhead: "We've just got to keep winning!"

Eve Muirhead: “We’ve just got to keep winning!”

RESULTS

Session 12: Sweden 12, Finland 4; Scotland 9, Russia 5; Denmark 4, Japan 7; Canada 9, Norway 3.

Standings after 12 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 1; Switzerland 6-1; Japan, Russia, Scotland, Sweden 5-3; China, Germany 4-3; Denmark, Finland 2-6; USA 1-6; Norway 0-8.

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Session 11: Scotland 8, Finland 3.

Scotland came onto the ice for Tuesday evening’s eleventh round-robin session, trying to make amends for their earlier loss to China.

They opened strongly, taking last stone advantage and scoring three in the first end.  This could have been a four, but skip Eve Muirhead was light with her second effort as she tried to draw for four.

After they had blanked the second end, Finland’s skip Sanna Puustinen played a hit and stay to score two points.  Muirhead was then facing two Finnish stones in the house, and drew inside them to score one shot for a 4-2 lead. Finland got one back in the fifth end to give Scotland a 4-3 half-time advantage.

Scotland blanked the sixth end and then scored two more points in the seventh, when Muirhead produced a nose-hit.  This gave Scotland a 6-3 lead, and they moved to 7-3 when Finland gave up another steal.  The Scots built up the ninth end well, and Puustinen was facing three Scottish counters spread across the house when she played her last st one.  She could only remove two of them, giving Scotland a single steal to win the game at 8-3.

After her return to winning ways, Muirhead said, ” that  was a good win.  We got off to a strong start and that’s what we wanted to do after our disappointing loss this morning.  We had good stone placement and got on top pretty quick.  We had consistent shot-making and we got our stones in good spots.”  And speaking more about the loss to China she added, “this morning was disappointing.  We got the stones and the ice into our heads too much, but that happens – tonight we played really well.  We still have a few games to go, but we know we can’t give up any more losses – we always put ourselves in this position, don’t we?”

The Scots now share fourth place with four other teams and face one of them – Germany on Wednesday evening.  before that, they play third-placed Russia on Wednesday morning.

Scotland had a vital win over Finland

Scotland had a vital win over Finland

RESULTS

 Session 11: Russia 7, Japan 3; Canada 8, Denmark 7x; Sweden 8, Norway 5; Scotland 8, Finland 3.

Standings after 11 sessions: Canada, Switzerland won 6, lost 1; Russia 5-2; China, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Sweden 4-3;Denmark, Finland 2-5; USA 1-6; Norway 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 10: China 7, Scotland 5.

The Scottish women lost by 5-7 to China in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play, a third loss from six games that puts them into seventh place on the table.

China opened this game strongly.  They scored two in the first end and then stole another shot in the second when Scottish skip Eve Muirhead wrecked her last stone on a guard.  However, Muirhead recovered immediately, hitting out a Chinese stone to score three points in the third end and level the score at 3-3,

China scored one point in the fourth end and then Scotland levelled the score again at 4-4 with a score of one point in the sixth end.

In the eighth end, which featured a row about China seemingly illegally measuring during play, an umpire’s measure gave China the second of two shots for a 6-4 lead.  Muirhead was then forced to nose-hit for just one shot in the ninth, meaning that the score was 6-5 in China’s favour as their skip Sijia  Liu played her last stone in the tenth end.

She hit out one Scottish stone and nudged another to score one point in the end and win the game by 7-5.  Speaking about the last shot, Liu said (through an interpreter), ” I felt very confident on that last stone because I felt it was a good shot for me to play.”

Scotland have now entered “must-win” territory, and they have their next chance to do that on Tuesday evening, when they face Finland.

A loss to China does not help Scotland's cause

A loss to China does not help Scotland’s cause

RESULTS

Session 10: Canada 10, USA 2; Switzerland 8, Finland 7; China 7, Scotland 5; Germany 7, Denmark 9.

Standings after 10 sessions: Switzerland won 6, lost 1; Canada 5-1; Japan, Russia (4-2); China, Germany 4-3;  Scotland, Sweden 3-3; Denmark, Finland 2-4; USA 1-6; Norway 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 9

 The Scottish women did not play in Tuesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play.

They face China and then Finland later on Tuesday

RESULTS

Session 9: Germany 8, Norway 4; USA 6, Japan 4; Russia 4, Switzerland 8; China 3, Sweden 9.

Standings after 9 sessions: Switzerland won 5, lost 1; Canada 4-1; Germany, Japan, Russia 4-2; Scotland 3-2; China, Sweden, Finland 2-3; Denmark 1-4; USA 1-5; Norway 0-6.

Session 8: Norway 7, Scotland 8.

Eve Muirhead’s women recorded their second win of the day when they beat Norway by SCORE in Monday evening’s eighth session of round robin play.

The Scottish team started well, splitting the house early in the first end to allow Muirhead a simple draw for two shots.  However, Norway levelled the score at 2-2 when their skip Kristin Moen Skaslien promoted one of her own stones into shot position.  The Scots then scored one in the third and an umpire’s measure gave them a single steal in the fourth end.  A further steal of two in the fifth end gave the Scots a 6-2 halftime lead.

In the sixth end, Norway’s Skaslien played a nose-hit to score two points and bring her team closer to Scotland, with the Scottish lead now at 6-4   After blanking the seventh end, Muirhead played a double in the eighth to take out the Norwegian counter and move onto an 8-4 lead.

A nose-hit by Norway’s Skaslien gave her team two shots in the ninth, but the Scots finally took out one of two Norwegian stones in the house with the last stone of the tenth end to win by 8-7.

Monday’s performances have now given Scotland three wins overall and, with four teams tied at the top on four wins, the Scots are back in Play-off contact in joint fifth place with China and Germany.

After this game, a pleased Muirhead said, “it’s been a really good day.  We  knew we had to come out and get two wins today and it’s satisfying that we did.  We’re pleased, we played well.”

She added, “the ice changed a wee bit out there, but it keeps you on your toes.  We’re all working well together. We’re right back in the mix.  There’s a lot of teams around us, but first things first – we had to get two wins today, the same as every day from now on.”

The Scots have two games on Tuesday, against China in the afternoon and then Finland in the evening game.

The Scottish women are back in business

The Scottish women are back in business

RESULTS

Session 8: Denmark 5, Sweden 7; Norway 7, Scotland 8; Japan 8, Finland 5; Canada 7, Russia 5.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada, Japan, Russia, Switzerland won 4, lot 1; China, Germany, Scotland 3-2; Finland, Sweden 2-3; Denmark 1-4; Norway, USA 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 7

The Scottish women were off the ice for this session, to return in session eight on Monday evening to face Norway.

RESULTS

Session 7: China 3, Switzerland 7; Russia 9, Sweden 3; USA 5, Germany 6; Norway 5, Japan 6.

 Standings after 7 sessions: Russia won 4, lost 0; Switzerland 4-1; Canada, Japan 3-1; China, Germany 3-2; Finland, Scotland 2-2; Denmark, Sweden 1-3; Norway 0-4; USA 0-5.

Session 6: USA 2, Scotland 9.

Scotland recovered from two Sunday losses with a solid six-end 9-2 win over USA in Monday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play.

This was a second win from four games for the Scots while the Americans are still looking for their first win of the event.

It was a straightforward game for Scotland.  They scored twos in the first, third and fifth ends, while USA could only score singles in the second and fourth ends.  In the sixth end, the Scot had built a collection of stones in the house and when USA skip Aileen Sormunen was heavy and wide with her final stone of the end, the Scots stole three shots for a 9-2 lead, at which point the USA conceded.

After the game, Muirhead was clearly in a better frame of mind than she had been following her Sunday evening last-stone loss to Japan.  She said, “that was more like us out there, really good.  We were just solid, just taking our twos and forcing the ones, it was pretty simple.  It was a good performance after last night.  That was a tough one to lose last night and we knew we had to come out winning, so hopefully we’ve got a bit of momentum going forward now.”

She added, “the ice is getting good out there and the way we play – an aggressive game – it’s curling nice for that.  Hopefully we can continue that type of performance for later on.”

S6 v USA

The Scots now face Norway, who like USA are still looking for their first win, in Monday evening’s eighth session of play.

RESULTS

 Session 6: USA 2, Scotland 9; Denmark 8, Switzerland 7; Canada 7, China 1; Finland 6, Germany 7.

 Standings after 6 sessions: Russia won 3, lost 0; Canada, China, Switzerland 3-1; Japan 2-1; Finland, Scotland 2-2; Germany, Sweden 1-2; Denmark 1-3; Norway 0-3; USA 0-4.

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Session 5: Scotland 7, Japan 9.

In their third round-robin game so far, the Scottish women faced hosts Japan in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Sunday’s evening fifth session of play.

After Japan opened with a single shot in the first end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone of the second end into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.  However, in the next end, Japan skip Ayumi Ogasawara tapped-out a Scottish stone to give her team three points and restore a Japanese lead, by 4-3.

In the fourth end, despite feathering a guard on the way in, Muirhead drew for two shots to re-take the lead at 5-4.  Japan levelled at 5-5 in the sixth end and the Scots moved ahead again after blanking the seventh and Muirhead hitting and staying for two more in the eighth.  A good nose-hit by Japan’s skip Ayumi Ogasawara gave Japan two shots in the ninth end to level the game again at 7-7.   However Muirhead was long with her final draw of the tenth end, giving Japan a steal of two points from the end and a 9-7 win.

After this second loss of the day, Muirhead said:  I had the draw for the win but it just slipped a foot too heavy.  It’s early in the week, but it’s not helpful.”

S5 v Japan

RESULTS

Session 5: Russia 7, Denmark 0; Finland 10, Norway 2; Scotland 7, Japan 9; Sweden 8, Canada 6.

Standings after 5 sessions: China, Russia, Switzerland won 3, lost 0; Canada, Finland, Japan 2-1; Germany, Scotland, Sweden 1-2; Denmark, Norway, USA 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 4; Scotland 4, Canada 9.

Scotland lost two shots in the first end of their game against Canada, in Sunday afternoon’s fourth round-robin session, and never really recovered from then on.

They found themselves in more trouble in the second end when after a succession of freezes, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was facing a Canadian stone locked on the button, and with no real shot to make, Muirhead elected to throw away her last stone and give up a steal of one rather than risk any further damage.  All of a sudden, the Scots were 0-3 down to the Olympic champions.

In the third end, Muirhead was forced to draw for just one and then in the fourth end, a rare mistake by Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones when she brushed a guard on the way in to score three shots, gave the Scots a steal of one and reduced Canada’s lead to 3-2.  Jones  played a hit and stay in the fifth end to take a 5-2 lead. but Scotland responded in the sixth, with Muirhead drawing to score two and move back to just one shot behind Canada, at 5-4.

In the seventh end Jones played a draw for two to move her lead to 7-4 and then, when Muirhead was heavy with her final stone of the eighth end, Canada stole two further points and the Scots conceded, with the score at 9-4 to Canada.

Afterwards, a subdued Muirhead said, “we were on the back foot straightaway.  We gave up a two in the first end and were chasing it from there.”  She added, “we’d have liked to have beaten them, but it’s a long week.”

Meanwhile Jones said, ” I thought we played from start to finish and we hit the big shots when we had to.”  And about the Scots she added graciously, “they’re a great team and we know that we need to play our absolute best in order to have a high chance to beat them.”

The Scots now play their third game on Sunday evening, against hosts Japan, a team now buoyed by a 6-5 win over Sweden in their Sunday morning game.

S4  v Canada

RESULTS

 Session 4: Switzerland 7, Germany 3; Scotland 4, Canada 9; Finland 9, Denmark 7; USA 4, China 8.

Standings after 4 sessions: China, Switzerland won 3, lost 0; Canada, Russia 2-0; Finland, Japan, Scotland 1-1; Germany 1-2; Denmark, Norway, Sweden 0-2; USA 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 3

The Scottish women did not play in Sunday morning’s third session of round-robin play.

Their next game is against Olympic champions Canada on Sunday afternoon, followed by an evening game against hosts Japan.

RESULTS

 Session 3: Sweden 5, Japan 6; Norway 2, Russia 9.

Standings after 3 sessions: China, Russia, Switzerland won 2, lost 0; Canada, Scotland 1-0; Germany, Japan 1-1; Denmark, Finland 0-1; Norway, Sweden, USA 0-2.

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Session 2: Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

Having sat out the opening round-robin session, Eve Muirhead’s team gave themselves a good start with a solid 7-5 win over Denmark in the second session of play.

They won the right to have last stone advantage in the first end and opened the scoring with a single point.  The teams then swapped singles in the next three ends, although every time she had last stone, Denmark’s skip Lene Neilson was having to keep her nerve as she drew inside Scottish stones.

The Scottish break-through came in the fifth end when, after her team had split the house early in the end, Muirhead had  a straightforward draw with her second stone to score two for  a half-time 4-2 lead.  The Scots moved further ahead in the seventh, when Muirhead played a hit and just managed to keep her stone in the house to score two more points for a 6-3 lead.

Denmark scored one point in the eighth, with their skip Lene Neilson drawing her last stone, and then stole another single point in the ninth, when Muirhead’s final effort came up short .  The Scots claimed their victory when, in the tenth end Neilson jammed a Scottish stone on its way out of the house, giving Scotland a 7-5 win.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” we ‘re really pleased with that, we played well.  We knew the game was going to go all the way – all these games this week will, so we knew we had to be patient.”  Speaking about the breakthrough fifth end she added, “we had lots of good ends in that game but to get the two in the fifth was great.”

Olympic duties last year meant that Muirhead could not take part in the Scottish Championships and therefore could not represent Scotland at the 2014 World Championship in Canada.  The last time Muirhead played in this event was in 2013 when she won the title in Latvia.  Reflecting on this, she said, “we’re really pleased to be back at the Worlds, last time we were allowed to play, we won it.  This time we’ve got  slightly different line up with Sarah (Reid, new lead player) and she’s fitted in really well.  This is where our team belongs.”

At the end of the first day of play, China and Switzerland sit at the top of the table unbeaten on two wins, while having played just one game, Canada and Russia share third spot with the Scots.  Muirhead’s team continue their programme today, against Olympic champions Canada and then hosts Japan.

Eve Muirhead: "this is where our team belongs"

Eve Muirhead: “this is where our team belongs”

 

RESULTS

 Session 2: Finland 6, Canada 9; China 7, Germany 5 (extra end); Switzerland 6, USA 5; Denmark 5, Scotland 7.

Standings after 2 sessions: China, Switzerland  won 2, lost 0; Canada, Russia, Scotland 1-0; Germany 1-1; Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden 0-1. USA 0-2.

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First Round-robin session

The Scots sat out the first round-robin session of the Championships.

In the session, Germany had an extra-end 6-4 win over Sweden, China beat Norway, Russia beat USA and Switzerland had a victory over hosts Japan.

 RESULTS

 Session 1: Norway 6, China 10; USA 4, Russia 12; Germany 6, Sweden 4 (extra end); Japan 3, Switzerland 5.

Standings after 1 session: China, Germany, Russia, Switzerland won 1, lost 0; Canada, Denmark, Finland, Scotland 0-0; Japan, Norway, Sweden, USA 0-1.

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