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Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 9:00am

Final: Russia 3, Canada 8.

With an 8-3 win over Russia in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final, Canada won their first World Women’s Curling title since 2008.  In addition, this Canadian team, skipped by Rachel Homan, became the first-ever to go through a complete championship undefeated.

Team Scotland L-R Glenn Howard (coach), Kelly Schafer (alternate), Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead (skip)

Bronze Medal Game: Scotland 6, Sweden 4.

Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women will take bronze medals home from China, following their 6-4 win over Sweden on Sunday morning.

In this bronze medal game, Sweden blanked the first end and then took the early advantage when their skip Anna Hasselborg tapped back with her last stone, to score two points after a measure for third.  The Scots blanked the third and then scored one in the fourth end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone inside three Swedish counters.

In the fifth end, Hasselborg played a hit and stay to add one more point for a 3-1 half-time lead.

Then, in the sixth, Muirhead took out a Swedish stone with her own last, but had to settle for two points – to level the score at 3-3 – rather than score a possible three when her own stone rolled on just too far after the hit.

The umpire’s measure was called into service again in the seventh end, and it denied Sweden a second shot in this end, with Sweden moving onto a 4-3 lead.

After this, it was Scotland all the way, Muirhead drew for one in the eighth end to level the score again, at 4-4.  In the ninth, Muirhead produced a well-judged draw which Hasselborg could not better.  The Swedish last stone was heavy and wide to give Scotland a steal of one and the lead in the game for the first time.

In the tenth end, after getting an early stone on the button, the Scots played guard after guard.  Hasselborg’s attempted angle raise take-out with her last stone did not come off, giving Scotland another single steal and a 6-4 win.

Bronze!

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “We’re absolutely delighted and that was a really strong team performance.  We really wanted that medal.  It’s been a tough week, with a lot of ups and a lot of downs so to come away with a medal is really quite satisfying.”

She added, “that was a tough game, Anna and the girls have been playing great and getting our two in six was really key.  The ninth end was the first time we’ve been up on them in the last two games, and we played a fantastic last end.”

“That was my first bronze, I’ve got world gold, silver and bronze now, so I’m delighted and it’s good to have a solid Worlds going into the Olympic Games.”

Reflecting further she said, “we deserved something because we fought really hard all week.  OK, it’s bronze and that’s not the colour you want.  It takes a lot to come back and win bronze, it’s one of the toughest medals for a team to win. But we’d be too greedy if we thought we should have had more this week, because I think the two best teams are in the final.”

Semi-final: Russia 9, Sweden 3.

Scotland will face Sweden again in Sunday’s bronze medal game, following Sweden’s loss to Russia in the sole semi-final.

Following the bronze medal game, Canada and Russia will play for gold and the world title.

Page 3 v 4 Play-off: Scotland 5, Sweden 8.

Sweden will face Russia in the semi-final after they beat Scotland by 8-5 in Saturday afternoon’s Page 3 v 4 Play-off.

Canada – unbeaten so far in the Championship – had already booked their place in the gold medal final, having earlier beaten Russia in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off.

Now, the semi-final winners will face Canada for gold, while the losers will play Scotland for bronze medals on Sunday morning.

It was all smiles at the start of the game…

In a tight Play-off game, Sweden took the early advantage with a single steal in the second end for a 2-0 lead when Eve Muirhead’s final tap-up attempt did not come off.  The teams then swapped singles for the next three ends, to give Sweden a 3-2 lead at the break.

After this, Sweden made the first real break-through in the sixth end when their skip Anna Hasselborg was able to hit out a Scottish stone to score two points from the end and take a 5-2 lead.

In the seventh, Muirhead drew her last stone into the house for two points that reduced Sweden’s lead to 5-4, but in the eighth, Sweden scored three points as Hasselborg added her final stone to the two Swedish stones already counting in the house.

Following a Hasselborg double take-out, Scotland could only hit for one point in the ninth to take the score to 8-5 in Sweden’s favour, after which the Scots ran out of stones in the tenth end.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we’re disappointed.  You don’t want to lose a Play-off game, but Sweden were the stronger team.  We battled hard but we gave her too many half-shots and we didn’t have many.  We were always on that back foot and it was frustrating.  We had chances but unfortunately we didn’t take them.”

She added, “we’ve just got to dust ourselves off and come out firing tomorrow.  We’ve still got a chance for a medal.  We’ve got to take the positives out of that, going into tomorrow. It’s hard but as a team we’ve done it many times.  I think about the medal at the Olympic Games after losing the semi-final.”

She also said, “we’ve got to keep our heads high, we’ve played well in these last few games to get ourselves into this position.”

…but the mood changed.

Meanwhile, Hasselborg said, “it feels amazing [winning this game], the girls keep playing great. We had hammer and were first on the board, which was important, against a good time like Scotland. You can never relax – I was struggling a bit with draw weight in the beginning, but my team was playing good set ups.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Page 1 v 2: Russia 3, Canada 7.

Canada beat Russia by 7-3 in Friday evening’s Page 1 v 2 Play-off game to go straight to the final, guaranteeing themselves silver medals at worst.

Russia will now play the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Page 3 v 4 Play-off between Sweden and Scotland in Saturday evening’s sole semi-final, with the winner of that game facing Canada for gold medals, and the loser playing off for bronze against the semi-final losers.

Session 17: Czech Republic 6, Scotland 7.

Scotland sealed a place in the Page Play-off line-up with a 7-6 win over the Czech Republic in Thursday evening’s last round-robin session. Not only that, they secured a place for Great Britain in the 2018 Olympic Games field.

Both the Czechs and the Scots still had the chance to reach the Play-offs as they faced each other, and it was the Scots who scored the first blow, taking a single shot from the first end.  The Czechs levelled with one in the second end and then, after blanking the third, the Scots scored a two in the fourth end for a 3-1 lead.  This could have been a three but skip Eve Muirhead came up short with her final draw.

The Czech skip Anna Kubeskova, who had good draw weight all game, drew nicely in the fifth end to score two and level the score at 5-5.

In the sixth end, Muirhead just feathered a Czech stone on the way in with her final stone, but even at that, the Scots still scored one point to take a 4-3 lead, but only after an umpire’s measure.

In the seventh end, Kubeskova played another well-judged draw right onto the button to score two points and take the lead at 5-4.  The teams swapped good final draws for one point each in the eighth and ninth ends and eventually, Muirhead took out a Czech stone at the back of the house with her own final effort of the tenth end, to score the two points that gave her team a 7-6 win and let them grab the fourth Play-off slot.

The Scots now face Sweden in Saturday afternoon’s Page 3-4 Play-off game, while Russia beat China by 6-4, putting them on the Page 1-2 game for the first time, on Friday evening against so-far unbeaten Canada.

“We’ve ticked that box”

After this vital win, Muirhead said, “that was a good game, she played some cracking draws to keep them in the game.  We were patient, which was key out there.  The ice was tricky –  the trickiest it’s been, but we adapted to it pretty quickly.

We were at the stage that win, win, win was what we had to do.  Our first goal was to make the Play-offs and we’ve ticked that box.  Our next goal is to make the semi-final and onwards from there.”

Reflecting on the fact her team now have Friday off, she said, “to be fair, it’s been a long week and a wee bit of rest won’t do us any harm.”

RESULTS.

Session 16: USA 5, Korea 4; Czech Republic 5, Germany 3; Sweden 3, Russia 7; Canada 8, Denmark 4.

Session 17: Denmark 8, Italy 7; Russia 6, China 4; Czech Republic 6, Scotland 7; Switzerland 8, Korea 9.

Final standings: Canada won 11, lost 0; Russia, Sweden 8-3; Scotland 7-4; USA 6-5; Korea, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany 5-6; Italy 3-8; China 2-9; Denmark 1-10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 15: Scotland 7, Germany 2.

Scotland beat Germany by 7-2 in their second-last round-robin game on Thursday morning, a result that puts them into fourth place on the rankings.

This means that the worst place Eve Muirhead’s team can finish is in joint fourth, but a win against the Czech Republic in Thursday evening’s last round-robin session would out the Scots direct into the Play-offs.

Germany had last stone for the first end of this game and used it to blank, but it was the Scots who opened the scoring, stealing two in the second end when their stone placement teased a mistake out of German skip Daniela Jentsch.

Germany did get onto the scoreboard with one shot in the third end but in the fourth, the Scots built their lead as, after successfully splitting the house earlier in the end, Muirhead hit out a German stone to score two and take a 4-1 lead.

Germany blanked the next two ends looking for a score that would bring them back into the game, but in the seventh end, good Scottish play forced Jentsch to hit for one and reduce Scotland’s lead to 4-2.

It was the Scots’ turn to blank in the eighth end and then a hit for three shots in the ninth ended the game, with Scotland’s winning score at 7-2.

With tense games around them in this session, a win for USA over Switzerland helped the Scottish cause, while Sweden’s 10-4 victory over hosts China made them the second team behind unbeaten Canada to qualify for the Play-offs.

One more game to go for Anna Sloan and her team-mates

After this game, Muirhead said, “we have built a lot of momentum. We struggled at the start of the week -which is typical for us – then we got form. That’s exactly what we’re doing. I’m really pleased and we need to keep the same mentality for the last game.”

Turning to the game against Germany, she added, “she [Daniela] is always a really tough opponent. You have to play well to beat them and I think the girls played well out there. We had a lot of good shot-making and stones in good places, which made it hard for her. All we could do is put the pressure on her and that’s exactly what we did and we played great to get the win.”

Looking forward to her final round-robin match-up, Muirhead said, “we know the Czech Republic are playing really well, we have played them several times at Europeans. We played them in that bronze medal game at the Europeans, which was a good win. We know how they play, we know they are playing well, so we have to keep doing what we are doing just now because we are playing great.”

RESULTS.

Session 14: Czech Republic 3, Canada 9; Korea 5, Sweden 6; Germany 9, Denmark 5; USA 6, Russia 8.

Session 15: Sweden 10, China 4; Italy 5, Canada 8; Switzerland 5, USA 8 Scotland 7, Germany 2

Standings after 15 sessions: Canada won 10, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 8-2 (Q); Russia 6-3; Scotland 6-4; Germany, Switzerland, USA 5-5; Czech Republic, Korea 4-5; Italy 3-7; China 2-8; Denmark 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 13:

Scotland 7, Switzerland 4.

With both skip Eve Muirhead and third player Anna Sloan producing outstanding scoring statistics, Scotland beat Switzerland by 7-4 in Wednesday afternoon’s round-robin session to move up to joint fourth place on the rankings.

And this came despite a complete miss on a take-out attempt by Muirhead in the third end that gave up a steal of one.  After this, the Scots recovered well and a Muirhead draw for one shot in the fourth end levelled the score.

In the fifth end, Switzerland’s skip Alina Paetz had to come around a lot of cover to beat another good Muirhead draw and score one for a 3-2 Swiss lead at half-time.

Another draw by Muirhead for one in the sixth levelled the score again, at 3-3, and then, after Switzerland had blanked the seventh end, a good hit by Muirhead to lie three forced Paetz to draw for one in the eighth end.  In the ninth, two good draws by Muirhead gave the Scots three shots from the end and a 6-4 lead.  The Scots then went on to dominate the tenth end and finished the game with a steal of one and a final score of 7-4.

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After this second vital win of the day, Muirhead said, “we knew what we had to do today, after a not-good day at the office yesterday, and that was to get two wins on the board to keep us in the competition. We did that.”

She added, “we were playing against two tough teams – China the home nation, and Switzerland, who are playing really well – so we’re really pleased. We couldn’t really have asked for much more from today.  Hopefully, now we have a bit of momentum going.  As usual we don’t like doing it the easy way, we always like to do it the hard way. We need to continue that play into tomorrow now.

More generally, she added,”we have all really pulled together. The girls have been fantastic. Anna [Sloan] made some absolute pistols out there. For her being out with injury for the first part of the season and to come back the way she has is unbelievable for us. I couldn’t be prouder of the girls.”

The Scottish women now sit out the Wednesday evening session and conclude their round-robin programme against Germany and the Czech Republic, two teams that could still make the Play-offs as well as the Scots.

RESULTS.

Session 13: Scotland 7, Switzerland 4; Germany 6, USA 4; China 4, Italy 6; Sweden 4, Canada 6.

Standings after 13 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 6-2; Russia 5-3; Scotland, Switzerland 5-4; Czech Republic, Germany, Korea; USA 4-4; Italy 3-6; China 2-7; Denmark 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 12: China 6, Scotland 8.

After suffering three successive losses, the Scottish women put their campaign back on track with a solid 8-6 win over China in Wednesday morning’s twelfth round-robin session.

With last stone advantage, China blanked the first end and then opened the scoring with two shots in the second.  The Scots then scored three in the third end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her final stone into the house.

China’s skip Bingyu Wang faced three Scottish counters when she came to play her last stone of the fourth end, but she was up to the task, drawing inside them all to take one shot and level the score.

Muirhead then drew for one in the fifth end to take a 4-3 lead into the break but China levelled the score again with one shot in the sixth.  In the seventh end Muirhead played a gentle tap-back on a Chinese stone to score two and re-establish a lead, at 6-4, and in the eight, the Scots moved further ahead with a single steal as Wang came up short with her final draw.

Muirhead attempted a tricky double take-out in the ninth end which just failed, leaving the door open for Wang to score two shots with a good draw. This reduced the Scottish lead to just 7-6, and the tenth end eventually came down to a draw to the eighth-foot ring for Muirhead, which she confidently made.

second player Vicki Adams in full cry!

The Scots are now in a three-way tie for sixth place along with the Czech Republic and Korea.

After this game, Muirhead said, “it was crucial that we won that and we really came together as a team and put in a solid performance.  Betty Wang has been there, done it, she’s been a very successful player and we knew it was going to be tough.  And with them playing in front of their home crowd, we knew it was going to be noisy, but we stopped that.”

She added, “we were always in control and we got our stones in good places.  But we never ever get complacent and think we’ve won it before we have.  At the end of the day it came down to a draw to the eighth-foot and you’ve got to make them.”

Looking beyond the game itself, she said, “we’re mid (performance) and we’re middle of the table, so we know we’ve got to keep winning.  We’ve got a tough game against Switzerland now, and it’s crucial that we come out with the same attitude and momentum as we did there. In my heads, we need to win every game and if we can carry the momentum forward into the game against Switzerland, that’ll be good.”

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The Scots now face Switzerland, who are tied in third place with Russia, in the thirteenth round-robin session on Wednesday afternoon.

RESULTS.

Session 12: Russia 8, Denmark 6; China 6, Scotland 8; Korea 10, Czech Republic 3; Italy 2, Switzerland 10.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 11: Scotland 2, Canada 8.

Canada beat Scotland by 8-2 in just seven ends in Tuesday evening’s session, meaning that Eve Muirhead’s women have now lost three games in succession, putting their play-off hopes in real jeopardy.

Canada started with last stone and blanked the first two ends.  In the third, their skip Rachel Homan managed to pick out a partially -covered Scottish stone and stayed, to open the scoring with two shots.

The Scots then blanked the fourth end and in the fifth, Muirhead was heavy with her last draw to give up a steal of a further two shots, to give Canada a 4-0 half-time lead.

The Scots got onto the scoreboard with two shots in the sixth, thanks to a Muirhead double taker-out, but another precision pick-out by Homan in the seventh gave her team a score of four from the end, at which point the Scots immediately conceded.

Afterwards, a subdued Muirhead said, “we were out-played again.  I missed a few and you can’t afford to do that against a team like Canada.  Win, win, win now.  We’ve got to re-set now and try to take every game at a time.”

This result puts the Scots into joint seventh place on the table and they face China and then Switzerland in Wednesday’s play.

RESULTS.

Session 11: Canada 8, Scotland 2; Sweden 9, Switzerland 4; Italy 5, Germany  7; China 5, USA 7.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 10: Scotland 6, Korea 10.

Eve Muirhead came up light with her final draw of the opening end of Tuesday afternoon’s tenth round-robin session to give up a steal of two and set the tone for the rest of a game that was simply a struggle for the Scots from beginning to end.

In the second end, an ambitious angle tap-up attempt by N Muirhead just failed to come off and Scotland had to settle for just one shot.  In the third end, Muirhead attempted clearing double didn’t work and Korea’s EunJung Kim had a straightforward draw for two and a 4-1 lead.  The Scots managed to score two in the fourth end but in the fifth Muirhead’s last draw lay open, allowing Kim a relatively easy hit and stay for two more and a 6-3 halftime lead.

Scotland could only score one in the sixth end and the game slipped further way in the seventh when Kim scored two more shots with a raise take-out.  The Scots gave themselves a brief glimpse of hope in the eighth end with a Muirhead hit and stay for two and an 8-6 lead to Korea but when Korea hit out two Scottish stones in the ninth to score two more, the scots conceded with the final score at 10-6.

The Scots suffered against Korea

After the game, Muirhead said, “that was a bit of a carry-over from last night.  We just didn’t sharpen up on the bits that we wanted to.  For me personally, I didn’t have my best game out there and when the skip isn’t playing well you’re not going to win games are you?”

She added, “we’ve got a way to go but we’ve got really tough teams including Canada tonight.  We know we’re going to have to play big and that’s just a fact.  We’re going to have to give it 110% tonight.  We need to get those “W”s on the board – we’re sitting on three and three, it’s not do-or-die yet.  A big game tonight might be just what we need.”

She also reflected on the fact that Kim’s team have now beaten her five times in succession.  “I don’t think I’ve ever beaten her” she said.

The Scots now face unbeaten table-toppers Canada in Tuesday evening’s session.

RESULTS.

Session 10: Switzerland 7, Czech Republic 10; Scotland 6, Korea 10; Denmark 5, China 7; Russia 11, Italy 1.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0; Sweden 5-1; Switzerland 4-2; Czech Republic, Russia 4-3; Scotland, USA 3-3; Korea 3-4; China, Germany, Italy 2-4; Denmark 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 9.

Scotland sat out Tuesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play.

RESULTS

Session 9: Russia 8, Germany 4; USA 7, Denmark 6; Canada 9, Korea 8; Czech Republic 4, Sweden 10.

Standings after 9 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0; Sweden 5-1; Switzerland 4-1; Scotland 3-2; Czech Republic, Russia, USA 3-3; Italy 2-3; Germany, Korea 2-4; China 1-4; Denmark 0-6.

Session 8: Scotland 3, Sweden 7.

When they came onto the ice for Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play Scotland and Sweden shared third place on the table, each on three wins and one loss.

And it was Sweden who came out on top, winning by 7-3.

Sweden opened the scoring with a single shot in the first end and then, after the Scots blanked the second, the Swedes doubled their lead with a single steal in the third.

Scotland finally got on the scoreboard with a single shot of their own in the fourth end, but, in the fifth, Eve Muirhead’s final draw came up short and Sweden stole another two shots for a 4-1 halftime lead.

Scotland looked like they were getting something going in the sixth end when a gentle tap-back by  Muirhead gave them a score of two that reduced Sweden’s lead to just  one shot, at 4-3.

Sweden then blanked the seventh and in the eighth end, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg hit out a Scottish stone to score two points and extend her team’s lead to 6-3.  In the ninth, Muirhead’s attempted cross-house double did not come off, giving Sweden another single steal for a 7-3 lead, at which point the Scots conceded.

This result puts Sweden into joint second place alongside Switzerland, who lost to unbeaten table-toppers Canada by 6-8 in the same session, while Scotland now share fourth place with the Czech Republic.

“they were just better than us there”

Afterwards, Muirhead was brutal in her assessment of the Scots’ performance, saying, “they were just better than us there.  We just weren’t getting enough stones in the perfect spots and that costs you in the world championship.”

She added, “we just weren’t as good as them.  It was disappointing because I guess it’s all these games that we need to win to get a bit of momentum going.  To drop one like that is not ideal but it’s a long week.  We’re just not into a flow yet and hopefully that’s still to come.  There’s no doubt we’ve got it in our team to play well and beat teams like Sweden, but that performance just was not good enough.  They were just better than us today.”

The Scots now face Korea and then leaders Canada in their Tuesday games.

RESULTS.

Session 8: Italy 4, USA 9; Canada 8, Switzerland 6; Scotland 3, Sweden 7; Germany 10, China 7 (extra end).

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada won 5, lost 0; Switzerland, Sweden 4-1; Czech Republic, Scotland 3-2; Germany, Italy, Korea, Russia, USA 2-3; China 1-4; Denmark 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 7: Denmark 2, Scotland 7.

A solid, efficient performance by Eve Muirhead’s team gave Scotland their third win so far as they beat Denmark by 7-2 in Monday afternoon’s seventh session of play.

Denmark were still looking for their first win when they faced the Scots, and their regular skip Lene Nielsen, who has been suffering hip problems, was put on the bench for this game and replaced by Madeleine Dupont.

The Scots opened with last stone advantage and blanked the first two ends.  However, with Danish stones lying about in the third end, Muirhead was forced to draw for just one.

In the fourth end, the Scots had two stones, partially guarded, in the four foot when Dupont came to play her last.  Her hit rolled out to give Scotland a single steal and a 2-0 lead.  The Danes were put into trouble again in the fifth end and, after what seemed like a long delay as her stone’s electronic handle was re-set, Dupont played another hit, but could not remove two Scottish stones to give up a steal of two more.  This put Scotland into the break with a 4-0 lead.

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in the sixth end Dupont scored her team’s only two points of the game with a hit that reduced Scotland’s lead to 4-2 and in the seventh end, Muirhead hit out a Danish stone to score one point and increase her lead to 5-2.

In the eight, Dupont hit but rolled out again, giving Scotland a steal of two shots for 7-2 after which Denmark conceded.

This win puts Scotland into a shared third place with Sweden (who they play next, on Monday evening) behind joint undefeated leaders Canada and Switzerland.

A study in concentration

After the game, Muirhead said, “that was really good actually.  We bounced back and learned from a slack second half yesterday.  We got off to a strong start again but this time continued it into the second half.”

She added, “I think for us that was important because we’ve got a big game tonight against Sweden.  It was important to finish on a good note in that game.  The girls are playing really well and we’ve got a fantastic coaching team that’s helping us a lot.”

She also explained the benefit of having such a short game, saying, “it’s good to get off early – with back-to-back games you never get a lot of time and we’ve got some time now so we’ll go back to the hotel to prepare.”

RESULTS.

Session 6: Germany 4, Sweden 6; Denmark 7, Korea 8; USA 5, Canada 7; Russia 9, Czech Republic 7.

Session 7: China 7, Korea 6; Czech Republic 6, Italy 8; Russia 7, Switzerland 12; Denmark 2, Scotland 7.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada, Switzerland won 4, lost 0; Scotland, Sweden 3-1; Czech Republic 3-2; Italy 2-2; Korea, Russia 2-3; China, Germany, USA 1-3; Denmark 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 5: Scotland 10, Russia 7.

The Scottish women returned to winning ways with a 10-7 victory over Russia in Sunday evening’s fifth round-robin session.

The Scots opened strongly, as skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone of the first end into the house to open the scoring with three shots.

In the second end, the Scots split the house, forcing Russia’s skip Anna Sidorova to nose-hit and take one shot, then another straightforward draw by Muirhead in the third end gave the Scots another single score and a 4-1 lead.

In the fourth, Sidorova was facing four Scottish counters at the front of the house and her last draw sailed right past them all and through, to give the Scots a steal of four.  Sidorova recovered some ground with a draw for two in the fifth end, but the Scots still went into the half-time break with a clear 8-3 lead.

In the sixth end, Muirhead’s final draw was heavy to give up a single steal, and in the seventh, her hit caught the wrong angle to give up another single steal, letting Russia reduce the Scottish lead to 8-5.

The Scots recovered in the eight when, facing three Russian counters, Muirhead’s nose-hit produced a score of one.

Russia closed again in the ninth end, scoring two with a Sidorova hit and stay, but the Scots controlled the tenth end, with two perfectly-judged tick shots by lead Lauren Gray setting them up for an eventual 10-7 win.

Scotland’s front end, Lauren Gray and Vicki Adams

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we knew what we had to do after dropping that game (against Italy) this morning, and that was to come out sharp.”

She continued, “we had a really solid first half.  They crept back in the second half but sometimes the first end is the worst end to score a three because you’ve got to defend a lead for so long.  We had a big lead and they crawled back, but we were always in control.”

Putting this win into context, she also said, “there’s a long way to go, but they’re one of the favourites here and to get a win puts us into a good position going into tomorrow.  We’ve got a tough couple of games and if we just do the same as we did there for the first part of the game, come out with intensity and good execution, it’ll be good.”

The Scots face Denmark, who are still looking for their first win, and Sweden in Monday’s play.

RESULTS.

Session 5: Korea 7, Italy 4; Scotland 10, Russia 7; Czech Republic 8, China 7; Switzerland 12, Denmark 4.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland won 3, lost 0; Scotland, Sweden 2-1; Germany, Italy, Korea, Russia, USA 1-2; China, Denmark 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 4.

The Scottish women sat out Sunday afternoon’s fourth round-robin session.

RESULTS.

Session 4: Canada 10, Russia 9 (extra end); USA 3, Czech Republic 7; Sweden 7, Denmark 4; Korea 6, Germany 10.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada won 3, lost 0; Czech Republic, Switzerland 2-0; Sweden 2-1; Italy, Russia, Scotland 1-1; Germany, USA 1-2; China, Denmark, Korea 0-2.

Session 3: Italy 7, Scotland 6.

In Sunday morning’s third session of round-robin play, Eve Muirhead’s team lost out to Italy by 6-7.

The Scots started this game well, when Muirhead drew her last stone of the first end into position to score two shots.  Italy could only respond with a single shot in the second end and then the Scots blanked the third.

However, in the fourth end, Muirhead’s hit and stay went wrong to hand Italy a steal of one that levelled the score at 2-2.  The Scots blanked the fifth before having to settle for just one shot in the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

In the seventh end, Italy’s skip Diana Gaspari, who is making her tenth world championships appearance, hit out a Scottish stone for a definite score of two, which, after an umpire’s measure, turned into a three, to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-3.

After a long team discussion and a time-out, the Scots eventually settled for a straightforward hit and stay for one in the eighth end rather than attempt a trickier double for two.  With the score now at 5-4 in Italy’s favour, Muirhead’s last attempted hit and stay of the ninth end did not manage to get behind cover, and Gaspari hit on this open Scottish stone for another score of two and a 7-4 lead.

A complete miss by Italy early in the tenth end gave the Scots the chance to build as they sought out the score of three that would level the game and force an extra end.  They finally managed to have this set-up but Muirhead’s last hit was heavy and slightly off-target meaning that her shooter rolled out to give them only two shots from the end and also hand Italy their first win of the event, at 7-6.

Scottish skip Eve Muirhead can only look on as Italy wrest control of the game

Afterwards, a disappointed Muirhead said, “that’s not a game we want to give up.  I’m not just saying this because we lost, but she played great – show them nothing of any stone behind the guard and they made it.  I wouldn’t say we were bad – we had a few dodgy stones that we needed to sort out, which put us on the back foot, but they played well.”

Pressed further, she added, “I wouldn’t say we were flat, we were up for this game as any other game, we just didn’t convert when perhaps we should have.”

And looking at the way the game ended, she said, “when it comes to the last end, one miss from them and the three is on.  And we got that miss but unfortunately didn’t come away with the three.  I’d have loved to take them to an extra end but you can’t expect to always steal games.”

She summed up her general reaction, saying, “it’s still early in the week, and obviously disappointing, but there’s a long way to go.”

Meanwhile her opponent Diana Gaspari said, “we had a good game today.  That was only a second game for us here, and three of us are really new girls.    That was really nice – Scotland are a really good team.  Now we will try in every game and we will do what is possible for us.”

The Scottish women now return to the ice on Sunday evening against Russia.

RESULTS.

Session 3: Switzerland 8, China 7; Italy 8, Scotland 7.

Standings after 3 sessions: Canada, Switzerland won 2, lost 0; Czech Republic, Russia 1-0; Italy, Scotland, Sweden, USA 1-1; Denmark, Korea 0-1; China, Germany 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 2.

The Scottish women sat out Saturday evening’s second session of round-robin play.

RESULTS.

Session 2: Denmark 5, Czech Republic 6; Germany 2, Canada 6; Korea 6, Russia 9; Sweden 6, USA 10.

Standings after 2 sessions: Canada won 2, lost 0; Czech Republic, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 1-0; Sweden, USA 1-1; China, Denmark, Italy, Korea 0-1; Germany 0-2.

Session 1: USA 8, Scotland 9 (extra end).

Scotland’s women opened their campaign with a 9-8 win over USA in a game that they almost threw away, only to steal a single shot in an extra end for their victory.

It was the Scots who opened the stronger, as skip Eve Muirhead opened the scoring with a well-judged double take-out to take three points in the first end.

USA blanked the second end and then their skip Nina Roth drew for two shots in the third end. In the fourth, the Scots got themselves into trouble and Muirhead threw away her final stone and sacrificed a steal of one that levelled the score at 3-3 rather than risk suffering further damage.

The Scots added three more shots in the fifth end when Muirhead played a double take-out for a 6-3 lead.

After the break, USA’s Nina Roth hit out a Scottish stone to score two points from the sixth end and reduce the Scottish lead to 6-5. USA stole another single point in the seventh end to level the game at 6-6 and then took the lead for the first time in the eighth, scoring two points for 8-6 when Muirhead’s final draw just rubbed a guard.

Muirhead was facing four USA counters when she played her last of the ninth but got inside them all to score one and reduce USA’s lead to 8-7. Then, in the tenth, Roth could not remove a partly-frozen Scottish stone and gave up a single steal to level the score at 8-8 and force the extra end.

Another set-up of two Scottish stones clustered together in the four-foot ring in the extra end meant that Roth could only remove one, leaving the other untouched to give Scotland the single steal that rescued the game for them.

skip (Eve Muirhead) and coach (Glenn Howard) figure out a way to win

Afterwards, a relieved Muirhead said, “wow…what a game! We never have an easy one in the first game. We made it hard for ourselves – we were three up twice in the game and we let America come back. Stealing a game always feels nice. Obviously, it’s never nice for the opposition skip but for us to get our first win on the board is crucial.”

She added, “it’s always good to get the first game out of the way. There’s always the first nerves and for Lauren it’s her first world championship playing. You’re always a bit anxious when you come back to the world championship because it’s a big stage. For us to get the first win out of the way will calm things down now. I’ve got a handle on the ice and I’m really pleased that we managed to scrape a win.”

Meanwhile, USA’s Roth explained the extra end from her perspective, “I was tight on time. I wasn’t sure what we had so I was making a quick decision. I thought it would curl enough and we’d be ok.”

The Scottish women now face Italy and then Russia in Sunday’s play.

RESULTS.
Session 1: USA 8, Scotland 9 (extra end); Italy 4, Sweden 7; Switzerland 7, Germany 5; China 3, Canada 9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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