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Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10:35pm

Women: Bronze medal: Scotland 6, Czech Republic 2.

The Scottish women recovered from their devastating semi-final loss to Russia by beating the Czech Republic by 6-2 to win the bronze medals on Friday evening.

In doing so, skip Eve Muirhead and third player Anna Sloan set a new record of winning medals at seven consecutive Championships.

The Scots were always in control in the game against the Czechs. They opened with a single score and stole another single point in the second to establish a cushion.

In the third end the Czech skip Anna Kubeskova was facing four Scottish counters as she played her last stone – a tap of one Scottish stone off the button to score one point and reduce the Scottish lead to 2-1. In the fourth end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone into the house to score two points and increase her lead to 4-1. Muirhead followed that up in the eighth end with a tap raise onto the button to score one more point and increase her lead to 5-2. Eventually, Scotland scored one more point in the ninth end to seal their 6-2 win.

"Seven consecutive medals is pretty special" - Eve Muirhead

“Seven consecutive medals is pretty special” – Eve Muirhead

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we’re delighted. To come out and get a medal was our goal at the start of the week – and seven consecutive medals is pretty special. It’s not the colour we wanted, but we fought hard for that bronze medal.

For the overall week to play ten and one and come away with the bronze medal – we’re delighted to come out tonight and play those pressure games. I was absolutely gutted earlier on but that says a lot about our resilience and mental strength to come back out and get that medal.”

In the men’s bronze game, Switzerland beat Russia by 8-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/Jeffrey Au

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Women Semi Final: Russia 11, Scotland 6

The Scottish women lost out by 6-11 to Russia in Friday afternoon’s semi-final and now have to rebuild their resolve to face the Czech Republic in Friday evening’s bronze medal game.

The Scots had gone through the round-robin undefeated and went onto the ice as favourites to reach the final.

Russia stole two points at the start of the game, and although the Scots responded immediately with two shot in the second to level at 2-2. But, in the third end, Russian skip Victoria Moiseeva hit out a Scottish stone to score three points and take a 5-2 lead.

The Scots responded in the fourth end when Muirhead drew her last stone onto the button to count two points and reduce Russia’s lead to 5-4.

In the sixth end, Moiseeva had another hit for three points, this time extending her lead to 8-4.  And, after another two from Scotland in the seventh, she repeated this in the eighth end – another hit, another three points, this time to lead 11-6 and force the Scots to concede.

Afterwards, as her tearful team left the ice, a subdued Muirhead said, “we’re gutted of course. We just got outplayed there today and personally I didn’t have the best game.  We just always seemed to be chasing it from the start.  We got our twos back really well and played some great ends to do that.  But apart from that, we just seemed to be constantly chasing it.  They played really well and we just weren’t good enough.”

"We’ve got to re-group quickly and fight for the medal that’s still at stake", Muirhead

“We’ve got to re-group quickly and fight for the medal that’s still at stake”, Muirhead

She added, “the three in the sixth obviously didn’t help matters. Once they got up they just tried to keep it simple and we were trying to chase, chase, chase and we just got outplayed.

Meanwhile Moiseeva said, “we played them yesterday, that really helped, so we understood how they are going to play against us. And we tried to play our game and to get them to play our game – I think that worked.”

She added, “we didn’t have anything to lose in that game because we knew that it’s Scotland and the crowd would be supporting them. We were ready.”

Sweden beat the Czech Republic by 9-2 in the other semi-final, meaning that the Scots now play the Czechs for bronze on Friday evening.  Thinking about that, Muirhead said, “the bronze medal game is only in a few hours’ time and we’ve got to re-group quickly and fight for the medal that’s still at stake.  We’re going to go back on knowing we have to play well to beat the Czech team and get that medal.  We’ll be playing the very best we can to do that.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

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Men: Semi Final Update

In Thursday evening’s men’s semi-finals, defending champions Sweden continued their week with an 8-5 win over Russia.  Norway beat Switzerland by 7-4 in the other semi-final, meaning that Russia and Switzerland will contest for bronze medals on Friday evening, and Sweden and Norway will play for the title on Saturday afternoon.

Scotland’s women, skipped by Eve Muirhead will now play their semi-final against Russia on Friday afternoon, while Sweden face the Czech Republic, who are appearing at this level for the first time.

Get your tickets for Scotland’s semi-final against Russia from the intu Braehead Arena Box Office on 0844 499 1700 or buy them on the door. Game time, Friday 25 November, 2pm. Doors 1pm.

Thomas Ulsrud's Norwegians are through to meet the defending champions Sweden in Saturday's Final.

Thomas Ulsrud’s Norwegians are through to meet the defending champions Sweden in Saturday’s Final.

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Women Session 9: Scotland 8, Russia 4.

Eve Muirhead’s women completed their perfect round-robin programme with a confident 8-4 win over Russia, and can now concentrate on Friday afternoon’s semi-final game, when they will face the Russians again.

The Russians started with last stone, and opened the scoring with a single shot in the second end.

After this the Scots took control, scoring two in the third and then stealing one in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Russia did manage to level the game at 3-3 with a score of two in the fifth end, but a well-played sixth end, completed by a controlled draw by Muirhead gave the Scots a score of three and a 6-3 lead from which they never looked back.

After blanking the seventh end, Muirhead drew her last in the eighth, scoring two this time for 8-4 after which the Russians conceded.

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “I think it was very important (to keep winning). I guess you can always take your foot off the pedal in that last round-robin game when you know you’ve secured that number one spot, but we didn’t do that, and it was crucial that we didn’t, so we’re really looking forward to the play-off stages now.”

Anna Sloan (left) with Lauren Gray

Anna Sloan (left) with Lauren Gray

Speaking about her returning third player Anna Sloan she added, “it’s great to have Anna back after injury. It’s been a roller-coaster end of last season and beginning of this season. Now she’s back and fighting fit. She’s worked really hard to get into the position – she’s in and she’s playing great.”

Looking forward she said, “there’s a whole lot of time before semi-final, I like keeping busy but our family and friends are here, so I’m looking forward to that.”

These results now set up a semi-final re-match between Scotland and Russia, while Sweden will face the Czech Republic.

Get your tickets for Scotland’s semi-final against Russia from the intu Braehead Arena Box Office on 0844 499 1700 or buy them on the door. Game time, Friday 25 November, 2pm.

At the other end of the table, both Finland and Norway are now relegated while eighth-placed Italy will face a challenge from the eventual “B” Division winners for the last European place at the 2017 World Championship in Beijing.

RESULTS
Session 9 Germany 4, Switzerland 7; Czech Republic 8, Norway 3; Scotland 8, Russia 4; Italy 10, Finland 3; Sweden 6, Denmark 3.

Final standings: Scotland won nine, lost 0: Sweden 8-1; Czech Republic, Russia 6-3; Denmark, Germany, Switzerland 4-5; Italy 2-7; Finland, Norway 1-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men Session 9: Scotland 6, Russia 8

Skip Tom Brewster’s final draw of the tenth end slipped through the house to give his Russian opponents an 8-6 win and a place in the semi-finals, and bring the Scottish men’s campaign to an end.

The Scots finished in sixth place overall, while defending champions Sweden completed their round robin programme to top the rankings with only one loss through the week, and they now face fourth-placed Russia in the semi-final, with the other game featuring second-placed Norway and Switzerland, who ranked fourth overall.

Scotland started the game well, stealing a single shot in the first end, and while Russia scored two in the second end to take the lead, the Scots had a two of their own in the third end for 3-2. In the fourth end, Russian skip Alexey Timofeev was wide with his last effort but still manged to score two despite that and when the Scots gave up a single steal in the fifth, the Russians took a 5-3 lead into the break. In the sixth end, Brewster nudged out two Russian stones to score two points and level the game at 5-5, but the game eventually came down to Brewster’s fateful last draw in the tenth.

The Scottish men bid farewell to the 2016 European Championships

The Scottish men bid farewell to the 2016 European Championships

After the game, a deflated Brewster described his last shot. “We had the game, we had the win. It felt like I threw it the same as the one directly before and it just went heavy. It felt exactly the same throw, the sweepers like it but it just slid on. I felt we were the better team and we played pretty solid. We had the whole four-foot and I was happy with that. I’ve been drawing well all week – I didn’t see that coming.”

The results from this session mean that first-placed Sweden will play fourth-placed Russia, while second-placed Norway play third-placed Switzerland.

At the other end of the table Finland and Austria are tied in eighth place and will play a tie-break with the loser ranking ninth, to be relegated alongside bottom-placed Denmark, and the winner ranking eighth to face a best-of-three challenge from the eventual “B” Group winner for the last available European slot in this season’s Ford World Men’s Curling Champions in Edmonton, Canada.

RESULTS
Session 9: Scotland 6, Russia 8; Denmark 3, Switzerland 4; Finland 5, Italy 4; Norway 3, Sweden 6; Austria 3, Germany 11.

Final standings: Sweden won 9, lost 0; Norway, Switzerland, Russia 6-3; Germany, Scotland 4-5; Italy, Finland, Austria 3-6; Denmark 2-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women Session 8: Scotland 7, Denmark 3

The Scottish women maintained their unbeaten run with a 7-3 win over Denmark on Wednesday evening, a result that ensures they will rank as number one regardless of what happens in their last round-robin game against Russia on Thursday morning.

Eve Muirhead and her team dominated this game from the off, scoring two in the first end and then scoring two again in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead into the fifth-end break.

Denmark then blanked ends six and seven and could only muster a single shot in the eighth to reduce Scotland’s lead to 4-3.  In the ninth end, a delicate tap-back by Muirhead gave the Scots a score of three shots for a 7-3 lead, and the Danes promptly conceded.

women-session-8Afterwards, Muirhead said, “we went out there and wanted to get number one if we could, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.  I’m pleased with the way the girls played and everything’s coming together nicely – this is the stage where you want to do that.”

She added, “you’ve got to stay focussed because if you make any kind of mistake they’ll jump on it.  We just need to keep going strong for another few days, and not take our foot off the pedal at all.  This is the important part of the week, so we need not to slacken off at all.  We need to get as few more ‘W’s and as long as you win your last one, you’re good.”

The Scottish women now conclude their round-robin programme on Thursday morning against Russia, who have also now qualified, thanks to their 6-4 win over Germany.

RESULTS
Session 8: Finland 2, Sweden 11; Germany 4, Russia 6; Czech Republic 8, Switzerland 7; Denmark 3, Scotland 7; Norway 5, Italy 7.

Standings after 8 sessions: Scotland won 8, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 7-1 (Q); Russia 6-2 (Q); Czech Republic 5-3; Denmark, Germany 4-4; Switzerland 3-5; Finland, Italy, Norway 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men Session 8: Scotland 6, Italy 4

Tom Brewster’s Scottish men kept their play-off hopes alive with a 6-4 win over Italy in Wednesday afternoon’s eighth session of round-robin play.

Italy had last stone at the start and blanked the first end. After this, the Scots stole singles in both the second and third ends to take the early lead. Italy blanked again in the fourth and finally got on the scoreboard with a single shot in the fifth end to go into the break 1-2 down.

"Tonight's game is winner takes all"

“Tonight’s game is winner takes all”

In the sixth end, Brewster played a contender for shot of the tournament with an absolutely perfect draw onto the button that was quietly managed down the ice by the whole team. This gave the Scots a 3-1 lead.

Italy levelled the score in the seventh end scoring two for 3-3, but in the eighth end, Brewster hit out an Italian stone to score two points for a 5-3 lead. The Scots went on to win by 6-4 with another nice draw for one in the tenth end to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

They now face Russia in their final round-robin game on Wednesday evening.

After the game, Brewster first of all spoke about his draw in the sixth end, saying, “It was pretty good. That was a big shot and it probably gave us the momentum to go on. We played pretty good today. I wasn’t more nervous than normal. I thought the guys played well, slid well and threw well, not tight in any way and that’s a sign that there’s no nerves. We were certainly better today than yesterday.”

Looking forward to the match-up with Russia he said, “tonight’s game is probably winner takes all.”

RESULTS.
Session 8: Sweden 10, Austria 3; Scotland 6, Italy 4; Denmark 6, Russia 8; Germany 5, Finland 6; Switzerland 3, Norway 7.

Standings after 8 sessions: Sweden won 8, lost 0 (Q); Norway 6-2 (Q); Russia, Switzerland 5-3; Scotland 4-4; Austria, Germany, Italy 3-5; Denmark, Finland 2-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women Session 7: Scotland 10, Czech Republic 5

The Scottish women sealed their semi-final qualification slot in Wednesday morning’s round-robin session with a solid 10-5 win over the Czech Republic, a result that keeps their 100% record intact.

The Scots opened this game strongly, scoring one in the first end and stealing two in the second. The Czechs got on the scoreboard with a two of their own in the third end, but another single score by the Scots in the fourth, followed by a blank fifth end gave Eve Muirhead’s team a 4-2 cushion at the break.

The Czechs got within one shot of the Scots with a single score in the sixth end, but in the seventh, Muirhead hit out a Czech stone to score three and take a 7-3 lead.

Scots seal Euro semi-final qualification slot

Czech skip Anna Kubeskova drew her final stone of the eighth end into the house to score two from the end and, in the ninth, Muirhead had a straightforward draw to score three and seal the win, at 10-5.

Afterwards, a pleased Muirhead said, “That’s us in the semi-final now, which is good. That was another solid performance against the Czech Republic -they’re in the mix – so it’s extremely important that you get on top of the play-off teams at this stage.”

Reflecting on her campaign so far, she said, “every game has been tough out there and we expect to play the last stone of the last end. We’re not looking for six-end blow-outs at all. We want to be able to execute the shots when the pressure is on and that’s what we’ve been doing really well.”

Conscious of the danger of mentally relaxing now that qualification has been achieved, she added, “the important thing now is to keep the focus and that’s where we’ve got a lot of people to help us. Glenn our coach has been there and done it and he’s experienced a lot of high pressure situations like we’re going to be going into. We’re having a good laugh as well which always makes it fun. We’re enjoying it and enjoying playing at home.”

RESULTS.
Session 7: Scotland 10, Czech Republic 5; Switzerland 2, Sweden 7; Norway 6, Finland 3; Russia 5, Italy 3; Denmark 3, Germany 9.

Standings after 7 sessions: Scotland won 7, lost 0 (Q); Sweden 6-1; Russia 5-2; Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany 4-3; Switzerland 3-4; Finland, Norway 1-6. Italy 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men Session 7: Germany 4, Scotland 2

The Scottish men battled all the way but went down by 2-4 to Germany in Tuesday evening’s seventh round-robin session to now sit in joint fifth place on the rankings with Austria, Germany and Italy.

This second loss in succession now places their play-off hopes in real jeopardy, and, as well as winning themselves on Wednesday against Italy and Russia, they will be looking for other teams to do them some favours.

In a cagey first half, the Scots took a 2-1 lead into the fifth-end break. After blanking the sixth, Germany hit out a Scottish stone in the seventh to score one and level the game at 2-2.

The Germans then stole one in the eighth end for a 3-2 lead and the Scots committed to blanking the ninth end, looking for a winning score in the tenth with last stone.

"We’re still alive – two wins tomorrow and we’re good" - Brewster after Scotland's second loss in succession.

“We’re still alive – two wins tomorrow and we’re good” – Brewster after Scotland’s second loss in succession.

At the start of this end, the Scots put themselves in good shape, with a good draw around guards by second player Ross Paterson giving them a strong position. However, a perfectly-judged tap-back by Baumann meant that Germany were lying three as Scottish skip Tom Brewster came to play his final stone. He elected to come in off a guard, but this raise attempt failed and Germany stole one for their 4-2 win.

Tuesday’s two losses now place Scottish play-off hopes in real jeopardy, something that was not lost on Brewster after the game.

He said, “We’re playing well but we just can’t seem to get games over the line, I don’t know why. We didn’t take our chances when we created them. We got a bit unlucky at times. It was just little bits. We had a chance in the tenth and didn’t take it.”

Looking forward he said, “we’re still alive – two wins tomorrow and we’re good. We know we’ve got a lot of great curling, but we’re just missing a couple of shots here and there, that’s all it comes down to. Two wins tomorrow and we’ll be in decent shape.”

RESULTS.
Session 7: Finland 5, Denmark 7; Russia 11, Austria 5; Switzerland 1, Sweden 8; Italy 6, Norway 9; Germany 4, Scotland 2.

Standings after 7 sessions: Sweden won 6, lost 1 (Q); Norway, Switzerland 5-2; Russia 4-3; Austria, Germany, Italy, Scotland 3-4; Denmark 2-5; Finland 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women: Session 6: Germany 6, Scotland 8.

The Scottish women’s 8-6 win over Germany in Tuesday afternoon’s sixth session of round-robin play not only keeps them at the top of the pile, maintains their unbeaten record, and puts them within touching distance of a semi-final place, it guarantees Scotland a place in this season’s World Championship in Beijing, and thereby a chance to add to Britain’s Olympic qualifying points.

Eve Muirhead’s team were in charge throughout, opening with a score of two and, after going into the break at 4-4, they scored another two in the sixth end for a 6-4 lead when Muirhead played a nice draw.

In the seventh end, Germany’s skip Daniella Jentsch was facing three Scottish counters as she played her last stone, and it was light, to give Scotland a steal of one shot and a 7-4 lead.

Germany managed to cut that back to 7-6 with a score of two in the eighth end, but the Scots bounced back with a single shot in the ninth for 8-6, after which they ran Germany out of stones in the tenth.

Scotland's Vicki Adams

Scotland’s Vicki Adams

After the game, Muirhead said, “that was another strong performance. That was a pretty good game and we played well, we took our twos when we had hammer and forced them when we didn’t. The ice conditions were great and the team played great, and that always makes my job easier.”

Reflecting on the overall performance she suggested, “I think we played the touch shots very well, and when you can do that well, that’s what beats the other teams. We’ve got a bit of momentum going now and we can see the play-offs looming, so we want to keep the wins going to keep our confidence high – it’s all going pretty well.”

Considering the task of qualifying Scotland for the worlds she said, “it’s always pressure to try to qualify Scotland for the World Championship – for us, that’s the first goal and we’ve managed to do that – to secure Scotland that spot is really crucial this year because Olympic points are at stake, so I’m glad that’s done.”

The Scottish women now play the Czech Republic and then Denmark on Wednesday before concluding their round-robin programme on Thursday morning against Russia.

RESULTS
Session 6: Russia 6, Norway 5; Italy 7, Denmark 8; Germany 6, Scotland 8; Czech Republic 5, Sweden 8; Switzerland 9, Finland 8.

Standings after 6 sessions: Scotland won 6, lost 0; Sweden 5-1; Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia 4-2; Germany, Switzerland 3-3; Finland 1-5; Italy, Norway 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men Session 6: Scotland 5, Finland 6

Tuesday morning saw the sixth men’s round-robin session taking place, and with the score at 5-5 and holding last stone, the Scottish men had set up the final end of their game against Finland well for the win. But Tom Brewster’s last stone – an attempted hit and stay for one shot and victory – hit but rolled and, to add further problems, jammed on the way out. This left the umpire to measure two other stones sitting in the 12-foot ring before eventually pointing to the Finnish stone to award them a steal of one and their first victory of the week.

This was the third morning defeat for Brewster and was unexpected all the way to the last stone. The teams swapped single steals in the opening two ends and then swapped twos in the third and fourth ends. The Scots then had a single-shot steal in the fifth end to take a 4-3 lead into the break.

In the sixth end Finland’s skip Aku Kauste was facing three Scottish counters as he came to play his final draw, and he was up to the task to score one and level the game at 4-4.

Scotland return against Germany on Tuesday night

Scotland return against Germany on Tuesday night

In the seventh end, Brewster was attempting to blank but picked-up just as he released, causing a nose-hit and an unwanted score of one. Kauste hit for one in the eighth end, thinking he had a second shot on the 12 foot edge but a measure confirmed this was out. Brewster blanked the ninth at 5-5- and the last end drama unfolded.

After the game, a subdued Brewster said, “clearly I’m disappointed. We were a bit tight on time and I probably rushed my last shot and over-iced, that was all. I knew the jam was there and that’s why I didn’t play peel weight – that’s why we dropped the weight a little, and that was it.”

Meanwhile, Finland’s Kauste said, “it’s really good to finally get our first win. Our games have been a struggle after struggle so far. This game could have gone either way, but Thomas seemed to be struggling with his take-outs and we got a lucky break at the end.”

The Scots now share fourth place with three other teams – Austria, Italy and Russia. Before that they come back on against Germany on Tuesday evening.

RESULTS.
Session 6: Italy 5, Switzerland 8; Norway 6, Germany 7 (extra end); Scotland 5, Finland 6; Denmark 3, Austria 9; Russia 3, Sweden 7.

Standings after 6 sessions: Switzerland, Sweden won 5, lost 1; Norway 4-2; Austria, Italy, Russia, Scotland 3-3; Germany 2-3; Denmark, Finland 1-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women Session 5: Scotland 4, Switzerland 3

Nobody was saying it explicitly, but Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women kept their 100% record alive with, given how the last end was set up, an unexpected 4-3 win over world champions Switzerland through a single steal when Swiss skip Binia Feltscher was heavy and through with what should have been a regular draw inside a Scottish stone in their fifth session round-robin game on Monday evening.

The Scots had trailed from the start, giving up last stone advantage at the first to then see the Swiss opening the scoring with two shots in the second end. Only with a single steal in the seventh, when they managed to defend an early stone buried near the button, did the Scots get back to level the game at 3-3.

Scotland's women keep their 100% record alive

Scotland’s women keep their 100% record alive

After this, Switzerland blanked ends eight and nine looking to keep the last stone advantage that would yield the win in the tenth. And in that tenth end, Switzerland’s skip Feltscher had all of six feet to play with to place her final draw, but she was long and through, and Scotland stole the single shot that gave them their fifth win to keep them ahead of the chasing pack

Afterwards, Muirhead made the telling comment, “that’s a break that went our way, but the good thing was, when you’re trailing in the game, first thing’s first, you have to put the pressure on her to make her play a shot to win and that’s what we did. If you make her play a shot it puts the pressure on her rather than making it a little bit easier on her.”

She added, “the good thing was that we fought hard. We actually played away pretty well out there. We had a scrappy first half but then we came back a lot stronger…and a win is a win, you can take it the hard way but you’re going to take the ‘W’ when you have the chance.”

She added, “it’s been hard but so far things have been going well. That’s us just through the halfway stage of the round-robin and it’s a long way to go. I don’t think we’re doing an awful lot wrong, but we can still get a lot of things better, so it’s just a case of building on the momentum.”

And they will have a chance to build on that momentum on Tuesday, when they face Germany.

RESULTS.
Session 5: Sweden 7, Italy 6; Russia 8, Finland 3; Denmark 6, Czech Republic 7; Scotland 4, Switzerland 3; Germany 7, Norway 6.

Standings after 5 sessions: Scotland won 5, lost 0; Czech Republic, Sweden 4-1; Denmark, Germany, Russia 3-2; Switzwerlabd2-3; Finland 1-4; Italy, Norway 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men: Session 5: Scotland 6, Switzerland 5.

With a single-shot steal from a well-played tenth end, Scotland won their fifth session round-robin game by 6-5 on Monday evening to end Switzerland’s unbeaten run and put themselves in joint fourth spot on the rankings.

After Switzerland blanked the opening end, the teams swapped twos in the next three ends. After this, it was Scotland’s turn to blank as the teams went into the break with Switzerland leading by 4-2.

In the sixth end, an early Swiss mistake gave the Scots a chance to score two again, but skip Tom Brewster hit and rolled out instead of staying, to take just one from the end and remain behind, by 3-4. In the seventh, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz was able to draw inside a protected Scottish stone sitting just off the button to restore a two-shot lead, at 5-3.

Scotland's Glen Muirhead

Scotland’s Glen Muirhead

The Scots levelled at 5-5 in the eighth when Brewster played a tap-back to score two. Switzerland then blanked the ninth end to retain last stone, and in the tenth, the Scots kept their guards and draws behind cover on the centre line time and again. Finally, Switzerland’s Schwarz misjudged his final take-out, leaving one Scottish stone in the house to steal one and win the game.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “that was really hard fought. We hung in last night (to beat Sweden) and during this game we said ’just be patient, just like last night’. We got a good two in the eighth. We had a chance to force them in nine, but it was tough going round the corners and we struggled with the ice today. For whatever reason we weren’t throwing it as cleanly and it got a little bit nervy. But a win’s and win. It’s great.”

Brewster added, “it’s great to be playing in front of a home crowd. It’s a lovely arena and the noise goes round. – it’s fantastic.” And looking forward he also said, “we’re just a game-at-a-time team. I don’t think we were at our best tonight, but we show plenty of fight and passion – we’re Scottish after all. But that’ll be a huge confidence booster. We’re going to rest up – I think the guys are tired tonight.”

The Scottish men face Finland and then Germany on Tuesday.

RESULTS.
Session 5: Austria 1, Norway 9; Italy 4, Sweden 6; Germany 8, Denmark 2; Finland 4, Russia 8; Scotland 6, Switzerland 5.

Standings after 5 sessions: Norway, Switzerland, Sweden won 4, lost 1; Italy, Russia, Scotland 3-2; Austria 2-3; Denmark, Germany 1-4; Finland 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women: Session 4: Finland 4, Scotland 10

The Scottish women kept their unbeaten record going in Monday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play with a one-sided seven-end 10-4 win over Finland.

This was virtually one-way traffic, with the exception of the third end when, after the Scots had started with singles steals in the first two ends, skip Eve Muirhead missed a double, allowing Finnish skip Anne Malmi to draw into the house and score three for a 3-2 lead.

However, Muirhead made amends in the fourth end, drawing in her last stone to score four for a 6-3 lead. The Scots kept the pressure on after this – Malmi kept her nerve to draw for one against four Scottish stones in the fifth. The Scottish women’s play in the sixth allowed Muirhead to draw for three for a 9-4 lead and when Malmi was heavy with her final draw in the seventh, she gave up a steal of one and conceded the game.

It's Switzerland's World Champions next for the Scots

It’s Switzerland’s World Champions next for the Scots

After this win, Muirhead said, “that was really solid. Finland are one of those teams – they got themselves here last year so they deserve to be here – but they are a nation that could be a banana skin that you could slip up on, but we managed to play our game. When we’re out there against other countries, we have to pretend we’re playing against the Jennifer Jones or Rachel Homan teams and that’s exactly what we did.”

Explaining the slip-up in the third she said, “we got in a little bit of a guddle in the third. I missed my double with my first and she made a good draw for three. The good thing is we didn’t let it faze us and we bounced back. We always expect our opposition to play well against us, so we have to play well.”

The Scots now face Switzerland’s world champions on Monday evening, and about that, Muirhead added, “we play Switzerland tonight and that’ll be a different kettle of fish. They’re world champions, so it’ll never be easy, so we just have to keep going, building the momentum.”

RESULTS
Session 4: Czech Republic 6, Russia 5; Sweden 5, Germany 4; Switzerland 8, Italy 4; Norway 7, Denmark 9; Finland 4, Scotland 10.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men: Session 4: Austria 7, Scotland 6 (extra end)

Tom Brewster’s men went down by 6-7 in an extra end to Austria in Monday morning’s fourth men’s round robin session to slip down the table into joint fifth place with Austria and Russia.

This was the first meeting in fourteen years between these two nations and the first-ever win for Austria over the Scots at Championship level.

The Scots opened with a single score in the first end, but allowing themselves to be caught up with guards as they struggled with the ice in the second end meant that Brewster’s team allowed Austria to score three for a 3-1 lead.

"We just didn't make the right shots at the right time". Brewster

“We just didn’t make the right shots at the right time”.

After blanking the fourth end, the Scots scored a three of their own in the fifth end when Brewster executed an angled raise take-out.

Scotland were then forced to take just one shot from the eighth end for a 5-4 lead and in the ninth, Brewster was facing three Austrian counters as he played his last shot. This was a double take-out that left his shooter lying shot, partly hidden. But Austria skip Sebastian Wunderer was up to the task, as he hit out the Scottish counter to score two and take a 6-5 lead.

As Brewster himself said afterwards, the Scots engineered a shot to win the game in the tenth end, but his double attempt just wasn’t strong enough to move an Austria stone and he had to settle for one to tie the game and go into the extra end, without last stone.

In the extra end, Brewster nudged one of his own stones into a stronger position with his last, but Wunderer had a clear path to nudge it out and score one for his historic win, at 7-6.

Afterwards, Brewster said, “we didn’t get on top of the ice. It was different today. Early morning draws seem to be a lot stiffer, a lot straighter and we got caught out. We just didn’t ice right.”

He explained his problems when he gave up the three, saying, “in the third we caught guards and I over-curled my last shot. We got back in the game after that –I had the shot for the win in ten.”

He added, “we were just poor and didn’t perform. We seemed on edge because we weren’t on top of the ice. We didn’t have a good practice and that sort of went along. We just didn’t make the right shots at the right time. Now we just have to re-group…one game at a time.”

Meanwhile, Austrian skip Wunderer said, “I can’t put this into words actually, we were the clear underdog in this game. We had a great game and I am so happy it turned out like this. Our fighting spirit helped us win. We had the upper hand in the first two ends, but we weren’t satisfied by that because we knew that wasn’t enough and we kept fighting.”

The Scots men now face unbeaten table-toppers Switzerland in their Monday evening game.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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RESULTS
Session 4: Denmark 4, Italy 8; Austria 7, Scotland 6 (extra end); Russia 5, Norway 7; Switzerland 7, Germany 2; Sweden 8, Finland 3.

Standings after 4 sessions: Switzerland won 4, lost 0; Italy, Norway, Sweden 3-1; Austria, Russia, Scotland 2-2; Denmark 1-3; Finland, Germany 0-4.

Women: Session 3: Norway 5, Scotland 10.

In their Sunday evening game against Norway, the Scottish women were always ahead, thanks to scores of two in each of the second, fourth and sixth ends.

They blanked the first end and then controlled the ends where they had last stone, with their scores of twos, to lead by 6-2 after six ends.

Norway fought back in the seventh and eighth ends, scoring two and then stealing another one in the eighth when Muirhead’s last draw came up short, and after the tightest of umpire’s measures on another Scottish stone already in the house. This reduced Scotland’s lead to just one point at 6-5 but good play by the Scots in the ninth gave them a score of four for the win that puts them at the top of the rankings and keeps their undefeated record.

Scotland's women sit alone at the top of the rankings undefeated

Scotland’s women sit alone at the top of the rankings undefeated

Results elsewhere, particularly Sweden’s 11- 4 defeat of previously unbeaten Russia leave the Scottish women alone at the top of the rankings, undefeated.

After this game, Muirhead said, “That was a really solid text book game. We managed to get our 6-2 lead, it was a tight measure for the one, but we just kept our heads and kept control.”

She added, “our game plan was to take our twos and force the ones and we did it really well. It’s been a great day. I thought the ice was the best it’s been – Mark (Callan) and his team are doing a great job. Two wins today – can’t complain.”

The Scottish women now face Finland and then Switzerland on Monday.

RESULTS.
Session 3: Norway 5, Scotland 10; Denmark 7 Switzerland 6; Finland 5, Germany 8; Sweden 11, Russia 4; Italy 3, Czech Republic 10.

Standings after 3 sessions: Scotland won 3, lost 0; Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Sweden 2-1, Finland, Switzerland 1-2; Italy, Norway 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men: Session 3: Sweden 4, Scotland 8.

Tom Brewster’s men recorded their second win so far when they beat defending champions Sweden by 8-4 in Sunday afternoon’s third men’s round-robin session.

“That was all about patience” was what Scottish second player Ross Paterson said as he came off the ice and he was not wrong.

Sweden had the better of the first half of the game to go into the break 3-1 up, thanks to a steal of one in the fifth.  But the Scots started their fightback scoring two in the sixth end to level the game at 3-3.

Then in the seventh, skip Brewster played a nice tap-back with his second stone to lie two, and force Swedish skip Niklas Edin to delicately get round a front guard for a tap-back of his own, but crucially score just one shot.

In the eighth, Edin feathered on a misjudged attempted take-out and this left Brewster’s team to draw his last stone in to count three, for a 5-4 lead.

The Scots set up the ninth end well, and with his last, Brewster drew into the house to freeze onto two Scottish counters already there.  This meant that Edin was facing four Scottish stones as he attempted a weighted take-out that would depend on luck as much as skill.  He did move plenty of stones about, but when the dust settled the Scots had stolen three as the teams shook hands with the score at 8-4.

Brewster's men are now on two wins from three

Brewster’s men are now on two wins from three

Afterwards, an elated Brewster said, “If you’d said we’d be on two wins after the first three games we’ve had, I’d be extremely happy.”

He added, “the guys played great there.  Anything could have happened and we got a couple of rubs and played a couple of good shots in that last end and that took us away from them.”

Echoing Paterson’s thought, Brewster confirmed, “you always have to be patient – the same as yesterday.  You know they’re a great side, you know they’re going to come at you.  You know it’s all about taking your twos and forcing your ones.  I felt really comfortable with draw-weight today, and that shows in the team…when your skip is comfortable with his draw-weight, the confidence goes down through the team.”

Looking ahead, he added, “it’s only two and one, so we need to keep playing the way we’re playing, be aggressive, be on the front foot and be patient.  We’ve just had two big wins, so hopefully that puts out a signal to the other teams.  I don’t see why teams shouldn’t fear us.  We’re a good side and most teams know that.”

The Scottish men now face Austria and then undefeated Switzerland in Monday’s play.

RESULTS

Men session 3:

Switzerland 10, Finland 2; Germany 5, Russia 6; Sweden 4, Scotland 8; Austria 6, Italy 9; Norway 6, Denmark 4.

Standings after 3 sessions: Switzerland won 3, lost 0; Italy, Norway, Russia Scotland 2-1; Austria, Denmark 1-2; Finland, Germany 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Women: Session 2: Scotland 6, Sweden 5.

Scotland’s women carved out their second win so far with a controlling 6-5 Sunday morning victory over Sweden.

The Swedes opened with last stone, and blanked the first end. But it was the Scots who got on the scoreboard first in the second end when Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg wrecked on a guard with her final draw to give the Scots a steal of one.

The Swedes blanked again in the third end and then, in the fourth Hasselborg drew her second into the house to score two and take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth Scotland’s skip Eve Muirhead hit out one of her opponent’s stones to score two and go into the break 3-2 up. Sweden could only score one in the sixth to level at 3-3 and a further two by Muirhead in the seventh kept the pressure up.

In the eighth end, Hasselborg was facing three Scottish stones as she came to play her last – thanks partly to a solid nose-hit by Muirhead with her last – and the Swedes were forced to draw for one to reduce the Scottish lead to 5-4.

Muirhead's Scots unbeaten on two wins

Muirhead’s Scots unbeaten on two wins

However, in the ninth, Muirhead wrecked on a guard with her second stone, allowing Sweden to steal one and level the game at 5-5. Scotland had the last stone in the tenth but almost got themselves into trouble when Muirhead had a complete miss with her first stone but she made up for that with a precision nudge up of the sole Swedish stone sitting in the house to score the one point needed for her 6-5 win.

The Scottish women now share top spot – unbeaten on two wins – with Russia. They now face winless Norway on Sunday evening.

After the game, Muirhead said, “I thought we played great out there. My team were fantastic and that makes my job easier when you have your team playing so well. Yes, I made it difficult for myself in the last there but you know you’ve got to come out with those ‘clinking’ shots to win, and we managed that.”

She added, “the ice was definitely swinging more on one hand, but you’ve got to deal with the conditions, there’s no point in moaning about them, you’ve just got to get on with it and deal with them.”

More generally, she added, “the crowd have been fantastic and even for an eight o’clock in the morning draw to see so many people supporting us is great. To have all the people come along with their Scotland flags – it makes a difference. Having the crowd behind us for a change instead of having them against us in other countries – the atmosphere is great out there.”

RESULTS

Women session 2: Italy 7, Germany 8; Finland 8, Czech Republic 4; Russia 3, Denmark 1; Switzerland 10, Norway 4; Scotland 6, Sweden 5.
Standings after 2 sessions: Russia, Scotland won 2, lost 0; Czech republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany , Switzerland, Sweden 1-1; Italy, Norway 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Men: Session 2: Norway 7, Scotland 8 (extra end)

It took all the way to an extra end but the Scottish men recorded their first win so far with an 8-7 defeat of Norway in Saturday evening’s round-robin play.

This game was tight all the way.  In the third end, with the score at 1-1, Scotland’s Tom Brewster tapped up one of his own stones to score three points and take a 4-1 lead.  However, Norway came right back with a three of their own to level the game.

After a blank end in the fifth, Brewster drew his last stone of the sixth end into the house to score two points for a 6-4 lead, only to see Norway score a two of their own in the seventh.  Another blank end by the scots in the eighth end and singles for each team in the ninth and tenth end pushed the game into an extra end, and, after good play by his team, including a fine double take-out by third player Glen Muirhead, Brewster was left with a nose-hit to score the one point needed for the 8-7 win.  The Scots went on to win by 8-7 after an extra end.m2-v-norway

Afterwards, Brewster said, “that was an Important win, they’re a great team.  I was frustrated when we gave away a three in the fourth end but we stuck in there.  We’re a good team too and I think we’re in good shape now.”

He added, “I was frustrated about giving up the three in the fourth end 0- another inch and he’s only getting one.”

The Scots now face defending champions Sweden in their only game on Sunday.

RESULTS

Men Session 2: Norway 7, Scotland 8 (extra end); Sweden 7, Denmark 1; Italy 8, Germany 7; Russia 3, Switzerland 6; Finland 7, Austria 8.

Standings after 2 sessions: Switzerland, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Austria, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Russia, Scotland 1-1; Finland, Germany 0-2.

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Women: Session 1: Scotland 6, Italy 5.

In contrast to the men, Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women’s team opened their campaign with a 6-5 win over Italy in Saturday afternoon’s first session of women’s round-robin play.

In this game, it was the Italians who started stronger.  They gained last stone advantage and, after blanking the first end, scored one in the second and followed that up with a single steal in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

The Scots bounced back, scoring three in the fourth end to take a lead – at 3-2 – that they were never to lose.  The teams swapped singles in the fifth and sixth ends, and then a single steal in the seventh, for a 5-3 lead, put the Scots in the driving seat.

Scotland's front end, Lauren Gray and Vicki Adams.

Scotland’s front end, Lauren Gray and Vicki Adams.

Single scores shared between the teams in the concluding three ends meant that the Scots eventually ran out as 6-5 winners.

Afterwards Muirhead said, “A good win, we’re pretty pleased with that.  We played well out there but obviously, there’s plenty room for improvement.  Italy played well too, they forced us to take our ones or saved themselves.”

More generally, she added, “I’m always happy to win the first game and I get to know what the ice is going to be like.  The team’s in great shape and it’s all about putting it together.  These major Championships are always the time to test yourselves.”

The Scottish women now have two games on Sunday, against Sweden in the morning and then an evening game against Norway

RESULTS

Women Session 1: Denmark 8, Finland 2; Scotland 6, Italy 5; Sweden 9, Norway 5; Germany 2, Czech Republic 8; Russia 9 , Switzerland 8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

Men: Session 1: Scotland 3, Denmark 8

In a performance that disappointed the home crowd, Tom Brewster’s Scottish men went down by 3-8 to Denmark in Saturday morning’s opening session of round-robin play.

World silver medallists Denmark, skipped by Rasmus Stjerne, opened with last stone advantage and blanked the first three ends before opening with a score of two through a well-judged draw in the fourth end after a good freeze from Brewster had set up a possible steal.

Scotland were forced to take just one shot in the fifth to go into the break 1-2 down.

A double taker-out by Stjerne in the sixth end gave his team a 5-1 lead and then, in the seventh Brewster was heavy with his final draw to give up a steal of two.  Scotland then scored two shots in the eighth end to reduce Denmark’s lead to 7-3, but a further single shot for Denmark in the ninth, fort 8-3, persuaded the Scots to concede.

Scotland's Tom Brewster in action

Scotland’s Tom Brewster in action

Afterwards, Brewster said, “we struggled there.  Pre-game practice was so slow and we were a wee bit negative for the first few ends, and then he played a good draw in four to get his two.  When we got our opportunities we didn’t take them, we were a bit scrappy.”

He added, “there’s lots to take from the game, we made a lot of good shots and there are quite a lot of positives.  We just need to tighten up our game.  It’s not rocket science what we need to do.”

Meanwhile, Stjerne said, “I thought Scotland had some unfortunate breaks and we had the good breaks, so, while the scoreboard might say it was really one-sided, I felt it was tied until the break and then we got the three.”

The Scots now face Norway in the second men’s session

RESULTS

Men Session 1: Germany 4, Sweden 9; Finland 3, Norway 10; Austria 4, Switzerland 6; Italy 3, Russia 7.