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Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:57am

Final: Scotland 6, Sweden 5

Eve Muirhead led her team – Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams, lead Claire Hamilton, supported by alternate Lauren Gray and coach David Hay – to a 6-5 win over Sweden to become only the second Scottish female team to be crowned world champions, in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship.

Because they had topped the round-robin, Sweden started with last stone advantage and used it to blank the first end before successfully taking two in the second end when their fourth player Maria Prytz had a nose-hit.  Scotland opened with a single in the third end when their skip Eve Muirhead got round a guard to tap up one of her own stones just inside the Swedish stone that had been lying shot.  The Scots then made a break-through in the fourth end when Prytz just kissed a guard to leave two Scottish stones intact in the house for a steal of two and a 4-3 lead.

The teams then traded singles all the way through the rest of the game.  In the fifth, Prytz had to draw to the four foot ring to score, and in the sixth Muirhead was forced to draw for one.  Sweden were denied a score of two in the seventh by the umpire’s measure and, in the eighth, when she was trying to draw in to score two, Muirhead’s last stone just touched a guard and she had to settle for just one point again.

In the ninth, Scotland once again prevented Sweden from building anything and again Prytz had to settle for a draw for a single point.  In the tenth, Muirhead was able to pick out the Swedish stone that lay shot, leaving her own near it to count for the one point that handed her the title with a 6-5 win.

This result means that Eve Muirhead and her squad follow in the footsteps of Jackie Lockhart’s world title success in 2002, in Bismarck, USA.

Eve Muirhead - world champion

Afterwards, a delighted Muirhead said, “it’s still not sunk in.  The girls played great out there today.  To come out on the top is an unbelievable feeling, especially for myself, getting that silver medal in 2010 and silver at the Europeans this year.  To top our season off by becoming world champions just feels great” and about the game itself, she said, “we knew it was going to be a close game and we knew it could well come down to last end, last stone.  We were ready for that.  We played a great last end there, Anna played that great double-rip that locked it up for us and left me a pretty simple shot”.

Meanwhile Margaretha Sigfridsson, who skips and plays lead stone for Sweden, was completely gracious in defeat.  “Of course it’s sad.  We’ve had a really good week but unfortunately we weren’t sharp enough today.  We played a very good game but Eve was a little bit better than us today.  Eve had a really good week too”.

Team Muirhead will be returning to Scotland on flight KL1281 from Amsterdam to Edinburgh Airport, arriving at 12.50pm on Monday 25th March.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Semi-final: Scotland 8, Canada 7.

Eve Muirhead led her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and lead Claire Hamilton to victory in Saturday evening’s semi-final of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship, with a last stone steal to beat Canada by 8-7.

This puts Muirhead into her second world final, in whuch the Scots will play Sweden on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile the Canadians have the unenviable task of re-grouping themselves for a Sunday morning bronze medal game against USA after what to them was clearly a shock loss.

The Scots opened with last stone and used it to score two in the first end, but they could not shake off the  Canadians who were able to draw for two themselves in the second end when Muirhead’s take-out of a Canadians stone jammed.  In the third end, Muirhead played a nose-hit to score two points for a 4-2 lead, but  Canada got two back again in the fourth when their skip Rachel Homan also played a precision hit.

Muirhead could only take one point from the fifth end, with a hit and stay, and then Canada’s Homan scored one point with a pressure draw against three Scottish counters in the sixth end to tie the score at 5-5.  Scotland then moved ahead again, to 6-5, when Muirhead played a nice draw in the seventh end.

The Scots had two slack shots in the eighth from second player Adams and third Sloan and this put them into trouble.  Canada were eventually able to draw for two and take the lead for the first time in the game, at 7-6.

In the ninth end, Homan played an important double take-out with her last stone, forcing Muirhead to take just one point from the end with a nose-hit, to level the game at 7-7.

In the tenth, Muirhead promoted one of her own stones to tap out a Canadian counter and this left her lying two shots as Canada’s Homan came to play her last shot.  This was what looked like a fairly easy double take-out attempt to score just the one shot needed for their win, but she  was too straight and jammed one of the Scottish stones.  This gave Scotland the first steal of the game and the one point needed for the 8-7 win that put them into the final.

It was a high-quality and absorbing semi-final against Canada, won on the last stone

Afterwards, a smiling Muirhead said, ” I’m delighted  with that.  We managed to pick up our two in the first end and it could have gone either way.  I think it was a real high quality game, but when it comes down to last stone like that, I tell you what – I’d rather be playing than watching because I’m not the best watcher.  We always have good battles Rachel and I and it just shows you that was a good battle”.

Speaking about the tense last end, she said, “we didn’t have a lot of time out there, and first things first, you’ve got to make her play a shot.  I don’t think I could have made my last stone any better.  The girls set up the end well.   Leaving her a big double hit is probably not ideal because she loves that shot, but when the pressure’s on, it makes it tougher for anyone”.

Looking forward to the final, and remembering that was beaten by Germany in the previous world final she played, in 2010, she added, “I don’t want to come away with a silver. Making the final’s great but when you’ve already got one silver medal from a final, you don’t want another one, so we’ll be definitely pushing hard for the gold”.

Meanwhile Canadian third player Emma Miskew said, “I think we played really well and we deserved it but it sucks it came down to that – but what are you going to do? They made a nice shot and it was a tough one”.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

 

 

 

Page 1 v 2 Play-off: Scotland 5, Sweden 7.

Sweden and Scotland faced each other in a high quality Page one versus two Play-off of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia on Friday evening, and eventually it was the Swedes who prevailed,  scoring three in the tenth end for a 7-5 win.

This means that Scotland are having to take the long route to the final, by way of Saturday evening’s semi-final against the team that emerges from the Page 3 versus 4 game – either Canada or USA.

After blanking the first end, Sweden  opened the scoring with a hit to score two in the second end.  The teams then swapped singles all the way to the seventh end.  In the eighth, with Sweden leading by 4-3, Muirhead drew nicely onto the button with her second stone and, in trying to winkle it out, Sweden’s fourth player Maria Prytz wrecked on a front guard, giving Scotland a steal of two and the lead for the first time in the game, at 5-4.

Sweden blanked the ninth end to retain last stone advantage in the tenth.  The Scots seemed to have that end under control until Muirhead had a pick-up with her first stone, which gave Sweden a chance.  Even at that, Muirhead played a near-perfect freeze with her last, but Prytz was able to tap it out, as Sweden scored three for their win.

The game that got away

After the game a disappointed Muirhead said, “that  totally got away from us.  We had a hellish pick-up on my second-last stone in the last.  We had that end sealed up…that’s curling.  You get these unfortunate breaks and what can you do?”

Speaking more generally, she added, “we had to be patient out there.  We knew that we could play the shots and we knew that we were playing well.  Our chance came in the eighth end.  If my second-last stone there hadn’t happened, we had that sealed up.  We knew we had to play well against them if were to have any chance to win, but I feel like we’ve been robbed a little bit.  We’ve got to come back now in the semi-final tomorrow and put in another good performance”.

And considering the prospect of another crack at the Swedes if she wins the semi-final, she said, “they are a beatable team.  Yes, they played strong in the round-robin, but when it comes to play-offs they’re definitely a different team”.

Meanwhile Sweden’s skip and lead player Margaretha Sigfridsson, said, “that was a fantastic game and it feels so good to win.  It was only the eighth end that was not so good from our side.  It was so close, we touched so many guards in that end and Eve got to steal two.  But we thought we still had a good chance to win the game and we thought it was so our game”.

She added, “it is fantastic to be in another final and we really, really would like to get the gold medal , so we will work real hard for that.  We felt so confident and we played a really good game, all four of us, and the team spirit was fantastic today – as always”.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 17.

In the last round-robin session of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship, USA beat Russia while Switzerland beat Denmark.  This means that Russia, Switzerland and the USA share the same won six, lost five record.  These three teams are now involved in a tie-breaker series to determine the last slot in the Page Play-offs.  USA have the best draw shot challenge record of the three, so they will face the winner between USA and Russia in the second tie-breaker.

The first tie-breaker is scheduled for 9.00am on Friday, local time, with the second tie-breaker taking place at 2.00pm, local time.

Scotland are in Page 1-2 action against Sweden at 7.00pm, local time

Session 16: Scotland 8, USA 4.

Scotland concluded their round-robin programme at the Titlis Glacier Mountain Women’s World Curling Championship with another solid performance, beating USA by 8-4 to record their ninth straight win.

At the same time, Sweden finished their programme with an 8-6 win, which means they will start the Page 1-2 Play-off against Scotland with last stone.

In the game against USA, Scotland scored a single in the first end and then stole another single in the second when US skip Erika Brown was heavy with her final draw.  USA got onto the scoreboard with one shot in the third end and then two good shots by Muirhead – a  promote of her own to lie three with her first shot, and then a draw for four with her second – gave Scotland a score of four and a 6-1 lead.

The US got two back in the fifth after splitting the house and, in the sixth Muirhead hit for a single shot.  USA blanked the seventh and then gave up another single steal in the eighth when their skip Erika Brown hit but rolled out.  The Americans scored one in the ninth and then conceded the game.

. "we didn't want to come out and have a slack game"

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “the first job was to qualify for the 1-2 and that’s what we’ve done.  That was a good game out there, another solid game.  We didn’t want to come out and  have a slack game, so it was good to keep strong and finish dominantly.  We just took it as every other game, we kept our concentration, kept our routines just the same”.

Comparing her performance in this competition to others, she said, “our mental attitude is a big thing and bringing coach David Hay on board has helped us hugely.  It’s a question of how professional  we are.  This end stage of the week is where all the work we have to put in pays off.  It’s a long, long haul and the fitter you are, the more advantage you have over others.  We’re all ten times fitter than we were last year, and that’s made a huge impact, the fitter I am the more mentally fit I am.  It makes a huge, huge difference”.

Results elsewhere, with Canada beating Japan by 8-4, mean that the Canadians take third place in the rankings to qualify for the Page 3-4 game.  The fourth qualifier will be know after Thursday evening’s final round-robin session, with Russia, Switzerland and USA still in the frame.

RESULTS

Session 16: Denmark 8, Latvia 5; Scotland 8, USA 4; Canada 8, Japan 4; Germany 6, Sweden 8.

Standings after 16 sessions: Sweden, Scotland won 10, lost 1; Canada 8-3; Russia 6-4; Switzerland, USA 5-5; Denmark, Japan, China 4-6; Germany 3-7; Italy 2-8; Latvia 1-10.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 15: Scotland 9, Russia 2.

Scotland guaranteed a place in the weekend’s Page 1 versus 2 Play-off with their 9-2 win over Russia in Thursday morning’s play at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship.

Sweden also won, beating Italy by 10-4.  They will be the Scots’ opponents in that game, and, because they won the head-to-head with Scotland, will have last stone advantage unless they lose their last game to Germany while Scotland beat USA in their final game.

Against Russia, the Scots were dominant from the off.  They set up the first end well and skip Eve Muirhead played two good hit and rolls to leave Russia a draw for one.  But Russian skip Anna Sidorova was short with her effort and Scotland stole two.

The next three ends were single scores with last stone advantage and then Muirhead played a nice draw to score two in the fifth end for a 5-2 lead.  The Scots had another steal in the sixth, this time for three, when Sidorova came up short with her draw again.  In the seventh Sidorova got her take-out angle wrong to leave a Scottish counter untouched, and Scotland had another single steal.  After this, the Russians conceded at 9-2 to Scotland.

Scotland's win over Russia kept up their run of "solid" performances

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” We had a good first end.  We set it up well and she came up short with her last.  She just couldn’t seem to get her draw-weight out there.  I think we were throwing it cleaner than them”.

Looking forward, she said, “that secured our one-two spot.  Sweden are always in the final stages and it’ll be a good game.  It won’t be a score-line like the one before, I can assure you of that”.

And reflecting on her European final defeat to Russia, she said, “losing the European final to them was tough, but that performance was a true measure of where we are now.  We’ve put in a lot of hard work and that performance just shows that we are a solid team”.

Elsewhere in this session, Latvia secured their first win of the week, with an extra end 8-7 win over Switzerland, while Canada secured a place in the Page 3-4 Play-off with a 7-4 defeat of China.

The teams still left in contention for the fourth Page slot are USA, Russia and Switzerland.

RESULTS

Session 15: Scotland 9, Russia 2; Switzerland 7, Latvia 8 (extra end); Sweden 10, Italy 4; China 4, Canada 7.

Standings after 15 sessions: Scotland, Sweden won 9,lost 1; Canada 7-3; Russia 6-4; USA 5-4; Switzerland 5-5; Japan 4-5; China 4-6; Germany, Denmark 3-6, Italy 2-8; Latvia 1-9.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 14: Scotland 8, Italy 4.

The Scottish women sealed their place in the Page Play-offs with an emphatic 8-4 win over Italy in Thursday evening’s round-robin  session at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship.

In this game, the Scots scored one in the first end and then Italy’s Diana Gaspari played a delicate tap on a Scottish stone to score two in the second.  Muirhead drew for two shots in the third end and then, after Italy had blanked the fourth, the Scots pressurised Italy when they had the hammer and this pressure produced a single steal in the fifth and a further steal of two in the sixth end to give the Scots a 6-2 lead.

Good Scottish stone positioning in the seventh forced Italy to draw for one and gave the Scots last stone in the eighth where they scored two for an 8-3 lead.  The Scots once again forced Italy to take one in the ninth, and then ran the Italians out of stones in the tenth for their win.

Team-work has been part of the key to Scotland's success

Afterwards, a clearly delighted Muirhead said, “that was solid out there and that’s guaranteed us a play-off slot.  That was our first goal, so I’m really chuffed and I know the rest of the girls are as well.  Now we’ve just got to concentrate, we want to get into the right play-off.  We want to get to the one-two play-off.  If we can play the way we did there we can win two games tomorrow”.

Speaking about the steals she explained, “we were piling on the pressure, making them face a few stones and they couldn’t afford to have any misses”.

At the same time as this Scots’ win, Sweden beat Russia  by 10-3, a result that means Scotland and the Swedes still share top spot but also that they have both qualified for the page games.

In this game, Sweden took a big advantage in the fourth end when Russian skip Anna Sidorova missed a draw attempt with her last stone to give up a steal of four shots for a 5-1 lead to the Swedes.

After this, Sweden’s fourth player Maria Prytz drew into the house for two points in the seventh and an 8-3 lead.  Sweden went on to win by 10-3.

The Scots now face Russia and then the USA in Thursday’s last day of round-robin games, while Sweden play Italy and Germany.  The Scots are hoping that one of these two teams can do them a favour by beating Sweden – who are the only team Scotland has lost to so far – to give them a tilt at the top ranking for the Page games.

RESULTS.

Session 14: Canada 7, Switzerland 4; Sweden 10, Russia 3; China 7, Latvia 3; Scotland 8, Italy 4.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 12: Scotland 8, Denmark 6.

Scotland had their sixth successive win on Wednesday morning at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Championship, beating Denmark by 8-6, but, to do so, they had to play out a full ten ends for the first time.

Denmark won last stone advantage and blanked the first end before opening the scoring with two shots in the second.  In the third, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead drew into an already-busy house to score three, but Denmark’s Lene Nielsen responded with a single shot in the fourth to level the score at 3-3.

Scotland took a 5-4 lead into the half-time break when Muirhead scored one in the fifth, but Denmark responded with a single of their own in the sixth to tie the game up again.

The Scottish break-through came in the seventh, when Muirhead played a nicely-judged tap-out on a Danish stone for another three and a 7-4 lead.  The teams swapped singles again in ends eight and nine.

In the tenth, Denmark did a good job in getting early stones in the house and covered, and time after time the Scots’ promote shots couldn’t reach their in-house targets.  With her last stone, Muirhead did remove a Danish stone at the back of the house and, with one of her own already counting and a guard sitting just inches outside the house, Nielsen attempted to play a split on her own front stone with her last, to try to score the three needed for an extra end.  The angles were always against this, and although Denmark scored one in the end, it was not enough, and Scotland had their seventh win, by 8-6.

It took all ten ends for Scotland to beat Denmark

Afterwards, Muirhead said, ” we knew we were going to have to come out with our ‘A’ game, but we were a wee bit slacker early on and it cost us a few here and there.  The good thing from that game is that we all stick together, we all make the key shots when we have to.  We just weren’t as sharp as we had been yesterday”.

Speaking about the three in the seventh end, she said, “I’m happy with that shot.  That was a bit of a game-turner, to go three up on the scoreboard” and about her struggle to finish the game off in the tenth, she added, “it just shows you – one loose guard when you’re three up and a three’s in play”.

She also said, “in any major Championships  you can’t have slack games.  We just weren’t quite as sharp – it wasn’t bad – we knew it was always going to be tough against Denmark.  But overall, we’re still happy”.

At the same time that Scotland were beating Denmark, Sweden beat Japan by 9-4, and these two teams remain locked together at the top of the rankings, each on seven wins and one loss.

RESULTS.

Session 12; Japan 4, Sweden 9; Canada 8, Germany 5; Scotland 8, Denmark 6; Latvia 2, USA 9.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 11: Latvia 4, Scotland 9.

The Scottish women completed another good day at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championships with a 9-4 win over hosts Latvia that keeps them in joint top position alongside Sweden, on six wins and one loss.

Unusually, the Scots did not win the draw shot challenge, but even without last stone, they scored one in the first end with a stone hidden on the button that Latvia could not move.

Latvia score one in the second end and Scotland scored two in the third when skip Eve Muirhead had a straightforward draw with her last.  This pattern was repeated in the next two ends – Latvia scored one in the fourth when she was facing five Scottish counters with her last and then Muirhead had another easy draw for two in the fifth.

The big break-through came in the seventh when Scotland scored three.  Again all the hard work was done early in this end, leaving Muirhead with another easy draw.  This gave the Scots an 8-3 lead, and after swapping singles in the eighth and ninth ends , the Latvians shook hands with the score at 9-5 in Scotland’s favour.

Scotland completed a good day with their win over Latvia

Afterwards, a delighted Muirhead reflected on another day that yielded two wins.  “That’s what we came out to do today, so that’s ideal and we’re definitely going up the way.  It’s rewarding to be able to execute like that, especially after all the hard work we’ve put in throughout the year.  We wanted to continue the good performances from the Scottish Championships”.

Sweden beat Canada by 8-4 to stay in joint top slot with the Scots, who face Denmark and Italy on Wednesday.

RESULTS

Session 10: Latvia 7, Russia 9; China 6, Sweden 4; Italy 6, Canada 7; Switzerland 4, Scotland 11.

Session 11: Germany 5, Denmark 6 (extra end); Latvia 4, Scotland 9; Japan 3, USA 10; Canada 4, Sweden 8.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 10: Switzerland 4, Scotland 11.

Scotland’s 11-4 win over Switzerland in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship, along with China’s defeat of Sweden, put the Scots at the top of the table, on the same won five, lost one record as the Swedes.

This victory over Switzerland repeated a pattern that is clearly working for the Scots – winning the draw shot challenge to gain last stone, and then scoring big in the opening end, in this case a two.

After blanking the second end, the Swiss got on the scoreboard with a single shot when Eve Muirhead could only remove one of two Swiss stones, leaving a chance of two for Switzerland,.  But Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni was heavy with her draw and only scored one.  However the Swiss did level the game in the fourth with a steal of one.

After this, good set-up play by the Scots left Muirhead with a nose-hit for two in the fifth and then, after blanking the sixth, Tirinzoni hit but rolled out in the seventh, giving Scotland a steal of two and a 6-2 lead.

The Swiss had a tap-out to score two in the eighth end to reduce Scotland’s lead to 6-4, but the end came in the ninth when Muirhead had another nose-hit to score – this time for five.  Switzerland then conceded with the score at 11-4.

Scottish third Anna Sloan in full flight

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “that was really solid out there.  We came out sharp, won the draw shot, which is always our first goal in the game, and then got two early.  We had a few that slipped back in the fourth end and that cost us the steal, but we had a good second half to finish it off”.

She added, “I think it’s about  consistency now.  All the girls are playing great.  Our drawing’s been pretty good.  If you’ve got the weight, and the kind of game I’m calling, an aggressive game, it’s going to be tough for a lot of teams to beat us”.

The next team to try to do so will be hosts Latvia, who, despite coming close more than once, are still win-less.  This game takes place on Tuesday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 9:  Switzerland 7, USA 6; Russia 5, Denmark 4; Germany 5, China 7; Italy 4, Japan 6.

Session 10: Latvia 7, Russia 9; China 6, Sweden 4; Italy 6, Canada 7; Switzerland 4, Scotland 11.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 8: Scotland 8, Japan 3.

The Scottish women had arguably their most impressive performance so far at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship on Monday evening when they completely dominated their game against Japan, to emerge as 8-3 winners after just eight ends.

In previous games, the Scots have started slowly, but this time round, they were 6-1 up after three ends.  Skip Eve Muirhead put her finger on the improvement, saying, “we came out a lot sharper than in every other game.  That’s what we needed to do.  First things first, we won the draw shot and then put a two up on the scoreboard and they’ve got to score three to get past us.  We forced the one and then came away with that big four-ender”.

The four in the third end was a terrific draw, well-swept by the team as it threaded its way into a busy house, and Muirhead had her draw-weight throughout the game, drawing for two in the first end and for one in the fifth.  The Scots were lying three in the sixth end, to force Japan to hit for a single, and then blanked the seventh end.  In the eighth, Muirhead hit out two Japanese stones welded together round the button and kept her shooter in the house to score one more, after which Japan conceded.

Japan had no real answer to an outstanding Scottish performance

Speaking about her own performance in this game, in which she was given official success stats of 96%, while the entire Scottish team achieved 88%, Muirhead said, “I’m glad I’ve found my draw-weight.  The ice conditions are great out there”, and reflecting back on the big loss against Sweden she added, “we always seem to have one round-robin game where we get thumped off the park”.  Looking forward, she said, “I think we’re looking good and in a good position.  If we can carry on playing the way we did tonight, hopefully we’ll be in about the play-offs”.

The Scots face Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon and then are against hosts Latvia in the evening session.

RESULTS.

Session 8: Scotland 8, Japan 3; USA 5, Canada 4 (extra end); Denmark 4, Sweden 5 (extra end); Latvia 3, Germany 6.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 6: Scotland 8, China 5.

Scotland beat China by 8-5 in Monday morning’s sixth session of round-robin play at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship, but had to come from behind to do so.

They gave up single steals in each of the two opening ends before finally getting onto the score-board with one in the third end.

The teams then swapped singles after that, but the turning point came in the seventh end.  This end was set up well by the Scots and when third Anna Sloan played a good double take-out with her second, the Scots looked set up to take more than one, with their stones spread across the house.

However, Muirhead’s attempt with her first to get past a guard and take out a Chinese stone just wrecked.  Chinese skip Bingyu Wang then put another stone into the opposite side of the house.  This left a potential double, which Muirhead nailed, scoring four and turning the game round with the Scots now in a 6-4 lead.

After this, a good hit and stay by Muirhead with her last in the eighth forced China to take one from the end.  Muirhead then succeeded with a draw for two in the ninth and an 8-5 lead, before running China out of stones in the tenth.

It was a come-from-behind win for the Scots against China

Afterwards, she was clearly pleased.  ” It was solid out there” she said, “we had a good chance in the first end but she played a good shot.  But giving up a one is not a disaster”.

Speaking about her score of four, Muirhead said, “it was a big  decision in the seventh end.  I tried not to think about it too much, I just put the brush down and played it.  It’s one of those shots – if you make, it, you’ve got a good chance of winning the game, and if you don’t, you’ve got a good chance of losing.  I said that if we could get a two up on the board at any point, it would put pressure on them, but to get a four was a bonus, a real turning point”.

Speaking generally about her team’s performance so far, she said, “we’re just missing a few key shots, it’s just little bits here and there.  I’m happy, sitting on three and one and everything’s coming together nicely.  We’ve got Japan tonight and that’s going to be another tough game.  We need to come out with the same kind of fight”.

In the same session, Sweden beat Switzerland by 9-0, and they now remain the only unbeaten team, while the Scots are tied with Canada and Switzerland in joint second place.

RESULTS

Session 6: Russia 4, Canada 5; Scotland 8, China 5; Latvia 5, Italy 7; Sweden 9, Switzerland 0.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 5: Germany 2, Scotland 9.

The contrast between the Sunday evening performance by Eve Muirhead’s team at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship and their afternoon match could not have been greater, as the Scots beat Germany by 9-2 in just seven ends after their thumping 2-11 loss to Sweden.

Germany were unbeaten as they came out to face the Scots, and after winning the draw shot challenge, Muirhead gave up a steal of one in the opening end.  But she got her act together in the second end, drawing nicely to open her account with two shots, for a lead she was never to give up. The Scots stole two more in the third, and then German skip Andrea Schoepp used all her experience as she kept her nerve to draw for a single shot in the fourth end, against three potential Scottish counters.

After that it was all one-way traffic as the Scots pulled out a 9-2 win in just seven ends, scoring one in the fifth, stealing a further single in the sixth, and then finishing with a steal of three points.

The Scots resumed normal service against Germany, winning by 9-2 in seven ends

Afterwards, Scottish skip  Eve Muirhead said, “that was more like ourselves.  We put pressure on them from the start and our stone placement was good, which was letting us down earlier on, and it was the opposite for them this evening.  We’re chuffed with that – if you had asked me what I wanted from the first three games, especially playing Canada and Sweden, I would have been happy with two wins and one loss”.

The Scottish women face China and Japan on Monday.

RESULTS.

Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship; Riga, Latvia.

Session 1: USA 10, Italy 3; Russia 9, Germany 11; Switzerland 7, Japan 6; Denmark 11, China 4.

Session 2: Sweden 7, Latvia 4; Italy 3, Switzerland 9; Chins 4, Russia 6; Scotland 6, Canada 4.

Session 3: Japan 6, Denmark 4; USA 5, Germany 6.

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

Session 5: Germany 2, Scotland 9; Sweden 9, USA 8; Canada 8, Denmark 2; Japan 11, Latvia 8.

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

Session 4: Sweden 11, Scotland 2.

After starting in encouraging form with their opening win over Canada, things went horribly wrong for Scotland in Sunday afternoon’s game at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship, as they succumbed to Sweden in just six ends, by a thumping 2-11 margin.

Sweden started with last stone advantage and used it to score three in the opening end when their fourth player Maria Prytz got round a centre guard to tap-out a Scottish counter.

In the second end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was short with her final draw to give up another two shots.  The Scots got on the scoreboard in the third when Muirhead played a nice take-out, but just when it seemed things wouldn’t get worse, they got worse.

In the fourth Muirhead promoted one of her own stones into shot position, but it lay open and Prytz was able to remove it and stay, scoring five for a 10-1 lead.  In the fifth Muirhead wrecked, giving up a single steal for a half-time lead of 11-1 to Sweden.

The Scots scored a consolation single in the sixth and conceded.

The Scots never challenged Sweden

Afterwards, Muirhead said, “it’s hard to say what happened there.  It was one of those games, just a couple of inches here and there makes the score look huge.  We didn’t get on top of the weight and every time we looked like we’d get something good, they’d come out with a good shot.  We’ve just to get  on with it.  We can’t let that affect us, we’ve got to bin that and move on.  Just  get back to the hotel, re-group, get some food and then come back for a big game against Germany.  I’m not annoyed at how we played.  We’re all still fine.  We’re not going to win them all, so we can’t let that bother us”.

As Muirhead mentioned, the Scottish women play unbeaten Germany next, on Sunday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 3: Japan 6, Denmark 4; USA 5, Germany 6.

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

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

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

 

 

 

 

Session 2: Scotland 6, Canada 4

The Scottish women had a dream start when they opened their campaign in the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Championship, beating Canada by 6-4 in their Saturday evening opening round-robin game.

The Scots opened strongly, with skip Eve Muirhead scoring two in the first end with a  nice draw shot after a good double take-out by Canadian skip Rachel Homan.

Canada then had an unfortunate mishap in the second when one of their sweepers slipped and burned the running stone, handing Scotland a steal of one point with one of their stones already sitting in the house.

But Canada fought back from this early reversal.  They blanked the next two ends before scoring two in the fifth end, and then, after the Scots could only score one in the sixth, they levelled in the seventh end at 4-4, when Homan tapped out a Scottish stone and kept her own in the house to score two. Scotland then scored in both the eighth and ninth ends for their 6-4 win.  In the eighth, a complicated raise attempt by Muirhead almost came off, while the Scots stole in the ninth when Homan’s final draw was heavy.

Eve Muirhead started well against Canada's Rachel Homan

After the game, Muirhead said, “it was one of our goals when we came out here – to  get off to a good start, and especially against Canada.  We know Canada is such a good team and it’s always close games against them.  We got off to  great start and then unfortunately for them then they had the fall in the second end which gave us a steal of one” adding, “the ice was a lot slower but we managed to nail that one and we capitalised on a couple mistakes by them”.

The Scottish women play twice on Sunday, after sitting out the third session.  They are against Sweden in the afternoon session and then face Germany in their evening game.

RESULTS

Session 1: USA 10, Italy 3; Russia 9, Germany 11; Switzerland 7, Japan 6; Denmark 11, China 4.

Session 2: Sweden 7, Latvia 4; Italy 3, Switzerland 9; China 4, Russia 6; Scotland 6, Canada 4.

Standings after 2 sessions:

Switzerland won 2, lost 0; Denmark, Germany 1-0, Scotland, Sweden, USA 1-0; Russia 1-1; Canada, Japan, Latvia 0-1; China, Italy 0-2.

The full international story of this Championship can be found here: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/ Richard Gray

 

 

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