Sunday 26 March 2017
Scotland will take bronze medals home from Beijing, China, following their 6-4 win over Sweden on Sunday (26 March) morning in the CPT World Women’s Curling Championships 2017 bronze medal game.
The Scots team is lead by skip Eve Muirhead and includes third and vice-skip Anna Sloan, second Vicki Adams, lead Lauren Gray and alternate Kelly Schafer.
In this 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. The Scots blanked the third end and then scored one point 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 end, Muirhead took out a Swedish stone with her own last stone, but had to settle for two points – to level the score at 3-3 – rather than score a possible three points when her own stone rolled on just too far after the hit.
The umpire’s measure was called into service in the seventh end, and it denied Sweden a second point in this end, meaning they had to settle for 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. Then, in the ninth end, 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 point and the lead for the first time in the game.
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, but it did not come off, giving Scotland another single point steal and a 6-4 win.
They said it
Eve Muirhead; skip, Scotland (after 6-4 bronze medal game win over Sweden): “That was a really strong team performance out there. We came out fighting for that medal because we knew we really wanted it. It’s been a tough week, a lot of ups and a lot of downs. To come away with a medal is satisfying. We played a fantastic last end, I am really pleased. That was my first bronze, so I’ve got world gold, silver and bronze now, so I’m delighted. It’s good to have a solid worlds going into the Olympic Games.”
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