SCOTLAND LOSE OUT TO OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS AT WORLD CHAMPS
Scotland’s Team Muirhead raised their game against reigning Olympic champions Sweden, but were ultimately forced to accept a second successive defeat at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championships presented by BKT Tires, as the fourth day of action got underway in Calgary.
Following a disappointing loss to the Koreans who were beaten in that 2018 Olympic final, Eve Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Lauren Gray knew they would have to be on top form to compete with Team Hasselborg and in a tight encounter they were first to score with a steal at the third end.
After forcing their opponents to take a single at the next, they then registered a two at the fifth end to establish a 3-1 lead at the halfway stage.
However, the Swedes responded with a two at the first end after the resumption and, after forcing at the next, then registered a three at the eighth end to move into what proved to be a decisive lead which they reinforced with a steal at the next end, before running the Scots out of stones at the last to complete a 7-4 win.
While disappointed, though, skip Muirhead was far from despondent as she assessed a performance which was much improved on that against the Koreans on the COVID disrupted previous day, which had seen their match with China postponed.
“There was a lot of very good stuff in that game. We came out of the blocks really sharp and had a really good first half of the game,” she said.
“Unfortunately in the second half we let a few shots slip and they capitalised on it and got the upper hand.”
The vastly experienced former world champion was clearly aware of the importance of remaining upbeat and focused on their next encounter at what is a crucial stage of the competition as they pursue their first priority of claiming one of the top six spots in the round-robin standings that will qualify Team GB for next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
“We’re straight back on against Italy, though and we can’t really dwell on it too much,” said Muirhead.
“We just have to have a chat with our coaches and make sure we take all the good stuff from this match.”
Team Coach Kristian Lindström
Olympic Head Coach David Murdoch
Scotland Schedule& Results (3 W 2L):
Friday 30 April
Scotland v USA* 10-6
Scotland v Japan*10-5
Saturday 1 May
Scotland v Germany 7-6
Sunday 2 May
Scotland v China* (postponed)
Scotland v Korea 4-8
Monday 3 May
Scotland v Sweden 4-7
Scotland v Italy
Tuesday 4 May
Scotland v Czech Republic
Scotland v Canada*
Wednesday 5 May
Scotland v Switzerland
Scotland v Estonia
Thursday 6 May
Scotland v RCF*
Friday 7 May
Scotland v Denmark
Qualification games -session 1
Saturday 8 May
Qualification games – session 2
Semi final - 1
Semi final – 2
Sunday 9 May
Bronze medal game
Gold medal game
*Broadcast games - https://www.youtube.com/c/WorldCurlingTV
Photo: WCF / Steve Seixeiro