SCOTLAND SURVIVE LATE SCARE TO STRENGTHEN PROSPECTS

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Eve Muirhead was forced to play a pressure draw to the button with the last stone of the match to claim another vital win as her team held off a late comeback from the Czech Republic in the LGT World Women’s Curling Championships presented by BKT Tires. 

The Scots had looked to be in control of the match as they stole shots at successive ends ahead of the midway interval to take a 4-1 lead and Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Lauren Gray maintained that three shot advantage heading into the penultimate end.

However, a count of three for the Czechs then levelled the match at 5-5, reviving their chances of a win that would have enhanced their chances of reaching the play-offs and claiming the Winter Olympic qualifying spot that goes with that, before they applied further pressure at the 10th, as their skip Anna Kubeskova drew behind a guard to the back edge of the four foot to lie two as former world champion Muirhead prepared for that final stone.

“We’re really pleased to get that win there,” Muirhead consequently said afterwards.

“It was a bit of a back and forth game. We controlled the majority of it, but gave up that three at the ninth end to allow them to come back to all square which wasn’t great. However, I had the four foot open for my last shot and managed to put it on the button which was nice.” 

The result took their record to five wins and just two defeats and was all the more important ahead of a meeting with the host nation whose representatives, Team Einarson, are battling to stay in contention after losing four of their first five matches in the event.

“We’re back on again tonight against Canada, so a quick refuel and then we’re into it again, so that was a good win,” Muirhead acknowledged.

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Vicky Wright
Jen Dodds
Lauren Gray
Sophie Sinclair
Team Coach Kristian Lindström
Olympic Head Coach David Murdoch

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Scotland Schedule& Results (5 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 9-6

Tuesday 4 May
Scotland v Czech Republic 6-5
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

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