Mixed fortunes for Scotland teams at European Championships

Mixed fortunes for Scotland teams at European Championships

23 November 2015 / 21:57

They may not yet have found a consistent level but skip Eve Muirhead believes her Scotland women’s team are right in contention at the 2015 European Curling Championships in Esbjerg.

Heading into this afternoon’s clash with Hungary, the Scots had recorded two wins and two defeats from their opening four round-robin games.

But they were on the mark against the Hungarians, applying the pressure to record a 9-3 win.

The Hungarians had scored one in the opening end but after that the Scots found their rhythm, leveling the game with one before stealing three in the third, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth end to take a 7-1 lead at the half-way point.

Hungary then hit back to cut the lead to 7-3 but Muirhead held firm in the eighth, drawing her last stone into the house to score two – and the Hungarians promptly conceded at 9-3.

"We're definitely back on track," said Muirhead, whose side now sit fourth in the standings.

"We need to get away from this inconsistency of good games then bad games.

"But we've had more good games and we're sitting on three and two so we're right in the mix. I'm pleased with that.

"You've got to take every game as it comes, but Sarah's playing great, Vicky had a fantastic game – she hardly missed a shot, Anna's playing well, so when everyone plays well in front of me, it makes my job kind of easy."

It was not such a good day for Kyle Smith’s Scotland men’s team as they fell to defeat in both of their contests on Monday.

In the morning session, they took on Switzerland but despite scoring two in the fourth end, struggled to find a way into the encounter and conceded after six ends, with the score at 9-2.

They returned in the evening determined to get back to winning ways against the Netherlands.

However they gave up single steals in each of the first six ends and despite getting on the score sheet with scores in the seventh and eighth end, a missed take-out attempt by Smith led to the Scots conceding with the final score at 8-2 to the Netherlands.

They will next face Finland on Tuesday looking to take their tally to two wins.

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