Muirhead eyeing up perfection in bid for European gold

Muirhead eyeing up perfection in bid for European gold

24 November 2017 / 18:27
Eve Muirhead knows nothing less than perfection will do for her Scottish rink in their bid for European Curling Championship gold.

An impressive 7-5 win over Switzerland means just one game against Sweden stands between Muirhead and the top step of the podium for the first time since 2011.

But with a Swedish rink thus far unbeaten – including victory over Scotland in the round-robin – that is a task much easier said than done for Muirhead, Lauren Gray, Vicky Adams and Anna Sloan.

"We’re absolutely delighted. It’s been a few years since we’ve been in the final,” said Muirhead.

“We’ve medalled for the last seven years but a lot of them have not been the right colour. We had a fantastic game.

"We knew it was going to be a battle backwards and forward but as a team, we came out strong.

“Sweden are unbeaten – they are a tough team and we know they’re going to be tough to beat.

“We’re going to have to play one of the games of our lives to beat them.”
Seven years a European medallist, Muirhead and her rink know exactly what it takes to get to this level.

But with four of those seeing them leave with silver – and a further two with bronze – there’s a sense of unfinished business about what could come in Switzerland.

Victory over the hosts in their semi-final won’t have done their chances any harm, opening the scoring with a steal of two points in the third end.

But a triple in the next saw Switzerland take the advantage as a tense match ensued right through until the ninth, when Muirhead drew into the house to take three of her own to lead 6-5.

Needing a successful final end, the Swiss rink fell short as Scotland took another point and their place in Saturday’s gold-medal match, where the so-far flawless Sweden await.

They got the better of Italy 7-3, with this now their second successive appearance in the final en route to PyeongChang 2018, where Team Muirhead will also be competing.

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