Hay confident as Muirhead begins European campaign

22 November 2014 / 13:17

Mike Hay is adamant Eve Muirhead and her Scottish rink are in the kind of form that can lead to a medal at the European Curling Championships in Switzerland.

Muirhead and her rink of newcomer Sarah Reid and fellow Olympic bronze medallists from Sochi 2014 Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams face Denmark first up in Champery.

They are aiming to go one better than last year when, despite winning all nine of their round-robin matches and then the page one-two play-off with the Swiss, they lost in the final.

Sweden and Margaretha Sigfridsson proved their conquerors however Muirhead has arrived in Champery fresh from victory at the Colonial Square Ladies Classic in Canada.

And coach Hay, who was the Team GB Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014 where Muirhead led her rink to bronze, is confident about what they can achieve at the Europeans.

“Last year in the Euros, the team had to settle for silver but gold is our target,” he said. “Sarah has settled in quickly and the win in Canada has been great for the confidence, winning a Grand Slam event with six wins back to back. They are all healthy and on-form.

“A Euro medal won’t change their lives but for now the focus is on Champery. I have said I will be with Eve and the team as much as possible in the months ahead. I was in Canada for one week and will be there again with them next month.”

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