Muirhead delighted with response to seal European bronze

28 November 2014 / 22:41

Eve Muirhead was left wishing her team could have shown the kind of form they produced in their bronze medal match earlier in the tournament as they defeated Denmark 8-4 in the European Curling Championships.

After losing to the Danes in their Page 3-4 playoff Muirhead was able to exact revenge – closing the match out in just eight ends.

The Danes started brightly but Muirhead and co took control and never looked back as they raced to an 8-3 lead in the seventh before the Danes conceded in the eighth.

And Muirhead was quick to praise her team for finding their way back to top form.

“Why could we have not played like that all week?  That was our best game by a long, long way.  We were solid out there and we didn’t do a lot wrong – that’s more like Team Muirhead,” she said.

“We didn’t want to come back without a medal, but you can’t win them all.

“We seem to put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we’ve done well at several major championships, and we maybe came in with just a bit too much pressure on ourselves. 

“It was just one of those weeks – we always seemed to be on the back foot and always struggling, but in that last game the girls were fantastic and everyone stuck together really well, It’s a pleasure to play when it’s like that.”

Elsewhere, in the B Division, England’s men  won bronze as they beat Hungary 8-5 after nine ends of play.

And Scotland will have a team at the men's World Championship after Dave Edwards' rink beat Germany 8-6 in a play-off to finish seventh in the standings in Switzerland.

The top seven teams qualify automatically, while those finishing eighth must enter a play-off series with the nation topping the B Division.

"I'm just absolutely delighted, the pressure was on us to come out and win that game," said Edwards.

"We probably played as well as we've done all week and it was just so, so important to get the win for Scotland to secure that World Championship spot.

"It's been a huge learning experience for us. It's my first time skipping at this level and the first time for the other guys as well."

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