Scotland women set up Euro Curling Champs clash with Finland

Scotland women set up Euro Curling Champs clash with Finland

25 November 2015 / 23:02

Scotland skip Eve Muirhead insists she is reading nothing into their earlier victory over Finland after setting up a European Curling Championships semi-final clash with the Finns following a final round-robin victory over Norway.

Heading into this final round robin match-up Muirhead and Scotland could rest safe in the knowledge that their place in the semi-finals was already secure after a 7-5 triumph over Switzerland earlier in the day.

But they were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal and after their were tied with the Norwegians at 4-4 after seven ends, Muirhead scored four in the eighth to go on and secure a 9-4 victory.

Scotland finished second overall and will now face third-placed Finland, a team Muirhead and co beat 8-1 earlier in the competition.

But despite this earlier success Muirhead knows Scotland face a tricky task.

“We played a good game there and it was a game of patience,” she said. “We knew if we hung in there and that’s the first job done. The big four in the eighth made the difference. 

“I think we’ll be playing Finland, and they’re playing well. I think we got them at the right time at the start of the week, because they’ve come on to a really good game. 

“I don’t mind who we play, it’s going to be tough.”

As for the men, they kept their semi-final hopes alive with an 8-6 victory over Russia and a 6-4 triumph over Italy.

And skip Kyle Smith believes his side are coming good just at the right time.

"It's a good feeling," Smith said. "There's something about this team, we've got ourselves into tough situations but we always seem to be able to bounce back. 

"We've been able to make some quality shots, and we need another one good game tomorrow. 

"It's been just a lack of confidence that’s been the problem, but making shots just lifts the team, lifts myself.

"I'm beginning to enjoy this now, a few days ago I wasn't at all!  We still just need to take it as it comes – a win against Germany tomorrow puts us in a really good position."

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