Scotland Claim Bronze and 2018 Olympic Qualification!
Scotland claimed bronze at the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China, following their 6-4 win over Sweden on Sunday 26th March, represented by Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray, Kelly Schafer (alternate) and Glenn Howard (coach). Not only did the team grab a spot on the podium, they have also secured Great Britain’s space at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
After their win, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead said: “That was a really strong team performance out there. We came out fighting for that medal because we knew we really wanted it. It’s been a tough week, a lot of ups and a lot of downs … It’s good to have a solid Worlds going into the Olympic Games”
Going into the bronze medal game, Scotland had already met – and lost to – Sweden twice during the Championship, once in the round robin and then in the 3 v 4 page playoff game. Sweden blanked the first end and then took the early advantage when their skip Anna Hasselborg tapped back with her last stone, to score two points. The Scots blanked the third end and then scored one point in the fourth end when skip Eve Muirhead drew her last stone inside three Swedish counters.
In the fifth end, Hasselborg played a hit and stay to add one more point for a 3-1 half-time lead. Then, in the sixth end, Muirhead took out a Swedish stone with her own last stone, but had to settle for two points – to level the score at 3-3 – rather than score a possible three points when her own stone rolled on just too far after the hit.
The umpire’s measure was called into service in the seventh end, and it denied Sweden a second point in this end, meaning they had to settle for a 4-3 lead. After this, it was Scotland all the way, Muirhead drew for one in the eighth end to level the score again, at 4-4. Then, in the ninth end, Muirhead produced a well-judged draw which Hasselborg could not better. The Swedish last stone was heavy and wide to give Scotland a steal of one point and the lead for the first time in the game.
In the tenth end, after getting an early stone on the button, the Scots played guard after guard. Hasselborg’s attempted difficult angle raise take-out with her last stone made contact, but it did not come off, giving Scotland another single point steal and a 6-4 win.
Photos: © WCF / Céline Stucki and Alina Pavlyuchik 2017