Team Muirhead 2013 Scottish Women’s Champions

Eve Muirhead and her Perth-based team of lead Claire Hamilton, second Vicki Adams and third Anna Sloan retained their national crown when they beat Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming by 8-4 in Sunday morning’s final of the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Championships in Perth.

This was a fourth national title for Muirhead, and she won it in imperious style, helped by good form from the rest of her team.

The first half of the game was close, and it was Fleming who took the first advantage, scoring two in the fifth with a nose-hit for a half-time 4-2 lead.

However, the second half was all Muirhead.

In the sixth, Fleming rolled out on a difficult double attempt, leaving Muirhead to draw for three.  After this Muirhead had single steals in each of the next three ends.  In the seventh, Fleming had a complete miss on a take-out, in the eighth she hit but didn’t stay and, in the ninth, she over-threw her last draw.

Muirhead ran Fleming out of stones in the tenth with a bold double take-out, and now goes on to lead her team in the blue of Scotland at the World Women’s Championship, in Riga, Latvia next month.

Fleming now goes on to defend her world junior crown at the World Junior Championships in Sochi, Russia, whict get underway at the end of this month.

After the final, Muirhead said, “it was a game of patience out there.  We were two down at half-time but we came out with a pretty solid 100% second half.  We knew we were going to get our chances and we managed to come up with that big three.  We cottoned on pretty quickly to the ice getting a little faster and straighter.  We figured that out before them and that’s where the experience shows up”.

More generally, she added, “I feel like I’m throwing it well and the rest of the team are too.  It really shows that all our hard work is paying off.  We’ve put a lot of work into this because it’s essential that we go to the Worlds in top form to secure a place in Sochi”.

Team Muirhead pictured L-R: Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead.

Photo: Richard Gray

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