SCOTLAND’S MEN SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT ON DAY TWO OF EUROS

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A loose end at the worst possible stage resulted in Ross Paterson’s first defeat as a skip at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships as his team lost 8-5 to Russia on the second day of action. 

The Scots, who are defending the title that was won by Team Mouat last year, had won both their matches on the opening day and in their only match on day two, had a tight battle with Team Glukhov and were leading 4-3 going into the ninth end, however their loss of a five at that penultimate end left them with no time to recover.

Reflecting on that setback, Olympic silver medallist Michael Goodfellow, Team Paterson’s lead, identified key areas that the team must address to return to winning ways on their two game day tomorrow.

“Our first two games yesterday were good,” he said. 

“We knew we were going to have to get off to a good start against two tough and experienced teams. We got a lot of things right, made a lot of shots, communication was good and we were pretty clinical when we needed to be and took advantage of opposition misses, whereas today we were not quite as clinical against Russia, at one point not making the right shots at the right time which unfortunately resulted in a defeat. However, we are still doing plenty of things right, we were battling hard and just need to take that into tomorrow against the Netherlands and Denmark.

“We need to make a few more key shots, get the most out of every shot, adapt to the changing ice conditions and just get on top of the scoreboard and ice as soon as we can to give us the best chance.” 

For the highly experienced Goodfellow, who claimed that Olympic silver in Sochi five years ago, it has been a two year wait since he last pulled on a Scotland shirt and that has only heightened his motivation this week.

“This is my third Europeans and it is always a great honour to represent Scotland at a major championships,” he said.

“Like all of us, I want to make the most of this opportunity and I want to make Scotland proud. “

TEAM PATERSON 
Ross Paterson
Kyle Waddell
Duncan Menzies
Michael Goodfellow
Craig Waddell (alternate)

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