Team Muirhead Make Second Canadian Final in Two Weeks
Team Muirhead put in another strong performance in Saskatoon to reach their second final in successive weeks on their first trip of the season to Canada.
They once again had to settle for the runners-up slot at the Colonial Square Ladies Classic, losing 7-4 to China’s 2009 world champions Team Wang this time around, but skip Eve Muirhead reckons it has been a satisfactory start to the new campaign.
“Another week, another final....from last week in Edmonton we continued to build on our performance having some great games but also lots of learning curves,” she said.
“There of course is still room for improvement but this early in the season we as a team feel we are in a great place and are aiming to continue to show the benefit of the work we have done on ice and off during the summer months.”
The Scots had been made to demonstrate their fighting qualities in the tournament played under the Triple Knockout format after losing matches in the A and B routes to find themselves having two knockout matches in the C route ahead of the play-offs.
They beat two local rinks Team Martin and Team Campbell to get through, before gaining revenge for their defeat earlier in the event when it mattered most against Sweden’s Team Sigfridsson in the quarter-finals, setting up a semi-final meeting with world number two, Team Jones which they won emphatically 9-5.
This excellent start to their season has placed Team Muirhead back into the top four in the world tour rankings.
The event also provided valuable experience for the other Scottish rink taking part, Team Aitken missing out on the play-offs but claiming a confidence-boosting 10-0 win over the seventh ranked side in the world rankings Team Rocque in knocking the Canadians out.
Photos: Tom J Brydone
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