SCOTLAND RETURN TO FORM WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER ITALY

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Scotland’s Team Muirhead got back to winning ways at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championships presented by BKT Tires, with a commanding 9-6 defeat of Italy that kept them on track for the play-offs.

Having lost their previous two matches against Sweden and Korea, the teams that contested the last Winter Olympic final, Eve Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Lauren Gray needed that win to remain on course to ensure that Team GB will be among the competing teams in the women’s event when the sport’s biggest competition takes place in Beijing next year. 

It was rarely in doubt as they consistently took advantage of the ends where they had the hammer, setting the tone at the opening end with a two, an effort they repeated at the third, fifth and seventh ends.

Forcing the Italians to take singles at the second and fourth ends meant they had a four shot advantage at the halfway stage and, having let a 3-1 lead at the midway break slip against the Swedes earlier in the day, this time they made no mistake.

“I’m really pleased with the team’s performance and the flow of that game,” skip Muirhead said afterwards.

“After the disappointing loss this morning where we let a few shots slip in the second part of the game, I think we really stepped it up for those key shots each end.

“The first part of the game was very much text book scoring, taking our twos when we had the hammer and scoring our ones and we just kept control throughout and managed to see it out.” 

Muirhead was aware of the importance of the victory at a key stage in the event, since it ensured that they will have a winning record at the halfway stage of the round-robin competition.

“It was a really important win with a lot of crucial shots made at crucial times and we put a lot of pressure on them,” she said.

The Scots face the Czech Republic and hosts Canada on the fifth day of competition tomorrow.

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Vicky Wright
Jen Dodds
Lauren Gray
Sophie Sinclair
Team Coach Kristian Lindström
Olympic Head Coach David Murdoch

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Scotland Schedule& Results (4 W 2L):

Friday 30 April
Scotland v USA* 10-6
Scotland v Japan*10-5

Saturday 1 May
Scotland v Germany 7-6

Sunday 2 May
Scotland v China* (postponed)
Scotland v Korea 4-8

Monday 3 May
Scotland v Sweden 4-7
Scotland v Italy 9-6

Tuesday 4 May
Scotland v Czech Republic
Scotland v Canada*

Wednesday 5 May
Scotland v Switzerland
Scotland v Estonia

Thursday 6 May
Scotland v RCF*

Friday 7 May
Scotland v Denmark
Qualification games -session 1

Saturday 8 May
Qualification games – session 2
Semi final - 1
Semi final – 2

Sunday 9 May
Bronze medal game
Gold medal game

*Broadcast games - https://www.youtube.com/c/WorldCurlingTV

Photo: WCF / Steve Seixeiro

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