The Scottish women, including Vicki Adams from the Lochans, won bronze medals on Friday evening at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships with a dominant 8-4 victory over Denmark in just eight ends.
The Danes started with last stone advantage and scored one point in the first end, but after that, it was virtually all Scotland. Eve Muirhead’s team scored two in the second end to take the early lead and then, in the fourth end, Muirhead played a good hit and stay to score another two points and move to a 4-2 lead. The Danes could only score a single point in the fifth end, meaning that Scotland went into the break with a 4-3 lead. The Scots split the house early in the sixth end to eventually leave Muirhead with a straightforward open hit and stay for two more points. The Scots then stole a further two points in the seventh end for an 8-3 lead.
When Danish skip Lene Nielsen came to play her final draw in the eighth, she was facing four Scottish counters and although she made the draw to score one, she immediately conceded, with the score at 8-4 to Scotland.
After the game Muirhead said, “why could we have not played like that all week? That was our best game by a long, long way. We were solid out there and we didn’t do a lot wrong – that’s more like Team Muirhead.”
While admitting to a better-sweet feeling about winning bronze, she added, “we didn’t want to come back without a medal, but you can’t win them all. We seem to put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we’ve done well at several major championships, and we maybe came in with just a bit too much pressure on ourselves. It was just one of those weeks – we always seemed to be on the back foot and always struggling, but in that last game the girls were fantastic and everyone stuck together really well, It’s a pleasure to play when it’s like that.”