Slow start for Scots at European Championships

Vicki Adams adn Sarah reid show their sweeping prowess'Photo credit - Richard Gray WCF
Vicki Adams adn Sarah reid show their sweeping prowess'Photo credit - Richard Gray WCF

Vicki Adams and the rest of Team Muirhead have got of to a slow start at the European Curling Championships in Esberg, Denmark, with a won two lost, two record, something that is not entirely unusual for them.

A slow start in Friday evening’s first round-robin game by Eve Muirhead’s team eventually handed a 7-2 win to Denmark, with, after delivering the first ceremonial stone of the event, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark looking on.

But Team Muirhead and her team recovered from that opening loss against the hosts with an 11-3 win over Sweden in Saturday afternoon’s second session of women’s round-robin play.

Scotland then had a six-end 8-1 win over Finland in their Sunday morning game to record their second victory of the campaign.

But the Scottish women lost out in a tight Sunday evening match against table-toppers Russia, going down on the last stone of the game by 6-7.

After the Russia game, skip Muirhead said: “We got off to a bit of a poor start and we had a lot of chances, but we just didn’t make them. It was one of those games that just seemed never be on our side. It came down to the last stone, and these are the games that you really want to win. There’s still a long, long way to go, but we need to step it up for the rest of our games.

“It was tough, but it’s not the end of the road yet. She (Sidorova) played very well, she had draw weight in her back pocket. When you play games against skips like that, it’s going to be tough. But I didn’t make her job very hard”.

The Scottish women now have just one game today, against Hungary.