There will be no repeat of their 2011 success at the world curling championships for Stranraer’s Vicki Adams and the rest of the Scottish women’s team after they lost their last round-robin game 4-9 to Canada last night in Swift Current, Saskcatchewan.
Scotland ended in fifth place and therefore out of the Play-offs.
Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Sarah Reid had lost against Switzerland and Japan to find themselves in a winner-takes-all showdown with Canada for the last available place in the Play-offs.
Canada had last stone advantage and used it to draw for one shot in the opening end. In the second, Muirhead elected to play a multiple tap-up, which came off, to score one and level the game. The Canadians were again forced to take one in the third end when their skip Chelsea Carey played a hit and stay.
The Scots blanked the fourth end and then were restricted to just one shot in the fifth when Muirhead’s final draw attempt was too wide.
The Canadian break-through came in the sixth end when a fortunate wick on their third player’s stone allowed them to build up stones. Muirhead went for an ambitious tap-in off a wing stone with her last which did not come off, leaving Carey with a straightforward draw for three and a 5-2 lead.
In the seventh end, Muirhead hit for one and the Scots stole one in the eighth when a Canadian double take-out attempt went wrong. The ninth proved to be the final end of the game as, with Canada playing a raise take-out to score four for 9-4, the Scots conceded.
After the game, Muirhead said, ” it’s hard because we played pretty well at the start of the week and we got a lot of good play going. It’s hard to take that we’re out but we lost the last three games and at major Championships you just can’t do that.”
She added, “it’s early to reflect but it’s harsh because I think we played well at the start of the week and most of the week. I guess the Swiss game has come back to bite us, but that’s sport.. I missed my last shot in the sixth. It comes down to skip shot and it makes you look a bit of a fool. You get the glory when you win, but when you lose you get the sack because you don’t make the shots.”
The Page Play-offs will see Switzerland play Japan in the 1/2 game, while Russia will face Canada in the 3/4 game.