International curler Vicki Adams returned empty handed for the women’s world curling championships in Sapporo, Japan after being beaten in the bronze medal game on Sunday morning.
Russia beat Scotland’s team of Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki and Sarah Reid 13-4 to win the bronze at the World Championships being held in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo.
This was the third time these two teams had played each other in this year’s championship, with one win each before the game started.
Russia skip Anna Sidorova set her team up in the opening end when, with her first stone, she played a double take-out on two Scottish stones to lie with four stones in the scoring position. She then tapped-back another Scottish stone with her second effort to score five points and give Russia a cushion for the rest of the game.
In the second end, Scottish skip Eve Muirhead got her team on the scoreboard with a hit and stay, but just for one point.
In the third end, an umpire’s measure gave Russia one point and a 6-1 lead. The fourth end saw Muirhead attempt at a multiple take-out which left one Russian stone in place, giving Russia a steal of one point for a 7-1 lead.
Scotland suffered another set-back in the fifth end, when Muirhead had a complete miss with her second stone to give up a steal of three more points, giving Russia a 10-1 fifth end break lead. In the sixth end, Muirhead cleanly picked out one Russia stone to score two points in the end.
The rules state that games at this stage of a championship must go to eight ends and in the seventh, Sidorova hit out two Scottish stones to score three more points, for 13-3. The teams then played out the eighth end - Muirhead drew for one point with her last stone and then shook hands with her opponents, with a final score of 13-4 to Russia, who now repeat their bronze medal win from last year.
Vicki told The Galloway Gazette: “We are obviously really gutted about finishing fourth at the worlds when we have worked so hard throughout the year and had many successes in competition. To finish outside the medals at the worlds hurts. We do need to remember it’s the first year of the new Olympic cycle and having a change of line up in our team.
“We have no doubt we will be back on the podium soon.”
After the game Scotland skip Eve Muirhead said: “It’s just not been our week. We haven’t been consistent enough. The world championship is the competition that you build your season round and unfortunately this year it just wasn’t to be.”