Scotland womens curling team, including Stranaer’s Vicki Adams were last night battling for a place in the final of the European curling championships in Denmark.
The woman completed the round-robin stages of the tournament on Wednesday evening with a 9-4 win over Norway and that result, along with Russia’s win over Denmark by 8-5, and Finland’s 7-4 defeat of Estonia, means that the Scots finish second overall and will play third-ranked Finland in the semi-final, while leaders Russia and Denmark (who ranked fourth on the same win/loss record as Finland, but were beaten by them earlier) will contest the other semi-final.
In the game against Norway the teams were tied at 4-4 after seven ends but the Scottish break-through came in the eighth when, with Scottish stone placed well, skip Eve Muirhead had a hit and stay to score four from the end and take an 8-4 lead.
Norway’s skip Kristin Skaslien was short with her final draw in the ninth to give Scotland a single steal, and the Norwegians immediately conceded.
Vicki told The Galloway Gazette: “We knew at the start of the week it was going to be long - its a marathon and not a sprint so dropping a couple of games earlier in the week didn’t phase us. We have progressively got better game by game, and we know we are a playoff team, so we’re looking forward to taking on Finland tonight.”
Skip Eve Muirhead added: “We played a good game there and it was a game of patience. We knew if we hung in there and that’s the first job done. The big four in the eighth made the difference. I think we’ll be playing Finland, and they’re playing well. I think we got them at the right time at the start of the week, because they’ve come on to a really good game. I don’t mind who we play, it’s going to be tough.”
Final standings: Russia won 8, lost 1; Scotland 7-2; Finland, Denmark 6-3; Sweden 5-4; Switzerland, Germany 4-5; Norway 3-6; Estonia, Hungary 1-8.
Vicki’s mum Kate showed her daughter how its done by skipping her rink to their second Edinburgh International Seniors title at Murrayfield Ice Rink last Sunday.
Kate’s team won four out of five of their round-robin games, only losing to Jackie Lockhart’s team. But they got the better of the Lockhart rink in the final, beating them 7-6.