Stranraer curler Vicki Adams and her teammates in the GB women’s team will play Switzerland for a bronze medal tomorrow morning after losing their semi-final today to Canada 6-4 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi.
Canada came onto the ice for their game against Great Britain undefeated, with nine round-robin wins to their credit.
They opened the scoring in their game against Great Britain with two points. They moved into a 3-0 lead in the second end by stealing a single point when British skip Eve Muirhead’s last stone rolled out of position.
Britain opened their account in the third end, scoring two points to reduce the Canadian lead to 3-2.
The teams then swapped single points in the next two ends, to go into the half-time break with Canada in the lead, at 4-3.
In the sixth end Canadian skip Jennifer Jones drew her final stone into the house to score one point and extend her lead to 5-3.
The British team then blanked both the seventh and eighth ends, looking for a score that would bring them back into the game.
In the ninth end, Canada’s Jones played a double take-out across the house with her first stone that eventually left Great Britain drawing for just one point to reduce Canada’s lead to 5-4.
In the tenth end, Jones drew her last stone into the four foot ring and inside two British stones to take one more point and win the game by 6-4, her tenth victory of the event.
As the Canadians celebrated, their skip Jennifer Jones said: “Amazing - it’s a dream come true! The whole Olympic experience has been a dream come true and now that we’re playing in the gold medal game - that’s all you could ask for in sport. It was a great team effort out there.”
Canadian third Kaitlyn Lawes added: “I think we’re still a little bit in shock. We fought through a tough game against a tough team,” while lead player Dawn McEwan was full of praise for her skip. She said: “It was a little tense at the end but I have all the trust in the world in Jen to make a shot like that.”
Great Britain’s Eve Muirhead was, unsurprisingly, subdued after the game. She said: “We’re gutted. We gave it our all out there. We said at the start of the week we wanted to leave here with no regrets and we did give it 110% out there.”
She continued: “We didn’t play badly at all to lose the game, but Canada played extremely well - they played some fantastic cross-house doubles. When you leave them shots like that, nine times out of ten they are going to make it. And what a great last shot by Jen under pressure, drawing against the game is never easy.”