Scots win European curling crown

Sat, 10 Dec 12:24:00 2011

Eve Muirhead exacted some revenge for last year’s agonising loss by comfortably seeing off Sweden in the final of the European Curling Championships in Moscow.

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Last year's showpiece saw Sweden claim victory but this time it was Scotland celebrating, winning 8-2 in just eight ends.

This was the first time Scotland's women have claimed European gold since 1975 and skip Muirhead is delighted to have upgraded last year's silver.

"It's fantastic," she said. "It's been one of the medals I've wanted.

"Last year we took silver against Sweden and this year we took gold – you couldn't ask for any more.

"Sweden had such a great week, but we just piled on the pressure from the start and we got a few mistakes out of the skip, and as soon as they made any mistakes, we just pounced."

Scotland build an early lead and after scoring singles in each of the first two ends Muirhead saw her side go 2-0 ahead.

Muirhead added another two in the fourth end and after adding three points in the fifth end Scotland had a commanding 7-0 lead.

The Swedes got on the scoreboard in the sixth end but Muirhead replied instantly in the seventh and although Sweden grabbed another point in the eighth the contest was over, leaving Scotland to dream of more success in the future.

"I would say we had control in every single end," Muirhead added. "When it gets past that fifth end and you're quite a few up, and you know you've not won it yet, you've just got to keep going and I think we did that well.

"Every game we got better and better and started going up the way, so I think we peaked at the right time.

"This is a new team for me and I think we're going to do great. This was a first major title and I'm delighted with that.

"We're still young – Anna's (third player Anna Sloan) still a junior and I'm only 21, so if we keep training hard and practicing hard, who knows?"

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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