Record fourth junior title for Muirhead

Sun, 13 Mar 19:43:00 2011

Scotland's Eve Muirhead claimed a record fourth world junior title with a thumping victory over Canada on home ice in Perth.

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Vancouver Winter Olympian Muirhead, ably assisted by Anna Sloan, Vicky Adams and Rhiann Macleod, eased to victory over Canadian skip Trish Paulsen to confirm her dominance over the junior ranks.

Muirhead’s team attacked from the start, scoring a two in the first end and it could have been three if Muirhead’s final stone had not rolled out of the house.

The teams swapped single points in the next two ends and, in the fourth, when she faced four Scottish counters, Paulsen was light with her draw and gave up three points to go 1-6 down.

And the result was put beyond any lingering doubt when Scotland stole a further two points in the seventh for a 10-2 lead. Canada scored one in the eighth end, and then conceded.

Muirhead said: “That was a great game for us, we all played well and made no mistakes out there and gave them no chance. That’s what happens when you do that, you can put the pressure on.

“We knew we had to come out strong, Canada are a great team. We knew we had to do that to get the win. We gave them nothing and that’s the way we wanted to play. We didn’t miss anything, we placed the stones exactly where we wanted them.

“To win it four times feels pretty good, each time feels just as good as every other time, but this is special. I’m finished with juniors now, but I don’t think I could have achieved any more in my junior career than to win the world title four times.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s Anna Sidorova and her team of Galina Arsenkina, Viktoria Moiseeva and Ekaterina Antonova beat Sweden’s defending champions Sofia Mabergs, Anna Huhta and sisters Jonna and Sara McManus, by 9-3 to claim bronze.

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