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Eve Muirhead refused to make excuses after her team suffered a first defeat at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championships presented by BKT Tires, on a day disrupted by a COVID scare in the Calgary bubble, losing 8-4 to Korea.

The Scots were among the teams to have morning matches postponed as organisers took precautionary measures after members of the broadcast crew tested positive for the virus. 

When the day’s play then got underway Muirhead, Vicky Wright, Jen Dodds and Lauren Gray struggled from the off against opponents who had lost all four of their previous matches, but were clearly under-performing having reached the final of the last Winter Olympics.

Forced to take a one at the opening end, the Scots conceded a two at the next and when the Koreans stole another shot at the third they were in control. They then registered a three at the fifth, after again forcing the Scots to take a single at the fourth to take a commanding 6-2 lead at the break and the concession was made when they maintained that advantage after nine ends.

“That was a tough game today up against the Olympic silver medallists from PyeongChang and we just never really got anything going,” Muirhead admitted.

“We didn’t find momentum like we had in previous games and it was tricky.

“Obviously with the COVID scare this morning in the TV crew it was slightly different in here, but we dealt with that really well this morning and prepared the same way for this game but just didn’t get the ball rolling.” 

The Scots have to regroup overnight ahead of another challenging match with Anna Hasselborg’s so far unbeaten Swedish team which beat Korea in that Olympic final three years ago, before they face an Italian team that registered its first victory of the event with a remarkable comeback from 6-3 down against Germany after seven ends by registering a five at the eighth end on their way to a 10-6 win.

“Hopefully we can bounce back,” said Muirhead.

“It’s a new day tomorrow and we’ll look to come out firing as we know we’re going to have to.”

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Vicky Wright
Jen Dodds
Lauren Gray
Sophie Sinclair
Team Coach Kristian Lindström
Olympic Head Coach David Murdoch

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Scotland Schedule& Results (3 W 1 L):

Friday 30 April
Scotland v USA* 10-6
Scotland v Japan*10-5

Saturday 1 May
Scotland v Germany 7-6

Sunday 2 May
Scotland v China* (postponed)
Scotland v Korea 4-8

Monday 3 May
Scotland v Sweden
Scotland v Italy

Tuesday 4 May
Scotland v Czech Republic
Scotland v Canada*

Wednesday 5 May
Scotland v Switzerland
Scotland v Estonia

Thursday 6 May
Scotland v RCF*

Friday 7 May
Scotland v Denmark
Qualification games -session 1

Saturday 8 May
Qualification games – session 2
Semi final - 1
Semi final – 2

Sunday 9 May
Bronze medal game
Gold medal game

*Broadcast games -

Images: WCF / Steve Seixeiro


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