It's 08.00 on Sunday morning and Scotland's first game in the World Junior Curling Championship. They faced the host nation, Sweden. It was never going to be easy. The Scots got into trouble in the fifth end. Eve Muirhead had to try an angled plant with her last stone on to two Swedish stones in the house. She moved both of them, but did not clear them from the circles. Cissi Ostlund drew for three, and a 5-2 lead.
The Scots got one in the sixth and stole a single at the seventh. But Team Muirhead never looked like stealing in the eighth and the Swedish skip drew perfectly for another three shots. That should have been the game. Eve and the girls did not think so. They played on and recovered three in the ninth. Then they stole in the tenth. Fighting spirit!
The game went into an extra. Again the Scots established a front guard and forced Ostlund to play a delicate tap back around it for the win. She made it! Sweden 9, Scotland 8 was the final score.
All the results and standings from the championship can be found at www.curlingkanalen.se. The event host website is www.wjcc2008.org.
The photo is of the team presentation: L-R Sarah Macintyre (lead), Vicki Adams (2nd), Kerry Barr (3rd), Eve Muirhead (skip), Kay Adams (5th) and Isobel Hannen (coach). Pic by Bob.
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