Riga – Day 4 / Scottish Wheelchair

Scotland continue to impress at the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013.

That’s Anna Sloan (above) in the game against Silvana Tirinzoni’s Switzerland – Scotland’s first opponents on Day 4.

This game had a steady flow of scoring but finished with a bang – Eve Muirhead and the Scots picked up a five in the ninth to take a big 11-4 victory. While this may not have come against the same Swiss team that won this competition last year, it was still a huge win for Scotland.

Eve said afterwards: “We came out sharp, won the draw shot, which is always our first goal, and then got two early. I think it’s about consistency now. All the girls are playing great. It’s going to be tough for a lot of teams to beat us.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SUI 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 X 4
2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 5 X 11

Full scores from draws nine and ten:

Switzerland 7-6 Russia
Russia 5-4 Denmark
Germany 5-7 China
Italy 4-6 Japan
Latvia 7-9 Russia
China 6-4 Sweden
Italy 6-7 Canada
Switzerland 4-11 Scotland

Eve Muirhead (above) and her team then played hosts Latvia in the final round of games on Tuesday.

Picking up from where they left off against the Swiss, Scotland stole early on and then traded points with Latvia in every end – the difference came from Scotland scoring more each time and they picked up another win, 9-5.

After seeing off the host-nation, Muirhead had this to say: “It’s rewarding to be able to execute like that. That’s what we came out to do today, so that’s ideal and we’re definitely going up the way now.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
LAT* 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 5
1 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 X 9

Full results from draw eleven:

Germany 5-6 Denmark (EE)
Latvia 5-9 Scotland
Japan 3-10 USA
Canada 4-8 Sweden

Scotland have now notched up five straight wins and have more European opposition tomorrow in the shape of Denmark at 0630 and Italy at 1630. All times are UK time. Going into Wednesday, Scotland sit on top of the standings with Sweden – with two days of round-robin play left, they are doing their best to grab a playoff spot.

Current Standings (W-L)
6-1 Scotland, Sweden
5-2 Russia
4-3 Canada, Japan, Switzerland, USA
3-4 Germany
2-5 China, Denmark, Italy
0-7 Latvia

Big end of the day award goes, once again, to Scotland who picked up that five against the Swiss.

The official website is here for more information and pictures – if you are having problems with the site, Curling Zone is a great alternative for live scoring.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013

Before I sign off for the night, I should point out that the Scottish Wheelchair Championship begins in Stirling tomorrow (Wednesday). Nine teams are playing in two groups with the final games on Friday. Follow the big event in Scottish wheelchair curling here.