Riga – Day 5

It is becoming a familiar theme in my daily reports of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 to say that Scotland picked up two wins in a day and, sure enough, they’ve done it again and are now guaranteed a playoff spot. Fantastic!

First up on Wednesday for Eve Muirhead, pictured above with Anna Sloan, was Lene Nielsen’s Denmark.

The game went the distance with Denmark taking more ends than the Scots but, crucially, it was Scotland who scored bigger ends to take it 8-6.

Afterwards, Eve accepted that despite the win the team were not at their best: “We just weren’t as sharp as we had been yesterday. In any major championships you can’t have slack games. We just weren’t quite as sharp – it wasn’t bad – we knew it was always going to be tough against Denmark, but overall, we’re still happy.”

1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 Total
SCO 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 8
0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 6

Full results from draws twelve and thirteen:

Japan 4-9 Sweden
Canada 8-5 Germany
Scotland 8-6 Denmark
Latvia 2-9 USA
USA 5-9 China
Denmark 9-7 Italy
Switzerland 7-3 Germany
Japan 3-10 Russia

Scotland’s second game saw them face Italy, skipped by Diana Gaspari. That’s Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan sweeping above.

With no ends bigger than singles or twos, it was a succession of steals midway through the game that proved crucial for Muirhead and the Scots and they picked up an 8-4 win that ensured Scotland’s place in the playoffs.

A delighted Eve had this to say after the game: “It was solid out there and that’s guaranteed us a playoff slot. That was our first goal, so I’m really chuffed. Now we’ve just got to concentrate, we want to get into the right playoff, the one-two playoff.”

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

Full results from draw fourteen:

Canada 7-4 Switzerland
Sweden 10-3 Russia
China 7-3 Latvia
Scotland 8-4 Italy

A brilliant seven straight wins for Team Scotland has now got them a coveted playoff berth but, as Eve said, it is still to be decided which spot they occupy when round-robin play concludes tomorrow (Thursday). As it stands, we are looking at Scotland v. Sweden and Canada v. Russia but there are still three draws remaining and anything could happen.

Scotland play in the two early draws tomorrow – Russia at 0630 and the USA at 1130. All times are UK times.

Current Standings (W-L)
8-1 Scotland, Sweden
6-3 Canada, Russia
5-4 Switzerland, USA
4-5 China, Japan
3-6 Denmark, Germany
2-7 Italy
0-9 Latvia

Big end of the day award goes to China who picked up a five against the USA.

The event website is here for those crucial final group games tomorrow.

Photos are © Richard Gray / WCF 2013