Riga – Day 7

If Scotland want to win the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013, they are going to have to do it the hard way.

In their 1v2 playoff game, Eve Muirhead (above with Anna Sloan) took on Sweden skipped by Margaretha Sigfridsson – the team that had inflicted Scotland’s only defeat of the competition so far, an 11-2 humbling on Sunday.

There was to be no revenge, however, as Sweden came away 7-5 winners despite a late surge from the Scots.

Afterwards, Eve said: “That totally got away from us. We had a hellish pick-up on my second-last stone in the last. We had that end sealed up…that’s curling. You get these unfortunate breaks and what can you do? We’ve got to come back tomorrow in the semi-final and put in another good performance.”

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

Earlier in the day, the two tie-breakers were played and the results were as follows:

Russia 6-7 Switzerland (EE)
USA 7-4 Switzerland

All of this means that Sweden are in Sunday’s gold medal game, Scotland are in tomorrow’s semi-final at 1700 (UK time) and Canada and the USA play the 3v4 playoff on Saturday afternoon.

If Scotland want to face Sweden for gold, they will have to beat either Canada or the USA first – if they lose, the bronze medal game awaits.

Eurosport TV and the Eurosport Player will be showing Scotland’s semi-final tomorrow (Saturday). The Player didn’t behave itself during the 1v2 game this evening which was disappointing considering we were at a crucial stage in the game – fingers crossed for tomorrow.

For more reaction and photos, the official event website is here.

Photo is © Richard Gray / WCF 2013