Riga – Day 8

They’ve done it. Scotland have reached the final of the Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 after beating Canada in the semi-final on Saturday evening.

Earlier, Canada had beaten the USA 7-6 to reach the semi-final showdown with the Scots – the USA dropped to the bronze medal game.

Having beaten Rachel Homan’s Canada in the round-robin stage, Eve Muirhead and her Scotland team needed another victory against the Canadians to set up a meeting with Sweden to play for gold – and they did just that.

The teams traded twos for the first four ends before Scotland were forced to take a single leaving them 5-4 up at the fifth end break. Singles were swapped until Canada went ahead for the first time in the game with a two in the eighth. When Scotland were again forced to take a single and tie things up after nine, it looked like Canada were in the driving seat but with her final shot in the tenth, Eve left Homan with a double takeout for the win – a Scottish stone jammed and they got the only steal of the game to take it 8-7.

After the game, Eve said: “I’m delighted with that. We managed to pick up our two in the first end and it could have gone either way. I think it was a real high quality game, but when it comes down to last stone like that, I tell you what – I’d rather be playing than watching because I’m not the best watcher. We always have good battles Rachel and I and it just shows you that was a good battle.”

A fantastic result for Eve and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton.

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

So, the bronze medal game will be a repeat of the 3v4 playoff game and sees Canada take on the USA – this means the wait for Canadian gold at a world women’s continues as they have not won since 2008.

For Scotland, meanwhile, they will now play Sweden for the third time in this tournament for the gold medal and the championship title – Sweden won the previous two encounters, will it be third time lucky for the Scots?

Since the women’s worlds began in 1979, Scotland have picked up ten medals – they are now guaranteed an eleventh.

Scotland’s only gold medal at this level came in 2002 when Jackie Lockhart skipped Scotland to victory over a Sweden team that included Margaretha Sigfridsson – she will be skipping Sweden in tomorrow’s final.

Since 2002, Scotland have picked up bronze (2007) and in 2010 Eve skipped Scotland to a silver medal. If the pattern of winning a medal of improving colour every three years continues then Scotland are due a gold!

The 2013 final against Sweden will be live on the Eurosport Player at 1200 tomorrow (Sunday) and will be shown after the event at 1700 on Eurosport TV.

For all the information ahead of the final day of play, the event website is here.

Best of luck to Eve, Anna, Vicki and Claire – one more game for glory. Come on Scotland!

Photo is © Alina Pavliuchik / WCF 2013