Riga – Day 9 – Final Word

The Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 came down to the last stone of the last end of the last game.

When the rocks came to rest, Scotland were World Women’s Curling Champions 2013.

Eve Muirhead (above) was skipping against Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson for the third time in the tournament – the Swedes won the first two encounters but it was Scotland who triumphed when it mattered most.

A steal of two in the fourth end gave Scotland the advantage and from then on it was singles traded all the way to the end. Crucially, Scotland had hammer in the tenth – Eve was left with a precise hit for the title and she nailed it for the 6-5 win.

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

Afterwards, a delighted Eve Muirhead said: “It’s still not sunk in. The girls played great out there today. To come out on the top is an unbelievable feeling, especially for myself, getting that silver medal in 2010 and silver at the Europeans this year. To top our season off by becoming world champions just feels great.”

About the game itself, Muirhead said: “We knew it was going to be a close game and we knew it could well come down to last end, last stone. We were ready for that. We played a great last end there, Anna played that great double rip that locked it up for us and left me a pretty simple shot.”

And here they are…

Team Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013!

An absolutely fantastic result for Eve and her team of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton – they played very well all week and performed brilliantly in the final stages.

This young team becomes only Scotland’s second World Women’s champions – Jackie Lockhart was the first in 2002 with Sheila Swan, Katriona Fairweather and Anne Laird. Coincidentally, the final score was 6-5 against Sweden in that year’s final.

Eve and her team finished the 2013 tournament on a record of twelve wins and two losses – worthy winners I’m sure you will agree.

The girls have made the front page of the BBC Sport website – take a look at the report here. You can find more on the official event website here and on the RCCC website here.

Highlights of the final are available in a video here – that tenth end will be long in the memory for Scotland fans everywhere.

Team Scotland (L-R): David Hay, Lauren Gray, Claire Hamilton, Vicki Adams, Anna Sloan, Eve Muirhead

Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013 (L-R): Eve Muirhead (skip), Anna Sloan (third), Vicki Adams (second), Claire Hamilton (lead), Lauren Gray (alternate), David Hay (coach)

I don’t think we will tire of seeing these wonderful pictures from Riga for a while yet.

The other game that took place today (Sunday) was the bronze medal game – Canada beat the USA in this one 8-6.

World Women’s Curling Championship Medal Winners 2013

Gold – Scotland: Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton
Silver – Sweden: Maria Wennerström, Christina Bertrup, Maria Prytz, Margaretha Sigfridsson
Bronze – Canada: Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle

Final Standings
1. Scotland
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. USA
5. Switzerland
6. Russia
7. Japan
8. Denmark
9. China
10. Italy
11. Germany
12. Latvia

With this event now over, eight out of ten nations able to send teams to Sochi in 2014 have been decided. Russia qualify as hosts which means that the following teams will feature in the Winter Olympics: Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland/Great Britain, Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea.

The new World Curling Federation Olympic Qualifying Event is now open to Germany, Japan, China, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic and Norway and will take place in December 2013 at a location yet to be announced – two teams will make it to Sochi.

So that’s it – my final Riga report and I am delighted to be writing about a Scottish victory.

A huge congratulations to Eve, Anna, Vicki, Claire, Lauren, David and Rhona Martin.

Scotland – World Women’s Curling Champions 2013.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Photos are © Alina Pavliuchik and Richard Gray / WCF 2013

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