Team Muirhead on to Curling Semi Finals


Eve Muirhead secured her team a place in the semi-finals - and a guaranteed match for a medal - with a brilliant victory over Canadian world champion Rachel Homan.

Her British rink, an all Scot team - including Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray and Anna Sloan - now face Sweden on Friday for a place in the gold medal match.


And they’ve been here before, losing the semi-final in Sochi to Canada four years ago, only to rebound just hours later to secure bronze.

Muirhead still labels that loss the toughest and most sobering of her career but this time the Canadians won’t be around to inflict it.

“The last few days we’ve been getting better and better and it’s all about building momentum for when it matters, these are the matches where we’ll be judged,” said Muirhead.

“Our aim was to book that semi-final slot and we’ve shown a lot of determination and patience and we’re in a good place.

“We loved playing under pressure, we thrive at this level and we’ve been here before. We’ll stay focused and clinical.”

Men's Team Lose to Sweden in Close Game

Meanwhile, Kyle Smith vowed to bounce back stronger in four years time after his rink fell short of the play-offs in PyeongChang.

After losing to the USA in Wednesday's final round robin game, Team GB had one final chance to make the final four when they took on Switzerland in the tie-breaker game.

But after a close game, rival skip Benoit Schwarz showed his tactical experience to grab a five in the ninth end and put the contest out of reach, eventually winning 9-5.

“We gave it our best shot but that’s the dream over. I’ll take a lot from the experience coming to the Olympic Games with my best friends and my wee brother, that’s something you dream of as a boy,” said Smith, a former world junior champion.

“There are lots of positives to take from this and learn from. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves in some of the tighter games. We were two wins and three losses and we’ve got back into the tournament beating some of the best teams in the world.

“It’s a sore one, we gave ourselves the chance of making the semi-finals but we couldn’t make it happen.”

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