European Curling Championships: Scots males attain last, however girls play for bronze

Scotland skip Rebecca Morrison
Rebecca Morrison’s rink are of their first main championships collectively

Scotland’s males have reached the ultimate of the European Curling Championships, however their girls’s aspect should make do with a attainable bronze medal.

Bruce Mouat’s rink beat Joel Retornaz’s Italians to face both Switzerland or hosts Sweden in Saturday’s last.

The reigning champions received their semi-final 7-4 in Ostersund.

However Rebecca Morrison’s aspect suffered an 11-3 defeat by Madeleine Dupont’s Danes and can face Stefania Constantini’s Italy in Friday’s bronze-medal match.

Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan will study their opponents within the last on Friday, when Yannick Schwaller’s Swiss, who topped the round-robin, will probably be favourites towards Oskar Eriksson’s Swedes, who have been fourth, within the second semi-final.

In Thursday’s tight first semi-final, the Scots had edged right into a 3-1 lead just for the Italians to stage by scoring two on the seventh finish, however scoring 4 on the subsequent gave Olympic and World silver medallist Mouat a match-winning lead.

It accomplished a double in fast succession over the Italians, who the Scots had crushed 7-5 to inflict the Italians’ first defeat of the spherical robin and finish their unbeaten run, with Mouat saying: “Now we’re actually excited to go for our third European gold in our third look right here.

“It seems like we’re taking part in nicely sufficient to win, however we will need to put the sport collectively to have the ability to get it. It could be nice to return out firing and show ourselves once more on the European subject and hopefully groups the world over will probably be watching.”

Morrison, Gina Aitken, Sophie Sinclair and Sophie Jackson had completed fourth of their round-robin of their first main championship collectively and now should beat Italy, who completed second, to safe a medal.

Whereas the Italians have been dropping to Alina Paetz’s world champions from Switzerland 9-5, the Scots have been nicely crushed by the aspect who had topped the round-robin rankings.

Scoring three at each the third and fifth ends meant the Danes had the match wrapped up by the eighth and Morrison was philosophical concerning the defeat.

“The Danish group performed brilliantly on the market,” Scotland’s skip mentioned. “They did not miss a lot and have been simply actually medical, so on the finish of the day, they deserved that win.

“Our objective this week is to medal, although, so we’re not out of sight of that but.”

Ending within the prime eight qualifies each Scottish groups for subsequent 12 months’s World Curling Championships.

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