Curling: Scots find it tough in opening Euro matches

Eve Muirhead had two wins and two losses at the weekend. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Eve Muirhead had two wins and two losses at the weekend. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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There were mixed fortunes for Scotland’s teams in yesterday’s play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships, being staged in Esbjerg, Denmark, writes Mike Haggerty.

Eve Muirhead’s women had a comfortable 8-1 six-end win over Finland in the morning session to give them a second victory in their round-robin programme, but, in the evening session, they lost a tight game by 6-7 to table-toppers Russia.

Earlier, Muirhead had lost her opener against hosts Denmark but recovered with an 11-3 win over Sweden on Saturday.

In their only game yesterday, a poor start by Kyle Smith’s Scottish men saw them down 1-5 after just three ends to Sweden’s defending European and world champions, and the Scottish men went on to lose 6-9.

In their previous games in the competition, they were beaten 4-11 by Norway but had a 9-7 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday evening.

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