Brewster and Scotland bounce back with a bang at European Championships

Brewster and Scotland bounce back with a bang at European Championships
By Sportsbeat

Skip Tom Brewster insisted patience was the key as he and Scotland's men ended their European Championships day three on a high with a narrow victory over Switzerland.

After Switzerland blanked the opening end, the teams swapped twos in the next three ends and it was Scotland's turn to blank as the teams went into the break with Switzerland leading by 4-2.

In the sixth end an early Swiss mistake gave the Scots a chance to score two again, but Brewster hit and rolled out instead of staying, to take just one from the end and remain behind at 4-3.

The seventh end saw Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz draw inside a protected Scottish stone sitting just off the button to restore a two-shot lead.

But the Scots levelled at 5-5 in the eighth when Brewster played a tap-back to score two. Switzerland then blanked the ninth end to retain last stone, and in the tenth, the Scots kept their guards and draws behind cover on the centre line time and again. Finally, Switzerland's Schwarz misjudged his final take-out, leaving one Scottish stone in the house to steal one and win the game.

"That was really hard fought," Brewster said. "We hung in last night [to beat Sweden] and during this game we said 'just be patient, just like last night'. "We got a good two in the eighth. We had a chance to force them in nine, but it was tough going round the corners and we struggled with the ice today. For whatever reason we weren't throwing it as cleanly and it got a little bit nervy. But a win’s and win. It's great.

"It's great to be playing in front of a home crowd. It's a lovely arena and the noise goes round – it's fantastic.

"We're just a game-at-a-time team. I don't think we were at our best tonight, but we show plenty of fight and passion – we're Scottish after all. But that'll be a huge confidence booster. We’re going to rest up – I think the guys are tired tonight."

The result leaves Scotland joint fourth in the rankings, with Switzerland joint top with four victories and one loss.

They share top spot with Norway and Sweden who beat Austria and Italy respectively, while Finland are still winless following an 8-4 defeat to Russia.

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