Muirhead's curlers on track for PyeongChang after win in Canada

Muirhead's curlers on track for PyeongChang after win in Canada
By Sportsbeat

21/09/2017 at 15:52Updated

Team GB curling skip Eve Muirhead believes her rink's victory at the HDF Shoot-Out tournament in Canada can serve as a building block on the way to Olympic success.

With less than five months to go until the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the women's rink which will represent Great Britain, beat the team selected to represent Sweden in the final of the Canadian tournament.

Muirhead's rink had lost out to the Swedes in the semi-final of the Grand Slam of Curling last week, but this time they were the victors 7-5.

It was the first tour win of the season for the Scots, who were runners-up in the same event last year, but Muirhead insisted there were plenty more to come.

"After a solid semi-final at the Grand Slam last week in Regina, we built on that coming into this week in Edmonton," she said.

"Playing well throughout, we showed grit and great team unity to come out on top.

"It feels great to have a tour win under our belts this early in the season and all we can do now is build on that for the coming events."

The men's team chosen to compete in PyeongChang did not fare so well, losing 6-5 to Norway's Team Walstad in the quarter-finals of the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Cornwall, Ontario.

Led by Kyle Smith and including Muirhead's brother Thomas, they could not match the women's performance, although coach Viktor Kjell felt there were still positives to take from the outing.

"It was a good week in Cornwall and they played some of their best curling so far this season," he said.

"It was a little disappointing not to make it past the quarters because we felt we had something good going.

"As a coach, I am very pleased with where we are at this stage of the season and the training we did in August is definitely starting to pay off.

"We still have areas to improve on so I am excited to see what the next few weeks has to give."

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