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21 Feb

Silver for GB Men

Canada came out with all guns blazing in today's final and Team GB struggled to compete.  Despite a magnificent shot from David in the first end we still lost a two.

The control and positioning which had characterised our earlier games seemed to desert the boys today, leaving our skip with too much to do.

Canada well deserved their victory and we should all be proud of David, Greg, Scott and Michael who have surpassed many pundits predictions and come home with a tremendous Silver Medal.

20 Feb

Bronze for GB Women

 Bronze Medal Winners

In a fantastic game of curling, Eve Muirhead's team game out fighting in the second half.  They were tied at 3-3 after 5 ends and really put the pressure on Miriam Ott's Swiss team.

In the 9th end, leading by one shot Eve played a great tap with her last to lie three.  This followed excellent precision play by her team and forced Miriam to draw for a one, tie the game and leave GB with last stone in the 10th.

Two great tick shots from Claire Hamilton set up the end and all the team played well leaving Eve with a four foot draw, played perfectly, to win the game and Bronze for Britain. Heartiest Congratulations to Eve, Anna, Vicki and Claire.

Watch the Men's Final tomorrow.

Message from President Gavin

The Curling Finals are on Friday 21st February at 1.30pm, why not come along to the ice rink to watch and support Team Murdoch.  Bar and catering will be open.

 We look forward to seeing you.

Gavin

19 Feb

Semi Finals - Men

What a great result from David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, our own Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow. They are now guaranteed at least a silver Olympic Medal!

In what was inevitable a tight game, they took a brave decision to take one shot to lead 4-3 after 8 ends.  Niklas Edin took a good two at the ninth and in the last both teams were playing good shots but not quite getting the best position.

Edin tried a run back with his last stone but for once the curling gods smiled on GB and his stone missed by a millimetre.

David displayed all his coolness to draw the button for two and a place in tomorrow's final agaist Canada.  1.30 Friday is the time. Make sure you don't miss it!

Semi Finals Women

Eve Muirhead's GB team played exceptionally well in their semi against Canada, in team percentage tems outscoring the Canadians by 87% to 86%.

However, despite playing many fantastic shots, they came up against Jennifer Jones. The Canadian skip apparently only played 89%, but in the latter ends she played great shot after great shot.

Eve was one down playing the last end, but lay the three for game. Jennifer played the draw to the button to win and progress to the final against Sweden on Thursday at 1.30 pm.

Eve and her team play for Bronze against Switzerland at 8.30 am tomorrow

 

 

18 Feb

Qualifying Playoff against Norway

David Murdoch is not afraid to play the big shot to win a game of curling and this morning he played one of his best.

He had taken a two to tie the game after 8 ends against Thomas Ulsrud and forced the Norwegians to take a one in the ninth. At the last end, Norway were lying well with several shots in play. Ulsrud elected to take out a GB stone with his last shot and in doing so, took out two of his own stones.

The smile on David's face when he saw the shot he had to play suggested something special and it was played to perfection. A raised double take out to lie two and win the game!

GB now play Sweden in tomorrow's semi final.

Semi-Finals

19 Feb (15:00)

Canada

v

China

19 Feb (15:00)

Great Britain

v

Sweden

17 Feb

Final Round Robin Game - Women

Playing the 10th end 7-4 up without last stone was not the best time for a fresh air shot from Vicki Adams, leaving Eve Muirhead a very tricky last stone. She just curled too far so an extra end beckoned.

With too many guards in front, Eve was forced to play a difficult hit & roll with her last and it just didn't come off.

However, the girls have qualified for the semis and the draw is:

Semi-Finals

19 Feb (10:00)

Sweden

v

Switzerland

19 Feb (10:00)

Canada

v

Great Britain

 

Thoughts from Tom in Sochi

Well that was a disappointing loss to China but on a positive note destiny is still in our own hands. Gave the Danish skip's mum a big hug and said thanks for keeping Scott's
Olympic dream alive.
Check out Claire Balding and her highlight show tonight (Monday) at 7.30 to see some footage and maybe interviews with Scottish - oops British fans

Thanks to everyone back at Ayr Ice Rink for your continued support and good wishes.
TomA

Final Round Robin Game - Men

Another very close game, decided mainly in the 8th end when David Murdoch narrowly failed to draw the four foot for his one.  China thus stole 1 for a two shot lead.

A good two in the 9th levelled the game but China drew the button to win at the 10th.

With Norway also losing there is a play off with them tomorrow at 5.00am.

Morning game - Women

Two ends counted most in this game. At the 8th, Eve and her team played well to take a 4 and lead 7-3. At the 9th, they didn't play so well and gave up a 3.

However, Eve played a nose double with her last at the 10th to beat Russia, leaving GB on 3rd place with one game to go.

Scenarios for GB now are:

- If GB win their final match against Denmark they will qualify in third place.

- If GB lose their final match and Japan also lose then GB are through. In this scenario, they will be third if China beat Switzerland, but fourth if Switzerland win that match.

- If GB lose their final match and Japan win, elimination matches will be required between GB, Japan and the winner of China v Switzerland with two of the three teams advancing to the semi-finals. 

16 Feb

After starting well in this game against Norway, David Murdoch failed with a free draw for two at the 4th end. The momentum then shifted to Thomas Ulsrud and he used his last stone advantage to good effect to win the game 7-6.

GB sits on 5 wins and 3 losses. Here are the remaining fixtures.

 

17 Feb (10:00)

China

v

Great Britain

17 Feb (10:00)

Switzerland

v

United States

17 Feb (10:00)

Norway

v

Denmark

17 Feb (10:00)

Germany

v

Russia

And here are the possible scenarios for the Men's team

- GB are through if they beat China and Norway lose to Denmark. GB would be deemed to have finished third having beaten China in the round robin.

- GB are eliminated if they lose against China and Norway beat Denmark.

- If GB and Norway both lose they will play an elimination match to determines who finishes fourth in the group and advances to the semi-finals.

- If GB and Norway both win then China, GB and Norway would all have identical records and play-off matches would be required. Full format explanation is at the bottom of the page.

Women's Team

Here are the remaining Fixtures

17 Feb (05:00)

Great Britain

v

Russia

17 Feb (05:00)

Japan

v

China

17 Feb (05:00)

South Korea

v

United States

       

17 Feb (15:00)

Great Britain

v

Denmark

17 Feb (15:00)

Canada

v

South Korea

17 Feb (15:00)

Sweden

v

Japan

17 Feb (15:00)

China

v

Switzerland

 

And here are the possible scenarios for the Women's team

- If GB win both their matches on 17 February they are through in either second, third or fourth depending on Sweden and China's results.

- If GB win one of their remaining matches they will either finish in the top four by rights or in a tie for fourth. In the latter scenario, they would then face an elimination match or matches (if there are multiple teams tied for fourth) to determine whether they advance to the semi-finals.

- If GB lose both matches they could still finish in a tie for fourth. As above, they would then face elimination matches to determine whether they advance.

15 Feb

More from Tom in Sochi (after Canada game)

"Game v Canada
Ouch!! That was sore to lose but hey that's curling. We actually thought that Muddy had make it.
We had the Canucks but unfortunately our last stone drew millimeters too much. Lost a one and the game. Pressure now on to beat Norway or China to claim top four berth. Nerves kicking in from the fans but not players. Scott has now been mentioned on BBC as coming from Prestwick but we need to hear he started his curling at Ayr Ice Rink.
Early start for us tomorrow at 9.00 am  much earlier for the folks back home. A win will see us through - here's hoping!!"

Game reports

Eve Muirhead's team seemed to be in control  leading 7-6 after 8 ends, but lost two stolen shots at the ninth.

A solid and well played 10th end was finished by Eve tapping back the Korean stone just behind the button with her last to score a three and win 10-8. 

GB now sit in a share of second place with 4 wins and 2 losses.

In the men's game, for once the close finish did not go GB's way.  A hard fought game with Canada came to the final end with David Murdoch having last stone and needing a two to win the game. He elected to play a reasonably straightforward double (for him!) for his two and missed the shot by the smallest fraction possible. GB are now on 5-2, equal third, with two games against Norway and China to go.

In Eve's second game of the day, things did not go as planned and the GB team found themselves 6-2 down after 6 ends. They fought back to 7-6 down playing the last and lay two shots at the last stone. Miriam Ott, however, played a controlled hit and stick to win the game.

Two games left on Monday for the women, against Denmark & Russia, and they will probably need to win at least one to stay in the race.

Latest news from Tom Andrews - hot off the press from Sochi (before Canada Game)

"Wow this dream is getting closer. A hard fought victory v Denmark last night. Canada now our next opponents in a couple of hours. Can't believe this is the WINTER Olympics - sitting in shirt sleeves and supping a cool beer makes it feel like summer. It's actually warmer at the Coastal Cluster than the Summer games in London.
It's an amazing atmosphere all around the Olympic Park with dance troupes, musicians - very Disney."

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14 Feb

The British Women stole a 5 in end 7 to beat the Japanese by 12 shots to 3.  This is the second time that our women's team have finished 12-3 up in this competition.

They now move into joint 3rd place. 

The men had to fight all the way against Denmark. They trailed 5-1 after 5 ends but took a good 3 at the 6th to get back into contention. Pressure on Rasmus Sterne in the 9th and 10th ends produced good steals in each of these, with the GB rink eventually winning 8-6. 

13 Feb

Despite losing a two at the 9th end, Eve Muirhead and her team had played well and held the hammer at the last with the scores tied at 7-7.

She was left with a draw to the 4 foot to win the game and executed the shot perfectly.  The girls now move on to 5th place with a 2-2 record.

In the men's game against USA, the first three ends were crucial. GB stole one in the first and a further two in the third end to go up 3-0. They played very well thereafter, with the first three players shooting 90%+ and David only slightly behind in mid 80s.  The win was confirmed at 5-3.

12 Feb

When Eve came to play her last stone, it was a choice between a draw for two to tie the game or a possible triple take out to lie 3 and win. She tried the take out and got rid of two stones but just missed on the third.  Canada won 9-6.

Both skips agreed that either team could have won the game.

In the later game, the GB team had a controlled 4-2 victory against Switzerland. Greg and Scott both had high scoring percentages and left David Murdoch with (relatively) simple shots to play.  He played them well.  The team now sit in 3rd place with a 3-1 record. 

11 Feb

First Report from Tom Andrews - Ayr CC's Foreign Correspondent

Awesome!! No other words to describe the experience of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The size of the Olympic Park cannot be imagined until you see it for yourselves. A 30 minute walk from the entrance to the Ice Cube certainly has the Team GB fans questioning their fitness. Curling to date has been good from the GB boys even though the results look tight and the loss of a 4 against Sweden was a result of a superb shot from the Swedish 3rd. The game against Russia was very noisy - the Russians are so enthusiastic and cheer at all the wrong times. The game today against Germany was tighter than it should have been but a W is all we want at the moment.
Families haven't had a chance to chat with the athletes yet so I can't pass on any messages from Scott but I'm proud to announce that the Reveal magazine has him as a "Hunky Hopefully"!!! Personally I'd prefer him and the team to win a medal - which is why they're here.
Access to Internet is limited but enjoying some free wifi in P&G family home at the moment.
Spirits are high and we are waiting for more Team GB fans coming out soon.  Having a great time at the moment and will post again when possible. Thanks for all the good wishes from Ayr Ice Rink to Scott. We all appreciate the support you are sending.
Regards
Your Foreign Correspondent
TomA

Game reports

Men

A very close game against Germany. Tied at 6 all in the 10th end, with Germany having the last stone, David Murdoch played an immaculate hit and roll to the button to lie shot behind two centre guards.
The German skip feathered one of the guards with his first shot and then David's last stone picked up and came up short.  Felix Shulze played a little more weight and his stone stayed straight, leaving the GB shot on the button to steal a one for victory. Phew!

Women

The GB Women were back on form in this game against the USA. They were leading 2-1 in the fourth end.  I went upstairs to put Tom Andrews report (above) on the website and when I got back down Eve had scored a 7! A well deserved 12-3 victory. Watch the 7 end here.

 

10 Feb 

Great Britain's men's curling team got their Sochi Winter Olympics campaign off to a winning start with a 7-4 victory over hosts Russia.

David Murdoch's rink scored four points in the sixth end to help beat the host team Russia.

Later, Eve Muirhead was beaten 6-4 by the reigning European champions, Sweden. The Scots got off to a slow start, but managed to claw back a 3 shot deficit to tie the game at 3-3 after 6 ends.  Maria Prytz played a great shot in the 7th to turn around a good position for the Scots and instead take 2 for Sweden.

In today's third session, David Murdoch was up against Niklas Edin from Sweden. It was a very tight game, but the GB team didn't seem to get the rubs and the Swedes played 90%+. 

The eighth end was crucial.  GB was trailing by one, without the hammer, and in trying to force a steal of one left Edin a run back to score a 4.  Game over.