Eve Muirhead, Kerry Barr, Vicki Adams and Sarah Macintyre certainly got a workout at the Kusnacht Masters, a new women's WCT-e event in Switzerland. The girls (photo here) won four out of five games in their section, to qualify top for the semifinals. Against Flims PurePower they lost out 4-3 at an extra end, and then were on the losing side of a 9-8 result in the 3rd/4th playoff.
At the Berne Open, David Murdoch's team won their first three games of the 32-team triple knockout before dropping to the B road. One more win matched them against Russ Howard's Canadians. They lost that, dropped to the C road only to find themselves facing Warwick Smith and his team of Craig Wilson, David Smith and Ross Hepburn. The Scotland 2 team had lost their first game in A, won one in B before being dropped to C where they put together back to back wins. Smith's team then made it three in a row to send Murdoch and his rink home.
The win put Warwick through to the quarterfinal which they won before bowing out in the semis. What a contest next weekend's Euro playoff is going to be!
John Hamilton, Phil Garden, Iain Chalmers and Graeme Copland were the other Scottish representatives. They won one, lost one in A. They won two straight in B before being sent down by the Canadians to the C road where they lost their last life.
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