Scotland triumphs at World Junior Curling Championships

Eve Muirhead, captain of Scotland team

The women's final of the World Junior Curling Championships saw Scotland’s Eve Muirhead lead her team to victory to claim a record fourth world junior title on Sunday 13 March. 

The World Juniors returned to the Dewars Centre in Perth, where fifteen years ago Tom Brewster Jr. won the 1995 title in front of his home crowd with a 6-3 win over his German opponents.  Approximately 70km north of the Scottish capital Edinburgh, Perth hosts many national curling championships, including the Scottish Championships.

Muirhead’s team attacked from the start, scoring a two in the first end which could have been three if Muirhead’s final stone had not rolled out of the house.

The teams swapped single points in the next two ends and, in the fourth, when she faced four Scottish counters, Paulsen was light with her draw and gave up a steal of three to go 1-6 down.

After this, Canada had a mountain to climb, and the result was put beyond any lingering doubt when Scotland stole a further two points in the seventh when Paulsen’s final draw sailed on past two Scottish counters, for a 10-2 lead to Scotland.

Canada scored one in the eighth end, and then conceded.

About her fourth title, she said, “To win it four times feels pretty good, each time feels just as good as every other time, but this is special. I’m finished with juniors now, but I don’t think I could have achieved any more in my junior career than to win the world title four times”.

Oskar Eriksson and his Swedish team of twin brothers Alexander and Kristian Lindström and Christoffer Sundgren, won the men’s 2011 World Junior Curling Championship by 6-5 in the tight, high-class final in Perth, Scotland, beating Switzerland’s defending champions - skip Peter de Cruz; fourth player Benoit Schwarz; and front end Valentin Tanner and Roger Gulka.

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