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Muirhead wins Shoot-Out in extra end

Posted on September 18, 2017

The HDF Insurance Shoot-Out weekend started off on Thursday, September 14 with 24 women's teams from all around the world. We had teams visiting from Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, Korea, Scotland, and we had many representatives from right here in our own backyard. 

There were four draws on both Thursday and Friday where each team would play two games per day. Going into the last two draws on Saturday morning, it was still very unclear as to who would qualify for the quarter-finals. We had a 4 way tie at 2-2 in the blue pool and quite a few teams sitting at 3-1 with the hopes of qualifying for playoffs. The only team with a perfect record was Team Muirhead with a perfect 4-0 going into the final day of the round robin. 

It all came down to the last game for each team. After the noon draw on Saturday, we saw 7 teams sitting with a 4-1 record who were all happy to hear they qualified for the quarter final round later Saturday evening. The teams included Hasselborg at the number 1 spot, Muirhead, Robertson, Wang, Carey, Paetz and Rocque. There were 6 more teams who were tied with a 3-2 record across two pools who needed to play in a tiebreaker bracket for the 8th qualifying spot. Team Sweeting had a near perfect draw to the button record after having covered the button on 4 of 5 games, they got a bye into the second tie breaker. 

Team Scotland vs Team Ogasawara was the first 4-end tie breaker game, to see who plays off against Team Sweeting. Ogasawara was victorious but was eventually overtaken by Sweeting in a second 4-end for the spot in the final tie breaker. On the other side, Team Hunkin overtook Team Fujisawa in a full 8-end game to face Sweeting in the final tie breaker for the 8th qualifying spot. Val Sweeting and her team Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson and Rachel Brown took the victory in an exciting 4 end game. They would face Hasselborg, the number one seed, in the quarter final round. 

By the end of a very long day of curling, only 4 teams had advanced to the semi-final. Team Hasselborg, Team Wang, Team Muirhead and Team Robertson. It was a battle between the semi-final teams, but the number one and two seeds, Team Hasselborg of Sweden and Team Muirhead of Scotland respectively, found themselves in the final championship match. The same spot Eve Muirhead found herself in one year prior where she came up short in the 8th end. 

The championship proved to be an even match between the two international squads. Hasselborg opened the scoring with 2 in the second end and Muirhead reciprocated with 2 in the fourth. Hasselbord scored another 2 points in the 6th end and stole 1 in the seventh to lead Muirhead 5-2 in the 8th end. With some impressive curling by the Scottish team, they managed to score three to tie the game and force an extra end. With Team Muirhead sitting two rocks closest to the button, it was all down to Anna Hasselborg's last shot. Unfortunately, she came up short and Muirhead found themselves victorious with a 7-5 win after a very impressive comeback. 

Thank you to all the teams that participated in the event! 



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