Saturday, January 29, 2011

Universiade W3: GBR v Poland

Leslie Ingram-Brown reports from Erzurum:


There are times in your life when you find very little to write home about and this comes into that classification as Poland defended for nine ends before finally conceding 8-2. Indeed at the post match interview I did mention this to Anna who said that the team had played to a game plan and stuck to it.

Sarah (Macintyre) had been watching the Poles and it was noted that they liked to hit so the game plan was to play a simple game and wait for it to come. Sarah also admitted to being pleased to be on the ice and felt she was settling down fine during the game having experienced the evening practice sessions.

To the game itself. Poland took a single in the first end and GBR countered with a 2 in the second and stole a 2 in the third when Muskus blew through the house. Poland then proceeded to blank the next two ends not even thinking of try to reduce the deficit but in the sixth Poland were forced to take a single.

GBR blanked the seventh. Anna made sure of her hit and lie for two in the eighth and in the ninth Muskus went for a hit on the nose towards the back of the house but was far enough away not to disturb the sails. A neat steal of 2 and Poland conceded.

Any win is acceptable and with Turkey to come in the morning session it would be hoped GBR could extend their ranking to 3 wins which is about the right platform to set sights on the semi-finals.

POLAND: Magdalena Muskus, Elzbieta Ran, Magda Straczek, Magdalena Dumanowska
GREAT BRITAIN: Anna Sloan, Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams, Sarah MacIntyre

SCORES: Korea 9 Japan 5, Canada 7 Czech Republic 7, Russia 11 Germany 3, China 13 Turkey 1, Great Britain 8 Poland 2.

The event website for past results is here.

Sarah Macintyre pic is courtesy of Leslie Ingram-Brown.