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GBR Women's Curling Steal 4th Place in Semi-Final at World University Winter Games

25 February 2009

Great Britain's women's curling team today battled back from a 5-1 deficit in their playoff match with the Czech Republic to secure the 4th and final place in the Semi-Finals of the women's curling competition at the World University Winter Games 2009 in Harbin China.

The team of Sarah Macintyre, Vicki Adams, Kay Adams and skip Sarah Reid went into the game at the Hei Longjiang Skating Gym confident on Tuesday morning but faltered in the first few ends. Immediately going down 3-0 the girls admit they were outplayed in the opening stages of the match as the Czechs extended their advantage to 5-1: “We were giving them chances which we shouldn't have” commented lead Macintyre, a Human Resources Management student at Strathclyde University. Although the Czechs had the tactical advantage for the whole of the second half of the match, the British played a bold attacking game, and stole the match 8-5. “It was a good comeback. A lot of teams would accept defeat, but we know that we can win even when we are down” said a satisfied Vicki Adams (who studies Sociology and Criminology at Stirling University).

Great Britain team will now play in the Semi Final for the World University Winter Games Title tomorrow morning, which is a step on the road all of the girls' Olympic aim for 2014 in Sochi. Sarah Macintyre and her teammates are all now focusing on Canada tomorrow, “[The Game] is going to be extremely difficult, but we're up for it. We can do it!”.

The team's preparation and attendance at the Games has been supported by British Curling and the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.

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