Curling: Euro final blow for Scotland

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EDINBURGH’S curling fans were denied a home victory as skip Ewan MacDonald fell agonisingly short of defending his European Mixed title at Murrayfield Ice Rink.

An 8-4 semi-final win over Hungary’s Gyorgy Nagy gave MacDonald, Kay Adams, Karen Barthelemy and Euan Byers their eighth straight victory, but German skip Andy Kapp had beaten them 6-3 in Monday’s group match and he frustrated them again in the final.

It was all-square at halfway before Kapp picked up two stones at the sixth end and although the Scots then levelled, Kapp nicked a single to win 5-4.

“We’re all really disappointed with that,” said MacDonald. “You never go into a final looking to come out with a silver medal, but it didn’t quite happen for us today. We played well in some ends, but just didn’t put it together, and that was probably the difference.

“We were going really good, but let it get away from us in the sixth end, and that was a big turning point in the game.

“But I’m really proud of my team. They’ve played really great all week and when the chips were down they really dug deep. That says a lot about them.”