TEAM MUIRHEAD defeated Switzerland in the semi-finals of the European Curling Championships, which are taking place in Helsingborg, Sweden, to ensure they will play for gold today.

Switzerland are reigning world and European champions and this semi-final was tense the entire way, with the Scots finally emerging as 3-2 winner. Muirhead and her rink needed an extra end to clinch the victory though, with Muirhead herself playing the final stone that secured the point they needed for the win.

In today’s final, Muirhead and her team of Lauren Gray as vice-skip, Jennifer Dodds, Victoria Wright and alternate, Sophie Sinclair, will face the current Olympic champions, who will have the home support behind them

The Scottish team played Sweden earlier in the week, with the hosts coming out on top with an 11-4 win. However, if Team Muirhead can replicate their form from their semi-final, they have every chance of overturning that result in the final, which is a replay of the 2017 final, in which Muirhead came out on top.

Muirhead’s experience is likely to play a major part, with the 29-year-old a veteran of European Championship finals. Muirhead, who underwent a serious hip operation last year to rectify a problem that meant she was in constant pain, has contested six European finals, winning gold twice, silver four times and picking up two bronzes as well.

Meanwhile, Scot Stuart Benson picked up his Winter Olympic bobsled bronze medal from the 2014 Games on Thursday evening. Benson was part of the four-man crew that finished fifth at the Sochi Games behind two Russian crews, who were later disqualified for doping. The others in the GB crew were John Jackson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon and the quartet received their medals at the Team GB Ball in London.