Well; the dust has settled on the round-robin competitions and we enter the play-off phases of the competition with the semi-finals. In the ladies competition, Canada find themselves in that most unenviable of positions: top of the table, but about to face arguably the top team in the competition - our own GBR team skipped by Eve Muirhead.
If we are truthful, the girls have struggled a bit and there has been some careless shot-play. 5-4 is not what was expected at the start of the week though, and to be very fair, the losses have typically been in tight, tight games. We approach the business end of the competition; I like our chances. Eve seems nerveless when she throws these big, big shots towards the end of her games. She has a wonderful temperament. If Anna, Vicky and Claire can set things up for her, she will finish them off.
David Murdoch, by the way, really needs to start sending Christmas cards and gifts to Rasmus Stjerne Hansen (not a name for the faint-hearted!). Not once, but twice, he has ridden to GBR's rescue - first with a bit of a miss with his last stone against the British boys earlier on in the round-robin, then with a great (and somewhat unexpected) win against Norway in the final game. That win set the play-off game up; had Norway won their game, then it would have been curtains for the GB men.
I really liked the way that the GBR men went about their business and as for David's last stone - have a look at it again on the iplayer! All I'm saying. Brilliant!
Men v Sweden and women v Canada. Business end of the competition. Bring it on!