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Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:20am

Final: Sweden 3, Norway 8

Norway beat Sweden by 8-3 in Sunday afternoon’s final to claim gold medals and the first Norwegian world title since 1988.

Norway, world champions for the first time since 1988

Norway, world champions for the first time since 1988

Earlier, Switzerland had beaten Canada by 7-5 to take bronze medals, a result that makes this the first men’s world championship from which Canada has gone home empty-handed since 2001.

Scotland had previously finished their campaign in ninth place but, during the closing ceremony, Scotland’s skip Ewan MacDonald was named as the recipient of the Colin Campbell Memorial Award, voted on by all the players in the tournament, and presented to the individual they feel best displays a spirit of sportsmanship and the values of curling.

Ewan MacDonald with the Colin Campbell Memorial Award for sportsmanship

Ewan MacDonald with the Colin Campbell Memorial Award for sportsmanship

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF (Norway), Celine Stucki/WCF (Ewan MacDonald)

Saturday Up-date

Norway beat Canada by 3-2 in Saturday morning’s Page 1-2 Play-off to take the direct route to Sunday afternoon’s final.

Canada then came back onto the ice to face Sweden in the sole semi-final, a game which Sweden won by 10-8.

As a result, Sweden will now face Norway in the gold medal game while Canada will face Switzerland on Sunday morning for bronze medals.

Page Play-off Up-date

Sweden beat Switzerland by 5-2 in Friday evening’s Page 3-4 Play-off game to go to Saturday evening’s semi-final.  To reach the Play-off stage, Sweden had beaten Japan by 8-7 in a fourth-place tie-breaker.

Round-robin leaders Norway face Canada in the Page 1 -2  Play-off on Saturday morning.

Session 17: Scotland 3, Germany 10.

Scotland’s campaign at the CPT World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing finished in disappointing fashion with a seven-end 3-10 loss to Germany, the eighth defeat in an eleven-game campaign.

This was the biggest margin of defeat of the week suffered by the Scots against a team that finished eighth overall and will now disband, with skip John Jahr announcing his retiral.  The major damage was done in the third end, when Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald wrecked with both of his stones – although the first of these was a major pick-up – to give up a fatal loss of five points for a 6-1 German lead, from which the Scots could not recover.

After this the Scots could only blank the fourth end and take two points from the fifth.  Germany then scored two in the sixth end and stole a further two in the seventh, which was enough to  persuade Ewan MacDonald and his team – with, incidentally, Glen Muirhead playing at lead from the start – to give up what had become a lost cause.

Glen Muirhead was on the ice for this game

Glen Muirhead was on the ice for this game

Afterwards, MacDonald said, “it was sad finishing like that.  It was the third end, of course”.  He added, “we just didn’t get going.  There have been moments when we’ve been pretty good, but also moments when we’ve been pretty bad – we’ve just not been consistent enough”.

Table-toppers Norway will now play Canada in the Page one versus two Play-off, while third-placed Switzerland will face the winner of a tie-breaker between Japan and Sweden in the Page three versus four Game.

RESULTS.

Session 17: Russia 6, Czech Republic 10; China 5, Sweden 6; Switzerland 8, USA 5; Scotland 3, Germany 10.

Final standings: Norway won 10, lost 1; Canada 8-3; Switzerland, Sweden, Japan 7-4; China, Czech Republic 6-5; Germany 5-6; Scotland, USA 3-8; Russia, Denmark 2-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Céline Stucki/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 16: Scotland 5, Canada 7.

In their second-last round-robin game on Thursday afternoon, Scotland faced Canada and, after a tight first half, which saw the teams go into the break tied at 2-2, Canada made the first break-through when Canada’s Kevin Koe drew his final stone of the sixth end into the house to score two points and take a clear lead – at 4-2 – for the first time in the game.

However, in the seventh end, a nice double take-out by Scotland’s skip Ewan MacDonald with his first stone let him draw his second into the house to score two points and level the game again.

In the eighth end, MacDonald’s last draw attempt came up short and this allowed Koe to draw his own last stone into the house to score another two points, for a 6-4 lead.  This time the Scots could not respond with two points as good Canadian set-up in the ninth end forced the Scots to draw for just one point.  In the tenth, MacDonald played  a good tap-up on one of his own stones to lie on the button partially guarded, but Koe was accurate enough with his promote shot to hit and stay for the one point that gave his team a 7-5 win.

Scotland's second player Dave Reid has been immersed in his first World Championship experience

Scotland’s second player Dave Reid has been immersed in his first World Championship experience

After this game, MacDonald spoke about the break-through eighth end, saying, “giving up two in the eighth put us in a bit of trouble and that made a big  difference.  He made a good draw for his two, so two up with two to go – it was always going to be tough”.

More generally, he added, “we played a good solid game there, didn’t do too much wrong at all.  You’ve got to play well to  beat these guys, that’s the size of it”.

The Scots conclude their round-robin programme – and their Championship – against Germany on Thursday evening, and, looking forward, MacDonald said, “one  more tonight against Germany, we’ll try our best to win that one and leave this tournament with a win, and try to feel a bit better about it”.

Meanwhile, Norway have topped the rankings while Canada are assured of second place, so these two will face each other in Saturday morning’s Page 1-2 Play-off, with last session results determining which two of China, Sweden and Switzerland will go to either the Page 3-4 game or a tiebreaker.

RESULTS.

Session 16:Scotland 5, Canada 7; Norway 7, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Japan 4, China 6; Czech Republic 8, Denmark 7.

Standings after 16 sessions: Norway won 10, lost 1 (qualified first); Canada 8-7 (qualified second); China, Switzerland, Sweden 6-4; Czech Republic 5-5; Germany 4-6; Scotland, USA 3-7; Russia 2-8; Denmark 2-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 13: Scotland 7, Russia 5.

Scotland had their third win of the week when they beat Russia by 7-5 in Wednesday afternoon’s thirteenth session of round-robin play.

They opened with a single point in the first end that could have been two, when Ewan MacDonald’s hit on the wing rolled out instead of staying.  Russia then scored two in the second to take an early lead, but Scotland resonded with two points of their own when MacDonald drew nicely with his last stone of the third end.  Scotland then moved into a clear lead  when they stole a single point in the fourth end as Russia’s fourth player Alexey Stukalskiy wrecked with his last.

Russia got one point back in the fifth end but Scotland scored two more points out of a sixth end that saw six stones clustered within the four-foot ring when MacDonald came to play his last.

A further single steal of one for Scotland in the seventh extended their lead to 7-3, and Russia then blanked the eighth.

We're here with Scotland on our back and we want to win as many games as we can

“We’re here with Scotland on our back and we want to win as many games as we can”

Alternate Glen Muirhead came on to the ice for the ninth end, replacing lead Euan Byers, and Stukalskiy was able to draw for two points in the ninth when MacDonald’s cross-house double attempt just failed to hit its second target stone.  But this merely delayed the end of the game as the Scots ran Russia out of stones in the tenth end, for a 7-5 win.

After the game MacDonald said, “we played well there, so we’ll go and look at the things we did right and what we did wrong too, and concentrate on the good stuff and try to bring that to the next two games”.  He spoke abut the missed attempt in the first end, saying, “it just didn’t curl enough, that was all”.

He also spoke more generally, saying, “at the end of the day it’s the world championship so you’re always going to be up for it.  We’re just trying to get as many wins as we can and get  back a bit of pride.  We’re here with Scotland on our back and we want to win as many games as we can.  It’s been a really disappointing week but now it’s just about trying to finish on a positive note”.

This result moves Scotland into ninth place on the table and they conclude their round-robin programme on Thursday, playing Canada in the afternoon and then Germany in the evening session.

RESULTS.

Session 13: Switzerland 8, Sweden 6; Scotland 7, Russia 5; Germany 4, Czech Republic 8; China 8, USA 4.

Standings after 13 sessions: Norway won 7, lost 1; Canada, Japan 6-2; Switzerland 6-3; China 5-4; Germany, Sweden 4-4; Czech Republic 4-5; Scotland 3-6; Denmark, USA 2-6; Russia 1-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

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Session 12: Norway 6, Scotland 4

The Scottish men went down to what was their sixth loss so far, when they were beaten 6-4 by table-topping Norway in Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play.

This game opened in a most peculiar fashion.  The Scots had last stone but, regardless of that, Norway proceeded to steal single points in each of the first three ends.  After this the Scots finally got on the scoreboard with one point in the fourth, then it was their turn to steal singles  – in both the fifth and sixth ends – to tie the game at 3-3.  In the sixth end, Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald played a heavy take-out with his first stone that moved about half-a-dozen stones and then, with his last, Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud simply could not find a way to winkle out a protected Scottish stone on the button.

The teams swapped singles in ends seven and eight with MacDonald producing a nice draw in eight to score one, facing two Norwegian counters.

In the ninth end, Norway finally made a break, scoring two points for a 6-4 lead.  In the tenth end, MacDonald’s first-effort over-curled, meaning that he mistakenly took out one of his own stones at the back of the house, leaving Ulsrud with a straightforward take-out of MacDonald’s first stone on the button for his win.

Table-topping Norway proved too strong

Table-topping Norway proved too strong

Norway remain at the top of the table, one win ahead of Canada and Japan in joint second place, while Scotland languish in joint tenth place with Denmark, one win ahead of bottom-placed Russia.

Afterwards, speaking about the game, MacDonald said, “we had a slow start and then got ourselves back in it.  We played a good middle part of the game to get back in, and just got caught in the ninth when we were trying to force one instead of blanking out.  Then my last one in the tenth just over-curled”.

Considering his campaign so far more generally, he said, ” we feel a bit flat to say the least.  It’s pride now, we’ve just got to keep winning.  We want to win as many games as we can.  It’s disappointing the way it’s gone this week, but we want to keep grinding away and get some wins under our belt.  We’ll feel a lot better going home with a few more wins, that’s for sure”.

RESULTS.

China 6, Denmark 4; Japan 7, Czech Republic 5; Norway 6, Scotland 4; Canada 8, Switzerland 4.

Standings after 12 sessions: Norway won 7, lost 1; Canada, Japan 6-2; Switzerland 5-3; Germany, Sweden 4-3; China 4-4; Czech Republic 3-5; USA 2-5; Denmark, Scotland 2-6; Russia 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 11: Czech Republic 6, Scotland 5.

Scotland suffered their fifth defeat of the week on Tuesday evening, going down by 5-6 to the Czech Republic, a result that virtually wipes away their tie-breaker or play-off chances.

They had a bad start, giving up a steal of two in the second end after blanking the first.  They opened their account with a single point in the third and then clawed back into the game with a single steal in the fourth end to level at 2-2.

The Czechs edged ahead with a single point in the fifth for a 3-2 half-time lead.  The Scots then had a chance to score two points in the sixth end, but skip Ewan MacDonald was short with his final draw and had to settle for just one point, to level the game at 3-3.

Frustrated again..this time against the Czech Republic

Frustrated again..this time against the Czech Republic

The Czechs blanked the seventh and looked like scoring a handful in the eighth until MacDonald played a precise draw onto the back of the button to limit the damage to just two points.  The Scots fought back in the ninth, scoring two points to level the game at 5-5, and then, after a well-played tenth end – without last stone – and despite powerful sweeping by the Scottish front end of Euan Byers and Dave Reid, MacDonald’s last stone in the tenth just feathered a front guard, leaving a Czech stone already sitting in the house to score the one point need to give the Czechs a 6-5 win.

This puts Scotland onto a discouraging won two, lost five record, and afterwards a visibly upset MacDonald spoke about  the tenth end in particular, saying, “what can I say, we’re absolutely gutted with that , not even a millimetre.  To rub it by that little, the thing is we had to go tight on the guard, we couldn’t miss the guard by a lot to move it because it  was sitting on top of the tee.  I thought the boys had held it there, I thought it was perfect”.  He also spoke about the potentially  fatal eighth end, saying, “we were looking  at losing four or five in the eighth till we managed to draw the back of the button”.

More generally, he added, “what can I say, we’ve been right there all week, really, really close, it’s just the finest of margins out there.  It’s so frustrating, it’s just really, really by  millimetres, you think at some point it will turn”.

The Scots now play table-topping Norway, who beat Canada by 9-5, on Wednesday morning and then Russia on Wednesday afternoon.

RESULTS

Session 11: Czech Republic 6, Scotland 5; Canada 5, Norway 9; China 6, Switzerland 7; Japan 8, Denmark 2.

Standings after 11 sessions: Norway won 6, lost 1; Canada, Japan, Switzerland 5-2; Germany, Sweden 4-3; China, Czech Republic 3-4; Denmark, Scotland, USA 2-5; Russia 1-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

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Session 9: USA 6, Scotland 8.

Scotland recorded their second win of the week with an 8-6 defeat of USA in Tuesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play.

They won the draw shot challenge and used last stone to score one point in the opening end.  In the second the Scots were in some trouble until skip Ewan MacDonald cleared out a collection of stones with his own last, but even at that, USA skip Pete Fenson was able to draw for two and take a 2-1 lead.

The Scots split the house early in the third end and tidy play from then on allowed MacDonald to draw for two with his last stone to take the lead again.  In the fourth Fenson was facing three Scottish counters, but he was successful with his final draw to level the score.  But when it came to MacDonald’s final stone in the fifth end he could not get inside the last of four USA counters and Scotland gave up a steal of one to give USA a 4-3 half-time lead.

The Scots levelled with a final draw in the sixth end and then stole a single in the seventh, thanks to a perfect freeze by MacDonald that USA, coming in off a wing stone, could not move.  The Scots then forced USA to take a single point in the eighth and in the ninth, MacDonald cleared out two USA stones with his first stone to lie three, and then, with his last, played a hit and stay to score three and take an 8-5 lead.  Eventually, in the tenth, MacDonald removed a USA guard to run his opponents out of stones with just one USA stone sitting in the house to score one consolation point.

Back on to winning ways against USA

Back on to winning ways against USA

Afterwards, MacDonald said, “we feel  better for getting that win on the board.  The guys played good, a good solid performance, and it was nice to finish it off.  It was good to get a win”.  Speaking about the clinical performance at the end of the game, he added, “we made a good end in eight to force the one and get the hammer, and the guys played a really good ninth – to make a three there was great”

He also said, “we’ve just got to keep tightening up,  and keep asking the question.  To be fair, we still need to tighten up and make a few more shots, we’re still making mistakes”.

Meanwhile USA skip Fenson said, “mostly for us today it was rock positioning. We just struggled getting them in the right place.  We were having a little trouble being perfectly dialed in with the ice and that is usually a recipe for not winning a game”

 This win means that the Scots have now finally come off the bottom of the rankings.  They now sit out Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session, before facing the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening.

 RESULTS.

Session 9: Germany 6, Switzerland 7 (extra end); USA 6, Scotland 8; Czech Republic 5, Sweden 3; Russia 4, China 5.

Standings after 9 sessions: Norway won 5, lost 0; Canada 4-1; Switzerland 4-2; Japan 3-2; China, Germany, Sweden 3-3; Denmark 2-3; Czech Republic, Scotland, USA 2-4; Russia 1-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 8: Scotland 6, Denmark 7.

While the Scots were the first to admit they had been fortunate to win their earlier game against Switzerland, luck was completely on the other side for them in Monday evening’s game against Denmark, which they lost by 6-7.

And this was down to a tenth end that saw two complete flukes by Denmark and a bad pick up on skip Ewan MacDonald’s first stone, yielding a score of two to the Danes that gave them their win.

Earlier in the game and for the first time so far, the Scots gained last stone advantage and they used that to blank the first end and then score two points in the second.  The situation got even better for the Scots when they had a single steal in the third to lead by 3-0.  The teams then swapped twos in the fourth and fifth ends to give the Scots a 5-2 half-time lead.

In the sixth end, a double attempt by MacDonald just failed to remove its second target. leaving Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne to draw his last stone into the house to score two points and reduce the Scots’ lead to 5-4. The Scots blanked the seventh end but the Danes drew level at 5-5 with a single steal in the eighth end.

In the ninth, the Scots had split the house early, but MacDonald was forced to draw for one point after Stjerne played a nice double with his last stone.

Scotland may be down...but not yet out

Scotland may be down…but not yet out

This meant that the Scots led by 6-5 going into the tenth end, but with his first stone of the end Stjerne’s attempt caught a guard and rolled through the tightest of ports into perfect position to join another Danish stone already on the button.  MacDonald did not have a route into these two and when his last stone drifted on, Denmark had the two points needed for their fluky win without having to play their last stone.

Afterwards, Stjerne was gracious about what happened, saying, “I feel really bad the way it turned out, but getting two very fortunate breaks is hard (on Scotland).  We could have got it in a more curling manner, but a win is a win and we need them desperately”.

Meanwhile, MacDonald said, “we were absolutely robbed.  One real  fluke is bad enough but two? It just left us nothing, and my first picked as well.  It’s kind of sore we played great , we were the better team and not to come out with a win is pretty hard to bear”.  And looking forward, he said, “we’re just going to have to put it to bed, get back and get focussed in the morning.  We’ve just got to keep grinding away and keep ourselves in the mix at the end of the week, that’s all we can ask for”.

The Scots now play USA on Tuesday morning

RESULTS

Session 8: Norway 5, China 3; Switzerland 8, Japan 3; Scotland 6, Denmark 7; Canada 10, Czech Republic 6.

Standings after 8 sessions: Norway won 5, lost 0; Canada 4-1; Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden 3-2; China, Denmark, USA 2-3; Czech Republic, Russia, Scotland 1-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

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Session 7: Switzerland 9, Scotland 10 (extra end)

Scotland managed to record their first victory so far when they stole a single point in the extra end of their Monday afternoon game against Switzerland to win by 10-9.

To force the extra end, they had scored three points in the tenth end when Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz picked up on his last attempted take-out to win the game, leaving Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald with a draw for three to tie the score at 9-9.

As MacDonald himself admitted afterwards, a Scottish win looked most unlikely for most of this game.  The Swiss opened with a score of three in the first end, repeating the pattern in each of the Scots’ previous games.  MacDonald played a challenging promote on his own stone to score two points in the second end but, after blanking the third, Switzerland scored three in the fourth end to move further ahead, at 6-2.

MacDonald drew for two in the fifth to go into the break 4-6 down. Switzerland scored a single in the sixth end and then, in the seventh, MacDonald felt compelled to try a tricky double for three rather than a straightforward hit and stay that would have produced only a single point.  This double attempt just missed, knocking out a Scottish stone instead of a Swiss one, and giving up a steal of one to give Switzerland an 8-4 lead.

MacDonald had another draw for two in the eighth to narrow the gap, and, when Switzerland scored a single in the ninth to take a 9-6 lead, it looked like a matter of the Scots being run out of stones in the tenth.

But the pick-up changed all that to force the extra end.  In that end, MacDonald played a perfect freeze, sitting on the button, with his last stone and, trying a delicate shot, Schwarz wrecked on a guard to give Scotland a single steal and the game.

Although they got a lucky break, the Scots worked hard all the way against Switzerland

Although they got a lucky break, the Scots worked hard all the way against Switzerland

Afterwards, a relieved MacDonald said, “we’ve been battling really hard and a couple of misses in the first end got us in trouble again, but we’re not playing badly.  It’s a massive relief to get a win on the board and we’ve got to build from here”

Speaking about his seventh end double attempt that went wrong, he said, “I thought that was perfect and it curled about half an inch too much”, and speaking about the game-turning pick-up in the tenth, he said, ” We definitely got a break.  When you get a wee break like that, you’ve got to take it, and thankfully we did.  But we showed a lot of character and kept working away, you  just never know what’s going to happen, you just keep with them and  keep digging and asking the question.  We left him a tough shot and that’s all you can ask for”

The Scots now face Denmark next, and about that, MacDonald said, “we’ve got an important game tonight, if we win that we’ll have a couple of wins and that’ll give us a confidence boost”.

RESULTS.

Session 6:USA 5, Japan 9;NOrway 6, Sweden 3; Canada 9, Russia 1; Denmark 9, Germany 4.

Session 7: Russia 6, Sweden 7 (extra end); Czech Republic 5, China 6; USA 8, Germany 3; Switzerland 9, Scotland 10 (extra end).

Standings after 7 sessions: Norway won 4, lost 0; Canada, Japan 3-1; Germany, Sweden 3-2; China, Switzerland 2-2; USA 2-3; Czech Republic, Denmark, Scotland 1-3; Russia 1-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 5: Japan 9, Scotland 5

The Scots went down to their third successive loss in Sunday evening’s fifth round-robin session, leaving them propping up the table with the only other winless team left in the event, Denmark.

They gave up two points to Japan in the first end, and never recovered from that, not even being able to draw level at any point in the game.  The real damage came in the sixth end when, already 2-4 down, they gave up a steal of a further two points.

It took Ewan MacDonald’s men all the way to the eighth end to score two points with a nice draw, but by this stage Japan led by 6-4 and, when the Japanese scored a further three points in the ninth end. the Scots conceded.

A  third successive loss, against Japan, is not good news for the Scots

A third successive loss, against Japan, is not good news for the Scots

Afterwards, skip MacDonald said, “we’re struggling for feel.  We’re just searching for it a little bit, and when you’re searching for it, it’s just that confidence thing.  We’re not throwing it bad, we’re just not getting results and we’re missing shots by half an inch here and there.  It’s  really killing us”.

He added, “we had the discussion about being sharp out of the blocks, but it’s just not quite happening.  It’s close so we’ve just got to tighten up”.  Looking forward, he said, “we’ll have the morning off , have a good chat after this game, and put it to bed.  Then we’ll get back up for the two games later tomorrow”.

In those games, the Scots face Switzerland and then fellow-strugglers Denmark.

RESULTS.

Session 5: Czech Republic 5, Norway 9; Denmark 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end) ; Japan 9, Scotland 4; China 6, Canada 9.

Standings after 5 sessions: Germany, Norway won 3, lost 0; Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden 2-1; China, Czech Republic, Russia, USA 1-2; Denmark, Scotland 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

Session 3: China 11, Scotland 8 (extra end)

Ewan MacDonald’s team lost their second game of the Championships, battling back from a four-point deficit after six ends to level the game twice and force an extra end.

But it was just too little and eventually China’s Rui Liu knocked out MacDonald’s last stone, which lay slightly too open, to score three in the extra end for 11-8.

China opened the scoring with one point in the first end and Macdonald had a hit and stay for one point in the second, but the Chinese moved ahead in the third with a score of two points.

In the sixth end, Scottish third Duncan Fernie produced a spectacular quadruple clear-out, but that proved not to be enough as Liu eventually played a hit and stay to score three and take a 6-2 lead.  The Scots scored one point in the seventh with a hit and stay and then brought themselves right back in the game in the eighth end, which became a guddle of stones clustered round the house.  Eventually Liu failed to remove some counting Scottish stones and an umpire’s measure gave the Scots a score of three to level the game at 6-6.

The teams swapped twos in the ninth and tenth ends and then without last stone, the Scots just failed to complete their come-back.

Despite a strong come-back, the Scots lost their second game, to China

Despite a strong come-back, the Scots lost their second game, to China

After the game, a frustrated MacDonald said, “the bad end in the sixth threw us and got us behind it a wee bit..  We played really well in the second half and came back really strong.  We were a bit unlucky in the last – I don’t know how my first stone didn’t curl”.

He added, “we battled well and showed a lot of good character.  We came back strong to get back to all-square but we just couldn’t finish it.  We’re just getting behind a wee bit and it’s making it an uphill struggle.  You’ve got to stay in the tournament, that’s the bottom line.  We’ve just got to keep working hard”.

The Scots now sit out session four and then face Japan in Sunday evening’s fifth session.

RESULTS.

Session 3: China 11, Scotland 8 (extra end); Switzerland9, Czech Republic 4.

Standings after 3 sessions: Germany, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Canada, Norway 1-0; China, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland 1-1; Denmark, Japan 0-1; Scotland, USA 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm

 

Session 2

The Scots sat out Saturday evening’s second session of round-robin play.

RESULTS.

Session 1: Switzerland 7, Russia 8; USA 7, Czech Republic 9: Germany 11, China 5; Scotland 4, Sweden 8.

Session 2: Denmark 3, Canada 6; Russia 5, Germany 9; Sweden 8, USA 6; Norway 9, Japan 5.

Standings after 2 sessions of play: Germany, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Canada, Czech Republic, Norway 1-0; Russia 1-1;  China, Denmark, Japan 0-1, Scotland, Switzerland 0-1; USA 0-2.

 Session 1: Scotland 4, Sweden 8.

After Sweden won last stone advantage in the first end of this opening session round-robin game on Saturday afternoon , Ewan MacDonald’s men gave up a score of three in the first end and were immediately on the back foot.

They opened their account with a single score in the second end, but this should have been two as Macdonald came up short with his final draw.  Sweden then tapped out a Scottish stone in the third end to score two points and take a 5-1 lead, leaving Scotland with an even more difficult task.

A tap-back by MacDonald gave Scotland another point in the fourth end.  The teams swapped singles in the fifth and sixth ends, but Sweden moved even further ahead with two points in the seventh end, for an 8-3 lead.

The Scots could only muster a single point in the eighth end and then conceded with the score at 8-4 to the Swedes.

Ewan MacDonald, "it's great to be back at the Worlds"

Ewan MacDonald, “it’s great to be back at the Worlds”

After the game, MacDonald said, “that was a bit disappointing, not the start we were looking for.  You always like to come to this event and get a good one under your belt and get some momentum.  We struggled a little bit with the ice, but we’ll re-group and come back”.

About his team’s poor start, he explained, “losing a three in the first end didn’t help.  We were unlucky there, I clipped a guard and that was it”.

More generally, he added, “it’s great to be back at the Worlds, it’s been a few years.   We had a really good week at the Scottish but we struggled there.  The ice caught us out for the first couple of ends”.

Other winners in this session were Russia who beat Switzerland by 8-7, the Czech Republic, 9-7 winners over the USA, and Germany, who won by 11-5 over hosts China.

The Scots now sit out Saturday evening’s session, and play twice on Sunday, against China in the morning and then Japan on Sunday evening.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

Scotland’s World Teams are sponsored by:

Tullis Russell Sm