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Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 10:00pm

Final: Sweden 9, Norway 5

Sweden beat Norway by 9-5 on Easter Sunday afternoon to win gold medals and the world title at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, staged in the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Norway started with last stone advantage but it was Sweden who took the early lead, stealing three points in the first end when Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud was long with his final draw of the end.

The Norwegians started their recovery in the second end when Ulsrud  tapped out a Swedish stone in the second end to score one point.  In the third end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin wrecked his final stone on the way into the house to give Norway a steal of two points that levelled the score at 3-3.

The fourth end was blanked and in the fifth, Edin scored three more points with a delicate tap-up that gave his Swedish team a 6-3 lead.

Forced to battle once again, Norway’s Ulsrud drew his final stone of the sixth end onto the button to score one point and reduce Sweden’s lead to 6-4.  But the Swedes moved ahead again when , in the seventh end, Edin picked out a Norwegian stone sitting partially hidden in the house to score another three points and move his lead to 9-4.  Norway could only hit and stay for one point in the eighth and then conceded the game and the world title to Sweden before completing the ninth end.

This was a second world title for Edin, who had won previously in 2013 with a different team, and adds to the European title this team won in November last year.  This time round he was supported by third Oscar Eriksson, second player Kristian Linstrom, lead Christoffer Sundgren, alternate Henrik Leek and coach Fredrik Lindberg.

Afterwards he said: “This feels amazing, I’m so proud of my team.  This is our first year together.  We focussed a lot after a bad start to get back in this event, and we played so good in the Play-offs.  This is almost the same feeling as the last one (2013) but now with a new team and with the way we won,  the second half of that game was pure enjoyment out there.”

And about the game itself, he said: “They got back in the game (after the three in the first end) so we had to re-focus.  The ice changed from the other games but I’m so happy that the guys kept playing the way we did.”

Not surprisingly, Norway’s Ulsrud, the defending champion, was gracious in defeat.  He said: ” We lost to a really good team, so what can I say?  We’ve really enjoyed Halifax and we had a good run.”  Asked whether he would be happy with silver, he simply pointed to Edin and said: “I’d rather have his medal.”

Ulsrud’s team was third Torger Nergard, second player Christoffer SVae, lesd Havard Vad Petersson, supported by alternate Markus Snove Heiberg and coach Pal Trulsen.

Sweden's gold!

Sweden’s gold!

The final was played out in front of an audience of just under 5,000, while almost 60,000 spectators attended throughout the week.

During the closing ceremony it was announced that Kosuke Morozumi, lead of Japan, was the winner of the Colley Campbell Award, voted for by all the players to recognise the player they think best exemplified curling’s values and sportsmanship throughout the event.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Bronze Medal Game: Canada 8, Finland 4

Canada beat Finland by 8-4 on Easter Sunday morning to claim the bronze medals at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.

Canada’s skip Pat Simmons and his team of third  John Morris, second player Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen started well, with Simmons drawing his final stone of the first end into shot position inside four Finnish stones, to open the scoring with one point.  Canada then had the first break-through of the game in the second end when Finland’s skip Aku Kauste’s attempted tap-back went wrong, giving Canada a single-point steal and a 2-0 lead.

Kauste then scored his team’s first point in the third end when he drew his final stone inside three Canadian stones already sitting there, but , in the fourth end, after Kauste wrecked his final effort on a guard, Canada’s skip Pat Simmons had a straightforward draw with his last stone to score a game-changing three points for a 5-1 lead.

Finland tried to get back into  the game after this, with Kauste drawing his final stone of the fifth into the house to score one point and reduce Canada’s lead to 5-2, but another draw by Simmons in the sixth end, scoring two points this time, built on Canada’s lead, taking them to 7-2.

After blanking the seventh end Finland scored two points in the eighth end to reduce Canada’s lead to 7-4.  In the ninth end, both skips were heavy and through with their last draws, leaving a Canadian stone already sitting at the back of the house to score one point for an 8-4 score-line. After this the teams shook hands as Finland conceded defeat.

Speaking after the game Finnish skip Aku Kauste said: ” That was not our best game. I think we still played pretty well be we were just on the wrong side nearly every end. What can you do? Canada played really well – the better team won today.”

More generally, he added: “I have to think about how far we’ve come this year.  I think we have done much better than anyone was ever expecting.  We had to play really well to win the Finnish championship, then we had to win the European B-Division, then the World Challenge and get to the World Championship, and then get to the bronze medal game here – that’s pretty good.”

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Semi-final

Sweden beat Canada by 6-3 in Saturday evening’s semi-final and they now face defending champions Norway in Sunday’s final.

Before that, Canada will play Finland for bronze medals.

Page 3-4 Play-off Game

Finland and Sweden faced each other in Saturday afternoon’s Page Play-off game for the Championship’s third and fourth-placed teams, with the winner going on to face Canada in the semi-final and the loser relegated to the bronze medal play-off.

In the fifth end of the game, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin was facing three Finnish counters when he came to play his last draw.  He got inside them all to score one point and take a 2-1 lead.

With his first stone of the sixth end, Edin played a hit and roll that completely buried his stone behind cover and eventually set up a steal of two points and a 4-1 lead.

The Finns responded to this set-back in the next end when their skip Aku Kauste hit out a Swedish stone and an umpire’s measure gave them the second of two points that reduced Sweden’s lead to 4-3.

In the eighth end Edin’s second stone just got round a front guard by a whisker to hit out a Finnish stone and stay in the house to score another two points  for a 6-3 lead.  In the ninth end, Kauste was forced to draw his final stone on to the button to score one point and then, in the tenth, a double take-out by Edin gave Sweden one more point to seal a 7-4 victory.

With defending champions Norway already qualified for the gold medal final, the next game sees Sweden play Canada in the sole semi-final, with the winner going on to face Norway for the title, and, before that, the losers facing Finland for bronze medals.

Page 1-2 Play-off Game

Norway beat Canada by 7-6 after an extra end of Friday evening’s Page 1-2 Play-off game at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Halifax, Canada to continue their successful defence of the world crown they won in Beijing last year and move directly to Sunday’s gold medal final.

Norway opened the scoring with one point in the first end, and, In the second end, Canada’s skip Pat Simmons hit out a Norwegian stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Simmons was facing three Norwegian counters when he drew his final stone into the house to score one point and take a 3-2 lead.  Canada then stole a single point in the sixth end to move their lead to 4-2.

In the seventh end, Ulsrud played an angle raise double take-out to score two points and level the score at 4-4, and, in the ninth, after Canada had scored one point in the eighth end for a 5-4 lead,  Ulsrud hit out a Canadian stone to score two points from the end and take a 6-5  lead.

Tight all the way, Canada levelled the game with one point in the tenth to tie after the game and eventually Norway’s Ulsrud drew his last stone of the extra end into the house to score one point  and claim  the 7-6 win that now guarantees his Norwegian team at least silver medals.

Canada now face either Sweden or Finland in the sole semi-final. To reach this stage,  Sweden completed the round-robin in a clear third place while Finland beat USA by 6-5  in the tie-breaker to determine fourth place.

Session 17: Sweden 11, Scotland 6.

The Scottish men concluded their world championship campaign on Thursday evening as they started – with a loss – this time by 6-11 at the hands of third-placed qualifiers Sweden.

In the first end, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin hit out a Scottish stone to score four points.   Although the Scots responded – with skip Ewan MacDonald drawing his last stone of the sixth end into the house to score two points and reduce Sweden’s lead to 6-5 – the Swedes scored two shots in the seventh and three in the ninth to emerge as 11-6 winners.

After the game, MacDonald, who has carried out what became excruciating post-game media rituals with enormous dignity, said, ” I’m just extremely disappointed.  Coming into this week, we’d all put in a lot of work and thrown a lot of stones and we were feeling good.  We just got off to a really poor start and we were up against it  right from the kick-off.  We put ourselves under pressure.  We knew how important it was to get out of the traps, and it didn’t happen.”

Duncan Fernie returned as third player against Sweden

Duncan Fernie returned as third player against Sweden

Now the Championship moves on, with first-placed defending champions Norway playing Canada in the Page 1-2 Play-off, with the winner going straight to the final, and third-placed Sweden facing the winner of a tie-breaker between Finland and the USA in the Page 3-4 game, with the winner going to the semi-final against the Page 1-2 loser and the loser eventually playing the Page 3-4 loser for bronze medals.

RESULTS.

Session 17: Japan 9, Switzerland 6; Italy 5, Finland 7; Russia 6, Czech Republic 7; Sweden 11, Scotland 6.

Standings after Round Robin: Norway, Canada won 10, lost 1 (both qualified for the Page 1v2 Play-off game); Sweden 8-3 (Qualified for the Page 3v4 Play-off game); Finland, USA 6-5 (Tie-breaker for Page 3-4 slot); Japan, Switzerland 5-6; China, Czech Republic 4-7; Italy, Scotland 3-8; Russia 2-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 16

The Scots sat out Thursday afternoon’s sixteenth session of round-robin play and will face Sweden in the last round-robin session on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Sweden qualified for the Page Play-offs in third place in this session, while a USA win kept their hopes alive.  Table-toppers Norway and Canada both won, meaning that Norway will be ranked first at the end of the round-robin, to be awarded last stone in the Page -1 2 Play-off game.

RESULTS

Session 16: Sweden 7, China 6; USA 6, Russia 5; Canada 7, Italy 6; Switzerland 4, Norway 6.

 Standings after 16 sessions: Canada, Norway won 10, lost 1 (both qualified for the Page 1v2 Play-off game); Sweden 7-3 (Qualified for the Page 3v4 Play-off game); USA 6-5; Finland, Switzerland 5-5; Japan 4-6; China 4-7; Czech Republic, Italy, Scotland 3-7; Russia 2-8

Session 15: Scotland 3, China 10.

Scotland suffered their seventh loss of the event when they went down by 3-10 to China in their second-last game of the Championship on Thursday morning.

The Scots had last stone in the first end but gave up a steal of one.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and the Scots had the fourth end set up well to leave skip Ewan MacDonald with a straightforward open hit at the back of the house to score four.  But MacDonald’s last stone sailed through and China stole one for a 3-1 lead.

There was more bad news for the Scots in the sixth end when MacDonald’s last stone hit out but lay open, giving China a hit for four and a 7-2 lead.  A further three points to China in the eighth end when they tapped out MacDonald’s shot stone on the button was enough to persuade the Scots to concede, with the score at 10-3 to China.

Afterwards, a clearly frustrated MacDonald reflected on the chance for four that got away in the fourth end, saying, ” When it’s not happening, it’s not happening, that’s the size of it really.  We had the tap for four and it just under-curled.  We’re trying as hard as we can, that’s for sure.  You know when you’re struggling a little bit, you just seem to be not quite getting a grip of it.”

Another one slips away for the Scots

Another one slips away for the Scots

The Scots now conclude their round-robin programme and Championship with a final game against Sweden on Thursday evening.

RESULTS

Session 15: Czech Republic 2, USA 6; Scotland 3, China 10; Norway 10, Japan 8; Finland 5, Canada 6.

Standings after 15 sessions: Canada, Norway won 9, lost 1; Sweden 6-3; Switzerland 5-4; Finland, USA 5-5; China, Japan 4-6; Italy, Czech Republic, Scotland 3-7; Russia 2-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 14: Canada 7, Scotland 1.

After managing to put together a run of three wins, the Scottish men went down by 1-7 to Canada in a one-sided game on Wednesday evening.

The Scots won last stone advantage for the first end but gave up a steal of one when skip Ewan MacDonald was heavy with his second-stone draw.  In the second end, he completely missed a tricky take-out attempt to give up another steal and, in the third, his draw was short to give up another single-shot steal and hand Canada a 3-0 advantage.

MacDonald was facing four Canadian counters in the fourth end when he hit and stayed around to score one, and in the fifth Canada’s skip Pat Simmons came up short with his final draw to score only one from the end rather than the two shotd that seemed probable.

Scotland blanked the sixth end and eventually when MacDonald  once again came up short with a draw attempt in the eighth end, to give up a steal of two more points, the Scots conceded with the score at 7-1 to Canada.

This result removes even the mathematical possibility of tie-breakers for Scotland and afterwards, a disappointed MacDonald said, “we had a big struggle with the stones and couldn’t get a grip at all.  I’m really disappointed that we didn’t give them a better game of it.  Now we’ve just to get our heads together.  We’ve got a tough game tomorrow against Niklas (Sweden) , so we’ve just got to re-group and come out stronger and try to finish on two wins and a positive note.”

Those two games are against China and then Sweden.

After three successive wins, the Scots lost to Canada

After three successive wins, the Scots lost to Canada

RESULTS

Session 14: Canada 7, Scotland 1; Norway 12, Czech Republic 5; Finland 8, China 7; USA 8, Japan 6.

 

Standings after 14 sessions: Canada, Norway won 8, lost 1 (Qualified for Page Play-offs); Sweden 6-3, Finland, Switzerland 5-4; Japan, USA 4-5; China, Czech Republic, Italy, Scotland 3-6; Russia 2-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 13: Scotland 5, Switzerland 4.

It took all the way to an extra end, but Scotland recorded their third successive win – by 5-4 over Italy – in Wednesday afternoon’s thirteenth session of round-robin play.

After blanking the first end and taking a 1-0 lead from the second end, Scotland’s skip Ewan MacDonald hit out a Swiss stone on the button in the fourth end to score two points and take a 3-1 lead.  Switzerland had a good patch in the middle of the game, scoring one in the sixth and then grabbing single-point steals in the seventh and eighth ends for a 4-3 lead.

The Scots blanked the ninth and then, after wrecking with his first stone of the tenth, and already lying shot stone, MacDonald’s attempt to score two for the win came up short to level the game at 4-4 and force an extra end.  With the game’s last stone, Swiss skip Marc Pfister was heavy and through with his final draw attempt and Scotland stole one point for a 5-4 win.

This was a third straight win for Scotland and afterwards, skip MacDonald said: “That was a tough last draw he had there, there was a lot of snow on that side – it wasn’t that easy.”  The Scots had started with five successive losses, and about that MacDonald said: “We could have just rolled over at 5 and 0 and gone away, so I believe this shows the character of our team.”

The Scots recorded a third straight win against Switzerland

The Scots recorded a third straight win against Switzerland

The Scots now face joint table-toppers Canada next – a must-win game if they have to retain hope of a tie-breaker later in the week.

RESULTS.

Session 13: Russia 6, Finland 8; Sweden 9, Japan 2; Scotland 5, Switzerland 4; Italy 9, Czech Republic 6.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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The Thoughts of Ewan.

For the second year in succession, three-times world champion Ewan MacDonald finds himself in the middle of a bruising world championship campaign that is in sharp contrast to his previous triumphs.

in the middle of this campaign, his team seems unlikely to be involved in the weekend Play-offs, and that is the subject of speculation, opinion and criticism in Scotland’s and the international curling communities.

Ewan has made his feelings clear in various conversations during his campaign in Halifax.  Here’s some of what he’s said:

“Of course I’m feeling bad about the way things have been going, but I don’t feel that we shouldn’t be here, put it like that.  We’re a good team.  We’ve won the Scottish Championships twice.  This year is the second time we’ve won it and we won it on merit, beating a lot of good teams.  It’s just that we had a bad start.  We’ve been fighting hard since then.  We struggled with the ice and weight for the first couple of days and that’s cost us dearly.”

“It’s just been so tough.  I really feel we should have won three of the five games we lost, that’s the bottom line.  We’re pulling hard for each other and we’ll pull hard for each other right to the finish, no matter what happens from here in.  We want to win as many games as we can.  We want to win for our own pride.  We’ll work hard every single game, one game at a time and hopefully we’ll notch up some wins.”

"we're a good team"

“We’re a good team”

Since these conversations, the Scottish men have won twice, proof positive of the effort he and his team are making here.

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Session 12

The Scottish men sat out Wednesday morning’s twelfth session of round-robin play, in which both Norway and Canada had straightforward wins to stay locked together at the top of the rankings.

The Scots are in action in the next two sessions, against Switzerland and then hosts Canada.

RESULTS

Session 12: Italy 2, Norway 9; Canada 8, Switzerland 4; USA 6, Sweden 11; China 8, Russia3.

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

Session 11.

The Scottish men had Tuesday evening off when session 11 was played.  In this session, Norway handed Canada their first defeat, by 9-3, while other results put the Scots into a four-way tie at the foot of the table.

RESULTS

Session 11: Switzerland 2, Sweden 8; China 5, USA 9; Italy 4, Russia 5; Canada 3, Norway 9.

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

Session 10: Scotland 6, USA 4.

With a candidate for shot-of-the-week from skip Ewan MacDonald, Scotland beat USA by 6-4 in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play to record a second win of the day and week that lifted them off the bottom of the table.

Earlier in the game, MacDonald played a delicate tap-up in the fourth end to score two points and move into a 3-2 lead.   In the eighth end, he drew his final stone through a small port to count the single shot that levelled the score at 4-4.  The Scots then went on to win when MacDonald played his last stone of the tenth off a wing stone to slip behind and inside three USA stones around the four-foot ring with several guards in front.  When the attempt to remove it by USA skip John Shuster came in at the wrong angle, the Scots stole one point from the end for their win.

Afterwards, a delighted MacDonald said: “We knew that if we made it, it was going to be tough for him, so when we did make it , I knew it was going to be close.”

This was the second win of the day, and about that, MacDonald said, “it’s really amazing the difference of getting a win makes.  It just shows you how winning this morning give you momentum.  If you get out quicker and get  some momentum it’s a totally different feeling.  If you go a couple down, you’re back’s against the wall and you’re fighting a bit.  It’s nice to finish the day on another win.  Dinner will taste a lot sweeter tonight.  Yesterday was a tough night.”

Meanwhile USA’s third player Tyler George said, “you can only tip your hat to them. A guy makes a shot like that, what can you do?”

Tuesday was a two-win day for the Scots

Tuesday was a two-win day for the Scots

The Scottish team now sit out Tuesday evening’s eleventh session before facing Switzerland and then Canada on Wednesday.

RESULTS

Session 10: China 8, Czech Republic 7; Finland 7, Norway 8; Japan 4, Canada 7; Scotland 6, USA 4.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0; Norway, Switzerland 5-1; Japan 4-3; Sweden 3-3; Czech Republic, Finland 3-4; China, Italy, USA 2-4; Scotland 2-5; Russia 1-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 9: Scotland 8. Russia 6.

Following five successive losses, the Scottish men finally got a win on the board when the beat Russia by 8-6 in Tuesday morning’s ninth session of round-robin play.

It was a far from promising start for the Scots when Russia opened with a score of three in the first end, but the Scots scored two in the second end, stole two in the third and had a single-point steal in the fourth end when, after Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald nudged one of his own stones into shot position round the button, Russia’s skip Evgeny Arkhipov came up short with his final stone, to give Scotland a 5-3 lead.

In the fifth end, Arkhipov drew for one point to reduce the Scottish lead to 5-4.  The Russians then drew level at 5-5 in the sixth, when MacDonald was just too heavy with his final effort.

The teams swapped singles in the seventh and eighth ends and in the ninth, MacDonald played a draw-shot for one more point to move his lead to 7-6.  The Scots then finally did get their first win, by 8-6, when a Russian promote effort went wrong in the tenth end, giving Scotland a steal of one point to settle the game.

Afterwards, a relieved MacDonald said, “that was very big.  It’s been a tough week, and we’ve not been a million miles away in so many of the games, it’s just been half an inch here and there, but it’s nice to get a win on the board.   We  were a bit sharper there and managed to make a nice run of ends around the middle and that got us some momentum.”

"it's been a tough week"

“it’s been a tough week”

The Scots now face USA in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth round-robin session.

RESULTS.

Session 9: Scotland 8, Russia 6; Czech Republic 3, Sweden 7; Switzerland 8, Finland 7; Japan 8, Italy 1.

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 8

The Scottish men were not scheduled to play in Monday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play.  In this session, Canada consolidated their unbeaten place at the top of the table with a 9-3 win over Russia, while Norway and Switzerland also won to share second place.

RESULTS.

Session 8: USA 8, Italy 2; Russia 3, Canada 9; Sweden 5, Norway 6; China 4, Switzerland 7.

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

Session 7: Czech Republic 8, Scotland 6.

Scotland went down to their fifth successive loss in Monday afternoon’s seventh round-robin session, losing by 6-8 to the Czech Republic.

In this game, the Scots started clearly the stronger, opening with a score of two shots in the first end and then, after restricting the Czechs to just one in the second end, building their lead with another two shots in the third end for 4-1.

The Czechs did manage to score two in the fourth end but a single shot for the Scots in the fifth end gave them a 5-3 half-time lead.

The sixth end was blanked and then the Czechs levelled the score at 5-5 when their skip Jiri Snitil drew his last stone of the seventh end into the house.

The real damage of the game came in the eighth end when an attempted tap-up by skip Ewan MacDonald went wrong and the Czech Republic stole two shots for a 7-5 lead.  The Scots were forced to draw for just one shot in the ninth when a Czech stone just clung on in the house, and then, in the tenth, Snitil drew inside two Scottish counters to score one and take an 8-6 victory.

Ewan MacDonald and David Murdoch on the losing side again

Ewan MacDonald and David Murdoch on the losing side again

This result leaves the win-less Scots increasingly detached at the bottom of the table.  Their quest for a first win now sees them face Russia and then USA on Tuesday.

RESULTS.

Session 7: Japan 4, Finland 5; Switzerland 7, Italy 1; Czech Republic 8, Scotland 6; Russia 3, Sweden 9.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada won 4, lost 0; Norway, Switzerland 3-1; Czech Republic, Finland, Japan 3-2; Italy, Sweden 2-2; China, Russia, USA 1-3; Scotland 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 6: Norway 11, Scotland 6.

Ewan MacDonald’s team – with David Murdoch still paying at third instead of Duncan Fernie – went down to their fourth loss of the Championship in Monday morning’s sixth round-robin session, by 6-11 to defending champions Norway.

The Scots won final stone in the first end and opened with a single shot.

After this, Norway opened their account with a bang, hitting out an open Scottish stone in the second end to score six points for a 6-1 lead.

Try as they might – and they did with scores of two in both the fifth and seventh ends – the Scots could not recover from this blow.  Eventually, in the eighth end, another hit on a Scottish stone gave Norway the final two points in their 11-6 win, as Scotland conceded.

Later, about the six against him in the second end, Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald could only say, “what an end!  it was all down to stone placement”.

Meanwhile Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “We wanted a better start today—It’s not often you score six in the second end in the worlds. But we got some really good breaks and the angles turned out great for us so it was actually quite an easy shot at the end. And that was the game right there.”

The Scots are still looking for their first win

The Scots are still looking for their first win

The Scots remain winless and are rooted at the bottom of the table.  They now face the Czech Republic – who themselves suffered a six-end 5-11 loss at the hands of Canada in this session – in Monday afternoon’s seventh session with a Play-off slot starting to look a remote possibility.

RESULTS.

Session 6: Czech Republic 2, Canada 11; USA 4, Finland 7; China 5, Japan 9; Norway 11, Scotland 6.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada won 4, lost 0; Japan, Norway 3-1; Italy, Switzerland 2-1; Czech Republic, Finland 2-2; Russia, Sweden 1-2, China, USA 1-3; Scotland 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 5

Scotland sat out the fifth session of play, in which Canada beat Sweden by 8-6 to move into an outright led on the table.

RESULTS

Session 5: Switzerland 9, USA 3; Norway 7, Russia 6; Canada 9, Sweden 6; Italy 2, China 6.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada won3, lost 0; Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland 2-1; China, Finland, Russia, Sweden, USA 1-2; Scotland 0-3.

Session 4: Finland 10, Scotland 7.

The Scottish men continued to struggle in Sunday afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play, going down to Finland by 10-7 after an extra end for a third successive loss that leaves them alone at the foot of the table.

Alternate David Murdoch replaced Duncan Fernie for this game but regardless of that, the Scots had a poor start, losing single steals in both the first two ends, with skip Ewan MacDonald being heavy with his final draw in the first and unable to clear one of two Finnish counters in the second.

After drawing for two points in the third end to level the game at 2-2, MacDonald wrecked his last stone in the fourth end allowing Finland skip Aku Kauste to draw his own last stone into the house to score three and take a 5-2 lead.  And it got worse for the Scots in the next end as MacDonald’s attempt to chip out a Finnish counter near the button was wide, and Finland stole a single shot for a 6-2 half-time lead.

The Scots recovered in the second half, with MacDonald hitting to score two in the sixth end and drawing for two in the ninth to reduce Finland’s lead to 7-6.  In the tenth, Kauste was just too heavy with his final draw and Scotland stole one to force the extra end, at 7-7.  In this end, Kauste played an angle take-out to nudge back the Scottish counting stone, score three points from the end and win by 10-7.

After the game, MacDonald said, “it was just one end I got caught out on and we gave up the three and left ourselves a lot to do after that, but we played a lot of good shots in the second half.”

There was a team debate in the extra end before MacDonald opted for a guard with his last effort, leaving the tap-up possibility for Finland and about this, MacDonald said, “you can’t cover both (options) unfortunately, so you’re just hoping he’ll miss one.”

Asked about the line-up change, he said, “there weren’t enough shots being made and to be fair to Duncie he said’ I’m struggling a little bit’ and we thought a change would be a good thing.  David’s here for that .  We know he’s a really good shooter, so we just wanted to mix things up.  It did, but we just had a slow start, so it’s just a case of being sharper out of the block.”  Murdoch added,  “that’s probably the warmest I’ve been in a curling rink – It’s been a long time since I’ve swept.  But there were a lot of good things there  That was our first game together like that, so we’ll see what we’ll do next.”

This result leaves Scotland alone at the bottom of the table, and about his win Finnish skip Kauste said, “finally, a win. Yesterday we didn’t play well and lost by one point to Sweden and one point to Czechs and I thought we should be playing a lot better. Today we did and we finally got the win.”

About the Scottish performance he added, “they were struggling a lot in the first half and started to play a lot better (in the second half) and we missed a couple of shots. And Euan Byers, he was making perfect lead shots, like just over the hog line and then close to the house so we didn’t have any doubles to even try.”

David Murdoch came into the line-up for this game

David Murdoch came into the line-up for this game

The Scots now face defending champions Norway and then the Czech Republic in Monday’s play.

RESULTS.

Session 4: Finland 10, Scotland 7; Canada 7, China 4; Norway 7, USA 10; Czech Republic 8, Japan 6.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Italy 2-0; Czech Republic, Japan 2-1; Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA 1-1; Finland 1-2; China 0-2; Scotland 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 3

Scotland sat out the third session of play on Sunday morning.  This featured only two games, with Italy beating Sweden by 11-5, thanks largely to a score of six in the ninth end, while Russia had a 5-3 win over Switzerland.

RESULTS.

Session 3: Italy 11, Sweden 5; Russia 5, Switzerland 3.

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

Session 2: Japan 9, Scotland 3.

Ewan MacDonald’s men went down to their second successive defeat in Saturday evening’s round-robin play, going down by a thumping 3-9 to Japan, who now move undefeated to the top of the rankings.

Japan won the last stone and, after blanking the first end, were forced to take one in the second end.  They then stole another single shot in the third end when MacDonald, who struggled with draw-weight in his opening loss to Italy, was heavy with his last stone.

The Scots got onto the score board with one shot in the fourth, when MacDonald successfully drew against three Japan stones, but Japan increased their lead to 4-1 when skip Yusuke Morozumi drew in the fifth end to score two.

The Scots blanked the sixth end and then scored two shots in the seventh end when MacDonald played a nose-hit with his last.  However, they let Japan build up the house in the eighth end, and, when MacDonald’s attempt to nestle behind some front Japanese stones just missed and then his second lay open, Morozumi hit  out MacDonald’s second stone to score five, at which point the Scots conceded, with the score at 9-3 to Japan.

Afterwards, a frustrated MacDonald said, “that was a sore one, we need to start making some shots, ‘zeros’ are no good.  We’ve got to start putting stones in the right places and give ourselves chances.  Right now we’re in a lot of trouble.”

By contrast, Japan lead player Kosuke Morozumi said, “it’s very good for us (to have two wins from two). This is the second time we have beaten Scotland (at World Championships) and we played well again.”

Ewan MacDonald "we're in a lot of trouble"

Ewan MacDonald “we’re in a lot of trouble”

The Scots sit out Sunday morning’s third session and then face Finland – who, like the Scots have suffered two defeats – in their only Sunday game.

RESULTS.

Session 2: Norway 9, China 7; Japan 9, Scotland 3; Finland 7, Czech Republic 8; USA 10, Canada 11 (extra end).

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

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 1: Scotland 5, Italy 6 (extra end).

Scotland went down to an extra end 5-6 loss to Italy in Saturday afternoon’s first round-robin session of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.

Ewan MacDonald and his team started well, stealing one shot in the opening end, when, facing three Scottish stones, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner was wide and heavy with his final draw.  Two long draws by Italy in the second end gave Scotland another single steal for a 2-0 lead.

Italy got on the scoreboard with a single shot in the third end and then stole one more in the fourth to level the game at 2-2 when MacDonald was short with his final draw.  In the fifth end, MacDonald’s final draw shot was heavy, giving Italy another single steal and a 3-2 lead.

The Scots split the house early in the sixth end, leaving MacDonald with a comfortable draw for two and a 4-3 lead.  Italy blanked the seventh and were then forced to draw for just one in the eighth, against Two Scottish counters already sitting in the house.  Scotland could only score one in the ninth end when MacDonald’s attempt to put a second stone onto the button without disturbing a collection of stones within the four-foot ring came up inches short.

The tenth end featured a long promote take-out by MacDonald but even at that, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner was able to draw for one and tie the game at 5-5. The Scots had last stone advantage in the extra end but skip MacDonald was light again with his final draw, giving Italy a single-point steal and their 6-5 win.

After the game, a disappointed MacDonald spoke about his final stone, saying, “we threw the weight we were after, it just came down on a different track.  The first one (a ddraw that was too long) kept going and on that one we didn’t get it at all.  The ice is good but if you go on a slight different track you get a slightly different pace.”

More generally he added, “the boys started great but we just let go a little bit in the middle.  We’ve just got to sharpen up.”

Meanwhile Italy’s skip Joel Retornaz said, “being here at the Worlds is something big for us. Starting with a win gives us confidence and one win, which could be very important at the end of the round-robin.”

MacDonald struggled with draw-weight

MacDonald struggled with draw-weight

The Scots now face Japan in Saturday evening’s second session, who beat Russia by 7-4 in their opener.

 RESULTS.

Session1: Russia 4, Japan 7; Czech republic 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Scotland 5, Italy 6 (extra end); Sweden 6, Finland 5.

Standings after 1 session: Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland won 1, lost 0; Canada, China, Norway USA 0-0; Czech republic, Finland, Russia, Scotland 0-1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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