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Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:50pm

MEN: Final: USA 4, Scotland 6.

Bruce Mouat led his team – third player Bobby Lammie; second Gregor Cannon, lead Angus Dowell, supported by alternate Robin Brydone and coach Alan Hannah – to gold medals in Sunday afternoon’s final with a 6-4 win over USA.

 

Photo right © WCF/Marissa Tiel.

M final

GOLD!

The Scots controlled this game from the off.  They blanked the first end, scored two in the second  when Mouat drew his second shot into the 4-foot ring, and forced USA to draw for one in the third (against three Scottish counters) to set the tone for the rest of the game.

In the fourth end, USA skip Korey Dropkin had an unfortunate pick-up but eventually Mouat hit for two shots to extend his lead to 4-1.  In the fifth end, USA could only score one shot when Dropkin’s draw attempt came up short.  The seventh end featured a spectacular quadruple take-out by Scotland’s third player Bobby Lammie which eventually forced USA to blank the end.  The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and eventually Scotland ran USA out of stones in the tenth, with one USA stone in the house giving them a consolation score of one.

After the game, Mouat said, “‘Bruce Mouat, world champion’ that sounds pretty cool.  I feel a lot more relaxed than I thought I was going to be.  I was quite happy in that game, I went through an emotional roller-coaster in the 1/2 game and it couldn’t have been much worse than that, but I was quite chilled there.  We controlled that game from the start and that probably contributed to how I felt.  Making the two in the second end and forcing the one in the third…after that it was easy – well, not easy, but easier!”

He reflected, “I’ve been curling for years and the work that you do day in and day out comes out in a game like that, and I can’t thank my team and support team enough.”  More generally he added, “I think Scottish curling is in a good place and I look forward to seeing how it’s going to go.  It’s my last year in juniors but there’s a lot of good curlers coming through.”

Meanwhile USA’s Korey Dropkin was generous to the Scots in defeat, saying, “that’s not what we came for, we didn’t have such a good game, especially myself.  It’s just the little things that make the difference in a World final and Scotland were on their game.  They shot the lights out and we just had a rough game.”

Canada beat Switzerland by 8-4 to take bronze medals.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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Semi-finals

Bruce Mouat’s Scottish team will play USA in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final, after USA beat Switzerland by 5-2 in Saturday evening’s semi-final.

The women’s gold medal game will be between USA and Canada.

The men’s gold medal game starts at 14.00hrs local time (1pm UK time) and will be broadcast live on WCF YouTube

MEN: Page Play-off: Scotland 7, United States 5.

Bruce Mouat led his team into Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final with a 7-5 win over USA in Saturday afternoon’s Page 1 v 2 Play-off game.

This game was tight all the way, with there being no more than one score between the teams all the way to the tenth end.

As round-robin leaders, USA opened with last stone advantage, and the teams swapped singles all the way throgh the first five ends, including the second, when both skips threw away their last stones for fear of doing damage to a set-up that gave Scotland their first score of the game.

In the second half, the Scots blanked the sixth end and then Mouat was able to draw for two in the seventh to take the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3.  USA re-took the lead at 5-4 in the ninth with a score of two and then, in the tenth, USA skip Korey Dropkin left his final draw lying open and Mouat kept his nerve to deliver a hit-and-stay that gave his team three from the end, a 7-5 win, and the guarantee of at least a silver medal, one better than last year’s bronze.

After the game, a visibly-shaking Mouat said, “my guys played unbelievable curling and they (USA) were awesome too.”  He continued, “we were so pumped in the hotel room and we really wanted it.  Three of us age out this year and we’ve really wanted this all season.  One more game now, and we’re not worried about who we face.”

Their final opponents will be either USA again or Switzerland, who now meet in the semi-final, after Switzerland beat Canada by 6-4 in the Page 3 v 4 game.

M Page v USA

“One more game” Bruce Mouat

In the women’s Page games, USA beat previously unbeaten Canada by 8-7 to go directly to the final.  Canada now face Hungary in the semi-final, after the Hungarians – who had earlier beaten Sweden by 10-4 in a tie-breaker – beat Korea in the 3v 4 Page game.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

MEN: Session 9: Scotland 8, Denmark 2.

Bruce Mouat’s men bounced back from their morning loss to Switzerland with a six-end 8-2 victory over Denmark in Friday evening’s last round-robin game and, as a consequence of results among the four Page Play-off qualifying teams, will now face table-topping USA in Saturday’s Page 1 v 2 Play-off game.

This result was never in doubt – the Scots opened with a score of two in the first end, then scored two in the third and stole one in the third.  After the half-time break, they scored three in the sixth end at which point Denmark, already relegated to next year’s B Challenge, conceded.

M9 v Denmark

The Scottish men bounced back against Denmark to claim a slot in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off

In other games USA beat Switzerland to top the table and provide Scotland’s opposition in the Play-offs on Saturday afternoon.  Canada beat Russia by 6-4 to finish third overall and set up a Page 3v4 Play-off game with Switzerland..

RESULTS

Men Session 9: Korea 2, Sweden 9; Russia 4, Canada 6; Scotland 8, Denmark 2; Norway 11, Turkey 4; USA 9, Switzerland 3.

Standings after 9 sessions: USA won 8, lost 1; Scotland, Canada 7-2; Switzerland 6-3; Norway, Sweden 5-4; Russia 3-6; Denmark, Turkey 2-7; Korea 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

 

WOMEN: Session 9: Canada 6, Scotland 2.

In many ways, skip Sophie Jackson’s last stone in her game against Canada summed up the Scottish women’s effort at a Championship event where success was always tantalisingly close, but eventually out of reach.

Sitting three behind, she was faced with a flat double that, if she got it right, would give her a score of two to get right back in the game and, if she didn’t, would be, as she herself said, “game over”.

After a long team debate, and a time-out, the Scots decided to gamble, and when she missed, shook hands at 2-6 down to draw the curtain on a campaign that saw them win only twice and relegated to next year’s World Junior B Challenge when Scotland will have to try to get back to the World Championships line-up.

Scotland started the game with last stone advantage and blanked the first two ends, only for Jackson’s last hit in the third  to roll too far, giving Canada a steal of two after an umpire’s measure.  The Scots were chasing after this and could only score singles in each of the fourth and sixth ends as Canada built on their lead all the way to the fateful last stone in the ninth.

W9 v Canada

Scotland’s third player Naomi Brown

After the game, Jackson reflected on her campaign saying, “there wasn’t too much that went our way this week, but that’s how it goes.”  She continued, “I’m definitely glad to have done it.  I’ve learned some lessons, in just controlling what you can control, and trying not to pay attention to anything else.”  And with two more possible years at junior level she added, ” I definitely want to come back.”

RESULTS.

WOMEN: Session 9: Canada 6, Scotland 2; Switzerland 5, Hungary 7; USA 11, Japan 3; Sweden 9, Russia 5; Turkey 6, Korea 9.

Standings after 9 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0; USA, Korea 7-2; Sweden, Hungary 5-4; Switzerland 4-5; Turkey, Russia 3-3; Scotland 2-7; Japan 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Marissa Tiel/WCF

MEN: Session 8: Switzerland 10, Scotland 4.

Despite losing to Switzerland in their eighth round-robin game on Friday morning, the Scots have now sealed a place in the weekend’s Page Play-off line-up.  They are joined there by table-toppers USA, Switzerland and Canada, with the final line-up only being decided by the results of Friday evening’s ninth and final round-robin session.

In the game, Switzerland started with last stone advantage and scored one in the first end.  The Scots then got on the scoreboard with a single shot in the second end, but Switzerland took a major advantage n the third end when their skip Yannick Schwaller played a promote take-out shot to score four for a 5-1 lead.

The Scots could only take two from the fourth end and then Switzerland also scored two in the fifth end to take a 7-3 lead into the break.

Scottish skip Bruce Mouat was facing two Swiss counters when he was forced to draw his last stone of the sixth end for just one point, to reduce Switzerland’s lead to 7-4.  However, a further score of three points by Switzerland in the seventh end was enough to persuade the Scots to concede, with the score at 10-4.

M8 v Switzerland

Despite losing to Switzerland, the Scots sealed a Page Play-off place

The Scots now face a Denmark team on just two wins so far in Friday evening’s round-robin play.  A win in that game and correct results elsewhere – especially USA beating Switzerland  – could put the Scots into the Page 1/2 game.

RESULTS.

MEN Session 8: Turkey 4, USA 7; Korea 3, Denmark 11; Russia 2, Sweden 7; Switzerland 10, Scotland 4; Canada 4, Norway 3

Standings after 8 sessions: USA won 7, lost 1; Canada, Scotland, Switzerland 6-2; Norway, Sweden 4-4; Russia 3-5; Denmark, Turkey 2-8; Korea 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Marissa Tiel/WCF

 

WOMEN: Session 8: Switzerland  11, Scotland 4.

The Scottish women brought on alternate Katie Murray to play as skip instead of Sophie Jackson, but still lost their eighth round-robin game by 4-11 to Switzerland.

With Sweden winning in this session as well as Switzerland, the Scots can now finish no better than becoming involved in a tie-breaker for a relegation slot into next season’s World Junior B Challenge to try to get back into the Junior World Championships.  However, they face unbeaten leaders Canada in their final game on Friday.

Not for the first time at these Championships, the Scots gave themselves a mountain to climb in the first few ends, giving up a score of three in the first end and a steal of two in the second.  After blanking the third replacement skip Murray drew her last stone of the fourth to open the Scots’ account with two shots.  Switzerland scored another two shots in the fifth end and Murray hit out a Swiss stone in the sixth to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s lead to 7-3.

The teams swapped singles in the next two ends and then Switzerland scored three in the ninth end to finish off the game.

W8 v Switzerland

Alternate Katie Murray played at skip in this game

RESULTS

Women Session 8: Russia 7, Turkey 9; Canada 7, Japan 6; Switzerland 11, Scotland 3; Korea 6, USA 7 (extra end) ; Hungary 3, Sweden 9.

Standings after 8 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 0 (Qualified); Korea, USA 6-2 (Q); Hungary, Switzerland, Sweden 4-4; Russia, Turkey 3-5; Scotland 2-6; Japan 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 7: Scotland 10, Russia 2.

Bruce Mouat’s Scottish men took another big step towards the Page Play-offs with a 10-2 win in just six ends over Russia in Thursday afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play.

This game was virtually one-way traffic all the way.  The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end and then, after Russia scored one in the second end, they scored four in the third and stole three more shots in the fourth end, set up by a perfectly-judged double take-out by skip Bruce Mouat.

Russia scored another single in the fifth end and when Scotland added one more to their tally in the sixth the Russians conceded.

M7 v Russia

The Scottish men cruised to a 10-2 win over Russia

Afterwards, Mouat said, “we maybe need to win the next two to guarantee the Page 1/2, but I’m not sure.  I’m not really sure what the situation is, we’re just taking it one game at a time.  (Reaching) the Page 1/2 would be excellent, but I haven’t really thought about it, we’re just glad to be in contention.”

And  turning to his team’s play he added, “we’ve still a few things to iron out but we’re happy with how we’re playing right now and if we keep playing the way we are, we’ll give other teams some problems.”

RESULTS.

MEN Session 7: Scotland 10, Russia 2; Sweden 5, USA 6 (extra end); Canada 10, Turkey 2; Denmark 3, Norway 9; Switzerland 7, Korea 2.

Standings after 7 sessions: Scotland, USA won 6, lost 1; Canada, Switzerland 5-2; Norway 4-3; Russia, Sweden 3-4; Turkey 2-5; Denmark 1-6; Korea 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 7: Scotland 7, Turkey 6.

The Scottish women recorded what was just their second win of the week so far when they beat Turkey by 7-6 in Thursday morning’s seventh round-robin session.

Turkey do not have an alternate player at this event and, for the second day, came onto the ice with just three players.  Regardless of that, the Scots started well, stealing a single shot in the opening end.  Turkey scored one in the second and then stole a single in the third, but the Scots recovered by scoring two in the fourth end.  A single score by Turkey in the fifth end meant that the teams went into the break level at 3-3.

In the sixth end, Scottish skip Sophie Jackson was facing three Turkish counters as she played her final draw.  She was able to get inside them all to score one from the end.  Turkey responded again in the seventh when their skip Dilsat Yildiz scored one with a nose-hot to level the scores again, at 4-4.

The Scottish break-through finally came in the eighth end.  Jackson produced a double take-out with her first stone to lie four and then when Yildiz came up slightly short with her last stone, Jackson drew into the house to score three – only being denied a fourth shot by the umpire’s measure.

The Scots contained Turkey for the next two ends, restricting them to just one point in the ninth and then putting the game beyond the Turks -who had the consolation of stealing one shot – in the tenth, for a final score of 7-6.

W7 v Turkey

Scotland’s Rachael Halliday in action

After this win, Jackson said, ” at long last we’ve got a win.  We’ve not been playing bad, it’s just been a few shots that haven’t gone our way. But we’re still not in a great position.  We would want to be higher up with the wins but hopefully we can put together two more wins.  I don’t think we played better out there today – but we did put together a good ten ends.  It was all about patience and we got that three in the eighth end and that helped a lot.”

The Scottish women now share eighth place on the table with Turkey, with only the top six finishers and hosts Korea  qualifying direct for next season’s World Championships.  They face Switzerland on Thursday evening and then conclude their round-robin programme on Friday against unbeaten table-toppers Canada, who have now already qualified for the weekend Play-offs.

RESULTS
Women session 7: USA 7, Switzerland 3; Scotland 7, Turkey 6; Hungary 8, Russia 7; Japan 5, Sweden 7; Korea 4, Canada 9.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada won 7, lost 0 (Qualified); Korea 6-1 (Q); USA 5-2; Hungary 4-3; Russia, Switzerland, Sweden 3-4; Scotland, Turkey 2-5; Japan 0-7.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 6: Korea 3, Scotland 10.

Bruce Mouat’s men completed a successful day with a 10-3 win over Korea, a result that, along with their 9-2 morning six-end win over Sweden, keeps them in joint top spot alongside USA.

The Scots were never troubled in this game, opening with two shots in the first end and stealing one more in the second when Korea’s skip Yu Jin Seong wrecked with his last effort.  Korea got on the score board with a single shot in the third but the Scots responded with a further two shots in the fourth end.  This pattern was repeated in the fifth and sixth ends, with Korea scoring one in the fifth and the Scots moving further ahead with two shots in the sixth, although Mouat may feel he should have scored three in the sixth as he just nudged a Korean stone rather than take it out completely.

He did go on to score three in the eighth end with a well-judged draw and this was enough to persuade Korea to concede, at 10-3 to Scotland.

M6 v Korea

It was a good day for the Scottish men

Afterwards, a pleased Mouat said, “it’s been a really good day, the guys have played really well, so we’re happy.  We’re just going to try to keep the same routine – stay relaxed and come out shooting for the next two days.  It feels pretty good.  I was getting some really good shots from the guys and they were setting me up for twos, so it was good.”

The Scottish men now face Russia in their only game on Thursday as they strive to keep pace with the USA, with Canada and Switzerland just behind on one more win than the leading two teams.

RESULTS.

MEN Session 6: Denmark 1, Canada 6; Norway 6, Switzerland 3; Korea 3, Scotland 10; Russia 3, USA 5; Sweden 7, Turkey 2.

Standings after 6 sessions: Scotland, USA won 5, lost 1; Canada, Switzerland 4-2; Norway, Russia, Sweden 3-3; Turkey 2-4; Denmark 1-5; Korea 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 6: Scotland 2, Russia 5.

The Scottish women suffered their fifth successive loss, going down by 2-5 to Russia in Wednesday afternoon’s sixth session of round-robin play.

Russia won last stone advantage and used it to blank the first two ends.  In the third, Scottish play forced them to finally open the scoring with a draw for one.  Scotland levelled the score straightaway with one shot in the fourth and then Russia reverted to their blanking tactics for the next two ends.

The turning point of the game came in the seventh end when the teams allowed stones to build up in the head.  However, with her first stone, Scottish skip Sophie Jackson wrecked on the way in and although she hit out a Russian counter with her second, Russia’s fourth player Uliana Vasileva was able to draw to score three shots and take a decisive 4-1 lead.  In the eight end, Jackson faced a split house and was forced to draw for just one.  Russia scored one in the ninth end and then ran Scotland out of stones in the tenth to claim a victory that keeps them in the play-off hunt and puts Scotland at further peril in the relegation zone.

W6 v Russia

Scotland’s front end: Rachael Halliday and Rachel Hannen

After the game, Jackson said, “we had our chance in the seventh end and I just couldn’t finish it off.  We’re having a good first half and a not-very-good second half, so it’s just about trying to get it together.”

Looking forward she added, “I think a play-off is out of the question now, so we’ve just got to keep playing and show people what we can do.   We’re trying not to think about the relegation zone, just the performance.”

The Scottish women now face Turkey and then Switzerland on Thursday and then conclude their round-robin on Friday against unbeaten leaders Canada.

RESULTS.

WOMEN Session 6: Japan 7, Hungary 8; Sweden 6, Korea 7; Canada 5, USA 3; Switzerland 10, Turkey 4; Scotland 2, Russia 5.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada, Korea won 6, lost 0; USA 4-2; Hungary, Russia, Switzerland 3-3; Sweden, Turkey 2-4; Scotland 1-5; Japan 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Marissa  Tiel/WCF

MEN: Session 5: Scotland 9, Sweden 2.

Bruce Mouat’s men made short work of their fifth round-robin game on Wednesday morning, beating Sweden by 9-2 in just six ends.

The Scots had last stone advantage and used it to score three in the first end, then followed that up with a steal of two in the second end, and a further single steal in the third end for a 6-0 lead.  Norway got onto the scoreboard with a single in the fourth and then Scotland scored three more shots in the fifth end for a 9-1 halftime lead.

Sweden had the consolation of scoring one in the sixth before promptly conceding the game, at 9-2 to Scotland.  The Scots took this opportunity to give alternate Robin Brydone some ice time, bringing him on after the break.

M5 v Sweden

Job Done!

This fourth win for the Scots places them in a strong position as the round-robin moves to a conclusion.  They share top spot with Switzerland and the USA, with Canada and Russia just behind on one win less..

RESULTS.

Men Session 5: USA 9, Norway 6; Denmark 6, Turkey 4; Switzerland 5, Russia 3; Scotland 9,  Sweden 2; Korea 2, Canada 12.

Standings after 5 sessions:  Scotland, Switzerland, USA won 4,lost1; Canada, Russia 3-2; Norway, Sweden, Turkey 2-3; Denmark 1-4; Korea 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Marissa  Tiel/WCF

WOMEN: Session 5: USA 8, Scotland 4.

The Scottish women went down to their fourth successive defeat, losing by 4-8 to USA Tuesday evening’s fifth session of round-robin play, a result that puts then firmly into the relegation zone at these Championships.

USA opened with a single shot in the first end and the Scots took an early lead when skip Sophie Jackson drew for two in the second end.  The teams swapped singles after that and went into the half-time break level at 3-3.

In the sixth end, USA had a single steal when Jackson’s attempted tap up with her final stone was too strong and then by contrast another tap-up attempt by Jackson, this time in the eighth, was too weak, letting USA skip Cory Christensen draw for two more and a 6-4 lead.  At the end of the ninth end, an umpire’s measure gave USA a steal of two and the Scots conceded the game, at 8-4 to the Americans.

W5 v USA

Scotland can only watch as USA take the lead

The Scottish women now face Russia – another struggling team – in their only game on Wednesday, with the need for a win never more pressing..

RESULTS

WOMEN Session 5: Turkey 4, Sweden 10; Japan 3, Russia 7; Korea 5, Switzerland 2; USA 8 , Scotland 4; Canada 9, Hungary 3.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada, Korea won 5, lost 0; USA 4-1; Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey 2-3; Scotland 1-4, Japan 0-5.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 4: Turkey 4, Scotland 13.

The Scottish men recorded their third win so far in Tuesday afternoon’s fourth men’s round-robin session, beating Turkey by 13-4 in just seven ends, helped largely by a score of sic=x in the second end.

This result keeps Bruce Mouat and his team tied at the top of the table on just one loss, with Russia, Switzerland, and USA.

After the game, skip Mouat was quick to credit his third player Bobby Lammie with setting up the score of six in the second end a that all but killed the game.  He said, “we got a really good start there and Bobbie made a really good triple to set up the six in the second end.”

After this, Turkey scored two in the third end to reduce the Scots’ lead to 6-3 but the Scots then moved further ahead with a two of their own in the fourth end and a single steal in the fifth to let them go into the break with a 9-3 advantage.

After the break, Turkey scored one in the sixth end and then Scotland took another four shots from the seventh for 13-4,  when Turkey conceded.

M4 v Turkey

The Scots’ win was helped largely by a six in the second end

Speaking after the game, Mouat added, “we’re playing well and we know we’ve got some tough games coming up, so we need to make sure we’re firing for them.  We’ve won the last two games – we had a really hard game against Canada and we executed it well, but I feel we still have a few gears to step up, so hopefully that’ll be soon.”

The Scottish men now face Sweden and Korea in their two Wednesday games.

RESULTS.

Men Session 4: Russia 8, Denmark 3; USA 9, Korea 4; Sweden 6, Norway 8; Canada 5, Switzerland 7; Turkey 4, Scotland 13.

Standings after 4 sessions: Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, USA won 4, lost 1; Canada, Norway, Sweden, Turkey 2-2; Norway 1-3; Korea 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

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WOMEN: Session 4: Scotland 6, Sweden 7.

Sophie Jackson’s Scottish women came desperately close to getting back to winning ways in Tuesday morning’s fourth session of round-robin play, but eventually lost out to Sweden by 6-7 when the Swedes’ fourth player Sarah Pengel just nudged out a Scottish counter with the last stone of the tenth end to score the one point needed to deny Scotland victory.

The Scots  came onto the ice after two successive losses and gave themselves a mountain to climb from the start, losing single shots in each of the first three ends.  They could only score one in the fourth end , while the Swedes took two from the fifth to take a 5-1 lead into the break.

After this, the Scoots fought back. Skip Jackson had a nose-hit for two in the sixth end and then the Scots carved out a single steal in the seventh to reduce the Swedes’ lead to 5-4.

In the eighth end, Jackson played a good draw behind cover with her first and then had a nice hit and roll behind cover with her second, but Sweden’s Pengel was up to the task of drawing inside three Scottish counters to score one shot and stretch the Swedish lead to 6-4.

In the ninth end, Jackson was able to draw for two points and level the game at 6-6 when Sweden’s attempt to remove two Scottish stones with their last effort jammed on the way out.  Eventually, the game came down to the last draw, and, once again, with three Scottish counters sitting there, Sweden’s Pengel kept her nerve to score the one point that won the game.

W4 v Sweden

A rueful Scottish skip Sophie Jackson keeps an eye on Sweden skip (and third player) Therese Westman

The Scottish women now sit in joint seventh on the rankings, with only this year’s top six finishers and 2017 hosts Korea gaining automatic qualification for next year’s Championships.

The Scots now face high-flying USA in their Tuesday evening game.

RESULTS.

Women Session 4: Switzerland 9, Japan 7 (extra end); Turkey 3, Canada 10; Scotland 6, Sweden 7; Hungary 6, Korea 9; Russia 2, USA 11.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Korea won 4, lost 0; USA 3-1; Hungary, Switzerland, Turkey 2-2; Russia, Scotland, Sweden 1-3; Japan 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 3: Canada 7, Scotland 10.

Bruce Mouat’s Scottish men’s team bounced back from their Monday morning loss to USA with a convincing 10-7 win over previously unbeaten Canada in Monday evening’s third round-robin session.

This game was tight all the way and the Scots took an early lead when Mouat drew to score two in the second end, for a 2-1 lead.  But Canada responded in the third, scoring two for 3-2 with a nose-hit by their skip Matt Dunstone.

Looking for more, the Scots were forced to nose-hit for just one shot in the fourth to level the game at 3-3 and then Canada scored in each of the fifth and sixth ends to take a 5-3 lead.  They moved this onto a 7-4 lead, scoring two in the eight when a Mouat angle raise attempt just missed.

In the ninth, it was Canada’s turn to miss, leaving Mouat with a draw for three that levelled the score at 7-7, but crucially leaving Canada with last stone in the tenth end.  However, Dunstone was heavy with his final draw, giving the Scots a steal of three and an important 10-7 win.

M3 v Canada

“the guys were awesome” Bruce Mouat

After the game, a delighted Bruce Mouat said, “we’ve lost a few tough games throughout this season so, after this morning’s loss to USA we just went back to the hotel, had something to eat and relaxed and just made sure we were pumped for tonight.

I think that win was important.  When he played his last shot I was thinking ‘he doesn’t miss a lot – maybe once in a blue moon’ but the guys played awesome tonight and we deserved our luck there.”

The Scottish men are now one of seven teams tied at the top of the table on two wins and one loss, and play Turkey in their only game on Tuesday.

RESULTS.

MEN: Session 3: Canada 7, Scotland 10; Switzerland 4, Sweden 5; Turkey 9, Korea 2; USA 9, Denmark 2; Norway 2, Russia 8.

Standings after 3 sessions: Canada, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, USA won 2,lost 1: Norway 1-2; Denmark Korea 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 3: Korea 6, Scotland 5

The Scottish women went down to their second loss so far, going down by 5-6 to unbeaten Korea in Monday afternoon’s third round-robin session.

Sophie Jackson and her team opened the scoring with one shot in the first end, but Korea responded in the second with a score of two when their skip Ji Min Kim had a hit and stay.  Korea then built on that lead with a single steal in the third.

After this the Scots were never in front again no matter how they fought.  They blanked the fourth end when, after successfully splitting the house, Jackson’s first stone rolled out instead of staying.  In the fifth, Scotland were forced to draw for one shot inside two Korean stones in the house.  The Scots levelled in the sixth at 3-3 when a Korean double failed and the Scottish team gained a single steal.  But a score of two for Korea meant the Scots were chasing hard and eventually, after the teams swapped singles in the eighth and ninth ends,  Jackson was slightly heavy with her final tap-up attempt in the tenth as she tried to score two and force an extra end.

The one shot this attempt yielded was not enough and the Scots went down to an unwelcome 5-6 defeat.

W3 v Korea

Sophie Jackson and her team batted all the way but went down to a second loss

They now face two crucial games on Tuesday – against a win-less Sweden and high-flying USA.

RESULTS.

WOMEN: Session 3: Hungary 7, USA 6; Korea 6, Scotland 5; Russia 4, Canada 10: Turkey 8, Japan 7 (extra end); Sweden 5, Switzerland 12.

Standings after 3 sessions: Canada, Korea won 3, lost 0; Hungary, Turkey, USA 2-1; Russia, Scotland, Switzerland 1-2; Japan, Sweden 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 2: Scotland 6, USA  7 (extra end)

The Scottish men lost their second round-robin game on Monday morning, going down by 6-7 to USA in an extra end.

The Scots had a strong start, scoring two in the third end for a 3-1 lead and then stealing another shot in the fourth end.  But the USA scored two in the fifth end to reduce the Scots’ half-time lead to 4-3.

By skip Bruce Mouat’s own admission after the game, the Scots got sloppy in the second half, and after Mouat blanked the sixth end, they gave up a single steal in the seventh when Mouat’s stone rolled on after a hit, to let USA level the game, at 4-4.

Scotland nosed ahead with a single score in the eighth but in the ninth, USA’s skip Kory Dropkin had a draw for two and s 6-5 lead.  In the tenth end, Mouat could only score one shot, with a nose-hit, to level the score at 6-6 and go into the extra end without last stone advantage.  Although Mouat played a nice hit and roll with his last stone of the tenth, Dropkin held his nerve to deliver a last stone draw that finished inside the Scottish counter to score one and take a 7-6 lead.

M2 v USA

USA skip Kory Dropkin with the Scots watching closely

This result places both Scotland and USA among six teams with a won one, lost one record, behind joint leaders Canada and Switzerland.

After the game, Mouat said, “that was just being sloppy in the last five ends” but he also praised the USA performance, saying, “they were making their shots too.”

The Scots now face Canada on Monday evening and about that, Mouat said, “we know we had a good first five ends there, so we are confident about playing  Canada this evening.  We’ve played them twice before this season, but we’ll need to be at our best.”

RESULTS

Men: Session 2: Norway 10, Korea 2; Turkey 8, Russia 7; Denmark 4, Switzerland 6; Sweden 4, Canada 5; Scotland 6, USA 7 (extra end).

Standings after 2 sessions:  Canada, Switzerland won 2, lost 0; Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey, USA 1-1; Denmark, Korea 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 2: Scotland 6, Hungary 10.

The Scots went down by 6-10 in the women’s second round-robin session, a result that gives Hungary a first-ever win at Junior Championships level.

The Scots struggled from the start in this game, giving up a steal of one in the first end and then handing Hungary a further three-point steal in the second when skip Sophie Jackson was short of the house with both of her draw attempts.

This gave Hungary a 4-0 advantage as the Scots finally got onto the score board with a score of two in the third end.  Hungary scored another two points in the fourth and then Jackson hit out a couple of Hungarian stones in the fifth to score three points for Scotland that lowered Hungary’s advantage to just one point, at 6-5.  Eventually, another steal of two by Hungary in the ninth gave them a 10-6 lead.  Hungary then ran the Scots out of stones in the tenth for their win.

W2 v Hungary

Rachael and Rachel in action

After the game, Jackson confirmed that her problems cane right at the start, saying, “we just didn’t get going there.  I had a tough start and it’s hard to get back when you go down.  I think we’ve just got to put a game like that behind us.”

The Scottish women now go on to face Korea on Monday, who remain undefeated in joint top spot with Canada and USA.

RESULTS.

Session 2: Sweden 3, Canada 10; Russia 8, Switzerland 6; Japan 3, Korea 9; Scotland 6, Hungary 10; USA 10, Turkey 4.

Standings after 2 sessions: Canada, Korea, USA won 2, lost 0; Hungary Russia, Scotland, Turkey 1-1; Japan, Switzerland, Sweden 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

MEN: Session 1: Scotland 7, Norway 4.

Bruce Mouat’s men joined the Scottish women with an opening win on Sunday afternoon, beating Norway by 7-4 in the first game of their round-robin programme.

The Scots opened strongly, using last stone advantage to score two in the first end.  Norway blanked the second end and could only score one in the third end, and after this, the Scots were never to fall behind.

They added a single shot in the fourth end and forced a single-shot steal in the fifth, to extend their lead to 4-1 at the halftime break.

Norway scored just one in the sixth end to reduce Scotland’s lead to 4-2.  After this, the teams swapped twos in the seventh and eighth ends and Scotland built their lead again in the ninth with one shot for 7-4.  Mouat knocked out a Norwegian counter with his last stone of the tenth end to finish the game off and give his team a winning star.

M1 v Norway

Scotland third player Bobby Lammie makes his instructions clear

Afterwards, he said, “that was a good start and we played really well – the Norwegians played very well to, so that was a real high-standard game.  The ice is really good and it’s consistent.”

He added, “we’ve started off pretty well now, so we just need to try to move up one gear” and, looking forward, he added, “we’ve got USA and Canada tomorrow – two big games and if we come out well from them, that’ll be good.”

RESULTS

Men Session 1: Switzerland 9, Turkey 2; Scotland 7, Norway 4; USA  2, Canada 8; Korea 2, Russia 7; Denmark 2, Sweden 10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: Richard Gray/WCF

WOMEN: Session 1: Japan 4, Scotland 6.

Sophie Jackson led her team to a 6-4 win  over Japan as the Scottish women made a successful start to their campaign at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Sunday morning’s opening round-robin session at the Taarnby Curling Club, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Scots had to recover from giving up a steal of two in the first end and, after blanking the second end, skip Jackson made a nose-hit with her last stone of the third to score two and level the score

Japan then blanked the fourth end but could only score a single shot in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead into the half-time break.  In the sixth end, Japan’s skip Ayano Tsuchiya had a complete miss, and this eventually let Jackson draw her final stone in to score two shots and take the lead for the first time in the game, at 4-3.

In the seventh end, Tsuchiya was facing three Scottish counters as she played her final stone, and was forced to give up a steal of one.  Another single steal in the eighth gave Scotland a 6-3 lead and with Japan only managing a single shot in the ninth to reduce the Scottish lead to 6-4, the Scots ran their opponents out of stones in the tenth, forcing handshakes.

W1 v Japan

Rachel Hannen and Naomi Brown in early sweeping action during Scotland’s 6-4 win over Japan

Afterwards, a pleased Jackson said, “yes that was a good start.  It’s good to get the win and settle the nerves. We had a tough opening end but that was just getting used to the ice and, once we settled down, we were placing everything well – instead of throwing the stones though the back!.    We have Hungary next and hopefully we can keep it going.”

RESULTS:

Women Session 1: Korea 7-6 Russia (extra end); USA 8-6 Sweden; Turkey 8-6 Hungary; Canada 7-2 Switzerland; Japan 4-6 Scotland.