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Roundup: Scots Women win Silver at World Seniors

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 3:00pm

Congratulations to the Scottish Senior Women on winning Silver at the World Senior Curling Championships. Canada won 12-2 in seven ends stealing five points in the last two ends to seal the victory and afterwards skip, Heidi Hanlon, said: “We made it. Amazing, awesome, it’s unbelievable. We waited a long time for this moment. We have curled so many years together, off and on, and this is what we’ve dreamed of, I’ve been saying that all day. This is what we’ve been curling all these years for, just to be in this game, so lets just play.”

As a result, Scotland picked up the silver medal, something that skip, Barbara Watt, agreed was a great achievement. She said: “We’re sorry we didn’t make a better game of it but they didn’t let us. They played absolutely beautifully. If you had told us at the start of the week we would be getting the silver medal we would be absolutely thrilled and we are – absolutely thrilled. We weren’t in that game, they were just too good, that’s all.”

In the women’s bronze medal game, Sweden defeated New Zealand 10-3 in seven ends. This was a particularly memorable win for the team as skip Ingrid Meldahl explained. She said: “It’s always great to win medals, especially for Mia (Maria Lehander, Sweden alternate). She is undefeated because she didn’t play the game this morning (the Semi-final) and this is her first medal, so we’re especially glad for her. We’re sorry that we had a completely stupid game in the Semi-final but that was the first bad game we’ve had this week.”

Ireland’s men created history when they won their first ever world curling championship title by beating Canada 6-5 in an extra end and become World Senior Men’s Curling Champions 2012.

The main turning point in the game came in the fourth end when Ireland skip, John Jo Kenny, hit a double take-out to score four points. Canada battled back and the teams were tied 5-5 going into an extra end, Canada with last stone advantage. However they could not make it count as Canadian skip, Kelly Robertson, was long with his last draw shot to hand Ireland one point and the championship title.

After winning the gold medal, Ireland skip, John Jo Kenny, said: “Scrape me off the ceiling! I feel unbelievable. It didn’t look good out there for a long time. I went through a bad patch but the team hung in until the end and we persevered.

“What can I say, it’s a great moment. A country of a million curlers against a country of 52 curlers – but on the ice it’s four against four. We came here hoping to win four games and  we’re unbeaten.  Hopefully it gives us some support and some exposure in Ireland. We’re hoping to get a rink in Dublin this year and hopefully this will be the catalyst that we need to get some coverage over there.

Canada skip, Kelly Robertson, shared his feelings shortly after the game. He said: “It’s like the wind has been sucked right out of me. They played a good game – we gave up a four ender which was a little hard to take but we came back. It was a hell of a game. Actually, he made a great shot with his first one in the extra end. If mine heads a little bit more it’s like check-mate and he doesn’t have a shot. I had the chance to win it with a draw, I’ve had draw weight all week, but it’s the way it goes I guess.”

In the men’s bronze medal game, Sweden beat Norway 8-4 in seven ends. Two scores of three points in the third and fifth ends and a score of two in the seventh end sealed the victory. Afterwards, Swedish skip, Connie Östlund said: “It feels great because a medal was one of the things we wanted, especially after we reached the play-offs. It’s always a rivalry with Norway but it’s fun to play against them – there is never any hard feelings, both teams can win – of course it’s fun to beat them. But today we played really, really well in all positions and got that vital win.”

RESULTS

Senior Women’s Semi-finals:

Canada 7, New Zealand 6

Sweden 5, Scotland 9

Senior Men’s Semi-finals:

Sweden 5, Canada 9

Ireland 5, Norway 4

Women’s Gold Medal Game:

Canada 12, Scotland 2

Women’s Bronze Medal Game:

Sweden 10, New Zealand 3

Men’s Gold Medal Game:

Ireland 6, Canada 5

Men’s Bronze Medal Game:

Sweden 8, Norway 4

 

FINAL STANDINGS (according to WCF ranking procedures)

Senior Women

1. Canada

2. Scotland

3. Sweden

4. New Zealand

5. USA

6. Switzerland

7. Czech Republic

8. Ireland

9. Denmark

10. Japan

11. Italy

12. Finland

13. Russia

14. Slovakia

 

Senior Men

1. Ireland

2. Canada

3. Sweden

4. Norway

5. New Zealand

6. Finland

7. Australia

8. Scotland

9. Switzerland

10. England

11. Germany

12. Italy

13. Japan

14. USA

15. Austria

16. Netherlands

17. Czech Republic

18. Latvia

19. Wales

20. Hungary

21. Russia

22. Denmark

23. Slovakia

Report WCF/Photo WSCC 2012.

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Day 7

The Scottish senior women secured their place in the final this morning after beating Sweden 9-5.  They face Canada, who beat New Zealand 7-6 in the other semi-final, this afternoon at 13:00 (UK time).

Day 6

Scottish senior women’s skip, Barbara Watt, after winning their tie-breaker against USA 8-5 and progressing into the Semi-finals where they will play Sweden, said: “We feel absolutely wonderful, especially after my horrible game last night. I played a lot better and it surpassed everything we ever expected, we’re so happy. We played very well again, we put pressure on them and that was key to winning this game.”

Upon facing Sweden in the semi-finals, Watt added: “It will be a very tough game. They are a very experienced team. I have never played them before but we know they are very good. We just have to play well, as simple as that.”

In the Men’s Canada won their game against Scotland 5-2 to progress to Saturday’s Semi-final. Afterwards skip, Kelly Robertson, said: “I feel just fantastic (to reach the Semi-finals). That was a battle out there tonight. Scotland really played well – they had a tough day today with two extra ends and tonight they played really solid. There were a couple of ends earlier in the game, I think in the fourth, and we got out of it with three doubles. We always kind of had control, we had the hammer and we’re always one but up, but I’ve got to take my hat off to Scotland, they played well.

“We’ve played solid all week and if we continue to do that then we’ll be fine. But I realise everyone will be bringing their A-game because the prize is getting closer.”

 

RESULTS

Senior Men’s Tie-breaker:

Scotland 7, Italy 5 (Scotland proceeded to Quarter-final Qualification game)

 

Senior Women’s Tie-breaker:

Scotland 8, USA 5 (Scotland proceed to Semi-finals)

 

Senior Men’s Quarter-final Qualification game:

Switzerland 5, Scotland 6 (Scotland proceeded to Quarter-finals)

 

Senior Men’s Quarterfinals:

GAME 1 – Canada 5, Scotland 2

GAME 2 – Norway 6, Australia 3

GAME 3 – Ireland 8, Finland 4

GAME 4 – New Zealand 4, Sweden 5

 

FINAL STANDINGS (according to WCF ranking procedures)

Senior Women

1-4. Determined following Saturday’s play-offs (Canada, Scotland, Sweden, New Zealand)

5. USA

6. Switzerland

7. Czech Republic

8. Ireland

9. Denmark

10. Japan

11. Italy

12. Finland

13. Russia

14. Slovakia

 

Senior Men

1-4. Determined following Saturday’s play-offs (Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland)

5. New Zealand

6. Finland

7. Australia

8. Scotland

9. Switzerland

10. England

11. Germany

12. Italy

13. Japan

14. USA

15. Austria

16. Netherlands

17. Czech Republic

18. Latvia

19. Wales

20. Hungary

21. Russia

22. Denmark

23. Slovakia

 

SCHEDULE OF PLAY – Saturday April 21, 2012

 

Semi-finals (09:00 CET)

Men’s Semi-final 1: Canada v Sweden

Men’s Semi-final 2: Norway v Ireland

Women’s Semi-final 1: Canada v New Zealand

Women’s Semi-final 2: Sweden v Scotland

Gold & Bronze Medal Games (14:00 CET)

Teams: TBC

Report WCF, Photo WCF/Richie Laurie

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Day 5

Final Round-Robin Standings (listed as games won – games lost)

Senior Men’s Group A:

1. Canada 6-0 [Qualified for Quarter-final]

2. New Zealand 4-2 [Qualified for Quarter-final]

3. Italy 3-3 (To play Tie-breaker against Scotland)

3. Scotland 3-3 (To play Tie-breaker against Italy)

5. Japan 3-3 (Eliminated due to head to head record against Scotland & Italy)

6. Netherlands 2-4

7. Hungary 0-6

 

Senior Men’s Group B:

1. Ireland 7-0 [Qualified for Quarter-final]

2. Finland 6-1 [Qualified for Quarter-final]

3. Switzerland 5-2 (DSC 94.37) [To play winner of Tie-breaker to qualifying for Quarter-Finals]

4. England 3-4 (Ranked by DSC – 29.32)

5. USA 3-4 (Ranked by DSC – 32.12)

6. Latvia 3-4 (Ranked by DSC – 62.02)

7. Russia 1-6

8. Slovakia 0-7

 

Senior Men’s Group C:

1. Norway 6-1 (Ranked by DSC – 33.15) [Qualified for Quarter-final]

2. Sweden 6-1 (Ranked by DSC – 33.60) [Qualified for Quarter-final]

3. Australia 6-1 (Ranked by DSC -41.88) [Qualified for Quarter-final]

4. Germany 4-3

5. Austria 2-5 (Won against Czech Republic in round-robin)

6. Czech Republic 2-5

7. Wales 1-6 (Won against Denmark in round-robin)

8. Denmark 1-6

 

Senior Women’s Group A:

1. Canada 6-0 [Qualified for Semi-final]

2. USA 4-2 (To play Tie-breaker against Scotland)

2. Scotland 4-2 (To play Tie-breaker against USA)

4. Ireland 3-3

5. Denmark 2-4

6. Finland 1-5 (Won against Russia in round-robin)

7. Russia 1-5

 

Senior Women’s Group B:

1. Sweden 6-0 [Qualified for Semi-final]

2. New Zealand 5-1 [Qualified for Semi-final]

3. Switzerland 4-2

4. Czech Republic 3-3

5. Japan 2-4

6. Italy 1-5

7. Slovakia 0-6

With Scotland losing to Canada and USA’s 7-2 win over Finland, Scotland will now play a tie-breaker against USA to decide who finishes in second spot in Group A. Upon finding out, Joni Cotton, USA alternate and coach, said: “We couldn’t be happier – being in the play-offs at some point is always your goal. The chips fell in the right direction and we have ourselves a tie-breaker game.

“Scotland beat us last time. We needed a steal in the last end and we didn’t quite get it taken care of, but it was a close game. A couple of missed shots turned the game around and that’s how curling goes. So we’ll be looking for a little sharper execution and we’ll give them all our guns tomorrow.”

Schedule of Play

Friday April 20, 2012

TIE-BREAKERS (09:00 CET)

Women: Scotland v USA

Men: Italy v Scotland

 

QUALIFICATION GAME FOR MEN’S QUARTER-FINALS (14:00 CET)

Switzerland v winner of Tie-breaker (Italy v Scotland)

 

MEN’S QUARTER-FINALS (19:00 CET):

Game 1: Canada v winner of qualification game

Game 2: v Norway v Australia

Game 3: Ireland v Finland

Game 4: New Zealand v Sweden

 

Saturday April 21, 2012

SEMI-FINALS (09:00 CET)

Men’s Semi-final 1: Game 1 winner v Game 4 winner

Men’s Semi-final 2: Game 2 winner v Game 3 winner

Women’s Semi-final 1: Canada vs New Zealand

Women’s Semi-final 2: Sweden vs winner of tie-breaker (Scotland v USA)

Gold & Bronze Medal (14:00 CET)

Teams: TBC

Report WCF, Photo WCF/Richie Laurie

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Day 4

After beating USA 6-5, Scotland skip, Barbara Watt, said: “That was a very important win for us. It helps to beat one of the others as we are all very much the same (in the group).

“We played some good shots at the right time today. There was one end, I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but we had four against us and I played two really good stones, which if I hadn’t, we would have had it, and that almost turned the game for us. In that last end my lead played two excellent shots, which made it difficult for the opposition.

“It’s utterly vital to be strong throughout the team – it’s very much a team game curling. You cannot rely on individuals, on the odd stone yes, but it’s very much a team game in every aspect – throwing the stone, sweeping, calling – it’s all team work and certainly today it worked.

“The USA were very, very good. I was just really pleased not to have to play my last stone. They are a very good team so it is very satisfying winning against a team that good.”

Standings (listed as games won – games lost. During the round-robin, teams with the same record will be ranked alphabetically)

Senior Women’s Group A:

Canada 4-0

Scotland 3-1

USA 3-2

Ireland 2-2

Denmark 1-3

Finland 1-3

Russia 1-4

 

Senior Women’s Group B:

Sweden 6-0

New Zealand 4-1

Czech Republic 3-2

Switzerland 3-2

Japan 2-3

Italy 0-5

Slovakia 0-5


Senior Men’s Group A:

Canada 5-0

New Zealand 4-1

Italy 3-2

Japan 3-3

Scotland 2-3

Netherlands 1-4

Hungary 0-5

 

Senior Men’s Group B:

Ireland 5-0

Finland 5-0

England 3-2

Switzerland 3-2

Latvia 2-3

USA 2-3

Russia 0-5

Slovakia 0-5

 

Senior Men’s Group C:

Australia 6-0

Norway 5-1

Sweden 5-1

Germany 3-3

Czech Republic 2-4

Austria 1-5

Denmark 1-5

Wales 1-5

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Day 3

Standings (listed as games won – games lost. During the round-robin, teams with the same record will be ranked alphabetically)

Senior Men’s Group A:

Canada 4-0

New Zealand 4-0

Japan 2-2

Italy 1-2

Scotland 1-2

Hungary 0-3

Netherlands 0-3

 

Senior Men’s Group B:

Finland 4-0

Ireland 4-0

Switzerland 3-1

England 2-2

Latvia 2-2

USA 1-3

Russia 0-4

Slovakia 0-4

 

Senior Men’s Group C:

Australia 4-0

Norway 4-0

Sweden 4-0

Czech Republic 1-3

Denmark 1-3

Germany 1-3

Wales 1-3

Austria 0-4

 

Senior Women’s Group A:

Canada 3-0

USA 3-1

Scotland 2-1

Denmark 1-2

Ireland 1-2

Finland 1-3

Russia 1-3

 

Senior Women’s Group B:

Sweden 5-0

New Zealand 3-1

Switzerland 3-1

Czech Republic 2-2

Japan 2-2

Italy 0-4

Slovakia 0-5

 

Photo WSCC

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Day 2

Scotland’s Women recorded their first win of the Championship with an 8-5 victory over hosts Denmark, skip Barbara Watt said: “We’re happy! We performed very well throughout the game. The difference today was that basically, we made the shots. We put pressure on our opposition and they didn’t make all of their shots as a result.

Watt added: “We certainly hope we can continue our form. Because we played very well, it wasn’t a fluky win, it gives us confidence. It was a well played win – we knew we had to win to still have a say in the competition.”

Standings

(Please note, standings are listed as games won – games lost)

Senior Women’s Group A:

Canada 3-0

USA 2-1

Denmark 1-1

Scotland 1-1

Finland 1-2

Russia 1-2

Ireland 0-2

 

Senior Women’s Group B:

Sweden 3-0

Japan 2-1

Switzerland 2-0

New Zealand 1-1

Czech Republic 1-2

Italy 0-2

Slovakia 0-3

 

Scotland’s men lost 9-4 to Canada. Afterwards, skip Kelly Robertson said: “It was a good game. We knew that Scotland were going to come and play. Early on there was some really good shots. We made a couple of mistakes in the sixth end but we were able to get out of it. But we were quite happy with the way things went.

“For me, I thought about it all day. We only had one game and playing Scotland – I’ve played some boys back home from Scotland – but over here in Europe, playing a Scottish team, it’s just a thrill of a lifetime and it was everything I hoped it would be. At the end of the day we’re probably going to meet each other again, I know they’ve got two loses and we happened to beat them today, but they’ll be around near the end.”


Senior Men’s Group A:

Canada 3-0

New Zealand 3-0

Japan 2-1

Italy 1-2

Netherlands 0-2

Scotland 0-2

Hungary 0-3

 

Senior Men’s Group B:

Finland 3-0

Ireland 3-0

Switzerland 3-0

England 1-2

Latvia 1-2

USA 1-2

Russia 0-3

Slovakia 0-3

 

Senior Men’s Group C:

Australia 2-0

Norway 2-0

Sweden 2-0

Germany 1-1

Wales 1-1

Austria 0-2

Czech Republic 0-2

Denmark 0-2

 

Standings WCF / Photo WSCC

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Day 1:

Standings (games played-games won)

Senior Men’s Group A:

Canada 2-2
New Zealand 2-2
Japan 2-1
Italy 2-1
Netherlands 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Hungary 2-0

Senior Men’s Group B:

Switzerland 1-1
England 1-1
Finland 1-1
Ireland 1-1
Russia 1-0
Slovakia 1-0
USA 1-0
Latvia 1-0

Senior Men’s Group C:

Sweden 1-1
Australia 1-1
Wales 1-1
Norway 1-1
Czech Republic 1-0
Denmark 1-0
Germany 1-0
Austria 1-0

Senior Women’s Group A:

Canada 1-1
USA 1-1
Russia 1-1
Scotland 1-0
Ireland 1-0
Finland 1-0
Denmark 0-0

Senior Women’s Group B:

Sweden 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
Japan 2-1
Czech Republic 2-1
Italy 1-0
New Zealand 1-0
Slovakia 2-0

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The World Senior Curling Championships 2012 get underway this Sunday, 15th April, in Taarnby, Denmark, with 14 women’s and 23 men’s teams competing for this year’s medals.

The championships will run until Saturday 21 April and the men’s and women’s events will be staged simultaneously in the 7-sheet Taarnby Curling Club, in Kastrup, on the outskirts of Copenhagen.

14 nations are represented in the women’s event, which is split into two groups.
Group A: Canada; Denmark; Finland; Ireland; Russia; Scotland and United States.
Group B: Czech Republic; Italy; Japan; New Zealand; Slovakia; Sweden and Switzerland.

Representing the Women for Scotland are Barbara Watt and her team of Jean Hammond (Third), Maggie Barry (Second), Valerie Mahon (Lead) and Judith Carr (Alternate) [pictured].

In the women’s championship, Denmark have experience in Olympic silver medallist Jane Bidstrup who will skip, while two-time senior world champion, Swedish skip Ingrid Meldahl, will be looking to improve upon last year’s silver medal at the championship. Another returning skip is Switzerland’s Chantal Forrer who won bronze last year.

The men are split into three groups.
Group A: Canada; Hungary; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; New Zealand and Scotland.
(Poland, who were originally listed in group A, have had to withdraw from the championship therefore each team in this group will have a bye during the games scheduled against Poland.)
Group B: England; Finland; Ireland; Latvia; Russia; Slovakia; Switzerland and the United States.
Group C: Australia; Austria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Germany; Norway, Sweden and Wales.

The Scotland Men’s team is skipped by 2007 WSCC gold medallist, Keith Prentice and his team of Lockhart Steele (Third), Robin Aitken (Second), Tommy Fleming (Lead) and Archie Craig (Alternate) . Here they are pictured with the Scottish Senior Men’s Championship trophy.

Among the men’s competitors this year are three-time world champion Eigil Ramsfjell who will skip Norway and nine time pacific champion and last year’s WSCC bronze medallist, Hugh Millikan who skips Australia.

In last year’s event, which took place in St Paul, USA, Canada (skip Mark Johnson) won the senior men’s title, USA (skip Geoff Goodland) took silver and Australia (skip Hugh Millikin) won bronze.

In the women’s event, Canada (skip Christine Jurgenson) won the senior women’s gold medal, Sweden (skip Ingrid Meldahl) took silver and Switzerland (skip Chantal Forrer) won bronze.

This is the 11th edition of formally-sanctioned WCF World Senior Curling Championships. Games are limited to eight-ends and in order to be eligible to play, players must not be less than 50 years of age by the end of the 30th day of June of the year immediately preceding the year in which the WSCC is to take place.

For more information about the event, visit:
http://www.wscc2012.com/

Event websites for news & photos:
http://www.worldcurling.org/world-senior-curling-championships-2012

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